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Supreme Court to Consider Fundamental Issues in Omissions-Based Fraud Cases

The Supreme Court recently agreed to review a case which has split the circuit courts and has potentially huge implications for disclosure liabilities of public companies. The case, Leidos Inc. v Indiana Retirement System,...more

Traffic Monsoon Limits the Bounds of Morrison

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Salt Lake City granted the SEC’s request for a preliminary injunction in SEC v. Traffic Monsoon, LLC. The SEC’s complaint was brought in connection with Traffic...more

Non-Use Agreement Need Not Precede Disclosure of Confidential Information

A Pennsylvania federal court held yesterday that an agreement not to use confidential inside information for trading purposes need not precede the receipt of that information in order to create liability under the...more

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

SEC Seeks Record Penalty Against Former Miami Budget Director - $450,000 Penalty Sought After Former Official Found Guilty of...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After a federal jury found the City of Miami's (City) former budget director guilty of defrauding investors in connection with a 2009 bond offering, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a record...more

RIP “Gifts” in Insider Trading?

by Burr & Forman on

On October 5, 2016, the Supreme Court in Salman v. United States will hear oral argument on its first insider trading case in nearly 20 years. At issue is whether a tipper must receive a pecuniary benefit for a tipper and...more

Was This “Whiz Kid” An Investment Adviser?

by Allen Matkins on

Earlier this week, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that a self-styled “stock trading whiz kid” and his Los Angeles, California company have agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a complaint for violations of...more

6th Circuit Joins Majority, Accepting "Materialization of the Risk"

by Burr & Forman on

Last month, the 6th Circuit joined the majority view recognizing the “materialization of the risk” theory of loss-causation as an alternative to “corrective-disclosure” in securities litigation under Rule 10b-5....more

The Scope Of SEC Defendants' Jury Trial Right: Part 4

by WilmerHale on

This is the last of four articles examining the scope of the Seventh Amendment jury trial right as applied to the facts that set the maximum monetary penalty a judge may impose against a civil defendant in a U.S. Securities...more

Securities Enforcement Alert: SEC Increases Scrutiny of “Unicorns” and Other Private Companies and Secondary Market Trading of...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In an unprecedented one-day blitz, the Chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission was joined by the SEC Enforcement Director in events in Silicon Valley and San Francisco on March 31 focused on one message: the SEC is...more

SEC Chair Warns Silicon Valley That Unicorns Need To Be Watched and Monitored

Speaking last week at the SEC’s and Rock Center’s Silicon Valley Initiative at Stanford Law School, SEC Chair Mary Jo White cautioned Silicon Valley’s start-up companies regarding their potential lack of internal controls. ...more

Chair White Addresses Pre-IPO Private Placements and Staying Private Longer

Speaking at Stanford, Chair White addressed a broad range of issues affecting the technology sector, including the decision on the part of many privately held companies to defer their IPOs, to rely on exempt offerings to...more

In re Lions Gate Entertainment Securities Litigation: Court Rejects Securities Claims Based on Company’s Decision Not to Disclose...

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In a January 22, 2016 decision, a federal court in New York dismissed federal securities law claims against Lions Gate Entertainment and several of its senior executives based on the company’s decision not to disclose that it...more

Investment Management Update - October 2015

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Below is a summary of recent investment management developments that affect registered investment companies, private equity funds, hedge funds, investment advisers, and others in the investment management industry. Schwab...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2015 / Volume 7 / Issue 3

This issue of Inside the Courts, Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter, includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between May 2015 and August 2015. The cases address...more

California Reverts To Former Securities Anti-Fraud Statute

by Allen Matkins on

Readers of this blog will recall my chariness of a 2013 amendment to California’s basic securities anti-fraud statute.  See California Creates Complete Chaos By Rewriting Anti-Fraud Statute, But “We Are Against Fraud Aren’t...more

Federal Court Holds Neither Janus, Nor Statute of Limitations Shields Alleged “Pump-And-Dump” Fraudsters From Civil Liability in...

by Carlton Fields on

In another example of the limits to which defendants may successfully rely on the Supreme Court’s decision in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders, 131 S. Ct. 2296 (2011), earlier this summer, District Judge...more

Second Circuit Revives Securities Fraud Class Action Against the Manufacturer of the Keurig Coffeemaker

by Carlton Fields on

Late last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed the dismissal of a shareholder class action against the makers of Keurig coffeemakers and their ubiquitous “K-Cups.” In so doing, the Second Circuit...more

Court of Appeals Warns Against Complacency in the PSLRA’s Safe Harbor

SEC Rule 10b-5 makes it unlawful to misstate a material fact (or omit to say something if the omission would render misleading what you do say) in connection with the purchase or sale of a security. The Private Securities...more

Are Public Companies Required to Disclose that the Government is Investigating Them?

by K&L Gates LLP on

For many public companies, the first issue they have to confront after they receive a government subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) is whether to disclose publicly that they are under investigation. Curiously, the...more

SEC Puts Janus in its Place

by Carlton Fields on

Interpretive positions adopted in a recent SEC opinion will, if accepted by the courts, greatly undermine the significance of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2011 opinion in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First...more

Must the "Maker" of a False Statement have "Ultimate Authority" over that Statement to be Subject to Liability for Securities...

by Carlton Fields on

This case involved a civil enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against certain public relations companies and their principals, alleging violations of—among other things—Section 17(a) of the...more

SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations Against Technology Executive

The US District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of granting summary judgment against a technology company executive who the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of various violations of the...more

2014 Insider Trading Annual Review

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Overview of Insider Training Law - “Insider trading” is an ambiguous and overinclusive term. Trading by insiders includes both legal and illegal conduct. The legal version occurs when certain corporate insiders –...more

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K...

In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley...more

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