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Fraud Vitiated Special-Committee Process in Dole Merger

In a self-interested transaction between a company and its controlling stockholder, the operative standard of judicial review under Delaware law is the most rigorous: entire fairness standard of review. To obtain the least...more

M&A Update: Fully Informed Vote of Disinterested Stockholders Results in Business Judgment Rule Protection in Post-Closing Review...

In an October 2, 2015 decision, Corwin, et al. v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court clarified that once a merger closes, as long as it has been approved by a fully informed vote of the...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

Second Circuit Splits from Fifth Circuit on Whistleblower SEC Reporting Obligations On September 10, 2015, the Second Circuit in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 16071 (2d Cir. 2015), ruled that...more

Conflicts Minerals Quagmire to Continue as En Banc Rehearing Requested

Both the SEC, the loser in the most recent conflict minerals rehearing decision, and Amnesty International, an intervenor on the losing rehearing side, have asked for an en banc rehearing on the recent rehearing of the...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Sets Schedule for Rulemaking on Revenue Transparency

On October 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a schedule with the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts providing details as to when the agency will seek to issue a final rule on revenue...more

Getting Hammered: California Trial Court Finds for E*Trade in Long-Running Misappropriation Case Where Plaintiff Destroyed the...

In a fifteen-year tale of how not to protect your emerging company’s trade secrets when dealing with the big fish, on September 16, 2015, a California trial court denied a company’s bid for royalties for technology...more

Alleging Fraud in a Financial Crisis: The Second Circuit Articulates a Less Stringent Pleading Standard for Loss Causation

Loss causation has emerged as a central obstacle to post-financial-crisis fraud cases. The loss causation element of a fraud claim requires plaintiffs to show, in addition to detrimental reliance, that the facts or...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. July 13, 2015) (rev'd July 30, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the continuous holder requirement set forth in Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State...more

Court Says There is no Private Cause of Action to Create an SEC Whistleblower Award

AgFeed Industries, Inc.’s accounting irregularities culminated in a March 2014 enforcement action brought against AgFeed by the SEC. The enforcement action yielded an $18 million disgorgement penalty, referred to as the...more

$600 Million RMBS Repurchase Suit Against J.P. Morgan Dismissed

On September 18, 2015, Justice Shirley Kornreich of the Supreme Court of the State of New York dismissed a $600 million suit brought by Bank of New York Mellon, as securitization trustee (“BNYM”), against WLM Mortgage, LLC,...more

In re Riverbed: The Beginning of the End for Disclosure-Only Settlements in M&A Cases?

The past decade has seen an incredible rise in M&A litigation. According to Cornerstone, in 2014, a whopping 93% of announced mergers valued over $100 million were subject to litigation, up from 44% in 2007. As Delaware...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Nj Law Tolls Arbitration Against Broker

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that New Jersey state law fraud claims against Morgan Keegan, the brokerage firm now part of Raymond James & Associates, were tolled by the plaintiffs’ efforts to collect an...more

Traders Who Allegedly Profited from Hacked News Releases Settle With SEC for $30 Million

On September 14, the SEC announced that it had reached a $30 million settlement with two defendants who allegedly profited from trading based on information hacked from newswire services. The settlement stems from an SEC...more

Going-Private Transaction Results in $148 Million Fraud Charge for CEO and GC – What to Consider Going Forward

The Delaware Court of Chancery (the "Court") recently found the CEO, David Murdock ("Murdock"), and the General Counsel, C. Michael Carter ("Carter"), of Dole Foods Company (the "Company") personally liable to investors for...more

Pay to Play: Appellate Division Upholds Ruling that Payment is Required to Qualify for Champerty Safe Harbor Provision

In Justinian Capital SPC v. WestLB AG, etc. et al., 2015 N.Y. Slip Op. 04381 (1st Dep’t May 21, 2015), the Appellate Division affirmed the February 25, 2014 decision of the New York County Supreme Court, Commercial Division...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Goldman Sachs Wins Summary Judgment In CDO Class Action - On September 8, 2015, the Southern District of New York granted summary judgment in favor of Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. in a class action lawsuit concerning the...more

Claims Dismissed From RMBS Class Action Against Citibank

On September 8, 2015, the Southern District of New York dismissed, for lack of jurisdiction, a large portion of claims from a derivative class action alleging that Citibank NA, as trustee of 27 trusts, had breached its...more

Cornerstone Report Describes Securities Class Action Litigation Shift Toward West Coast and Smaller Public Companies

Recently, Cornerstone Research, an economic and financial consultancy, released its mid-year report on federal securities class action filings. Cornerstone reported that 85 of these lawsuits were filed in the first half of...more

Aiding and Abetting Shareholder Oppression?

Earlier this summer, in Brown v. Pennington, No. 05-14-01349-CV, 2015 WL 3958618 (Tex. App., June 30, 2015), the Texas Court of Appeals dismissed a tort claim against a non-shareholder loan guarantor for lack of personal...more

Third Party Successfully Challenges Arbitral Award

Introduction - In France, a procedure exists whereby a third party (X) affected by a judgement between two other parties (Y,Z), may challenge that judgement by way of third party action (tierce opposition), where that...more

Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Allegations Assailing Independence Of VC Directors In Dismissing Derivative Suit

A recent Delaware Chancery Court decision dismissing derivative fiduciary duty claims has significance for public companies with board members who are associated with venture capital firms. ...more

FHFA’s $32 Billion RMBS Claims Are Not Time-Barred

On August 21, 2015, Judge Alvin Thompson of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut denied Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC’s (“RBS”) motion for summary judgment as to claims brought by the Federal...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses Summary Judgment Ruling in RMBS Case

On August 21, 2015, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit reversed a Wisconsin federal judge’s ruling granting summary judgment to RBS Securities Inc. (“RBS”) dismissing all but one...more

M&A Update: Delaware Court Finds Dole Executives Personally Liable for Millions in Damages for Defrauding Stockholders in Buy-Out...

In its August 27th post-trial opinion, In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Chancery Court held Dole executives David Murdock and Michael Carter personally liable for $148 million in damages for...more

Sixth Circuit Concludes Morrison Does Not Apply To Advisers Act

In Morrison v. National Australia Bank, Ltd., 561 U.S. 247 (2010) the Supreme Court held that the reach of Exchange Act Section 10(b) is the water’s edge of the United States. Specifically, the court held that the Section...more

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