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Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Does California Side With Delaware Or New York On Special Litigation Committee Reviews?

by Allen Matkins on

As discussed in the two preceding posts, Nevada’s Supreme Court last week decided to adopt New York’s standard of review of special litigation committee recommendations to dismiss stockholder derivative suits. In re Dish...more

California District Court Denies Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Public Information Is Not Immaterial As A...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 6, 2017, Judge Andrew J. Guilford of the Central District of California denied motions to dismiss a putative securities class action asserting claims under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act...more

Review Of Special Litigation Committee Recommendations

by Allen Matkins on

Yesterday’s post limned the Nevada Supreme Court’s adoption of New York’s Auerbach standard of review for special litigation committee recommendations. In re Dish Network Derivative Litigation, 133 Nev. Adv. Op. 61 (2017). ...more

California District Court Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding News Reports Insufficient To Support A Claim Absent...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 6, 2017, Judge Fernando M. Olguin of the Central District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion by defendants to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against Goldcorp, Inc., a gold...more

Amendments to Connecticut Business Corporation Act Effective October 1, 2017

by Murtha Cullina on

Public Act No. 17-108, titled An Act Concerning Limited Liability Companies and Business Corporations (the "Act"), has amended the Connecticut Business Corporation Act ("CBCA"). Effective October 1, 2017, the Act amends the...more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

by Allen Matkins on

Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

There’s No Dressing This Up – Item 303(a)(1) Of Regulation S-K Is Unreasonable

by Allen Matkins on

In less than a month, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System (Docket No. 16-581). The question presented in Leidos is...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Forum-Selection Clause In Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Case Arising From A Shareholder Agreement

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In Pinto Tech. Ventures, L.P. v. Sheldon, the Texas Supreme Court held that business tort claims, including breach of fiduciary duty, were subject to a forum-selection clause in a shareholders agreement. No. 16-0007, 2017 WL...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

In re Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation: MFW Provides Recipe for Protecting One-Sided Controller...

by Perkins Coie on

In its opinion in In re Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation,[1] issued in August 2017, the Delaware Chancery Court addressed a question left open under Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp.[2] (MFW)—namely,...more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Exchange Act Claims Based On Exposure To Puerto Rican Bonds For Failure To Sufficiently...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 5, 2017, Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action against Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (“Ambac”), asserting claims under...more

This California Court Held That A Limited Partnership Is No Person

by Allen Matkins on

In preceding posts, I commented on the multifarious definitions of “person” in the Securities Act of 1933, the Exchange Act of 1934 and various laws within the California Corporations Code. As noted, the Corporations Code’s...more

Zero Dividend Shares are Ordinary Share Capital

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The Upper Tribunal (Tax and Chancery Chamber), the UK’s second level tax appeal court, have just published their judgement in the McQuillan case, which considered whether shares with no right to dividends or any other profits...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

Demand Futility Isn't Dead For Derivative Actions Against Non-Profit Corporations

by Brooks Pierce on

You probably thought that you would never again have to argue that a demand on a corporation's board of directors before filing a derivative action should be excused because it would have been futile. That's because the...more

August 2017: Securities & Structured Finance Litigation Update

New York’s First Department Creates Split Authority on Inducement Claims by Guaranty Insurers, Weighs in on “Backstop” Claims in RMBS Suits. On May 16, 2017, the New York Appellate Division, First Department, issued a...more

Shareholder Activism Dealt a Blow in Australia's Federal Court

by Jones Day on

The Background: In RBC Investor Services Australia Nominees Pty Limited v Brickworks Limited [2017] FCA 756 (10 July 2017) ("Brickworks case"), a large institutional investor sought to dismantle a cross shareholding...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Fraud Suit Against La Quinta Holdings, Inc., Finding No Adequately Alleged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 24, 2017, Judge Alison J. Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed with prejudice a putative securities class action against hotel chain La Quinta Holdings, Inc....more

Divided Second Circuit Broadens Personal Benefit Test for Insider Trading Liability

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

The court’s Martoma decision reinvigorates the US government’s ability to prosecute insider trading cases. Key Points: - The majority opinion overrules recent case law requiring that an insider have a meaningfully close...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Post-Closing Stockholder Suit Asserting Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims And Also Seeking...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a putative stockholder class action against the directors of Kreisler Manufacturing Corporation (“Kreisler”), rejecting...more

Western District Of Texas Dismisses Securities Fraud Suit Against Whole Foods, Finding Alleged Knowledge Of In-House Counsel Could...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 25, 2017, Judge Lee Yeakel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas dismissed with prejudice a putative securities class action against Whole Foods Market, Inc. and certain of its...more

Scienter In The News Again

by Allen Matkins on

In May, I wrote about Judge Gonzolo P. Curiel’s decision to grant the defendants’ motion to dismiss federal and state securities law claims in Mueller v. San Diego Entm’t Partners, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77643 (S.D. Cal....more

Divided Second Circuit Panel Abandons Relationship Test From Landmark Newman Decision In Upholding Insider Trading Conviction

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 23, 2017, a divided three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld the insider trading conviction of SAC Capital Advisors, LLC (“SAC”) portfolio manager Mathew Martoma. United...more

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