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Credit Rating Agencies’ Opinions Are Not Immune

Recently, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, Southern District of New York, rejected the contentions of Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. and several ratings agencies, including Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch, that credit...more

New York Court of Appeals’ Clarification of the Martin Act Opens Door for Common Law Claims in Securities Cases

The New York Court of Appeals recently held that the Martin Act — New York’s “Blue Sky” law — does not preclude private plaintiffs from pursuing common law claims such as fraud and negligent misrepresentation relating to...more

Suit Arising Out of SEC's Failure to Detect Madoff Ponzi Scheme Barred by Sovereign Immunity

The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted defendant United States' motion to dismiss a complaint brought by former investors in the investment advisory firm Bernard L. Madoff Investment...more

Judiciary Opinions on Technology in Trial

“Juries seem to love visuals, even if it’s just jury instructions. I see it more and more.” -- Hon Jerome E. Brock, Santa Clara County Superior Court A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News...more

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