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Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Clarifies the Requirements for Shareholder Inspection Demands

In Chitwood v. Vertex Pharm. Inc., SJC-12101 (March 20, 2017), the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) provided important guidance on the scope of the Massachusetts shareholder inspection statute, Mass. G.L. 156D §...more

U.S. Supreme Court Passes On Opportunity To Address Scope of Dodd-Frank “Whistleblower” Provision

On Monday, March 20, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a Petition for Writ of Certiorari in Verble v. Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, LLC. (No. 16-946), thereby declining an opportunity to resolve a conflict amongst circuit...more

Hold the Phone: SEC Takes One Last Stand Before the Tenth Circuit regarding the Constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law...

Last week, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, imploring the court to reconsider a divided panel’s ruling on the...more

Proposed Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

Pursuant to a court order, the parties to the conflict minerals case have filed a proposed judgment after they advised the court no further proceedings were necessary. The text of the proposed judgment is as follows...more

Chancery Court Holds That Squeezed Out Stockholders Lack Standing to Compel Inspection under DGCL § 220

On February 27, 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery addressed an important matter of first impression under Delaware law: "Must a plaintiff seeking corporate records under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law...more

Wendy’s Executives and Board File Motion to Dismiss

We previously reported that Wendy’s was hit with a putative class action shareholders’ derivative suit in December following its data breach in 2016. Late last week, the executives and Board of Wendy’s filed a Motion to...more

Circuit Split Over Protection Afforded By Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Provision Widens

In Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, 15-17352 (9th Cir. March 8, 2017), a split Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals widened an existing circuit court split by ruling that Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act (“DFA”) protects...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Whether a Commodity Futures Contract is a "Security"

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the appellate court upheld a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff, finding commodity futures contracts are not "securities" and Plaintiff, who was trading them...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

As anticipated (and hinted-at forcefully by its officials), the Fed raised the benchmark interest rate yesterday to a range nearing 1 percent, a move that signals the slow end to the body’s nine-year stimulus effort....more

"Another Mutual Fund Adviser Prevails at Trial in Excessive Fee Litigation"

Following a four-day bench trial, Judge Renee Marie Bumb of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of an adviser on claims brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act by investors...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Ninth Circuit Widens the Circuit Split on Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

Last week, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., No. 15-17352 (9th Cir. March 8, 2017), in which it held that the anti-retaliation protections of the...more

Parties Request Judgment be Entered in Conflict Minerals Case

The conflict minerals case was remanded to the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia for further proceedings. Judge Jackson ordered the parties to file a joint status report indicating whether any further...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2017 - Recent Developments Regarding the Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

On January 31, 2017, Michael Piwowar, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), issued two Statements regarding the current status of guidance on and implementation of the conflict minerals rules....more

Delaware Court of Chancery Holds that Cancellation of Shares Through Merger Deprives Stockholder of Standing in Section 220 Action

In Weingarten v. Monster Worldwide, Inc., C.A. No. 12931-VCG, 2017 WL 752179 (Del. Ch. Feb. 27, 2017), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Glasscock, V.C.) clarified when a plaintiff has standing to vitiate inspection rights...more

New York Appellate Division Revives Non-Monetary Class Action Settlement in M&A Class Action with Revised Standard of Review

In Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., No. 653084/13, 2017 WL 442871 (N.Y. App. Div. Feb. 2, 2017), the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York, First Judicial Department (the “First Department”),...more

Securities and Structured Finance Litigation Update - March 2017

Continuing Circuit Split Puts “Tolling” of Statutes of Repose Back on U.S. Supreme Court’s Agenda. The U.S. Supreme Court is again set to weigh in on the reach of its decision in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, 414...more

Ninth Circuit Says Ethics Policies Are “Inherently Aspirational,” and Violations Don’t Support Securities Fraud Claims, in Retail...

A senior officer’s violations of a corporation’s code of conduct do not give rise to a claim for violation of the federal securities laws—even where the corporation (including the officer himself) has touted the company’s...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Delaware Supreme Court Wastes No Words: Summarily Affirms In re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litigation, Upholding Business Judgment...

On February 9, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware summarily affirmed the Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Volcano Corp. Stockholder Litigation which had dismissed plaintiffs’ complaint on defendants’ 12(b)(6) motion to...more

First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Confirmation Of Arbitration Award Under The “Look-Through” Test

The background of this matter could be found here. In sum, Plaintiffs Dr. Luis Ortiz-Espinosa and his wife Maritza Soto-Garcia, the conjugal partnership they formed, Espinosa-Soto, and Luis Ortiz-Espinosa, as trustee of...more

Click Here — 3rd Circuit Enforces Restrictive Covenants Tied to Electronic Acceptance of Stock Award

On February 7, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed a partial preliminary injunction order barring two former ADP employees from soliciting customers for their new employer for one year. This decision is notable as it affirmed...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Ex-VW-Chairman Ferdinand Piech has thrown a wrench in the automaker’s official narrative of the emissions cheating scandal by suggesting, in sworn testimony, that the company knew of the cheating months before it was...more

FINRA to Require Web-Based Arbitration Filings

Effective April 3, 2017, all FINRA arbitration participants (except pro se parties) must use FINRA’s web-based DR-Portal to file and serve documents in both customer and industry arbitrations. ...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Bylaw That Required Supermajority Stockholder Vote to Remove Directors in Violation of 8 Del....

In Frechter v. Zier, C.A. No. 12038-VCG, 2017 WL 345142 (Del. Ch. Jan. 24, 2017) (Glasscock, V.C.), the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on a declaratory relief claim and held that 8...more

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