Lane Powell PC - Securities / D&O Law Blog

Myths & Misconceptions of Biotech Securities Claims: An Analysis of Motion to Dismiss Results (2005-2016)

There is a common life cycle for Directors and Officers Liability for a publicly-traded biotechnology company bringing its first drug or device to the market. In the early stages, whether pre-clinical or Phase 1, there is more…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Ninth Circuit Says Ethics Policies Are “Inherently Aspirational,” and Violations Don’t Support Securities Fraud Claims, in Retail Wholesale v. Hewlett-Packard (January 19, 2017)

A senior officer’s violations of a corporation’s code of conduct do not give rise to a claim for violation of the federal securities laws—even where the corporation (including the officer himself) has touted the company’s high…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part II: Would Companies Be Better Off Without the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine?

The villain in the fight against securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Without Basic, the…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Securities Law

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part I: Does the Reform Act Need Reforming?

The history of securities and corporate governance litigation is full of wishes about the law that we later regret (or will), or are happy were not granted. Many of these are not obvious—and some will surprise people. From…more
| Civil Procedure, Securities Law

3 Key Securities Litigation Developments of 2016

Among securities litigators, there is no consensus about the importance of developments in securities and corporate governance litigation. For some, a Supreme Court decision is always supreme. For others, a major change in a…more
| Civil Procedure, Securities Law

Lessons Learned in London

Earlier this month, I spent a week in the birthplace of D&O insurance, London. In addition to moderating a panel at Advisen’s European Executive Risks Insights Conference, I met with many energetic and talented D&O insurance…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Insurance, Science, Computers, & Technology, Securities Law

Are We Headed into a Perfect Storm of Securities Class Action Filings?

The history of securities litigation is marked by particular types of cases that come in waves: ..the IPO laddering cases, which involved more than 300 issuers and their underwriters; ..the Sarbanes-Oxley era “corporate…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Consumer Protection, Securities Law

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Early Damages Analysis and Discovery

The fifth of my “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense” (April 30, 2016 post) is to move securities class action damages expert reports and discovery ahead of fact discovery. This simple change would allow the defendants…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Insurance, Securities Law

The Decline of the Disclosure-Only Settlement: Will We Regret What We Wished For?

In combination with the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016), Judge Posner’s blistering opinion In re Walgreen Company Stockholder Litigation, 2016 WL…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Greater Director Involvement in Securities Litigation Defense and D&O Insurance

One of my “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense” (April 30, 2016 post) is greater involvement by boards of directors in decisions concerning D&O insurance and the defense of securities litigation, including defense-counsel…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Securities Law

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: A Defense-Counsel Interview Process in All Cases

One of my “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense” (April 30, 2016 post) is to require an interview process for the selection of defense counsel in all cases. When a public company purchases a significant good or…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Securities Law

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Effective Use of the Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision

In this installment of the D&O Discourse series “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense,” we discuss the third of five changes that would significantly improve securities litigation defense: to make the Supreme Court’s…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Greater Insurer Involvement in Defense-Counsel Selection and Strategy

One of my “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense” last month was for greater D&O insurer involvement in securities class action defense. This simple step would have extensive benefits for public companies and their…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance, Securities Law

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense

I am committed to helping shape a system for securities litigation defense that helps directors and officers get through securities litigation safely and efficiently, without losing their serenity or dignity, or facing any real…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Securities Law

Why I’m So Passionate about Omnicare

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Const. Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015). My partner Claire Davis and I are publishing a forthcoming one-year…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Securities Law
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