Third Circuit Holds That Mixed Present/Future Statements Are Protected By Reform Act Safe Harbor

In In re Aetna, Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 09-2970, 2010 WL 3156560 (3d Cir. Aug. 11, 2010), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that certain allegedly misleading statements regarding the pricing of insurance premiums by a large health insurance company were protected under the safe harbor provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“Reform Act”), 15 U.S.C. § 78u-5(c)(1). The Court reasoned that the statements warranted protection because they were not only forward-looking — despite containing both present and future elements — but also immaterial. This decision further clarifies the Court?s analysis of mixed present/future statements for purposes of protection under the Reform Act?s safe harbor for forward-looking statements.

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