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Supreme Court to Clarify Definition of “Whistleblower” Under The Dodd-Frank Act

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The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday granted certiorari in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc., a case the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decided this past March. This is significant because the Supreme Court may clarify how...more

US Supreme Court Holds that 3-Year Time Limit to Challenge Registration Statements Cannot Be Tolled, Precluding Opt-Out Plaintiffs...

by Dechert LLP on

Officers, directors, and underwriters frequently become targets of securities fraud litigation after a public offering. In a landmark case decided yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court provides defendants with another tool to...more

What Lawyers Should Know About the New Auditor’s Report Revisions

After more than six years of deliberations, it looks like the revised auditor’s report is about to become reality. On June 1, the PCAOB adopted a new auditing standard that substantially modifies the long-familiar content of...more

Supreme Court to Decide Bankruptcy Test for Recharacterizing Insider Debt Claims

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal brought by Ropes & Gray of the Fourth Circuit’s decision in PEM Entities LLC v. Eric M. Levin & Howard Shareff. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case will...more

Companies Should Continue to Prepare for Pay Ratio Disclosure

The pay ratio disclosure rules adopted by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in August 2015 require proxy disclosure in 2018 for most registrants. These rules require the disclosure of the ratio of the median...more

Supreme Court Will Hear Whistleblower Protection Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a key issue regarding the protections afforded whistleblowers next term. Specifically, the High Court will consider whether to be protected under the anti-retaliatory provisions of Dodd-Frank...more

ASIC seeks better compliance with asset holding requirements in funds management and custodial services

by Dentons on

On 22 June, following an industry review of custody of assets, ASIC released a report of its findings which indicated that custody of assets is and will remain its focus going forward and that it will continue to engage with...more

U.S. Supreme Court To Review Scope Of “Whistleblower” Under Dodd-Frank

On June 26, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether individuals who do not report alleged securities law violations to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission are “whistleblowers” protected by the...more

Shareholder seeks preliminary discovery against ASX listed company after share price plummets

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Potential litigants sometimes lack sufficient documentation to make an informed decision whether to commence litigation against another party. Often, the party against whom litigation is contemplated is the same party who...more

Compliance into the Weeds-the Compliance Profession and the Cannabis Industry

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, Matt Kelly and I take a deep dive, literally into the weeds of the convergence of the compliance profession and the nascent cannabis industry. While several states have made pot for medical use legal and one...more

Day 20 of One Month to Better Investigations and Reporting-Staying Out of Hot Water in Other Jurisdictions

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In an article entitled “How to Launch and Operate a Legally-Compliant International Workplace Report Channel” or in compliance parlance, a hotline, author Donald Dowling of the law firm of White and Case, provided a useful...more

U.S. Supreme Court Grants Cyan's Petition for Certiorari, to Decide Whether Certain Securities Class Actions May Be Brought in...

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court of the United States granted a petition for certiorari filed by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati on behalf of its clients, Cyan, Inc. and its officers and directors. The question before the...more

Alert: Supreme Court to Decide if State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Hear IPO Litigation

by Cooley LLP on

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, Case No. 15-1439 (Cyan), to decide whether state courts have subject matter jurisdiction over class...more

It’s Time to Bring Back the Square State Conduit:  If We Build It, They Will Come.

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What in the world have we done to ourselves? Our CRE Securitization business, or at least the conduit part of our business, continues to shrink: $800 billion in outstanding principal balance in 2007 and now, $400 billion? ...more

Second Circuit Declines To Adopt First Circuit's "Extreme Departure" Standard For Assessing Whether An Issuer Has A Duty To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision dismissing a putative class action asserting claims under the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) against...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Disclosure Claim Based On Subsequent Employment Of Special Committee Chair By Legal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed dismissal of a putative stockholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the directors of Blount International, Inc. (“Blount”) and aiding and abetting...more

Supreme Court Limits The Time For Filing SA §11 Suits

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The Supreme Court concluded that the three year limitation period applicable to Securities Act Section 11 claims cannot be extended or tolled. California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. Anz Securities, Inc., No. 16-373...more

SEC Chief Accountant Gives Speech on Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets

On June 8, 2017, SEC Chief Accountant Wesley Bricker gave a speech titled “Advancing the Role of Credible Financial Reporting in the Capital Markets” at the 36th Annual SEC and Financial Reporting Institute Conference. Mr....more

Western District Of Washington Allows Securities Fraud Action To Proceed Against Biopharmaceutical Company And Its Senior Officers...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 14, 2017, Judge Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against Juno Therapeutics, Inc....more

Supreme Court Will Review Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections for Internal Reports

by Bryan Cave on

On the last day of its current session, the Supreme Court announced it will consider whether the Dodd-Frank whistleblower protections extend to corporate insiders who blow the whistle on their employers by reporting the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of "Demand-Refused" Derivative Suit Regarding Alleged Misconduct In Foreign Exchange...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 19, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder derivative suit against the board of directors of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation (“BNYM”) in which plaintiff had asserted a...more

Proxy Access “Fix-It” Proposals Fizzle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the 2017 proxy season winds down, one clear take-away is that shareholder proposals attempting to modify the terms of previously adopted mainstream proxy access bylaws did not fare well. Many of these proposals focused...more

DAY 19 OF ONE MONTH TO BETTER INVESTIGATIONS AND REPORTING-SPECIFIC BENEFITS OF A HOTLINE

by Thomas Fox on

Is your hotline working for you? In an article entitled, entitled “Promoting Effective Us of the Compliance Hotline” José Tabuena provided an excellent example of the power of a hotline. He provide a case study of a company...more

Bond Traders Beat Most Charges In RMBS Fraud Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, a Connecticut federal jury delivered a mostly defendant-friendly verdict in the criminal trial of three residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) traders charged with conspiracy, securities...more

Securitization in Italy: New Market-Friendly Rules Enacted

by Jones Day on

On June 15, 2017, the Italian Parliament approved the Conversion Law of Decree no. 50 of April 25, 2017 ("Conversion Law"). The Conversion Law includes a review of the legal framework applicable to Italian securitization...more

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