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Corporate Liability and the Alien Tort Statute: Highlights from the Oral Arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank

On Wednesday, October 11, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Jesner v. Arab Bank. The case may once and for all determine whether companies are appropriate defendants in cases filed pursuant to the Alien Tort...more

Ninth Circuit Analyzes Statements Concerning FDA Feedback, in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities Litigation (August 18, 2017)

On August 18, 2017, a Ninth Circuit panel affirmed in part, reversed in part, and vacated in part the district court’s dismissal of the amended securities fraud class action complaint in In re Atossa Genetics, Inc. Securities...more

Court Holds That Attorneys Acted As An Escrow Agent And Could Be Sued For Breach Of Fiduciary Duty By A Non-Client

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In Alexander O&G, LLC v. Nomad Land & Energy Res., LLC, Nomad entered into a Purchase and Sale Agreement (“PSA”) with Alexander O&G, LLC (“AOG”) for the sale of oil and gas interests. No. H-16-2065, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS...more

Nevada Supreme Court Rules HOA Super-Priority Liens Can Be Revived after Release

Homeowners’ associations have a more robust tool for forcing mortgage lenders to pay delinquent assessments following a September 14 decision by the Nevada Supreme Court. Nevada HOAs have enjoyed a super-priority lien under...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Three Securities Cases

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Three securities cases are on the docket as the new Supreme Court Term opens on the first Monday of October. A fourth significant action is pending certiorari....more

Veil-Piercing Under California Law – Heightened Risks for Fund Managers

We recently posted about the risks associated with veil-piercing claims and the ways in which fund managers can protect themselves from exposure to these claims. Our first post on veil-piercing focused on Delaware standards,...more

Veil Piercing/Alter Ego Determinations – How Fund Managers Can Protect Themselves

A veil piercing claim can be a worst-case scenario for a private fund manager dealing with a struggling portfolio company investment – the company fails, and ensuing legal claims are brought not only against the portfolio...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

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Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Supreme Court Declines to Resolve Circuit Split on Debt Recharacterization

On August 10, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court rescinded the grant of certiorari in PEM Entities LLC v. Levin on the grounds that review had been “improvidently granted.” The case seemingly provided a perfect vehicle to resolve...more

A Pending Supreme Court Ruling Can’t Create a Claim that Doesn’t Currently Exist

After hearing oral argument at confirmation on August 30, 2017, the bankruptcy court for the Western District of Pennsylvania issued a written opinion in In re rue21, inc., et. al., Case No. 17-22045-GLT (Bankr. W.D. Pa....more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Exchange Act Claims Based On Exposure To Puerto Rican Bonds For Failure To Sufficiently...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 5, 2017, Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action against Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (“Ambac”), asserting claims under...more

Seventh Circuit Denies Trustee a Second Bite at the Avoidance Apple

The Seventh Circuit recently held, in Grede v. FCStone, LLC, Nos. 16-1896 & 16-1916, 2017 WL 3470145 (7th Cir. Aug. 14, 2017), that (i) a transfer previously authorized by a bankruptcy court order cannot be avoided due to the...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

August 2017: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

New York’s First Department Creates Split Authority on Inducement Claims by Guaranty Insurers, Weighs in on “Backstop” Claims in RMBS Suits. On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, issued a...more

Atlanta Federal Judge Orders Discovery Sanctions Against CFPB and Dismisses CFPB’s Claims

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Last Friday, Judge Richard Story (USDC, N.D. Ga.) entered an order in Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Universal Debt Solutions, LLC, et al., granting a defendant’s motion for Rule 37 discovery sanctions and striking...more

Financial Services Weekly News - August 2017 #4

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Editor's Note - DOJ Emphatically Ends Operation Chokepoint. After four years, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the formal end of its controversial Operation Chokepoint initiative. Launched in 2013, Operation...more

U.S. Tax Court Ruling Exempts Gain on Foreign Partner's Sale of a Partnership Interest

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On July 13, 2017, the U.S. Tax Court issued a decision in Grecian Magnesite Mining, Industrial & Shipping Co., SA v. Commissioner, 149 T.C. No. 3, which could have a significant impact on how non-U.S. investors invest in U.S....more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Approves Separate Classification and Disparate Gifted Consideration Between General Unsecured Creditors

The Delaware Bankruptcy Court, in In re Nuverra Environmental Solutions, Case No. 17-10949 (Bankr. Del. July 24, 2017), confirmed a chapter 11 plan of reorganization despite separate classification and disparate gifted...more

Tax Talk: Volume 10, Issue 2

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

EDITOR’S NOTE - With the failure of health care legislation to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act, eyes in Washington, D.C. are now turning to tax reform. Since Congress plans to take August off, any real tax...more

Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Factors to Consider in Appraisal Valuation Procedure in Context of DFC Global...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In DFC Global Corp. v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P.,1 the Delaware Supreme Court reversed and remanded the Court of Chancery’s appraisal decision relating to the 2014 acquisition of DFC Global Corporation, an international...more

Transfer To Non-Existent Corporation Held To Be A Transfer Nonetheless

by Allen Matkins on

Sometimes, the law is just weird. The case of PGA West Residential Ass’n, Inc. v. Hulven Int’l, Inc., Cal. Ct. App. Case No. E064270 (Aug. 9, 2017) is weirder than most. The lawsuit alleged that the defendant had tried to...more

Between Bridges: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Conviction and Sentencing of First Person Criminally Charged for Spoofing Under...

Yesterday, Michael Coscia’s criminal conviction and sentencing for spoofing was unanimously upheld by a three-judge Federal Court of Appeals panel in Chicago, Illinois....more

Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies The Role Of Deal Price In Appraisal Proceedings

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In a long-awaited decision regarding Delaware’s appraisal statute, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that in determining the fair value of a company, there is no presumption that the agreed upon transaction price is the fair...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - July 2017

Supreme Court Limits SEC’s Disgorgement Power - Why it matters: On June 5, 2017, the Supreme Court held in Kokesh v. SEC that the five-year statute of limitations found in 28 U. S. C. §2462 with respect to actions for...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Fraud Claims For Failure To Plead Reliance And Scienter

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 10, 2017, Judge John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative securities fraud class action against E*TRADE Securities LLC (“E*TRADE”), E*TRADE Financial...more

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