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ACE Files Complaint Re-Asserting Repurchase Claims Dismissed by the First Department

On June 18, trustee HSBC filed suit on behalf of ACE Securities Corp. Home Equity Loan Trust Series 2006-SL2 against DB Structured Products, Inc., a Deutsche Bank Subsidiary, in New York state court. The complaint attempts to...more

The SEC v. Congress . . . for the Title

You don’t see this every day. On Friday, the SEC filed a subpoena enforcement action seeking production of documents from the House Ways and Means Committee and documents and testimony from one of its staff members, Brian...more

Flash Boys and the Transportation Corridor Act

Michael Lewis' new book, Flash Boys concerns high frequency traders using advance notice of a stock purchase to reap extra profits. Fittingly, the North Carolina Supreme Court's decision in Beroth Oil v. NCDOT was published...more

Inside The Courts - March 2014 | Volume 6 | Issue 1

In This Issue: - U.S. SUPREME COURT: ..Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 (U.S. March 4, 2014) ..Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, No. 12-79 (U.S. Feb. 26, 2014) - CLASS CERTIFICATION: ..In re BP...more

Financial Reform Group Files Suit Challenging Largest DOJ RMBS Settlement

On February 10, Better Markets, a public interest non-profit organization, announced the filing of a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging a November 2012 settlement obtained by the DOJ...more

How An Oil And Gas Scammer Avoided Justice

Scoundrels often get away with their crimes by scamming lots of victims for small amounts, so that no one investor can afford to prosecute his claim. Big Rock Investors Association v. Big Rock Petroleum, Inc. was an...more

Second Circuit Says Injured Investors Lack Standing to Challenge Release of Fair Funds to US Treasury

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that injured investors, who had already recovered some of their losses due to certain specialist firms’ “manipulative tactics,” lacked standing to challenge the...more

The Honeymoon Is Over: Post-DOMA, Same-Sex Couples Now Spouses For Purposes Of The Securities And Exchange Act Rules

The Supreme Court in U.S. v. Windsor held that the federal Defense of Marriage Act’s (DOMA) section defining marriage as between a man and woman is unconstitutional because it violates the Fifth Amendment’s equal protection...more

Credit Crunch Digest -- August 2013

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the future of Libor; a large settlement between Citigroup and Fannie Mae; another lawsuit against the ratings agencies; the duties of custodial banks to investors who lost...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Madoff Trustee’s Common Law Claims

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the district court’s dismissal of common law claims brought by Irving H. Picard (Trustee), trustee for Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities (BLMIS), against several...more

Rajaratnam Appeal: Is Snowden Right That Big Brother Is Listening?

On Monday, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan affirmed the 2011 insider trading conviction of Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group hedge funds....more

Securities Class Representative Cannot Object to Bankruptcy Release on Behalf of Class

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed an order rejecting an objection to the confirmation of a Chapter 11 Plan of Reorganization for Dynegy, Inc. and Dynegy Holdings, LLC (together, Dynegy) for...more

Inside The Courts - June 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 2

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY - CLASS ACTIONS - CONFIDENTIAL WITNESSES - DEMAND FUTILITY - DERIVATIVE LITIGATION - FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT - FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT - INSIDER TRADING...more

Supreme Court To Decide If It Will Decide Whether Section 16 Plaintiff Has Constitutional Standing

No Harm, No Foul - The late Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn was known for coining or popularizing numerous basketball expressions, including “air ball” and ”no harm, no foul”. Now, the U.S. Supreme Court may soon...more

Second Circuit Affirms Denial of UBS’s Motion to Dismiss FHFA Complaint

On April 5, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the decision of the district court denying UBS’s motion to dismiss the complaint brought by the FHFA. FHFA sued UBS as conservator of Fannie Mae...more

Purchase Timing A Wall To Facebook Derivative Litigation Despite Unenforceability Of Forum Selection Clause

Four derivative lawsuits against Facebook’s directors relating to alleged disclosure issues surrounding the company’s initial public offering have a new status: Dismissed. Last month, Judge Robert Sweet of the Southern...more

Inside The Courts - March 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 1

In This Issue: *U.S. SUPREME COURT - Class Certificaton - Amgen Inc. v. Conn. Ret. Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11 1085 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013) - Statutes of Limitations - Gabelli v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, No....more

Does Every 10% Owner Owe A Fiduciary Duty To The Corporation?

If I told you that all 10% owners owe a fiduciary duty to the corporation, I’d be surprised if you weren’t surprised. However, that was, in fact, the holding of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last October in Donoghue v....more

Texas Court Rules that Regardless of Fault, CEOs and CFOs Will Have to Pay Up Under Sarbanes-Oxley Section 304

A Texas federal judge denied defendants ArthoCare CEO Michael A. Baker and CFO Michael T. Gluk’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s claim against them under Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) Section 304’s clawback provision. Section 304...more

Gabelli v. SEC,

Brief Of The CATO Institute As Amicus Curiae In Support Of Petitioners

Statutes of limitations exist for good reason: Over time, evidence can be corrupted or disappear, memories fade, and companies dispose of records. Moreover, people want to get on with their lives and not have legal battles...more

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Denies Attempt to Withdraw Fifth Amendment Invocation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently addressed the question of when a defendant can withdraw an invocation of the Fifth Amendment right to refrain from making self-incriminating statements....more

Bulldog II: SJC Eliminates First Amendment Challenge to Securities Violations Found by the Massachusetts Securities Division

A decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) on September 22, 2011, lays to rest the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s finding that a hedge fund manager, Bulldog Investors General Partnership (“Bulldog”), and...more

Supreme Court Limits Investors' Right to Sue in Securities Fraud Lawsuits

The Supreme Court issued an opinion on Monday barring a group of investors from proceeding with a lawsuit against Janus Capital Group for allegedly making misleading statements in Janus mutual fund prospectuses. The ruling...more

in Re: Chiquita Brands International Alien Tort Litigation

Opinion & Order on Motion to Dismiss

Plaintiffs allege claims against Chiquita Brands International under 28 U.S.C. sec. 1350, commonly known as the Alien Tort Statute ("ATS'"), for terrorism; material support to terrorist organizations; torture; extrajudicial...more

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