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The Class Action Chronicle - Spring 2014

This is the third edition of The Class Action Chronicle, a quarterly publication that provides an analysis of recent class action trends, along with a summary of class certification and Class Action Fairness Act rulings...more

Business Litigation Report -- February 2014

In This Issue - Firm News: ..Kathleen Sullivan Featured in December 2013 The American Lawyer Cover Story ..Quinn Emanuel Named to BTI’s 2014 “Client Service A-Team” Honor Roll Main Article: ..Overview...more

Class Certification Denied? Courts Denied Class Certification in Fewer Than 24 Securities Actions since 2002; Halliburton...

There is no shortage of arguments from the defense bar in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund (No. 13-317), a Supreme Court case that may be the most significant securities decision to come out of the Court in decades. At issue...more

C.D. Cal. Denies Class Certification In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On November 4, the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied certification of a putative nationwide class that alleges a mortgage servicer and lender-placed insurance (LPI) companies violated...more

Class Proceeding Against Investment Advisor, Firm And Trustee Certified At The Expense Of Individualized Causes Of Action

Verbeek was an investment advisor and, at some relevant times, a registered representative of the defendant Dundee Securities Corporation (“Dundee”). According to the plaintiffs’ allegations, between August 1998 and June...more

Sino-Forest: Leave to appeal CCAA decision denied when appellant seeking to preserve potential future right to opt out of class...

The test for granting leave to appeal in Companies Creditors’ Arrangement Act proceedings is well-settled: ..Whether the point on the proposed appeal is of significance to the practice; ..Whether the point is of...more

First Circuit Vacates Denial Of Class Certification In Opinion Concerning Pfizer’s Off-Label Marketing Of Neurontin

In Harden Manufacturing Co. v. Pfizer, Inc., 712 F.3d 60 (1st Cir. 2013), one of three cases addressing Pfizer’s off-label marketing of the anticonvulsant drug, Neurontin, the First Circuit vacated the district court’s denial...more

Second Circuit Reverses Class Certification Order, Holding That a Clearing Broker's Alleged Knowledge of Fraud Against...

In Levitt v. J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., No. 10-4596, 2013 WL 1007678 (2d Cir. Mar. 15, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court order certifying a class of shareholder...more

Applicability of Amgen Decision Should be Very Narrow

When the Supreme Court issued its decision in Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. v. Dukes in 2011, defense lawyers hailed the case as a game-changer that would level the class action playing field in an arena that traditionally favored...more

Supreme Court Holds That Proof Of Materiality Is Not A Prerequisite To Certification Of Fraud-On-The-Market Securities Class...

On February 27, 2013, the United State Supreme Court issued its decision in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds, No. 11-1085, 568 U.S. __ (2013). In an opinion authored by Justice Ginsburg,1 the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Rules In Favor Of Plaintiffs In Amgen Securities Class Action

Continuing its recent trend of handing down plaintiff-friendly decisions in private securities class actions brought under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. § 78j(b), and SEC Rule 10b-5 (Rule...more

Supreme Court Holds Securities Fraud Class Certification Does Not Require Showing Of Materiality, With Strong Dissents Questioning...

In its long-awaited decision in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds, No. 11-1085 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court held that plaintiffs in a securities-fraud class action do not need to...more

Litigation Alert: Amgen: A Pyrrhic Victory For Plaintiffs in Securities Class Actions?

In a 6-3 decision issued last week, the Supreme Court ruled in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Ret. Plans & Trust Funds, 568 U.S. ___, 2013 WL 691001 (Feb. 27, 2013), that shareholders bringing class actions under Section 10(b) of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Lowers the Bar for Class Certification in Private Securities Fraud Actions

On February 27, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plan and Trust Funds, 568 U.S. ___ (2013), resolving a conflict among the Courts of Appeals "over whether district...more

Reading Tea Leaves After the Supreme Court’s Amgen Securities Litigation Decision

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Fund. In the decision, the Court held that plaintiffs in 10b-5 securities litigation need not prove...more

Supreme Court Ruling Lowers Class Action Hurdle for Securities Fraud Cases

On February 27, the Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s determination that proof of materiality is not required before certifying a securities fraud class action....more

Plausible Allegations – Not Proof – Of Materiality All That’s Required For Class Certification in Securities Fraud Suits, Says...

In its ruling on February 27, in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds (No. 11-1085), the first of several highly anticipated class action decisions that impact securities class action litigation going...more

Supreme Court Update: Two Securities Law Decisions This Week, and Another to Come

The United States Supreme Court has taken a keen interest in the securities arena this current term, agreeing to hear at least three cases (of only approximately 70 in total). This week, the Supreme Court announced decisions...more

Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans And Trust Funds: Does Supreme Court Put “Cart Before The Horse” To Satisfy Predominance...

To best understand this decision, we need to look at the rules concerning both class actions and securities: - According to Rule 23(b)(3), a class action may be maintained if the court finds that questions of law or...more

Class Certification Denied In Recent Consumer Products False Advertising Cases

In a number of recent district court decisions from across the country, courts have denied requests to certify nationwide or statewide classes in cases involving consumer products. These decisions could prove helpful in...more

Amgen Argument Points Up Split in Supreme Court on Class Certification Versus Merits Issues

On November 5, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 1085, a securities class action, that concerned the ongoing question of what evidence is required...more

Doing Business in Canada: Fraud Law

Advances in technology, telecommunications and electronic fund transfer have brought about a marked increase in the amount of fraud perpetrated across borders. While Canada is not immune from these developments, combating...more

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