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Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

In this our second edition of Fenwick’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter, we continue to provide you with short insights about timely securities litigation and enforcement developments. This edition’s topics...more

What 19 Eminent Law Professors Would Have You Believe

UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge yesterday highlighted an amicus curiae brief filed recently by 19 law professors in Freidrichs v. California Teachers Ass’n. That case, which is now pending before the U.S....more

SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule Still Unconstitutional, Says D.C. Circuit

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed that both Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act and its implementing Conflict Minerals Rule issued by the SEC violate the...more

Creation Of Astana International Financial Centre

Following the decree of the President of Kazakhstan issued in May of this year, a draft constitutional law (the Bill) has been presented for consideration to the lower house of parliament, taking the creation of the Astana...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms 2014 Opinion on Conflict Minerals Rule

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its 2014 ruling that struck down the requirement that public companies must disclose to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and on their...more

"Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirement Confirmed Unconstitutional"

On August 18, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a 2-1 decision (opinion available here), confirmed its earlier decision in April 2014 by ruling that the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms That Portions of Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Rules Violate First Amendment

On August 18, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit reaffirmed its ruling in National Association of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission that portions of the SEC’s...more

Blog: New Study Gives Mixed Reviews To Companies Filing Conflict Minerals Reports

A new study on conflict minerals compliance from Tulane University and Assent Compliance, a compliance software and services firm, revealed that, about 90% of filers of conflict minerals reports indicated that they were...more

Impact of Delaware Fee-Shifting Provisions on Derivative Actions in California

A recent decision in the Delaware Supreme Court, in conjunction with the broad California exceptions to the internal affairs doctrine, may dictate the legal landscape of shareholder litigation in California in the near...more

Editorial: Fla. Sets Strict Standard For Direct Shareholder Claims

Florida recently clarified the limited circumstances in which a corporate shareholder or limited liability company member has standing to bring a direct claim for damages relating to the company. On July 9, in Dinuro...more

Editorial: 3rd DCA Clarifies Derivative Lawsuits

The Third District Court of Appeal has issued a landmark opinion setting forth Florida's law to determine the limited circumstances in which a corporate shareholder or limited liability company member has standing to bring a...more

NJ Joins the CrowdFunding Race

The race is on between the New Jersey Legislature and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both are considering legislation to permit entrepreneurs to raise funds through equity crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, which...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

Fannie And Freddie Shareholders To US: 2008 Government Takeover Of Mortgage Giants Good For The Country; Not So Much For Us

Can shareholders of a government-sponsored enterprise successfully challenge the constitutionality of a government takeover of the entity? ...more

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


California State Senate Passes Measure Providing Partial Relief From Cutler Decision (re: QSBS)

The California State Senate yesterday approved a measure providing relief (albeit only partial relief) to those taxpayers facing retroactive tax assessments by reason of the Cutler decision. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board...more

California Requires Many Foreign Corporations To Send Annual Financial Statements To Shareholders

California is a net exporter of corporate charters, but it remains home to many corporations. As a result, the California Corporations Code has a preternatural concern with foreign corporations. ...more

The PUHCA, Chenery & The Run For The Roses

Earlier this week, I mentioned the former Public Utility Holding Company Act (aka PUHCA). Although it was repealed several years ago, the PUHCA remains important as the legal substrate upon which the famous, and still...more

Why Incorporation May Be Unconstitutional

Section 25018 of the California Corporations Code provides a definition of several of the better known federal securities laws...more

Using the Privilege: Fifth Amendment Fundamentals for Corporations

Most in-house lawyers, if they're fortunate, haven't bumped up against the Fifth Amendment and its related issues since the bar exam. After all, the so-called "nickel" typically arises solely in the criminal context, and...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

Without An “Intelligible Principle” Can The SEC Adopt Political Spending Rules?

In August 2011, Professor Lucian Bebchuk and nine other law professors submitted this petition asking that the Securities and Exchange Commission adopt rules requiring public companies to disclose to shareholders the use of...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

The State Of California Seeks Back Taxes From Small-Business Shareholder- Not So Fast

A closer look at federal constitutional case law would seem to indicate that the State of California may not find it so easy to seek refunds plus interest after all....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

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