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Guest Post - Implied Certification: An Eradicated Pest or Here to Stay?

Today’s guest post is courtesy of Reed Smith’s Lindsey Harteis. She’s been following the big-deal UHS v. Escobar False Claims Act that the Supreme Court could decide any day now (or could wait until the end of June), which...more

Tenth Circuit Elaborates Upon FCA’s Materiality Requirement

The FCA’s implied certification theory is based on the concept that every time a payee submits a claim to the government it has impliedly certified compliance with all contractual, statutory, and regulatory obligations, and...more

Concerned about a going concern? New standards on accounting standards

Following on from our recent blog post on Ralls Builders Limited (in liquidation) [2016] EWHC 243 (Ch), in which Mr Justice Snowdon discussed the issues around wrongful trading under section 214 of the Insolvency Act 1986 and...more

SCOTUS Oral Argument Suggests FCA Implied Certification Theory Is Here to Stay – But Perhaps with Limits

Oral argument in Universal Health indicates Justices disinclined to categorically reject False Claims Act implied certification theory, though may limit its scope. On April 19, 2016, the United States Supreme Court heard...more

SJC Finds that Employee’s Unauthorized Copying of Proprietary Information Did Not Give Employer Grounds to Discontinue Severance

On February 4, 2016, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) held in Eventmonitor, Inc. v. Leness that an employer breached its agreement with a former employee when it reclassified the employee’s termination from...more

A New Year’s (Awaiting) Resolution - How FASB’s Change to “Materiality” Could Materially Change 2016

As we close the books on the first chapter of our 2016 year, many investors cling to their New Year’s resolutions, hoping to make a material change that catalyzes a happy, healthy, and productive New Year. Yet it is a...more

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Court of Chancery Adopts Materiality Standard For Approval Of “Disclosure Only” Settlements Of Stockholder...

In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, Consolidated C.A. No. 10020-CB (Del. Chancery) - In this opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery announced that it will not approve “disclosure only” settlements unless the...more

Blog: SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee takes on FASB

At Thursday’s meeting of the SEC’s Investor Advisory Committee, the Committee approved the submission of a comment letter urging FASB to reconsider its proposal to make changes to the concept of “materiality” embodied in...more

First Circuit Overturns SEC Commissioners’ Sanctions Order

As we have discussed before, the SEC’s increased use of in-house administrative proceedings in enforcement actions involving allegations of fraud has been a subject of considerable debate. Commentators have questioned the...more

Second Circuit Reverses Conviction in Bond Market Misrepresentation Case, but Endorses Government Theory of Materiality

On December 8, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the conviction of Jesse C. Litvak, a securities broker and trader at Jefferies & Company. Litvak had been convicted of various counts of...more

Brand Valuation

Regulators in the U.S. are set to change the concept of “materiality,” or the determination of what information is necessary for companies to disclose publicly. While sales and earnings figures are important, Baruch Lev, an...more

Recent MCDC Settlements Provide Guidance Concerning Scope of Materiality in Continuing Disclosure Obligations

In responding to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s recent Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation (MCDC) initiative, the unanswered question for many municipalities and broker-dealers was determining whether...more

FASB Updates Materiality Guidance

The Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") recently issued both a proposed Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") and a proposed concepts statement that address the issue of materiality in financial reporting. These...more

Blog: FASB Proposes Amendments Regarding The Concept Of “Materiality” In The Context Of Disclosure Requirements

FASB has issued two exposure drafts as part of its disclosure framework project, which is intended facilitate clearer communication of GAAP information required in notes to financial statements. The two proposals are intended...more

Non-Disclosure, Inducement and Avoidance - A Blast From the Past in Reinsurance Litigation

The Commercial Court held in Axa Versicherung AG v Arab Insurance Group (B.S.C.) that, despite the reinsured's failure to disclose loss statistics and therefore to make a fair presentation of the risk, the reinsurer was not...more

Third Circuit holds that only “material” representations by a debt collector are actionable under the FDCPA

Joining a national trend, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a plaintiff must allege more than just a misleading representation to prevail on a claim under the Fair Debt Collections...more

Lack of Materiality as a Defense in False Claims Act Cases

The False Claims Act (the “Act”) imposes liability on those who “’knowingly’ present, or cause to be presented, ‘a false or fraudulent claim for payment or approval’” to the government. Persons who act in “deliberate...more

False Advertising Bombs and Firecrackers

On May 13, 2015, in Conopco, Inc. v. Wells Enterprises, Inc., the Southern District of New York denied a motion to dismiss a claim for false advertising which arose from a claim that an ice-pop product was “original.” Wells...more

Third Circuit Evaluates The Definition Of “Materiality” In Rescission Claims

In a case on which we previously reported, the Third Circuit recently evaluated the legal standard for determining materiality in a claim for rescission of an insurance contract. The case involved a dispute between two...more

Sixth Circuit Examines Materiality and Government Knowledge under the FCA

As its name implies, the False Claims Act (FCA) prohibits false or fraudulent claims to the federal government. Broadly construed, the FCA can apply to anyone receiving federal funds, but it is especially critical to...more

FPPC Amends Conflict of Interest Regulations

As part of a larger project, the Fair Political Practices Commission adopted language amending the set of regulations that identify the standards for determining what constitutes a material financial effect of a public...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

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

Blog: SCOTUS Hears Omnicare: When Can A Statement Of Opinion Be Actionable As A “False Statement Of Material Fact”?

Yesterday, SCOTUS heard oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. The case seeks to answer this question: when can a statement of opinion be actionable as a “false...more

Post-Therasense: Federal Circuit Divided on Inequitable Conduct

Am. Calcar, Inc. v. Am. Honda Motor Co., Inc. - In a post-Therasense decision, addressing the issue of inequitable conduct the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit upheld a district court’s finding that the...more

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