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Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v....more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

Bank of America Settles RMBS Securities Claims for US$9.3 Billion

On March 26, Bank of America and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), as conservator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, announced a settlement of FHFA’s RMBS-related suits against the Bank. The Bank has agreed to pay...more

Appropriate Cautionary Language Leads to Dismissal of Investor’s Securities Fraud Suit

A California district court recently dismissed Mellanox Technologies Ltd. investors’ claims that the company made false statements about both its prominence in the interconnect market and its revenue and growth prospects. The...more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Actions

The SEC filed financial fraud actions against drug store giant CVS Caremark Corporation and its Retail Controller, Laird Daniels, CPA. CVS was charged with “intentional misconduct” based on alleged violations of Exchange Act...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

BAC CEO Pays $10 Million Plus D&O Bar To Settle NYAG Market Crisis Case

Former Bank of America CEO Kenneth Lewis agreed to pay $10 million and to be barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for three years to settle fraud charges brought by the New York Attorney General...more

Why Do People Commit Securities Fraud? SEC Speech Probes for Answers

One of the most vexing questions in securities enforcement – and in life more generally – is “why do otherwise good people end up doing bad things?”. Why do once promising professionals risk their careers, integrity and...more

Gupta’s Efforts To Overturn Insider Trading Convictions Rejected

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the conviction of former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta for illegal tipping. Mr. Gupta was convicted of conspiracy and three substantive counts of securities fraud, centered on...more

Court Declines To Apply Rule 9(b) To Section 25401 Claim

A complaint alleging securities fraud under Rule 10b-5 must meet the stringent pleading requirements of Rule 9(b) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure as well as the requirements of the Private Securities Litigation Reform...more

The Securities Fraud Device That The Legislature Devised To Omit

Last year, Senator Jerry Hill authored a bill, SB 538, which rewrote Corporations Code Section 25401. As I posted, the underlying premise was fanciful at best – that California’s statute “has failed to keep up with similar...more

OECD Releases Discussion Drafts on Hybrid Mismatch Arrangements

In July 2013, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released its Action Plan on Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (the BEPS Action Plan). The BEPS Action Plan identified hybrid mismatch arrangements...more

You Were Wrong, But Did You Know You Were Wrong? The Supreme Court To Resolve The Circuit Split On The Pleading Standard For...

Can a securities plaintiff satisfy Section 11 of the Securities Act simply by alleging that a statement of opinion was objectively false, or must the plaintiff also allege that the speaker subjectively knew the statement was...more

OECD Proposes Revisions to Tax Treaties to Prevent “Treaty Abuse”

On March 14, 2014, the OECD released a discussion draft for public consultation, BEPS Action 6: Preventing the Granting of Treaty Benefits in Inappropriate Circumstances (the Discussion Draft), as action item 6 in the OECD’s...more

The Supreme Court Ponders The Future Of The Basic Presumption In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Halliburton Co. v. Erika P. John Fund, Inc. in advance of what could be the most important decision affecting securities litigation in recent history. The outcome of the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 17, 2014

On March 12, the Honorable Katharine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Fabrice Tourre, a former Goldman Sachs trader convicted of violation of federal securities...more

SEC Scrutinizing Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

Sean McKessy (“McKessy”), the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) whistleblower chief, cautioned in-house attorneys who draft contracts incentivizing employees to report securities fraud complaints in-house rather...more

Jefferies Settles Market Crisis Failure To Supervise Actions With SEC/USAO

Registered broker-dealer Jefferies LLC resolved failure to supervise charges tied to the market crisis with the SEC and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. The Commission settled with the broker in an...more

Halliburton Oral Argument: The Fraud-On-The-Market Theory Is “Basic”Ally A Sore Thumb

On March 5, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Halliburton v. The Erica P. John Fund. As discussed in previous blog posts, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider Petitioner Halliburton’s argument to modify...more

Supreme Court Hears Argument in Potentially Game-Changing Securities Law Case

On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund. The outcome of this case may change the landscape for securities class actions. The issue in Halliburton is whether the fraud on...more

Supreme Court Maintains Viability of State Law Claims Related to Securities Transactions

A recent Supreme Court opinion, Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, addresses the viability of class action state-law claims arising from fraudulent securities transactions. This was an opportunity for the Court to limit...more

Supreme Court Rules that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act Does Not Preempt State Law Claims

This week, the US Supreme Court narrowed the scope of the preemption provisions of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA), which bars certain state law-based securities class actions. As a result, securities...more

Complex Litigation Update: SCOTUS Allows Plaintiffs’ State-Law Class Actions Against Law Firms, Financial Firms, and Others to...

On Wednesday of last week, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a 7-2 decision affirming a Fifth Circuit ruling permitting four state-law class actions to proceed against two New York law firms and others in a matter...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #37

We are pleased to present the 37th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight recent developments concerning securities fraud liability against law firms and other...more

U.S. Supreme Court Ruling Opens the Door to More State-Law Securities Class Actions

Today, in a 7-2 decision with Justice Breyer writing for the majority, the Supreme Court issued a narrow interpretation of when the federal Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”) preempts state-law securities...more

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