Life Sciences Companies Should Protect Themselves Against Increased Exposure to Costly Securities Fraud Lawsuits After Supreme Court Decision

What you need to know: The Supreme Court recently found that defendants in class action securities fraud lawsuits will not be able to challenge the materiality of allegedly fraudulent misstatements or omissions at the preliminary, class-certification stage. Therefore, the materiality issue will almost always be deferred until summary judgment or trial, necessitating costly and distracting discovery.

What you need to do: Public life sciences companies must ensure that their public disclosures present an accurate and understandable sense of their business for investors, without relying on third-party information to round out the picture, since the Court’s decision means that these statements will be viewed in a vacuum until summary judgment or trial.

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