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Court Says Canada’s Attempt to Create a National Securities Regulation Scheme is Unconstitutional…Again

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The Quebec Court of Appeals recently held in an advisory opinion that Canada’s attempt to create a national securities regulation scheme with the voluntary participation of the provinces is unconstitutional. Canada’s...more

Lending Club Decision Provides Guidance For Bringing Section 11 Claims Based on Weaknesses in Internal Controls

We have been following defendants’ motions to dismiss in the In re Lending Club Securities Litigation class action, No 3:16-cv-02627-WHA, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (“the...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Biogen Investors’ Claims, Finding a Lack of “Connecting Detail,” in In re Biogen Inc....

In this putative class action, investors alleged that Biogen executives misled the public about the impact on sales of the company’s multiple sclerosis drug Tecfidera after one patient’s death. Plaintiffs alleged violations...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: SFC’s Case Against Moody’s – Part 3

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On June 8, 2017, the Hong Kong "Court" of Appeal handed down a "Judgment" dismissing an appeal brought by Moody’s challenging a determination (Determination) by the Securities and Futures Appeals Tribunal (“Tribunal”). This...more

Ready to IIROC and Roll: Alberta Legislation Grants Increased Investigative Powers to IIROC

Earlier this month, Alberta became the first province to grant the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) express, direct legal authority to collect evidence during the course of its investigations and...more

Dutch Court Denies Approval of Collective Settlement Unless Changes Are Made as to Allocation of Compensation and Fees

The Amsterdam Court of Appeal denied approval of the €1.204 billion collective settlement of former Fortis (now Ageas) shareholders’ claims unless the parties agree to restructure the allocation of the settlement amount among...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Caremark Claim For Failure To Adequately Allege That The Board Consciously Disregarded FCPA...

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On June 16, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed breach of fiduciary duty and other claims brought derivatively against the directors and former chief financial officer of...more

Northern District Of California Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Plaintiffs Had Alleged "Injury In Fact"...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice a putative securities class action against Charles Schwab & Co. (“Schwab”) under...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Scienter

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On June 13, 2017, Judge Vernon S. Broderick of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative securities class action against gold mining and exploration company Pretium Resources,...more

Implications of the Supreme Court's Kokesh Decision

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. SEC that a claim for disgorgement arising from the violation of federal securities law constitutes a “penalty” for purposes of the general statute of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - June 2017 #2

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Editor's Note - Financial Regulatory Reform Picks Up Speed. The Trump administration, which views burdensome and costly regulation as a significant impediment to lending and economic growth, has consistently maintained...more

After Settlement By Director Defendants Of Merger-Related Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims, Delaware Chancery Court Rejects Financial...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 26, 2017, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted plaintiffs’ request to sever and stay fiduciary duty breach claims settled with directors of Good Technology Corporation (“Good”) and...more

District Of Massachusetts Dismisses Putative Securities Class Action, Finding Vague And Generalized Allegations To Be...

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On June 6, 2017, United States District Judge George A. O’Toole, Jr. of the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts dismissed with prejudice a putative securities class action against Sonus Networks,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Claims Under Corwin, Finding The Complaint Adequately Pleaded That The Shareholder...

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On May 31, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of Charter...more

Supreme Court Deals Major Blow to SEC Disgorgement Claims in Kokesh

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The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may now only collect disgorgement from defendants within five years of filing suit. On June 5, the United States Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the five-year statute of...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer with AML Violations

The SEC announced that John David Telfer, the former chief compliance officer and anti-money laundering (AML) officer of a registered broker-dealer, agreed to a securities industry bar to settle charges in a pending...more

Next Stop the Supreme Court?: Circuit Court Extends American Pipe Tolling to Preserve Class Claims

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The Ninth Circuit recently held that plaintiffs whose claims were tolled during the pendency of two class actions were not time-barred from bringing a third related putative class action when the first two classes were not...more

Reflections on Kokesh v. SEC: Potential Ramifications of SEC Disgorgement Being a Penalty

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In the week since the Supreme Court’s unanimous decision in Kokesh v. SEC, which rejected the Securities and Exchange Commission’s longstanding position that disgorgement was an equitable remedy not subject to the five-year...more

N.D. Illinois Dismisses Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim For Lack Of Complaint To The SEC

On June 7, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a whistleblower retaliation claim under the Dodd-Frank Act because the plaintiff failed to report his complaint of alleged securities...more

Limiting SEC Disgorgement Unanimous Supreme Court Draws a Bright Line Five-Year Rule

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The Supreme Court held unanimously last week in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 16—529 (2017), that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) often used disgorgement remedy was a penalty subject to...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Burden-Shifting Analysis in Discrimination Case

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case in which the plaintiff, a former stockbroker, sued his employer after he was terminated claiming discrimination under the ADA and ADEA. Under these statutes and...more

Kokesh v. SEC: Supreme Court Reins in SEC’s Powerful Disgorgement Remedy

This week, the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) equitable disgorgement remedy is subject to a five-year statute of limitations because it is a “penalty”...more

Ninth Circuit Extends American Pipe Tolling to Subsequent Class Actions in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc. (May 24, 2017)

Overruling (or, at least, creatively re-characterizing) its own precedent, the Ninth Circuit held in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 2261024 (9th Cir. May 24, 2017), that the pendency of an earlier...more

Bridging the Week - June 2017 #2

Diamonds May Be Forever, but US Supreme Court Rules SEC Ability to Seek Disgorgement Limited to Five Years: The United States Supreme Court ruled last week that the Securities and Exchange Commission may only commence...more

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