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Omnicare Court Ponders Two Middle Paths: One Rocky, One Smooth

Monday’s oral argument before the Supreme Court in Laborers District Counsel Construction Industry Pension Fund v. Omnicare, Inc., (“Omnicare”) was remarkable in that, as Omnicare attorney Kannon Shanmugam noted, it was the…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Business Torts, Securities Law

Sixth Circuit again Demonstrates the Need for the Supreme Court to Clarify the Standard for Judging the Falsity of Opinions

On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral argument in Laborers District Counsel Construction Industry Pension Fund v. Omnicare, Inc., which concerns the standard for judging the falsity of an opinion challenged…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

The Root Cause of Skyrocketing Securities Class Action Defense Costs

Why do the costs of defending securities class actions continue to increase? Because of my writing on the subject) I’m asked about the issue a lot. My answer has evolved from blaming biglaw economics – a combination of rates…more
| Law Practice Products & Services, Securities Law

First Take on Halliburton II: The Price-Impact Rule May Not Have Much Practical Impact

Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (Halliburton II) may well have the lowest impact-to-fanfare ratio of any Supreme Court securities decision. Despite the social-media-fueled…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Cybersecurity Securities Class Actions are Coming: Predictions, Analysis, and Practical Guidance

Last fall, I wrote about board oversight of cybersecurity and derivative litigation in the wake of cybersecurity breaches. I plan to update my thoughts later this year, after we see developments in the recently filed Target and…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Privacy, Science, Computers, & Technology

D&O Discourse Authors Davis and Greene to File Amicus Brief in Omnicare Case

My partner Claire Loebs Davis and I are honored to be working with Washington Legal Foundation on a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in the Omnicare securities class action. Omnicare concerns what makes a statement of opinion…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Ineffective Motions to Dismiss Erode the Power of the Reform Act

In 1995, public companies and their directors and officers received one of the greatest statutory gifts in the history of American corporate law: the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. The Reform Act established…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Derivative Litigation Representation: Strategic and Ethical Issues

Shareholder litigation comes in waves. There is a widespread belief that the next big wave will be shareholder derivative litigation – a shareholder’s assertion of a claim belonging to the corporation, typically brought against…more
| Business Organizations, Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Securities Law

Halliburton: Is the Fix as Basic as Alleging Omissions under Affiliated Ute? Or Is That Too Cute?

Even the most experienced securities defense attorneys regularly summarize Rule 10b-5(b) as creating a cause of action for “false or misleading statements and omissions of material fact.” Courts –including the Supreme Court –…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Practical Tips For Avoiding Securities Litigation, Understanding D&O Insurance, And Selecting Defense Counsel

In my last post of 2013, I thought I’d share some thoughts about how public companies can better protect themselves against securities claims – practical steps companies can take to help them avoid suits, mitigate the risk if…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, Insurance, Securities Law

Is the Demise of the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine Near? Be Careful What You Wish For

At long last, the United States Supreme Court is going to address the viability and/or prerequisites of the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the Court in 1988 in Basic v. Levinson. Securities…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Is the Biggest Name Really the “Safest” Choice for Securities Class Action Defense?

When I moved my securities litigation practice to a regional law firm from biglaw, I made a bet. I bet that public companies and their directors and officers would be willing to hire securities defense counsel on the basis of…more
| Law Firm Marketing

Falsity is Fundamental: The Case for Emphasizing Arguments against Falsity

In defending a securities class action, a motion to dismiss is almost automatic, and in virtually all cases, it makes good strategic sense. In most cases, there are only four main arguments..…more
| Civil Procedure, Business Torts, Securities Law

Amending Rule 506 — Lifting the Ban on the General Solicitation of Investors and the New Bad Act Disqualification

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently enacted amendments to Rule 506 (“the Rule”) promulgated under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, (“the Securities Act”). These amendments were required by the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Board Oversight of Cyber Security and Cyber-Security Disclosures: Answers to Some of the Key Questions

Cyber security is top of mind for companies, and cyber-security oversight is top of mind for corporate directors. I recently co-moderated a panel discussion for directors on board oversight of cyber security and cyber-security…more
| Business Organizations, Business Torts, Privacy, Insurance, Securities Law
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