Third Circuit Rejects The "Fraud-Created-The-Market" Theory Of Reliance In A Section 10(b) Private Securities Fraud Action

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In Malack v. BDO Seidman, LLP, No. 09-4475, 2010 WL 3211088 (3d Cir. Aug. 16, 2010), the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declined to recognize a presumption of reliance based upon the so-called “fraud-created-the-market” theory to state a claim under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b), and, consequently, satisfy the predominance requirement of Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(b)(3) for certifying a class. In so holding, the Third Circuit followed the Seventh Circuit and the recent trend of federal courts to narrow and limit Section 10(b) liability to its current contours.

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