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Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #39

We are pleased to present the 39th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight developments related to securities fraud, class actions, and other news that will have...more

An Overview of the 2014 Class Action Survey [Video]

To read the full 2014 Class Action Survey report, please visit ClassActionSurvey.com. Fifty-two percent of major companies are currently engaged in class action litigation. This percentage has remained fairly consistent...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #38

We are pleased to present the 38th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent convictions in the Madoff scandal, class action litigation against General Motors...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #37

We are pleased to present the 37th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent developments concerning securities fraud liability against law firms and other...more

Looking Forward - Canadian Class Actions in 2014

The last few years have been very active years for class actions in Ontario. Bennett Jones continues to have an active and expanding class actions practice....more

Back to Work? Let’s Start With A Look Back at 2013

As we returned to the office this week, we thought what better way to adjust to re-entry than by taking stock of what happened in the last year. The year 2013 was an important year for class actions with a number of important...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2013

Looking Forward - 2012 was an active year for class actions in Ontario. Bennett Jones has been involved in some of 2012’s leading cases, including the putative class proceedings commenced in Trustees of the Labourers’...more

BLG Monthly Update for September 2012

Welly-wanging, Elvis memorabilia, insider trading and the usual neat contracts cases -- all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for 2012!...more

Automotive Quarterly - 3rd Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - VOLVO AGREES TO $1.5 MILLION LATE DEFECT REPORTING PENALTY. LARGER PENALTIES ON THE HORIZON. by Richard A. Wilhelm: NHTSA’s safety defect reporting regulations require manufacturers of motor...more

Reviewing Depos on Your iPad - Review of TranscriptPad: Of Bricks and Hammers

If you’re in need of a quick and easy method of reviewing depos, running searches, assigning issue codes, adding notes and marking designations with your iPad, Lit Software, makers of the popular TrialPad app, have...more

Why Agency Fraud Is Like Fraud On The FDA

In our rather terse (due to firm involvement) post on Monday concerning Merck & Co. v. Ratliff, ___ S.W.3d ___, 2012 WL 413522 (Ky. App. Feb. 10, 2012) – beating both BNA and 360 by two days, BTW – we...more

Absence of "Hard Numbers" Scuttles Securities Fraud Claims

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed securities fraud claims against a dental device maker based on the plaintiffs' failure to allege sufficient "hard numbers" showing that that the...more

Supreme Court Appears to Hand Unanimous Victories to Investors, But Leaves Lots of Openings for Defendants

Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano and Erica P. John Fund v. Halliburton The Supreme Court issued two opinions this term that could dramatically alter the landscape of securities fraud litigation. In Matrixx...more

Judiciary Opinions on Technology in Trial

“Juries seem to love visuals, even if it’s just jury instructions. I see it more and more.” -- Hon Jerome E. Brock, Santa Clara County Superior Court A recent article in the San Jose Mercury News...more

The Network of Trial Law Firms Offers FREE Online CLE

Shouldn't CLE be free? Now it is, as The Network of Trial Law Firms today launched its TRIAL.COM Online CLE Center at www.TRIAL.COM/cle. The service is 100% free and attorneys watching the videos can qualify for CLE credit in...more

Supreme Court Rejects Statistical Significance as Bright-Line Rule for Materiality

The U.S. Supreme Court found that allegations of "statistical significance" were not a requirement for pleading materiality in a securities fraud action arising from a pharmaceutical company's alleged failure to disclose...more

U.S. Supreme Court In Matrixx: No Bright Line For "Materiality" In A Securities Fraud Claim

On March 22, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously concluded in the securities fraud class action Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano1 that the materiality of adverse-event reports cannot be reduced to a bright-line...more

A MATRIXX Revolution, Part II: Supreme Court affirms Ninth Circuit's holding that life science companies cannot rely on a...

On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the Ninth Circuit's ruling in Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano, 09-1156. See our prior blog article from November 18, 2010. Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. (“Matrixx”) is a...more

Supreme Court Rejects Attempt To Equate Statistical Significance With Materiality In Suit For Securities Fraud

The United States Supreme Court issued a decision in Matrixx Initiatives et al. v. Siracusano et al. yesterday that will help securities class action plaintiffs survive motions to dismiss securities fraud cases. In a...more

Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Important Securities Fraud Case Concerning Pharmaceutical Manufacturers’ Obligations to Disclose...

On March 22, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. v. Siracusano, 562 U.S. ___ (2011), an important securities fraud class action with potential implications for pharmaceutical and...more

Supreme Court Rejects Bright-Line Test For Materiality in Rule 10b-5 Class Action With Respect to Adverse Event Reports

In Matrixx Initiatives, Inc. et al. v. Siracusano, et al., decided on March 22, 2011, the Supreme Court addressed the circumstances under which adverse event reports (“AERs”), i.e., reports by users of a drug that they...more

SEC News Alert: New SEC Reporting Requirements for Issuers Using Conflict Minerals

On July 21, 2010, President Obama signed into law the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the “Dodd- Frank Act”). Among the highly-publicized financial regulatory reforms, Section 1502 of the...more

Quarterly Cleantech Update: Green Marketing, "Greenwashing," and False Advertising

With increasing concern over issues such as global warming, skyrocketing gas prices, sustainability, and other human impacts on natural resources, consumers are, more than ever, considering the environmental impacts of...more

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