Second Circuit Vacates Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Claims Holding That Mutual Funds' Alleged Misrepresentations Regarding Payment Of Transfer Agent Fees Were Material

In Operating Local 649 Annuity Trust Fund v. Smith Barney Fund Management LLC, No. 07-5125-cv, 2010 WL 520896 (2d Cir. Feb. 16, 2010), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated an order dismissing a securities fraud class action brought on behalf of investors against the manager of a family of mutual funds. The Court held, among other things, that the defendants’ alleged misrepresentations regarding transfer agent fees paid by the funds were material under the “total mix” materiality test. This decision provides guidance regarding disclosures to be made by mutual funds concerning the details of transfer fee arrangements.

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