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JPMorgan Settles RMBS Litigation Brought by Syncora

On February 24, monoline insurer Syncora Guarantee, Inc. announced that it had reached a settlement of RMBS litigation against JP Morgan Chase for an undisclosed sum. Syncora had alleged that J.P. Morgan and its affiliates...more

Practical Tips For Avoiding Securities Litigation, Understanding D&O Insurance, And Selecting Defense Counsel

In my last post of 2013, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how public companies can better protect themselves against securities claims – practical steps companies can take to help them avoid suits, mitigate the risk if...more

SEC Enforcement/Securities Litigation and D&O Insurance

Recent SEC Enforcement Developments - .. Change in SEC policy regarding “no admissions” settlements - SEC Chair Mary Jo White has joined with colleagues at DOJ to change the perception that U.S. companies are...more

S.D.N.Y. Disqualifies Securities Class Action Plaintiffs’ Expert and Denies Class Certification

Recently, in IBEW Local 90 Pension Fund v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. 11-cv-4209, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 155136 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 29, 2013), District Judge Katherine Forrest declined to certify a class of securities plaintiffs and...more

Board Oversight of Cyber Security and Cyber-Security Disclosures: Answers to Some of the Key Questions

Cyber security is top of mind for companies, and cyber-security oversight is top of mind for corporate directors. I recently co-moderated a panel discussion for directors on board oversight of cyber security and...more

July 2013: Structured Finance Litigation Update - New York’s Evolving Reasonable Reliance Standard.

Among the more hotly contested issues facing structured finance investors and insurers bringing fraud claims in New York is the requirement that plaintiffs establish that they reasonably relied upon the alleged fraudulent...more

New York Appellate Court Clarifies Fidelity Bond "Direct Loss" Requirement

In a unanimous July 16th decision, the New York Appellate Division held that MF Global, Inc.’s loss sustained on account of the commodities trading activities of its employee was a “direct financial loss” under MF Global’s...more

Looking Past The Labels: Bank’s Disgorgement Payment To SEC Not Necessarily Excluded From D&O Coverage

In 2006, Bear Stearns agreed to a $250 million “neither admit nor deny” settlement with the SEC to settle charges that it facilitated late trading and deceptive market timing by its hedge fund customers....more

Three Landmark Decisions for Insurers and RMBS Investors

Quinn Emanuel recently secured landmark rulings for its client MBIA Insurance Corporation (“MBIA”) in three major decisions in MBIA’s long-running lawsuit against Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (“Countrywide”), various...more

The New York Court of Appeals’ Vigilant Decision: A Welcome Return to Enforcing Insurance Contracts as Written

In a much-anticipated decision, New York’s highest court, the New York Court of Appeals, on June 11, 2013, unanimously rejected a group of insurers’ attempt to invoke purported “public policy” considerations to avoid covering...more

New York's Highest Court Sends Strong Signal That Insurance Companies Will Be Held To Their Coverage Obligations

On June 11, 2013, the New York Court of Appeals decided two groundbreaking insurance coverage cases on public policy grounds....more

New York Court Allows Disgorgement Coverage Action to Proceed

In its recent decision in J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc. v. Vigilant Ins. Co., 2013 N.Y. LEXIS 1465 (NY June 11, 2013), New York’s Court of Appeals – New York’s highest court – had occasion to consider whether an insured can...more

Tenth Circuit Applies Broad Interpretation Of “Interrelated Wrongful Acts” Under New York Law

In Brecek & Young Advisors, Inc. v. Lloyds of London Syndicate 2003, ___F.3d ___, 2013 WL 1943338 (10th Cir. (Kan.) May 13, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit broadly applied the definition of...more

May 2013: Insurance Litigation Update - Insurer Prevails on Standards for Loss Causation.

On April 2, 2013, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department issued its decision in MBIA Insurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans et al., No. 602825/2008. The decision is significant for insurers,...more

Federal Court Dismisses $31 Million FDIC Suit as Time-Barred

On April 22, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed as time-barred the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) $31 million suit against JPMorgan...more

New York Court Holds Professional Services Exclusion Applicable

In its recent decision in David Lerner Assocs. v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 46333 (E.D.N.Y. Mar. 29, 2013), the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York had occasion to...more

The Material Impact of the Amgen Decision on D&O Insurance

In Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11-1085 (Slip Op. Feb. 27, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court, in a 6-3 majority opinion (Ginsburg, J.), affirmed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit’s...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act to Affirm Dismissal of Section 17200 Class Action Involving...

In Freeman Investments, LP v. Pacific Life Insurance Co., No. 09-55513, 2013 WL 11884 (9th Cir. Jan 2, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act...more

Mutual Fund Litigation and Insurance Practice Guide

In the wake of the subprime mortgage meltdown and ensuing global credit crisis, the SEC is more devoted than ever before to examination and enforcement efforts directed at the mutual fund industry. The class action bar also...more

FDIC Files Five Lawsuits Against Bank Entities Over RMBS

On August 10, the FDIC in its capacity as receiver for Colonial Bank filed five lawsuits – three in Alabama state court, one in New York federal court, and one in California federal court – seeking $741 million in damages...more

Seventh Circuit Compels Coverage Under D&O Policy Despite “Insured vs. Insured” Exclusion

On June 29, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit directed a D&O insurance provider to cover certain claims against defendants insured under the same policy as some plaintiffs despite an “insured vs. insured”...more

Assured Guaranty Sues GMAC Entities in Connection with RMBS Insurance

On May 11, 2012, Assured Guaranty filed suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against several GMAC entities alleging that the defendants induced Assured to issue financial guaranty...more

Assured Guaranty and Deutsche Bank Settle RMBS Claims for $165.6 Million

On May 10, 2012, Assured Guaranty announced that it had reached a $165.6 million settlement with Deutsche Bank resolving claims related to RMBS transactions issued, underwritten or sponsored by Deutsche Bank that were insured...more

New York Court Rejects $90 Million D&O Settlement

In In re Lehman Brothers Securities and ERISA Litigation, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 65167 (S.D.N.Y. May 3, 2012), Judge Lewis A. Kaplan, for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York considered the...more

Allstate RMBS Lawsuit to Stay in Federal Court

On March 27, 2012, Judge Deborah A. Batts of the Southern District of New York denied Allstate Insurance Co.’s motion to remand its lawsuit against JPMorgan Chase Bank NA to state court. The lawsuit arises out of alleged...more

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