Securities Fraud Claim Dismissed for Lack of Standing


The U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada dismissed a claim for securities fraud brought under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act on the ground that plaintiff lacked standing because he had never purchased or sold the securities in question.

Plaintiff was a doctor who worked at defendant Laboratory Medical Consultants (LMC) for 31 years and retired in 2006. LMC redeemed all of plaintiff's stock in accordance with the parties' 2001 Stockholders' Agreement at that time. Under the 2001 Stockholders' Agreement, a portion of plaintiff's deferred compensation benefits was to be secured by an escrow of plaintiff's stock. Plaintiff alleged that his shares were not properly placed in escrow and defendants conspired to defraud him of the value of his shares during the sale of LMC in 2007.

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