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The Root Cause of Skyrocketing Securities Class Action Defense Costs

Why do the costs of defending securities class actions continue to increase? Because of my writing on the subject) I’m asked about the issue a lot. My answer has evolved from blaming biglaw economics – a combination of...more

How Chadbourne & Parke, LLC v. Troice Threatens The Defense Of The Guilty And The Innocent

by Allen Matkins on

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Chadbourne & Parke, LLC v. Troice, 571 U.S. ___ (2014) arose out of the a multibillion dollar Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Allen Stanford. The scheme involved the sale to investors...more

The Importance of a Causation “Defense” In Post-Credit Crisis Investment Litigation

This memo explores the chances of defeating litigation brought by investors who claim injury due to a financial institution’s or investment manager’s conduct during the credit crisis that started in 2007. As these cases...more

The Volcker Rule’s Impact on Foreign Banking Organizations

On Tuesday, December 10, 2013, the three federal banking agencies – the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the “Federal Reserve”), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the Federal Deposit...more

Caso Lídia Teixeira x União (Senado)

Justiça derruba limite de gastos do Senado com assistência à saúde de viúva de ex-Senador

by Lucas de Alencar Oliveira on

"No caso dos autos, como referido linhas retro, a Requerente é pessoa idosa, necessitada de constante acompanhamento médico-hospitalar e ambulatorial, em clínicas de tratamentos multidisciplinares e que, em vista de constar...more

Try E-Briefs As Part of Your Hearing or Trial Presentation

by Cogent Legal on

For your next trial or important hearing, you should seriously consider using an e-brief to help the judge (and the judge’s clerk) navigate and understand your argument. Cogent Legal recently helped a team of patent...more

Are Political Intelligence Practice Groups Too Risky?

by Bloomberg Law on

May 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Robert Walker, attorney at Wiley Rein LLP, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the legal and ethical implications of law firms selling political intelligence. Last month, the SEC issued...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: ResCap Report, a Bargain at $83 Million

by Bloomberg Law on

April 10 (Bloomberg Law) -- Why the Residential Capital LLC examiner's report will cost almost $83 million is the first item on the new Bloomberg bankruptcy video with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia and Bloomberg News bankruptcy...more

Ritholtz: Insurance Regulators Should Oversee Derivatives

by Bloomberg Law on

March 13 (Bloomberg Law) -- Barry Ritholtz, CEO at Fusion IQ, and Tangent Capital Partners' Bob Rice talk with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the current state of the derivatives market and a recent initiative by ISDA to...more

How Facebook's Lawyers Price Their Services

by Bloomberg Law on

March 7 (Bloomberg Law) -- Silicon Valley's Fenwick & West -- which incorporated Apple and took Facebook public -- recently hired a new kind of staff position: a product manager charged with helping clients understand the...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: Rakoff Reverses Himself in Madoff Case

by Bloomberg Law on

Feb. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Judges rarely reverse themselves. When U.S. District Jed Rakoff recanted a ruling he made previously in the liquidation of Bernard L. Madoff Investment Securities Inc., the reversal was important...more

Legal Alert: Federal Court Finds That SEC Attorneys’ Interview Notes and Memories Are Not Protected by the Work Product Doctrine

In a highly unusual decision that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) says “ignores 65 years of precedent,” a federal judge has held that the memories of SEC attorneys and information from their interview notes are...more

Weekly Brief: Will RBS Plead Guilty In LIBOR Scandal?

by Bloomberg Law on

Jan. 31 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. US authorities are currently trying to get RBS to plead guilty to allegations it took part in the LIBOR rigging scandal. Also,...more

Decline in Securities Class Action Filings in 2012: What It Doesn’t Mean

For most readers of this blog, it is now old news that securities class action filings were down in 2012, especially in the second half of the year – this was extensively discussed and examined over the last several weeks by...more

Weekly Brief: Patent Jury Awards, Law Firm Hiring, Scalia's Hat

by Bloomberg Law on

Jan. 24 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. Last year we saw large jury awards in patent cases, but also a steep drop off in securities class action lawsuits. Also, law...more

Weekly Brief: Lawyers Advised To Accept New Reality

by Bloomberg Law on

Jan. 17 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the legal news for the week. A new report suggests lawyers need to forget about returning to the economic conditions preceding the Great Recession. Also, RBS...more

Weekly Brief: M&A Heats Up; Intrade Shuts Down; BigLaw Bonuses

by Bloomberg Law on

Nov. 29 (Bloomberg Law) -- The search for life in the M&A universe has yielded some encouraging signs. Deals are back, Dechert M&A partner Bill Lawlor tells Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia in the Weekly Brief - especially as...more

Weekly Brief: Nonequity Partner Comp, Barclays, Instagramming Ballots

by Bloomberg Law on

Nov. 8 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia runs through the week's most important legal news. In a first-of-its-kind survey, American Lawyer magazine reports that compensation for non-equity partners at the...more

Bill on Bankruptcy: NewPage, Dewey, Lehman and more!

by Bloomberg Law on

Oct. 11 (Bloomberg Law) -- Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia talks with Bloomberg News bankruptcy columnist and editor-at-large Bill Rochelle about recent developments in bankruptcy law including NewPage, Dewey & LeBoeuf, Lehman,...more

Ponzi Schemer Marc Dreier Confesses 'Sins' in New Film

by Bloomberg Law on

Mar. 30 (Bloomberg) -- Marc Simon, a filmmaker and partner at Cowan, DeBaets, Abrahams & Sheppard LLP, discusses his documentary "Unraveled" which explores the downfall of Marc Dreier, a prominent Manhattan attorney, who was...more

Better Safe Than Sorry

by Melissa Forbes on

As the Eurozone crisis continues to deepen, businesses should consider taking action to protect their position from the potential effects of the continuing drop in the value of the Euro and the possibility that one or more...more

Protecting Your Assets

by Melissa Forbes on

As the Eurozone crisis continues, businesses should consider taking action to protect themselves from the potential effects of the continuing drop in the value of the Euro and the possibility that one or more countries may...more

The Euro trade

by Melissa Forbes on

As the Eurozone crisis continues to deepen, businesses should consider taking action to protect their position from the potential effects of the continuing drop in the value of the Euro and the possibility that one or more...more

CISX listing - A Cost Effective Way To Make AIM Shares Eligible For Individual Savings Accounts

by Amedeo Claris on

The Alternative Investment Market (AIM) of the London Stock Exchange is not designated as a "recognised stock exchange" by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC). Therefore shares traded on AIM cannot be held in a stocks and shares...more

UK REITs: A New Dawn

by Amedeo Claris on

UK Real Estate Investment Trusts (UK REITs) were introduced by the Finance Act 2006 to give investors a tax-efficient way of getting exposure to commercial property. This special tax regime came into force on 1 January 2007...more

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