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Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Are an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits -
The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the relative number...more
Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had “charged a California-based attorney and his wife with insider trading on confidential information obtained from a corporate client.” According to the...more
The holidays are in full swing, and now is the perfect time for executives to renew their determination to protect family and friends by not sharing work secrets with them, even indirectly or obliquely.
The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a former pharmaceutical company executive and his longtime friend with insider trading, alleging that the friend generated more than $1 million in illicit profits by...more
Earlier this month the SEC brought an insider trading case against Zachary Zwerko, a financial analyst at a pharmaceutical company identified only as Pharma Co. SEC v. Zwerko, Civil Action No. CV 8181 (S.D.N.Y. Filed Oct. 10,...more
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In a huge victory for Massachusetts-based biologics manufacturer Genzyme Corporation, the First Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2014 affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of a multi-million dollar shareholder class...more
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In this issue:
- SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules
- CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards
- OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20
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Publicly Traded Life Sciences Companies in the United States Remain an Increasingly Popular Target of Securities Fraud Class Action Lawsuits:
The past year was particularly noteworthy with respect to the absolute and...more
What you need to know: The Supreme Court recently found that defendants in class action securities fraud lawsuits will not be able to challenge the materiality of allegedly fraudulent misstatements or omissions at the...more
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