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Delaware Supreme Court Permits Stockholders to Overcome Corporation’s Attorney-Client Privilege for “Good Cause”

On July 23, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Indiana Elec. Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW held that plaintiff stockholders, who make a showing of good cause, can inspect documents concerning a...more

Second Circuit Rejects Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision

On August 14, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit became the first U.S. appellate court to weigh in on the extraterritorial application of the whistleblower provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

District Court Confirms Caremark Applies to Audit Committee Oversight of Internal Controls

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California recently granted a motion to dismiss a derivative action in which the plaintiff alleged that the directors of VeriFone Systems, Inc. breached fiduciary duties...more

Second Circuit Holds That Dodd-Frank Act Does Not Protect Whistleblower Outside U.S. Territory

Thursday's post on the SEC’s whistleblower program discussed among other topics the question of whether the Dodd-Frank Act protects employee whistleblowers from retaliation by their employers where the employees only raise...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

Fee Award Nixed After Client Abandons Case

In a neat, short opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court dealt with a situation that the chief justice characterized as "Kafkaesque" at oral argument and "unusual" in the written opinion. In Crothall v. Zimmerman, No. 608, 2013...more

10th Circuit Relies On Earnings Release and Compliance with Regulation S-K to Reject Claim of Material Omissions in Public...

In United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 880 Pension Fund v. Chesapeake Energy Corporation, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s dismissal of the complaint on a motion for summary...more

Has California Lost Its Jurisdictional Anchor For Securities Fraud Actions?

Does California’s securities fraud statute apply to offers and sales of securities that are made in other states, in Europe, or on the moon? Actually, there is no way to know. Formerly, California Corporations Code Section...more

Structured Thoughts: Volume 5, Issue 6 - August 2014

In This Issue: - European Product Intervention - FINRA Speaks at 2014 Structured Retail Products Conference - FINRA Approves Amendments to Communication Rules – Relief from Filing for Certain...more

Judge Rakoff’s “Sour Grapes”: SEC v. Citigroup Settlement Approved

On August 5, 2014, U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff reluctantly approved a$285 million settlement in the SEC’s enforcement action against Citigroup. In SEC v. Citigroup, the SEC alleged that after Citigroup realized in early...more

Court Limits Plaintiff’s Ability to Access Corporate Documents in Securities Class Action

In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc. released on July 18, 2014, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered whether a plaintiff seeking leave to commence a secondary market liability action under the Securities Act is...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Securities Fraud Class Certification, Remands for Evidence to Rebut Presumption of Market Efficiency

In Local 703 v. Regions Financial Corp., No. 12:14168 (Aug. 6, 2014), the Eleventh Circuit reviewed the certification of a securities fraud class action brought by investors against Regions for allegedly misrepresenting its...more

11th Circuit Opts For Flexibility over Predictability in Securities Fraud Class Actions

Securities fraud class actions tend to be battles that come to a head at the class certification stage. If the plaintiff group can certify a class, a large settlement often follows. If class certification fails, the case...more

Trustee’s Repurchase Suit Against Quicken Loans Dismissed as Time-Barred

On August 4, Judge Paul A. Crotty of the Southern District of New York granted Quicken Loans’ motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. (as Trustee of the GSR 2007-OA1 trust), alleging that...more

Three New Weapons to Combat Shareholder Litigation

Over the past several years there has been an overwhelming abundance of class action shareholder litigation. A study by Cornerstone Research found that in 2013 alone, 94% of mergers and acquisitions worth over $100 million...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 15 • August 2014 (Global)

US Judicial Developments - Securities fraud litigation practices. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that a party does not violate the automatic discovery stay found in the Private Securities Litigation...more

Supreme Court Grants Leave to Appeal in Securities Class Actions

The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will hear appeals in a trilogy of Ontario securities class action cases: Green v. CIBC, Silver v. IMAX and Celestica v. Millwright Regional Council of Ontario Pension Trust...more

Business Litigation Report -- July 2014

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..The Uniform Trade Secrets Act: Differences from the Common Law and from State to State - Noted With Interest: ..Enforceability of Settlement Terms in California...more

Wisconsin Adopts Twombly, Though "No One Is Sure What Twombly Means"

In Data Key Partners v. Permira Advisers LLC, 2014 WI 86, the Wisconsin Supreme Court adopted the “plausibility” pleading standard articulated by the United States Supreme Court in Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544...more

Fourth Circuit Adopts More Demanding Test for Exercise of Objective Prudence by Retirement Plan Fiduciaries -Tatum v. RJR Pension...

In the latest ruling in a long-running battle arising from company stock fund divestments, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has underscored the importance of procedural prudence in the management of plan...more

Delaware Supreme Court Extends Shareholder Books and Records Inspection Rights to Privileged Internal Investigation Documents

A recent decision of the Delaware Supreme Court approved granting shareholders the right to inspect privileged and confidential internal investigation materials upon showing “good cause.” Directors and general counsels should...more

Julie Friedman v. Dara Khosrowshahi, et al., C.A. No. 9161-CB (Del. Ch. Jul. 16, 2014) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss a stockholder’s complaint, challenging the accelerated vesting of the CEO’s restricted stock units based on an alleged violation of...more

The Supreme Court Extends SOX Whistleblower

On its face, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (“SOX”) is concerned with the conduct of publicly-traded, not privately-held, companies. SOX, after all, grew out of the scandalous and widely damaging failures of public companies...more

Step-by-Step, Inch-by-Inch: Trouble for Wal-Mart in Delaware

Niagara Falls, slowly I turn, step-by-step, inch-by-inch. In a creative epiphany, I have found a way to link together one of my favorite Three Stooges (Curly was my hero) scenes and Wal-Mart’s current situation in Delaware...more

The Texas Supreme Court Decision in Ritchie v. Rupe

On June 20, 2014, the Texas Supreme Court issued its opinion in Ritchie v. Rupe, 2014 Tex. LEXIS 500 (Tex. 2014). In Ritchie, a minority shareholder in a closely held corporation attempted to force the majority shareholders...more

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