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Securities Litigators Who Do Not Understand Insurance Coverage Could Pay Dearly

There was a time not that long ago when lawyers representing parties in securities litigation and arbitration did not have to concern themselves too much with insurance coverage issues. Federal and state statutory securities...more

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute "Final Adjudications"

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute “Final Adjudications” For Purposes of Applying Fraud/Dishonesty Exclusion in Professional Liability Policy - A recent New York trial court...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

Massachusetts Court Allows Consideration of Extrinsic Evidence

In its recent decision in BioChemics, Inc. v. AXIS Reinsurance Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111218 (D. Mass. Aug. 7, 2013), the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts had occasion to consider when an...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

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

Business Litigation Report -- June 2013

In This Issue: - Three Landmark Decisions for Insurers and RMBS Investors - Shedding Light on a Bankruptcy Safe Harbor: Defining the Reach of Section 546(e) - Practice Area Updates: ..Patent...more

SEC’s Shift in No-Admit-or-Deny Policy Would Create Dilemma for Defendants if Applied in Close Cases

Last Tuesday, new SEC Chairman Mary Jo White said at The Wall Street Journal’s annual CFO Network Event that the SEC “in certain cases” will seek admissions of liability as part of settlements. The statement made headlines,...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 Holds Underlying Securities Claims Interrelated

In its recent decision in Brecek & Young Advisors, Inc. v. Lloyds of London Syndicate 2003, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 9599 (10th Cir. May 13, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, applying New York law,...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

Consenting Adults: D.C. Circuit Tells Press To Stay Out Of SEC-AIG Relationship

What happens between a mature multinational insurance corporation and its regulator is nobody’s business, or so says the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which issued an opinion in SEC v. AIG on February...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

Court Dismisses In Part RMBS Suit Against Countrywide, Dismissed In Entirety Against Bank of America

On December 6, Judge Mariana Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed in part claims brought by several insurance companies, including Minnesota Life Insurance Company, in...more

Federal Court Rules that Insurer May Prevail on its Representation and Warranty Claims Without Proving that the Breaches Caused...

On September 25, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the Southern District of New York issued a written opinion denying summary judgment in Assured Guaranty Municipal Corp.’s contract dispute with Flagstar Bank FSB over its insurance...more

Is a Fractured Left Knee a Serious and Permanent Injury?

In Ontario, your entitlement to receive any pain and suffering damages may be contested, even when you suffer an injury like a fracture knee....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

Trial Practice Update

Two recent decisions in MBIA Insurance Corp. v. Countrywide Home Loans , Inc., No. 602825/08 (N.Y. Sup. Ct. Dec. 22, 2010), one of the most closely-followed residential mortgage-backed securities (“RMBS”) cases in the...more

Third Circuit Holds That Mixed Present/Future Statements Are Protected By Reform Act Safe Harbor

In In re Aetna, Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 09-2970, 2010 WL 3156560 (3d Cir. Aug. 11, 2010), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that certain allegedly misleading statements regarding the...more

Court Limits Vicarious Liability for Actions of Putative Agent

In a case litigated by Robert J. McKennon, a partner of Barger & Wolen, LLP and editor of this blog, the California Court of Appeals recognized significant limits on the vicarious liability of a principal based upon the acts...more

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