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Ninth Circuit Extends American Pipe Tolling to Subsequent Class Actions in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc. (May 24, 2017)

Overruling (or, at least, creatively re-characterizing) its own precedent, the Ninth Circuit held in Resh v. China Agritech, Inc., — F.3d —-, 2017 WL 2261024 (9th Cir. May 24, 2017), that the pendency of an earlier...more

Public officials – Supreme Court decision provides guidelines for D&O insurers

by DLA Piper on

On May 15 2017 the Joint Divisions of the Supreme Court issued a decision (119831/17) that further clarified the Court of Auditors' jurisdiction compared with that of the civil courts regarding the liability of directors and...more

Wrap-up: “Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?”

I am grateful for the enthusiastic feedback I’ve received on my three-part blog post “Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?” I especially appreciate the time Kevin LaCroix took to write a...more

“If at First You Don’t Succeed…” - Shareholders Keep Trying to Sue D&Os for Data Security Breaches

by Locke Lord LLP on

Several high-profile lawsuits have been filed in recent years by shareholders seeking to hold corporate officers and directors liable for damage resulting from data security breaches. For example, directors and officers at...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare Standard for Pleading False Statements of Opinion to Section 10(b) Claims, in City of Dearborn...

In a matter of first impression in the Ninth Circuit, the court applied the Supreme Court’s Omnicare standard for pleading the falsity of a statement of opinion to a Section 10(b) claim in City of Dearborn Heights Act 345...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part II)

This is the second of a three-part post evaluating who is winning the securities class action war. Part I explained that this war is not just a scorecard of wins and losses, but rather a fight for strategic...more

False Claims Act Litigation and Implications for D&O and Professional Liability Insurers

by Sedgwick LLP on

The Federal False Claims Act - 31 U.S.C. §§ 3729-3733 (the ‘‘FCA’’) permits private plaintiffs to pursue claims on behalf of, and sometimes with the intervention of, the U.S. Department of Justice (‘‘DOJ’’), against those...more

Who is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants?

The securities class action war is about far more than the height of the pleading hurdles plaintiffs must clear, the scorecard of motions to dismiss won and lost, or median settlement amounts. It is a fight for strategic...more

Connecticut Court Holds No Coverage for Late Notice Under D&O Policy

In Zahoruiko v. Fed. Ins. Co., No. 3:15-cv-474 (VLB), 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 28204 (D. Conn. Feb. 28, 2017), the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut had occasion to consider whether an insured’s late...more

Ninth Circuit Holds D&O Policy Bars Coverage of FDIC’s Claims

In a decision, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, in finding for a directors & officers (D&O) insurer, denied coverage of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) claims against a failed bank’s former...more

Navigating Yates Memo Minefield and Broadening of Excess Side-A DIC D&O Insurance Policies

by Perkins Coie on

Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates issued a memorandum (the Yates Memo) in September 2015 setting forth guidance on how the U.S. Department of Justice would handle future corporate investigations and, to the extent...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

by Allen Matkins on

After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

California Appellate Court Holds D&O Insurer Must Pay Cost of Insured’s Appeal Despite Criminal Conviction

In Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017), the Second District California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether a criminal conviction is a “final adjudication”...more

Liability for Directors of Nonprofit Corporations

Lawyers are often asked to serve on Boards of nonprofit corporations and if they do so, they will often be asked by other directors about the potential individual liability of a director for actions of the nonprofit, for...more

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

Who is an Insured and What is a Claim? Circuit Courts Offer Guidance in Applying the “Insured vs. Insured” Exclusion in D&O...

by Carlton Fields on

Typical directors and officers (“D&O”) liability policies exclude from coverage claims brought by one of the company’s directors or officers against another, or between the company and any of its directors or officers. The...more

Texas Supreme Court Broadly Defines Successor When Enforcing the Insured v. Insured Exclusion

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Underlying Dispute - Robert Primo (Primo) served as the director and treasurer for a condominium association. Shortly before he resigned from that position, he wrote himself two checks totaling more than $100,000...more

“Succeeds to the Interests of” Does Not Require Assumption of Obligations: D&O Policy’s Insured v. Insured Exclusion Applies to...

by Cozen O'Connor on

On February 24, 2017, the Texas Supreme Court reinstated a state trial court ruling that an “insured-versus insured” exclusion barred coverage under a D&O policy for the costs of defending a lawsuit. Because the D&O insurer...more

Trio of Recent Decisions on the I v. I Exclusion Should Remind Policyholders to Annually Review the Language in Their Policy to...

D&O policies vary quite a bit from carrier to carrier, and language on “standard” exclusions can change from year to year. Accordingly, it is important to do a yearly review of your D&O policy to make sure your company has...more

Ninth Circuit to Decide Key TCPA Insurance Issue

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard oral argument in Los Angeles Lakers, Inc. v. Federal Insurance Company, a case raising the issue of whether an exclusion for invasion of privacy claims in a directors and...more

Effectively Defending Adversarial Actions Brought Against Former D&Os in Bankruptcy Court

When private equity investors, hedge funds, distressed asset funds, major shareholders or founders step up and take board positions to help guide or turnaround a troubled company, they often do so for all the right reasons....more

Top 10 Things Corporate Attorneys Should Know About Insurance

Almost every corporate transaction — mergers, purchase and sales, real estate matters, among others — involves some “insurance” related issues. They can range from simple “insurance requirements” in the corporate documents to...more

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

The Eighth Circuit Applies Insured vs. Insured Exclusion to Non-Insured Co-Plaintiffs

by Cozen O'Connor on

In a significant decision interpreting one of the most frequently litigated exclusions in the world of D&O insurance, the Eighth Circuit recently ruled that an Insured vs. Insured exclusion applied to an insured director’s...more

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