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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...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

The World In U.S. Courts - Spring 2017

Cases discussed in this issue - Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Act of State Doctrine - Court of Appeals Considers US...more

"Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - April 2017"

In this edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a district court ruling against Wendy's that continues a shift toward an increase in merchants' data protection responsibilities and the Article 29 Working...more

We Know What You Really Meant: Utah Court Holds that SEC Can Bring Extraterritorial Enforcement Action Based on Conduct or Effects...

A federal court in Utah recently held that the Securities and Exchange Commission may bring an enforcement action based on allegedly foreign securities transactions involving non-U.S. residents if sufficient conduct occurred...more

Who is the Client for the Purposes of Legal Advice Privilege? English High Court Confirms Narrow Scope of Legal Advice Privilege

A recent decision out of the English High Court narrows the scope of the legal advice privilege, which will have important implications for US companies that have ties to the UK. Please see full Alert below for more...more

What Explains Plaintiffs’ Post-Morrison Preference for the Third Circuit in Securities Filings Involving Overseas Parties or...

In monitoring securities cases filed around the country, I like to keep an eye out for regional trends. Historically, plaintiffs’ counsel respected the company defendant’s forum, filing in the federal court closest to the...more

Hague Securities Convention Takes Effect to Clarify Applicable Law Governing Securities Accounts Held by Intermediaries

by Sullivan & Worcester on

On April 1, 2017, the Hague Convention on the Law Applicable to Certain Rights in Respect of Securities Held with an Intermediary (the "Convention") will take effect in the United States. On December 15, 2016, the United...more

The Hague Securities Convention – IV. What effect does the Hague Securities Convention have on perfection by filing?

The Convention does not affect perfection of a lien by taking physical possession of the securities. However, the Convention may affect perfection of a lien by filing, including the place where the security interest or other...more

The Hague Securities Convention – III. What is required to be a governing law?

Two things are required. First, the choice should be expressly made. If an express choice is not made, there are a series of fallback rules under the Convention, but clearly the far better approach is to make an express...more

The Hague Securities Convention – II. What do these provisions accomplish?

The cited provisions are choice-of-law provisions that select the governing law for the intermediary account agreement, which under the Hague Securities Convention will then also dictate the governing law for other issues...more

Proposed Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

Pursuant to a court order, the parties to the conflict minerals case have filed a proposed judgment after they advised the court no further proceedings were necessary. The text of the proposed judgment is as follows...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Parties Request Judgment be Entered in Conflict Minerals Case

The conflict minerals case was remanded to the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia for further proceedings. Judge Jackson ordered the parties to file a joint status report indicating whether any further...more

Corporate Communicator - Spring 2017 - Recent Developments Regarding the Conflict Minerals Reporting Requirements

by Snell & Wilmer on

On January 31, 2017, Michael Piwowar, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), issued two Statements regarding the current status of guidance on and implementation of the conflict minerals rules....more

Another Canadian Decision Reaches Outside Canada

by Field Law on

This fascinating Ontario case deals with an Alberta-based individual who complained of certain material that was re-published on the website Globe24h.com based in Romania. The server that hosted the website was located in...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Class Action Against Lending Club and WebBank Headed to Defeat - On Monday, January 31, 2017, a federal district court in the Southern District of New York granted a motion to...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Japan’s SoftBank hasn’t been shy about bold moves, but its most recent one—the decision to buy American PE giant Fortress Investment Group—is an especially big one. The deal is seen as bolstering SoftBank’s recently announced...more

Federal Court of Australia Approves a Common Fund Class Action Model for the First Time – No Opt-In Required

As discussed in this space before, Australia is quickly becoming a key venue for securities class action litigation. With the release of its decision in Money Max Int. Pty. Ltd. (Trustee) v. QBE Insurance Group Limited, the...more

California Federal Court Holds that U.S. Securities Laws Apply to Sponsored, Unlisted ADRs

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held on January 4, 2017 that the federal securities laws apply to U.S. transactions in sponsored, but unlisted, American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”) for a...more

Global Warming: Court of Appeal Shows Openness to Global Classes

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Class Action Case Update: The Ontario Court of Appeal's recent decision in Excalibur Special Opportunities LP v Schwartz Levitsky Feldman, 2016 ONCA 916 addresses when to assume jurisdiction in a global class action. ...more

District Court Judge Assigned in Conflict Minerals Rule Case

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

How time flies! This month, the litigation relating to the U.S. SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule enters its fourth year. The litigation has been quiet for the better part of the last year, after the SEC’s petition seeking...more

Five Key Takeaways from Key Energy’s SEC FCPA Settlement

by Michael Volkov on

The SEC, last week, announced its $5 million settlement with Key Energy. As always, FCPA settlements contain important examples of enforcement priorities and policies. Key Energy’s recent settlement is an example of the...more

After Adopting the “Fraud-on-the-Market” Presumption of Reliance, Australia is Poised to Become a Plaintiff-Friendly Venue

The United States is a popular location for securities class actions, due in large part to its reputation as a generally plaintiff-friendly system. A key contributor to that reputation is the acceptance of the...more

New York Appellate Court Reverse Lower Court, Allows RMBS Action to Proceed Against Morgan Stanley

On August 11, 2016, the First Department of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of the State of New York reversed the lower court, allowing RMBS Trustee U.S. Bank to proceed with claims against Morgan Stanley in...more

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