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Omnicare, Inc., One Year Later: Its Salutary Impact on Securities-Fraud Class Actions in the Lower Federal Courts

Just over a year ago, on March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. Omnicare held that a statement of opinion is only false...more

5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense: Effective Use of the Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision

In this installment of the D&O Discourse series “5 Wishes for Securities Litigation Defense,” we discuss the third of five changes that would significantly improve securities litigation defense: to make the Supreme Court’s...more

Sugar Rush: FDA Rejects Use of “Evaporated Cane Juice” to Describe Sweeteners

For years, food companies have been using the term “evaporated cane juice” in the ingredients list on food products. This has resulted in a number of lawsuits by consumers claiming that the term misled them into thinking...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #4

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on June 16, 2016: Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, No. 15-7: Yarushka Rivera, a teenage beneficiary of...more

Supreme Court Upholds Implied Certification Liability, While Emphasizing Materiality Requirement

In Universal Health Services v. United States ex rel. Escobar, the Supreme Court today unanimously upheld the “implied certification” theory of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA), while emphasizing that only material...more

Supreme Court Upholds Implied Certification Theory of Liability; Imposes Limitations on its Reach

In a unanimous decision on June 16, 2016, the Supreme Court charted a middle course between competing interpretations of the scope of False Claims Act. Universal Health Servs., Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, Case No....more

High Court Imposes Important Limits on Implied False Certification Theory, but Theory Survives as a Basis for False Claims Act...

In a highly anticipated ruling, the Supreme Court imposed important limits on the implied certification theory of liability under the False Claims Act (FCA). The Court’s decision should go a long way toward limiting some more...more

Electronic Health Records Company Settles FTC Charges It Misled Consumers 

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has entered into a proposed settlement with Practice Fusion, the largest cloud-based electronic health records company in the country. The company solicited physician reviews from...more

A Tall Drink of Water: Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Costco VitaRain Class Action on Plausibility and Causation Grounds

On May 5, 2016, the Ninth Circuit affirmed a district court’s decision to dismiss, without leave to amend, a class action complaint alleging a violation of the Washington Consumer Protection Act against Costco for the...more

FDA Finally Decides that “Evaporated Cane Juice” Is Misleading Consumers

Evaporated cane juice, a term usually used to inform about sweeteners derived from the fluid extract of sugar cane, is present on the ingredient lists of many products we see on grocery store shelves. However, newly finalized...more

FDA Releases Final Guidance Regarding the Food Labeling Term “Evaporated Cane Juice”

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released final guidance stating its view that sweeteners derived from sugar cane should not be declared in the statement of ingredients as “evaporated cane juice.” ...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Provides Guidance on Aiding-and-Abetting Liability for Financial Advisors"

On November 30, 2015, the Delaware Supreme Court issued a much-anticipated opinion in RBC Capital Markets, LLC v. Jervis, No. 140, 2015, 129 A.3d 816 (Del. 2015). The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery’s...more

ASA delivers knock-out blow to UK mobile network

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled that Three’s Muppet-themed ad, featuring a character victoriously punching into the air, which claimed that the mobile company was the ‘undisputed’ market leader in terms of...more

Advertising Law - May 2016

Kanye's Promise of Exclusivity a Siren Song, Suit Says - Kanye West's latest drama involves the courtroom—specifically, a putative class action complaint alleging false advertising, unfair competition, and unjust...more

SEC Prevails In Jury Trial Against Former CEO of Drug Firm

The SEC prevailed at trial against the former CEO of a biopharmaceutical company on claims that he made false and misleading statements regarding the regulatory approval status of the firm’s only drug. Following a two week...more

Automotive Law Group News: Appellate Court Win for Massachusetts State Auto Dealers Association

Murtha Cullina's automotive industry team achieved a victory on behalf of the Massachusetts State Automobile Dealers Association on March 17, 2016 when the Massachusetts Appeals Court voted unanimously to affirm the dismissal...more

Second Circuit Stresses Control, Not Attribution, In Applying Janus’s “Ultimate Authority” Test, And Also Allows Expert Testimony...

In Janus Capital, the Supreme Court established the “ultimate authority” test to determine who may be liable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) as a “maker” of a materially misleading...more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

New York’s Appellate Division Reinstates Attorney General’s Statutory Fraud Claim Against “Trump University”

In State of New York v. Trump Entrepreneur Initiative LLC, New York’s Appellate Division recently denied a motion by Donald Trump’ organization to dismiss a fraud claim brought by the New York Attorney General (“AG”) under...more

Why I’m So Passionate about Omnicare

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Const. Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015). My partner Claire Davis and I are publishing a forthcoming...more

Ken Adam and the Imagination of Reality – Corporate Governance

Ken Adam died earlier this month. If you are anything close to a James Bond aficionado, his name is well known to you for his creation of the fabulous sets on all the movies from Dr. No to Moonraker. I still marvel at the...more

Hong Kong Market Misconduct: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach

The Securities and Futures Commission of Hong Kong (the “SFC”) recently initiated proceedings for alleged market misconduct against U.S.-based Andrew Edward Left in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”)...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court in Tongue v. Sanofi

On March 4, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Southern District of New York in Tongue v. Sanofi, No. 15-588-CV, 2016 WL 851797 (2d Cir. Mar. 4, 2016), holding...more

Second Circuit Applies Omnicare to Affirm Dismissal of Securities Fraud Actions

On March 4, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two related securities actions against Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, its predecessor Genzyme Corporation, and three company executives (collectively, “Sanofi”). In...more

Second Circuit Reinforces Liability Standard in Securities Cases Based on Statements of Opinion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinforced the stringency of the new standard for liability in securities cases arising from allegedly misleading statements of opinion. Construing the Supreme Court's 2015...more

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