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Second Circuit Ruling Creates Challenge for Securities Class Action Plaintiffs

The Second Circuit recently considered the extraterritorial application of the U.S. securities laws in the private securities class action context, bringing some clarity to an area of the law that is increasingly important...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Finds Demand Futility Where Plaintiff Adequately Alleged That Board's Approval Of Challenged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a stockholder complaint asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty against directors and executives...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Ascertainability Rule, Rejecting “Heightened” Standard of Administrative Feasibility

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The Second Circuit recently rejected the “heightened” ascertainability requirement under Rule 23(b)(3), turning aside a challenge to a district court’s certification of a securities fraud class action. Instead, the court...more

Incremental Facility Prohibited Because Existing Term Loans Were Undercollateralized

In December 2016, Cumulus Media Holdings Incorporated (Cumulus) proposed an exchange of $610 million of its unsecured senior notes for $305 million of new first-lien debt under a fully drawn revolving credit facility and...more

Delaware Supreme Court Decision Addresses Critical "Fair Value" Issues in Appraisal Litigation

On August 1, 2017, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an en banc opinion in DFC Global Corporation v. Muirfield Value Partners, L.P., et al., reversing the Delaware Court of Chancery's decision regarding the fair value of DFC...more

Commercial Division Declines to Use New York Debtor and Creditor Law to Enjoin a Defendant’s Asset Sale Without Evidence of...

In Del Forte USA, Inc. v. Blue Beverage Group, Inc. et al., No. 518454/2016, 2017 BL 253248 (Sup. Ct. Jul. 17, 2017), New York Commercial Division Justice Sylvia G. Ash denied plaintiff Del Forte’s preliminary injunction...more

Mutual Fund Advisers Win Again on Section 36(b) Claims

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Following a four-day bench trial, New Jersey District Judge Renee Bumb granted judgment to defendant Hartford mutual fund advisers on "excessive fee" claims brought by fund shareholders under Section 36(b) of the Investment...more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

Using “Finders” to Find Capital: Avoiding Problems for Your Company

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Raising money for your startup can be hard. Not every entrepreneur can walk into Silicon Valley with a business idea and walk out with multiple VC term sheets in hand. Sometimes the only path to financing your startup is...more

Independent Directors, Law Firm and Financial Advisor not Liable for Omissions in Private Tender Offer

R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., a private company, was allegedly more than 90% controlled by the Polk family. The Company was in the consumer marketing business with holdings such as Carfax, Inc. In March 2011, the Company initiated a...more

Hong Kong court appoints receivers to preserve assets in aid of arbitral proceedings in China

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The Hong Kong High Court has appointed receivers over shares in a Hong Kong company as an interim measure to preserve the status quo and the value of the shares, pending the outcome of CIETAC arbitration proceedings in...more

The rules of interpretation: a seller indemnity in a share purchase agreement

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The Supreme Court has dismissed an appeal over the meaning of an indemnity in a share purchase agreement, and in delivering its judgment has given guidance on the rules of contractual interpretation....more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

Commercial Division Rules that U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Access to a Company’s Detailed Financial Information in His Role as a...

Members of a company’s board who are also investors in the company often have access to detailed information about the company’s finances and its lending facilities. But what happens when an investor-board member could,...more

2nd Circuit Weighs in on Certifying Classes Involving Foreign Securities

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In In re Petrobras Securities Litigation, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued an opinion regarding the standards for certifying a class involving foreign securities. Petrobras is a multinational Brazilian gas...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

Capital Markets & Public Companies Quarterly: The Kokesh Decision’s Impact on SEC Enforcement

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The US Supreme Court’s decision in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission could have long-lasting implications for the SEC’s enforcement power. We discuss that decision and other developments from the second quarter of...more

Second Circuit Rejects First Circuit’s “Extreme Departure” Test for Assessing Materiality of an Alleged Omission of Interim...

In Stadnick v. Vivint Solar, Inc., 2017 WL 2661597 (2d Cir. June 21, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims for violations of Section 11 of the Securities Act of...more

Supreme Court to Determine whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Covered Class Actions under the Securities Act of...

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On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund,[1] to decide whether the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1998 (SLUSA) bars plaintiffs from filing any covered...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

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REGULATORY UPDATE - Department of Labor (“DOL”) Fiduciary Rule Partially Goes into Effect - On June 9, 2017, after a near two month delay, the DOL’s controversial Fiduciary Rule (“the Rule”) became partially effective....more

Southern District Decision Dismisses Commodity Exchange Act Claims Based on Morrison

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging, among other claims, that a large number of entities and individuals in the market for producing, refining and...more

En banc D.C. Circuit Split Leaves Intact Panel Ruling That SEC ALJs Are Not Inferior Officers

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On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia, which held...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19577 - Estate of Brooks v. Commissioner of Revenue Services - Husband died in Florida in 2000 and left a large amount of securities in two QTIP trusts for the benefit of his...more

Supreme Court to Determine State Court Jurisdiction of Class Actions Under Securities Act of 1933

On June 27, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. et al. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund et al., agreeing to weigh in on whether state courts have jurisdiction to hear class action lawsuits brought...more

En banc D.C. Circuit split leaves intact the panel ruling that SEC ALJs are not inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia which held...more

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