Rebuttable Presumptions

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2 New Cases Temper Post-Halliburton Expectations

In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a defendant can rebut the presumption of reliance at the class certification stage of a securities fraud class action by showing that the alleged misstatement did not...more

Third Circuit Rejects Presumption of Irreparable Harm in Lanham Act Cases

The Third Circuit ruled in Ferring Pharmaceuticals v. Watson Pharmaceuticals on August 26 that “a party seeking a preliminary injunction in a Lanham Act case is not entitled to a presumption of irreparable harm but rather is...more

Filing Redacted Briefing Permitted Following Counsel's Motion To Withdraw

Case Number: 1:04-cv-04046-RJS (Dkt. 175) - In the run-up to trial of five related matters, Enzo's counsel moved to withdraw as counsel of record. The court issued a series of orders permitting the parties to docket...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

Pro Te: Solutio Vol. 6 No. 2

In This Issue: - Forum Non Conveniens: How To Avoid The Tide of Lawsuits Brought by Foreign Nationals - Pro Te Solutio: Product Defense And FDA Compliance - Health Care Strike Force: Uncovering Fraud In The...more

Supreme Court Does Not Seem Inclined to Overrule the Presumption of Reliance; But Changes for How Reliance Is Handled at Class...

The Supreme Court heard arguments yesterday in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. One issue presented in the case is whether the court should overrule or substantially modify the holding of Basic Inc. v. Levinson, a...more

Hear No Evil; See No Evil: The General Corporate Knowledge Presumption

In a previous post, we discussed the importance of Kwan v. The Andalex Group LLC, – F.3d – (2d Cir. 2013) as it related to the likelihood of obtaining summary judgment on Title VII retaliation claims in the aftermath of the...more

Presumptions of Reliance: What They Really Mean and How to Defeat Them

When Henry Stanley posed the famous query, ‘‘Dr. Livingstone, I presume?,’’ he made a deduction based on common sense and probability. His question was amusing not only by virtue of its formality, but also because of the...more

Class Certification Denied? Courts Denied Class Certification in Fewer Than 24 Securities Actions since 2002; Halliburton...

There is no shortage of arguments from the defense bar in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund (No. 13-317), a Supreme Court case that may be the most significant securities decision to come out of the Court in decades. At issue...more

Supreme Court to Decide Applicability of the “Prudence Presumption” in ERISA Stock Cases: ESOP and 401(k) Plan Sponsors and...

Introduction - In Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether investments in employer stock are entitled to a “prudence presumption” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act...more

Supreme Court to Address Presumption of Prudence for ERISA “Stock Drop” Cases

The Supreme Court agreed on December 13, 2013 to review an issue critical to ERISA “stock drop” cases and important more generally for ERISA individual-account plans that invest in employer stock....more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - December 2013

This month we look at part two of our three part series on Class Actions. In part two, Robert Rachal, Page Griffin and Madeline Chimento Rea address Wal-Mart's Rule 23(b) principles, including some defenses to plaintiffs' use...more

Ninth Circuit Eliminates Presumption of Irreparable Injury for Plaintiffs Seeking Preliminary Injunctions in Trademark Cases

Ending years of uncertainty and division among district courts, the Ninth Circuit recently ruled that a trademark plaintiff must establish a likelihood of irreparable harm to obtain a preliminary injunction in a trademark...more

Ninth Circuit Rejects Presumption of Irreparable Harm for Trademark Owners

Reversing decades of precedent, on Monday the Ninth Circuit ruled that trademark owners no longer enjoy a presumption of irreparable harm when seeking a preliminary injunction. As we wrote last year, the presumption of...more

Beyond Basic: Shareholder Litigation Without Fraud-On-The-Market

Will shareholder litigation survive the abandonment of the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance? After the Supreme Court’s announcement that it will be considering the presumption in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John...more

Is the United States Supreme Court Poised to Overrule or Modify Basic Inc. v. Levinson?

On November 15, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari to Petitioner Halliburton Company (“Halliburton”) in the case entitled Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., f/k/a Archdiocese of...more

Not So Basic Supreme Court to Revisit the Fraud-­on-­the Market Presumption of Reliance

Parties to pending securities fraud class actions may adjust litigation strategies, even before the Court revisits Basic’s presumption of investor reliance. On Friday, November 15, 2013, the Supreme Court granted...more

District Court in Tenth Circuit Adopts Presumption of Prudence

A district court in the Tenth Circuit adopted the presumption of prudence in dismissing a class action alleging that the defendants violated their fiduciary duties by allowing participants to continue investing in company...more

Insurers Cannot Avoid Coverage Obligations Based on a “Technicality”

The Colorado Court of Appeals recently reiterated that insurers cannot escape their coverage obligations based on “technicalit[ies]” that do not prejudice the insurer. See Stresscon Corp. v. Travelers Prop. Cas. Co. of Am.,...more

Long-Awaited Colorado Court of Appeals Stresscon Decision a Mixed Bag

Extends Notice-Prejudice Rule to Voluntary Payments under Liability Policies, Finds “Other Insurance” Clauses Curb Double Damages Penalties and Leaves Pertinent Bad Faith Question Unanswered - The Colorado Court of...more

Money Transmission Act Petition Withdrawn/Initiative Would Presume Harm For Release Of “Personally Identifying Information”

Money Transmission Act Petition Withdrawn - Earlier this month, I wrote about a pending petition questioning the failure of the Department of Business Oversight to adopt regulations under the Money Transmission Act. ...more

Who’s your Daddy? Factors Used for Applications for Genetic Testing for Paternity

After caring for a child he thought was his own for 15 years (including making child support payments!), a plaintiff claimed that he was blindsided when a family friend came forward and admitted that he had taken a DNA test...more

The Washington Supreme Court Holds That in First-Party Bad Faith Litigation There Is a Presumption of No Attorney-Client Privilege

When an insured sues an insurer for bad faith, how much of the claims file maintained by the insurer is discoverable? In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court recently weakened insurers’ ability to protect confidential...more

Plausible Allegations – Not Proof – Of Materiality All That’s Required For Class Certification in Securities Fraud Suits, Says...

In its ruling on February 27, in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans & Trust Funds (No. 11-1085), the first of several highly anticipated class action decisions that impact securities class action litigation going...more

Supreme Court Update: Two Securities Law Decisions This Week, and Another to Come

The United States Supreme Court has taken a keen interest in the securities arena this current term, agreeing to hear at least three cases (of only approximately 70 in total). This week, the Supreme Court announced decisions...more

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