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Governance & Securities Law Focus: Europe Edition - July 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal European, US and selected international governance and securities law developments of interest to European corporates. Please see full Newsletter below for more...more

Supreme Court Set To Decide Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions protect employees who only complain internally to their employer, but do not complain directly...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

The Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Personal Liability of Directors in Oppression Cases

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In Wilson v. Alharayeri, 2017 SCC 39 [Alharayeri], the Supreme Court of Canada in a unanimous decision provides significant guidance as to when directors ought to be held personally liable for oppressive conduct under the...more

SEC Sustains Dismissal of Wells Fargo Insider Trading Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The rash of lawsuits challenging the SEC’s venue selection decisions may ultimately end with the Supreme Court reviewing the propriety of the retention process for Commission ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Post-Closing Challenge To Two-Step Merger Under Corwin Finding Tendering Stockholders Were Fully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 13, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a former stockholder’s breach of fiduciary duty claims against the former directors of Diamond Resorts International...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Waiver of the Right to Seek Arbitration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the defendant filed fraud and RICO actions in federal court against several persons and entities alleging they defrauded her out of millions of dollars....more

Commercial Division Rules that U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Access to a Company’s Detailed Financial Information in His Role as a...

Members of a company’s board who are also investors in the company often have access to detailed information about the company’s finances and its lending facilities. But what happens when an investor-board member could,...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

by Burr & Forman on

In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

Second Circuit Overturns District Court Denial Of Leave To Add Securities Fraud Claims Because Release Clause In Stock Sale...

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On July 13, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a part of a district court decision denying a plaintiff’s motion to amend a complaint to add securities fraud claims based on a contractual...more

The 2nd Circuit Clarifies that Administrative Feasibility Is Not a Requirement for Class Certification

On July 7, in In re Petrobras Securities, the 2nd Circuit declined to adopt an independent “administrative feasibility” requirement for class certification under Rule 23. In so holding, the 2nd Circuit joined the 6th, 7th,...more

2016-17 Securities Class Actions by the Numbers

by BakerHostetler on

2016 was an unprecedented year in securities class actions filings. According to a report published by NERA Economic Consulting, a record 300 securities class action complaints were filed in 2016 in federal courts, a 32...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: The Kokesh Decision’s Impact on SEC Enforcement

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission could have long-lasting implications for the SEC’s enforcement power. We discuss that decision and other developments from the second quarter of...more

Who is a Whistleblower? The Supreme Court Will Give the Final Word

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Next term the Supreme Court hopefully will provide an answer to the hotly debated question whether the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation provision (Section 21F) protects only those whistleblowers who report violations to the...more

California Judge Honors Delaware Forum Selection Bylaw

by Allen Matkins on

In May, I wrote about Judge Peter H. Kirwan’s ruling in Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc., (Cal. Super. Ct. Case No. 16-CV-294673, Nov. 18, 2016). As readers may recall, Judge Kirwan declined to approve a disclosure...more

Supreme Court To Hear Dispute Over Debt Recharacterization

One critical issue affecting complex restructuring cases are efforts by the estate or creditors to recharacterize debt into equity. This can happen in a variety of factual contexts, including where an existing equity...more

Second Circuit Rejects First Circuit’s “Extreme Departure” Test for Assessing Materiality of an Alleged Omission of Interim...

In Stadnick v. Vivint Solar, Inc., 2017 WL 2661597 (2d Cir. June 21, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims for violations of Section 11 of the Securities Act of...more

Supreme Court to Determine whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Covered Class Actions under the Securities Act of...

by BakerHostetler on

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund,[1] to decide whether the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1998 (SLUSA) bars plaintiffs from filing any covered...more

SCOTUS Upholds Strict Statute of Repose on Federal Section 11 Securities Claims

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In a 5-4 decision in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) v. ANZ Securities, Inc., et al. (No. 16-373), 582 U.S. ___ (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, at the end of last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Northern District Of California Partially Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Control...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled, among other things, that allegations of knowledge of “defeat devices” did not equate to knowledge of...more

Tolling Securities Claims: “In No Event” Means ... What It Says

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

US Supreme Court: Securities Act’s 3-year statute of repose is not subject to equitable tolling, providing greater certainty to underwriters. Key Points: ..Case has significant implications for financial Institutions...more

Second Circuit Partially Vacates Class Certification, Holding That Whether Securities Transactions Are "Domestic" Raises...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 7, 2017, in a decision making several significant rulings and clarifications, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated in part an order certifying classes asserting claims under the Securities...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...more

Eighth Circuit Vacates Disgorgement Order As Time-Barred Under Kokesh But Leaves Injunction Undisturbed

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 29, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit vacated a disgorgement order against Crawford Capital Corporation, a venture capital firm, and its owner, Paul D. Crawford, citing the U.S. Supreme...more

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