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Supreme Court Clarifies When State Law Claims Are Removable Under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

On May 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. v. Manning, 578 U.S. __ (May 16, 2016), which resolved a longstanding circuit split as to the scope of exclusive...more

Is A Blue Sky Exemption For Farms Sustainable?

Today, California regulates the offer and sale of securities more by exemption than qualification. In addition, California and other states have lost authority over a significant amount of securities transactions due to...more

Employee Benefits Developments - April 2016

Stock Drop Case Update: Settlement Reached in Dudenhoeffer Case; Dismissal of Lehman Brothers Lawsuit Upheld. Two recent developments in stock drop litigation are worth noting: Dudenhoeffer Settlement. In Fifth Third...more

Second Circuit Limits Creditors’ Ability to Claw Back LBO Payments

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, In re Tribune Company Fraudulent Conveyance Litigation,1 represents a significant victory for shareholders who may get cashed out in connection with a...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Northstar Decision on Remand: U.S. District Court Holds SLUSA Precludes...

In a complete victory for Defendants, on February 23, 2016, a federal district court dismissed with prejudice the final remaining claims in Northstar Financial Advisors, Inc. v. Schwab Investments et. al., which had been...more

Second Circuit Holds that State Law Constructive Fraudulent Transfer Claims Brought By Individual Creditors are Preempted under...

On March 24, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (the “Court”) ruled that former shareholders of the debtor Tribune Media Company (“Tribune”), who were cashed out in a leveraged buyout (“LBO”), would be...more

Petrobras Rulings on SLUSA Preemption and Brazilian-Law Damages

In re Petrobras Securities Litigation continues to produce interesting developments – this time on SLUSA preemption and Brazilian law. On March 12, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held...more

Cannabis investing—a safe high?

The successive legalization of adult recreational use of marijuana in four states—Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska—and the District of Columbia, as well as legalization of marijuana for medical use to varying degrees...more

Unclaimed Property Advisory: U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petitioners’ Writ of Certiorari in Taylor v. Yee

On February 29, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court denied the writ of certiorari to review the judgment of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Taylor v. Yee, 780 F.3d 928 (9th Cir. 2015). The case involves a 13-year...more

Bill Threatens To Yank Qualification Upon Any Change In Management

Sometimes, I run across bills that seem to defy rational explanation. AB 2610 (Holden) appeared to be one such bill. Under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968, the offer and sale of securities must be...more

Court Holds SEC Filing Is Not Public Disclosure

California has patterned its false claim law, Cal. Gov’t Code §§ 12650 et seq., after the federal False Claims Act. As the names of these laws suggest, they are intended to protect the public fisc from false or fraudulent...more

California’s Bizarre Voting Record Disclosure Requirements

Section 711 of the California Corporations Code is so poorly drafted that it almost defies explanation. According to the legislature’s findings, the ostensible purpose of the statute is to facilitate the informed and active...more

What The SEC Doesn’t Understand About Blue Sky Laws

I recently submitted this comment letter to the Securities and Exchange Commission with respect to its proposal to modernize the exemption applicable to intrastate offerings. The SEC somewhat misleadingly describes its...more

Preemption Of Secondary Trading Is Fast Becoming More Obscure

Secondary trading of securities in California must be qualified unless exempt or not subject to qualification due to federal preemption. Cal. Corp. Code § 25130. Similarly, the offer and sale of securities are subject to...more

FAST Act Includes Enhancements to Capital Raising and Securities Laws

On December 4, 2015, President Obama signed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (the “FAST Act”) which included a host of provisions related to capital raising and securities law matters. Provisions of particular...more

Joining the Crowd: SEC Adopts Final Crowdfunding Regulations - Part I

On October 30, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its long-anticipated Regulation Crowdfunding, as mandated by Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (“JOBS Act”). Regulation...more

Dodd-Frank News: November 2015: Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act Update

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted as a measure to promote financial stability and protection for consumers through increased regulation of nearly every aspect of the consumer finance...more

U.S. Proposes to Subject Non-U.S. SEC Registered Investment Advisers to Anti-Money Laundering Rules

The United States is proposing rules that, for the first time, would subject investment advisers registered or required to be registered (RIAs) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) under the Investment...more

Second Circuit Allows Whistleblower Retaliation Protection Without Reporting to SEC

September 10, 2015, in a 2-1 decision in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy LLC, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled that whistleblowers who report securities law violations internally but not to the US Securities and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Sixth Circuit last week concluded that Morrison, which held that Section 10(b) does not have extraterritorial reach, is inapplicable to Advisers Act Section 10(b). The DC Circuit, on rehearing, reaffirmed its prior...more

States File First Brief in Regulation A+ Challenge

Montana and Massachusetts have filed their first brief in their Regulation A+ challenge. They are not happy because Tier 2 offerings under Regulation A+ preempt state review of the offering. Under the text of the rule Tier 2...more

5th Circuit Revives FDIC’s Suit Against Goldman, Deutsche Bank, and Royal Bank of Scotland

On August 10, 2015, the Fifth Circuit revived a securities fraud suit brought by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) as receiver for Guaranty Bank against Goldman Sachs & Co., Deutsche Bank AG, and the Royal...more

ERISA: Clarity on When ERISA Applies to Working Owners of Small Companies

You probably already know that in small, wholly owned “mom and pop” businesses, benefits covering only the owners of the business may be exempt from ERISA....more

What The SEC Pretermitted In Proposing Clawback Policy Rule

The Securities and Exchange Commission began the month by issuing proposed rules that would direct national securities exchanges and associations to establish listing standards requiring companies to adopt policies that...more

SEC Publishes 11 Regulation A+ CD&Is

The SEC has published 11 Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations related to Regulation A+ — numbered 182.01 through 182.11 under Securities Act Rules. Highlights are: - Twitter is allowed for testing the waters! ...more

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