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SCOTUS to Hear Another Securities Case

by Burr & Forman on

On April 18, the SCOTUS heard oral argument in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, an action concerning whether the five year statute of limitations of 28 U.S.C Section 2462 applies to disgorgement. This was the...more

Tax Court Rules that Extensions of Variable Prepaid Forward Contracts Do Not Result in Taxable Exchanges

by Proskauer - Tax Talks on

Last week, in McKelvey v. Commissioner¸ the U.S. Tax Court held that the extension of a typical variable prepaid forward contract (“VPFC”) did not give rise to a taxable exchange to the obligor because a VPFC is solely an...more

SEC Brings Post-MCDC Enforcement Actions Against Underwriter and Officials

On April 5, 2017 the SEC released two orders instituting cease-and-desist proceedings (consent decrees) which are the first post-MCDC cases finding securities law violations based on misstatements in official statements...more

Sixth Circuit Dismisses ERISA Stock Drop Action Against Cliffs Natural Resources

The Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of ERISA stock drop claims by participants in the Cliffs Natural Resources’ 401(k) Plan. The participants alleged fiduciary breach claims based on public and non-public information...more

Financial Regulators Take Note: The Supreme Court’s Newest Member is a Tough Taskmaster

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. While his experience on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with cases involving financial regulation may be limited, certain of his decisions...more

Securities Litigation Alert: District Court Says Indirect Purchasers of Shares Can Bring Fraud Claims Against Private Company and...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with important implications for late-stage private companies, a federal magistrate judge ruled last week that investors in funds holding private company securities can bring fraud claims against the issuer of the...more

Shareholder Seeks to Block Amendment to Intel Stock Plan

A shareholder of Intel Corporation has filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. The shareholder seeks a preliminary and permanent injunction and any other appropriate relief...more

Supreme Court to Consider Fundamental Issues in Omissions-Based Fraud Cases

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review a case which has split the circuit courts and has potentially huge implications for disclosure liabilities of public companies. The case, Leidos Inc. v Indiana Retirement System,...more

Court Rules Indirect Purchaser Claims Against Theranos May Proceed

by Allen Matkins on

Theranos’ anni horribilium began in October 2015 with the publication of a story by investigative reporter John Carreyrou at The Wall Street Journal. Lawsuits and government investigations ensued. Although the Theranos...more

New York Court Dismisses Royal Park’s RMBS Cases for Lack of Standing

On April 12, 2017, Judge Charles E. Ramos of the New York State Supreme Court for New York County dismissed Royal Park’s RMBS lawsuits alleging fraud and other tort causes of action against Morgan Stanley, Deutsche Bank,...more

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - Second Half 2016

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

NEWS FROM THE COURTS – Delaware Court of Chancery Once Again Rejects Transaction Price as the Best Measure of Fair Value in DFC Global Litigation - On July 8, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery released its...more

The SEC, Insider Trading and Prosecutorial Obligations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Proving a close personal relationship between a corporate insider and a trader can be key to establishing illegal tipping. The relationship can support a claim by the SEC or the DOJ that the inside information was transmitted...more

Due Diligence Defence Deemed Available for Issuance of Securities in Breach of Securities Laws

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The B.C. Securities Commission's (the Commission) decision in Re SunCentro (2017 BCSECCOM 58) provides rare guidance on the availability of a due diligence defence to parties that have illegally distributed securities. The...more

US Supreme Court Intimates That the SEC’s Use of Disgorgement May Be Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

On April 18, 2017, the US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding whether disgorgement ordered by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is subject to the...more

Court Holds That Members of LLC May Owe Each Other Fiduciary Duties

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In B Choice v. Epicentre Development Associates, the federal district court affirmed a magistrate’s recommendations concerning whether members of an LLC owe fiduciary duties to each other in Texas. No. H-14-2096, 2017 U.S....more

"DOJ and SEC Cooperation Policies"

Whereas the privilege and work-product doctrine generally require confidentiality, cooperation with the government often necessitates disclosure. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

Supreme Court Considers Time Limits On SEC Disgorgement Claims

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Disgorgement, one of the SEC’s primary remedies, was the focus of intense debate during arguments before the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529 (S.Ct.) earlier this week. At issue was whether the remedy is subject to...more

Changing the Game, Again: Supreme Court Could Limit SEC’s Authority to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the Supreme Court heard argument regarding whether the SEC’s actions to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations for “any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture.”...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Burden of Materiality under Section 11 and 12 of Securities Act

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed the class action suit brought against Party City alleging the company failed to disclose material facts in SEC documents when it did not discuss the impact the decline in...more

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On April 12, 2017, the Third Circuit partially revived a former in-house attorney’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against his previous employer. Danon v. Vanguard Group, Inc., No. 16-cv-2881....more

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

Expect Focus - Life Insurance: Risky Business, Volume I, March 2017

by Carlton Fields on

Regulators Demand Third-Party Risk Management - While third-party risk management has been a required component of an effective enterprise risk management program for many years, the topic is receiving elevated...more

The Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether a Failure to Disclose Known Trends and Uncertainties Under Item 303 of SEC Regulation...

by Alston & Bird on

On March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari in Leidos v. Indiana Public Retirement System, et al., No. 16-581, and agreed to review the Second Circuit’s decision that Item 303 of SEC...more

M&A Watch: Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As we have previously reported, the Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the stockholder class action suit In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017),...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Claims For Failure To Adequately Plead Scienter

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action against the biopharmaceutical developer Zafgen, Inc. (“Zafgen”) and its CEO. ...more

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