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

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

"Inside the Courts: An Update from Skadden Securities Litigators"

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 4), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

"Escobar and the Implied Certification Theory: Initial Cases Raise the Bar on Materiality in False Claims Act Litigation"

On June 16, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar1 (Escobar) unanimously upheld the implied certification theory of False Claims Act (FCA) liability and strengthened...more

Seventh Circuit Emphasizes Limits of Advice-of-Accountants Defense in Affirming Summary Judgment for FCA Defendant

In United States ex rel. Horning v. Sheet Metal Workers Int’l Assoc., 828 F.3d 587 (7th Cir. 2016), the Seventh Circuit declined to grapple with the implied false certification standard announced by the Supreme Court in...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 3

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 3), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Recent Significant Case Law Developments Regarding What Constitutes a Reckless Interpretation of a Law and When Retention of an...

Key Points: - Learn the latest case law developments regarding what evidence the government or the relator must establish to prove that the defendant “recklessly” interpreted a statute or regulation in violation of the...more

Imposing Section 10(b) Liability Against Defrauded Corporation Reads Scienter Element out of Statute—An Analysis of In re...

From time to time, D&O Developments will take a closer look at an important issue decided in an appellate opinion. In this post, I analyze In re ChinaCast Education Corp. Securities Litigation, 809 F.3d 471 (9th Cir. 2015),...more

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

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

U.S. Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Implied Certification Using a Fact-Intensive Materiality Standard

The legal landscape for False Claim Act (“FCA”) cases recently shifted when the United States Supreme Court announced its decision in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. U.S. ex rel Escobar, No. 15-7, 2016 WL 3317565 (U.S....more

Newsletter: May 2016

Pleading Common Law Fraud Under Rule 9(b): Conflicting Circuit Court Interpretations - Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b) prescribes the standards for pleading a common law fraud claim. The Rule states that “[i]n...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - May 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 2

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 2), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Pleading Common Law Fraud Under Rule 9(b): Conflicting Circuit Court Interpretations

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 9(b) prescribes the standards for pleading a common law fraud claim. The Rule states that “[i]n alleging fraud or mistake, a party must state with particularity the circumstances constituting...more

Wine, Steak, and Massage Parlors Are Personal Benefits for Insider Trading

On May 26, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held that friends’ gifts of wine, steak dinners, and other luxury items can constitute the types of personal benefit needed to establish a breach of duty in...more

Second Circuit: Intent to Harm Is Not Required for Criminal Conviction Under Investment Advisers Act

On May 4, 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the fraud conviction of a registered investment adviser and held that proof of intent to harm is not an element of a criminal conviction under section...more

Bill Aims To Negate Scienter

You can thank the Romans for science and the English for knowledge - The etymon of “scienter” is sciens which is the present participle form of the Latin verb meaning to know (scire). The English word “know” is derived...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - February 2016 / Volume 8 / Issue 1

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 1), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

SEC’s Charges Provide Support for Class Plaintiffs’ Allegations in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

A December 22, 2015 decision of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida in In re Ocwen Financial Corporation Securities Litigation illustrates the impact that an investigation and order of the Securities...more

5 Securities Litigation Issues to Watch in 2016

The coming year promises to be a pivotal one in the world of securities and corporate governance litigation. In particular, there are five developing issues we are watching that have the greatest potential to significantly...more

Reform Act Report Card: The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, 20 Years Later

In 2015, the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act* turned twenty years old. Over my career as a securities litigator, I’ve seen both sides of the securities-litigation divide that the Reform Act created. In the...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

First Circuit Overturns SEC Ruling in Flannery v. SEC

The First Circuit’s decision underscores the limits of court deference to Commission decisions, gives teeth to the “substantial evidence” standard of review, and provides a valuable roadmap for evaluating and defending...more

First Circuit Reverses SEC In State Street Bank Case

The long ordeal of two former employees of State Street Bank and Trust Company appears to have come to an end. Initially charged by the SEC with making false statements in the mist of the market crisis, the Administrative Law...more

Ninth Circuit Severely Limits “Rogue Employee” Exception for Corporations in Securities Fraud Cases

In an issue of first impression, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that a rogue corporate officer’s fraudulent intent can be imputed to a corporation even where the defrauding officer acted against the...more

Inside the Courts: An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2015 / Volume 7 / Issue 4

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 7, Issue 4), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Punitive Damages – How Much Increased Risk Is Enough?

Back in 2009 – when the blog was still a Bexis/Herrmann operation – we wrote a catch-all punitive damages post entitled (oddly enough) “On Punitive Damages.” That post identified and briefly discussed a variety of punitive...more

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