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Delaware Chancery Court Applies Entire Fairness Standard to Consulting Agreement Among Affiliates of a Controlling Shareholder

In the recent decision of In re EZCORP Inc. Consulting Agreement Derivative Litigation, C.A. No. 9962-VCL (Jan. 25, 2016), the Delaware Court of Chancery clarified the standard of review when faced with shareholder challenges...more

Another SEC Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Proceeding

The SEC filed another settled insider trading case. In the Matter of Abdallah Fadel, Adm. Proc. File No. 3-17111 (February 10, 2016). While the case is straight forward, what may be of interest is the fact that it is the...more

An SEC investigation: to disclose, or not disclose?

In a recent decision, the Ninth Circuit addressed for a second time the question of whether an issuer’s disclosure of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation can provide a sufficient basis for a plaintiff to plead...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Disclosures Required Absent A Stockholder Vote

This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, it explains when directors might have a duty to cause the company to make disclosures to the stockholders about transactions that do not require the stockholders’ vote....more

Bank Executives, Board Members Hit With SEC Fraud Charges

Why it matters - A group of bank executives and board members were hit with fraud charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), with the agency accusing the defendants of engaging in a scheme to mislead...more

SEC-USAO Bring Insider Trading Case That is “Newman-Proof”

When anyone discusses insider trading these days Newman invariably becomes a key topic. Prosecutors decry the decision and its tipping standard. Little doubt why. It has been offered as a defense in innumerable cases. A...more

New Ninth Circuit Decision Clarifies Standard for Pleading Loss Causation in Securities Cases

The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently answered a question explicitly left open by its earlier precedent: Can the announcement of an SEC investigation form the basis for a viable loss causation...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another group of settled actions under its initiative regarding municipal bond underwriters. This time a group of fourteen actions were filed. Each centered largely on claims that the underwriter failed...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Settles With 14 Municipal Bond Underwriters

The SEC filed fourteen settled actions against municipal underwriting firms this week. The settlements were part of a program that commenced in 2014 called the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative. The...more

U.S. Court Certifies Classes in Petrobras Securities Litigation

The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York yesterday certified two classes of investors who had purchased Petrobras securities on U.S. exchanges or in other U.S. transactions. The February 2, 2016...more

Looks Like Another Test Case For EU Bank Resolution Law

Readers interested in the Banking Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) no doubt have been following the ongoing travails of the Portuguese "good bank" Novo Banco SA and "bad bank" Banco Espírito Santo SA (BES). The...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

SEC, NYAG Sanction Three Dark Pools

The SEC and the New York Attorney General announced settlements with Barclays Capital Inc. and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC centered on the operation of dark pool trading venues. In the Matter of Barclays Capital Inc.,...more

District Court Declines To Redress The SEC’s Failure To Respond To Petition Seeking Political Spending Disclosure Rule

Although placed right up front in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances is often overshadowed by the other First Amendment rights. There can be no doubt,...more

Supreme Court Revisits Stock Drop Fiduciary Standards

In Amgen v. Harris, the Supreme Court for the second time considered whether the plan participants sufficiently stated a claim against the plan fiduciaries for breach of fiduciary duty under ERISA by continuing to provide...more

LIBOR acquittals: Keep calm and carry on

Here’s some information that may shock certain sections of the media: Not everyone charged with a crime will be, or should be, found guilty. Even people with a case to answer on paper can still, quite properly, be acquitted....more

The SEC And Financial Fraud

Financial fraud was a staple of SEC enforcement for years. Complex financial fraud cases in which the “books were cooked” to make earnings guidance, increase bonuses or for other reasons were the daily grist of SEC...more

The Investment Company Act And Roy M. Cohn

Last week, UFCW Local 1500 Pension Fund filed a class action and derivative lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc., its board of directors and some of its current and former officers.  (N.D. Cal. Case No. 3:16-cv-00478-RS).  According...more

SEC Sanctions Alt Fund Asset Manager for Fee Overcharges and Misleading Investors

On January 19, 2016, the SEC settled proceedings against a Denver-based asset manager for material misstatements made in the offer and sale of units of a publicly-registered managed futures fund. The SEC found that the...more

Tension Between 'Aronson' Analysis and the Standard of Review

On Monday, just after the arrival of the blizzard of 2016 in Delaware, the Court of Chancery created its own momentous event with the release of its opinion in In re EZCorp Consulting Agreement Derivative Litigation, C.A. No....more

The U.S. Supreme Court May Address The Scope Of "Personal Benefit" Under Insider Trading Law

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that might clarify the scope of the "personal benefit" prong of insider trading law. As we have written in the past, clarity of insider trading law could be a welcome...more

Securities Class Action Suits Increased in 2015

Last year there were more class action suits filed compared to the prior year. The actions were brought largely against companies traded on the two major exchanges in the biotech and healthcare sectors, according to a recent...more

Supreme Court Rejects ERISA Stock-Drop Complaint for Failing Dudenhoeffer Pleading Standards

Earlier this week, the Supreme Court emphatically reversed the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in an ERISA stock-drop lawsuit. The Supreme Court concluded that the Ninth Circuit failed to properly apply the rigorous...more

SEC Awards Whistleblower More Than $700,000

On January 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of the Whistleblower (“OWB”) announced the award of more than $700,000 to a “company outsider who conducted a detailed analysis that led to a successful SEC...more

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