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Misstatements on Application for In Forma Pauperis Status Results in Dismissal of Patent Infringement Action with Prejudice

Plaintiff filed a patent infringement action and also filed an application to proceed in pro per and In Forma Pauperis. The defendants file a motion to dismiss the action based on false statements in the application....more

SEC Encourages Self-Reporting of Continuing Disclosure Misstatements

In an effort to increase enforcement of continuing disclosure obligations, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced a self-reporting program on March 10, 2014, referred to as the Municipalities Continuing...more

Subjective or Objective Truth? Supreme Court to Decide What Is an “Untrue” Statement of Opinion

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (13-435), an appeal in which Omnicare has asked the Court to clarify the meaning of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Penalty Applies When Transaction Lacks Economic Substance

On December 3, 2013, the United States Supreme Court in U.S. v. Woods, 112 AFTR 2d 2013-6974, resolved a split in the circuits when it held that the § 6662(h) valuation misstatement penalty applies when deductions are denied...more

Appraiser’s Error Results in Severe Penalties For Taxpayers who Convey Conservation Easement

In November 2013, the United States Tax Court upheld the charitable deduction for a conservation easement claimed on the taxpayers’ income tax return but reduced its value and upheld the 40 percent gross valuation...more

Legal Alert: U.S. Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split: Holds Valuation Misstatement Penalty Applies in Partnership Tax Shelter...

On December 3, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously reversed the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and held that (1) a federal district court in a partnership-level proceeding had jurisdiction to determine the...more

Are Misstatements In A Form 10-K Actionable By The California Attorney General?

Last week, the California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris announced that she had filed a complaint for civil penalties, permanent injunction and other equitable relief against Corinthian Colleges and three of its school...more

The Sixth Circuit Establishes a Lenient Standard for Pleading a Section 11 Claim Based on an Allegedly Misleading Opinion in a...

The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently issued an important decision regarding the requirements for stating a claim under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 based on an allegedly misleading...more

Fifth Circuit Holds That Securities Fraud Defendants May Not Rebut the Fraud-on-the-Market Presumption at the Class Certification...

In Erica P. John Fund, Inc. v. Halliburton Co., No. 12-10544, 2013 WL 1809760 (5th Cir. Apr. 30, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a defendant in a securities fraud class action is not...more

Sixth Circuit Splits with Second and Ninth Circuits Regarding Need to Allege Defendants' State of Mind for Claims Challenging Soft...

In Indiana State District Council of Laborers & Hod Carriers Pension & Welfare Fund v. Omnicare, Inc., 2013 WL 2248970 (6th Cir. May 23, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit held that a claim...more

Citi Settles Allstate’s $200M RMBS Suit

On May 28, Allstate Insurance Co. dismissed its lawsuit against Citigroup Inc. and several of its affiliates after reaching a settlement with defendants. The suit related to $200 million of RMBS certificates that Allstate...more

In re China Agritech, Inc. S’holder Deriv. Litig., C.A. No. 7163-VCL (Del. Ch. May 21, 2013) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied Defendants’ motion to dismiss after determining that demand would have been futile under the Aronson and Rales analyses and that the Plaintiff had stated a claim on...more

Material Misrepresentations – The Quebec Court of Appeal Sets the Record Straight

On March 15, 2013, the Quebec Court of Appeal in Axa Assurances v. L.S.1 set the record straight on the threshold an insurer must achieve when declaring an insurance policy void, confirming its prior decisions in Nourcy2 and...more

In The SDNY, Hindsight Is No Substitute For Red Flags When Alleging Scienter

On April 8, 2013, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York granted auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA’s (“DTTC”) motion to dismiss a shareholder class action, finding that plaintiffs failed to...more

Second Take on Amgen: Defense Arguments Largely Intact, Even in Overruled Circuits

In our post in the immediate wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans, we concluded that rather than being a new threat to the defense of securities class actions, Amgen basically...more

Third Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Tax Court Decision on CARDS Tax Shelter

On February 25, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in the case of Crispin v. Commissioner, ___ F.3d ___, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 3852 (3d Cir. 2013), available here, affirmed the decision of the Tax...more

Supreme Court Decides AMGEN – Allows Plaintiff Class to be Certified Without Separate Materiality Inquiry

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds, No. 11-1085 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013). In a six to three decision, the Court held that plaintiffs...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

North Carolina Securities Act Claims Take Shape In The Business Court

There is little case law under the North Carolina Securities Act. But last week, in NNN Durham Office Portfolio 1, LLC v. Highwoods Realty Limited Partnership, 2013 NCBC 12, Judge Gale took several steps into that uncharted...more

District of Massachusetts Denies in Part JP Morgan’s Motion to Dismiss RMBS Investor Suit

On February 13, Judge Rya W. Zobel of the District of Massachusetts dismissed in part, but largely sustained, an investor suit brought by Capital Ventures International (CVI) against J.P. Morgan and certain of its...more

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