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What Do You Know? Bill Proposes To Eliminate Scienter

Corporations Code Section 25401 is California’s basic securities antifraud statute...more

Ninth Circuit Says Ethics Policies Are “Inherently Aspirational,” and Violations Don’t Support Securities Fraud Claims, in Retail...

A senior officer’s violations of a corporation’s code of conduct do not give rise to a claim for violation of the federal securities laws—even where the corporation (including the officer himself) has touted the company’s...more

2016 Securities and M&A Litigation Year in Review

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati is pleased to present its 2016 Securities and M&A Litigation Year in Review. This report covers some of the major developments in securities and M&A litigation over the past year....more

Be Careful What You Wish For, Part II: Would Companies Be Better Off Without the Fraud-on-the-Market Doctrine?

The villain in the fight against securities class actions is the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance established by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1988 in Basic Inc. v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). Without Basic, the...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Alleged Violations of Aspirational Corporate Conduct Standards Are Insufficient to State a Claim for...

In Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union Local 338 Retirement Fund v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 955 (9th Cir. Jan. 19, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit addressed for the...more

SEC Drops Market Crisis Case When Faced With Retrial

The Commission dropped an action against two senior executives of Thornburg Mortgage, Inc. rather than retry the market crisis era case. In the initial trial a jury found in favor of the two executives on a number of counts...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach – Part 3 (the Court of Appeal in Hong Kong dismissed an...

In August 2016, Hong Kong’s Market Misconduct Tribunal (the “MMT”) found a U.S.-based commentator (Andrew Edward Left) culpable of market misconduct in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”) on the Hong Kong...more

"Near-Record Securities Litigation Filings Show No Signs of Slowing"

Plaintiffs filed 300 securities class actions in 2016 — a mark much higher than the annual average of 221 from 2011 to 2015 (as reported by NERA Economic Consulting). Indeed, the number of filings in 2016 was the...more

A Fraud By Any Other Name: Seventh Circuit Holds That SLUSA Extends to Class Actions That Could Be Pursued Under Federal...

A divided panel of the Seventh Circuit recently held that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”) requires any covered class action that “could have been pursued under federal securities law” to be brought...more

This Month in Corruption: the Same Old Saga Continues

As a faithful reader of the State House News Service, I have been noticing for years how often the Press Releases section of the service’s subscriber-only web site contains an account of wrongdoing and/or unsavory behavior in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Turns out the Fed’s plate isn’t just full of decisions surrounding interest rates. It’s got a massive portfolio of mortgage and Treasury securities that needs some serious tending, too....more

SEC Charges BD, COO With Failing to File SARs

The Commission has long focused on microcap fraud by, among other things, bringing manipulation actions centered on penny stocks. OCIE and FINRA have also issued guidance for compliance departments on red flags to watch for...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Securities Class Action Based on Violations of Ethics Code Properly Dismissed

On January 19, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit alleging securities fraud violations, arising out of Hewlett-Packard’s former CEO’s alleged misrepresentations about HP’s...more

Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights of 2016

This is the third year we are providing our annual Top Ten list of Enforcement Highlights. This time, it occurs towards the end of the tenure of SEC Chair Mary Jo White. Sullivan & Cromwell corporate securities and capital...more

Are Forensic Accountants an Attorney’s Silver Bullet?

From the art of interviewing, to recognizing mathematical irregularities, and following the money, Forensic Accountants are a proven invaluable tool for Attorneys and their clients. “Finding” the money combines the skill...more

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Deutsche Bank and the DOJ have put the finishing touches on the deal to resolve the investigation into DB’s role in its sale of toxic RMBS. The bank will fork over $7.2 billion in total, including a $3.1 billion civil penalty...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud Trials

The materiality of misrepresentations and omissions in securities fraud litigation is a complex but critical issue. For several reasons, defendants sometimes give this element of a securities claim less at tention than it...more

Three Chinese Citizens Charged with Hacking New York Law Firms

Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York announced that three Chinese citizens have been charged for attempting to hack into seven law firms that were involved in mergers and acquisitions, in...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Former NJ Senator and Governor Jon Corzine has reached a $5 million settlement with regulators over the collapse of his MF Global firm, which filed bankruptcy in 2011 and lost more than $1 billion in customer investments....more

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

Eleventh Circuit Confirms that Issuers are not Required to Disclose Retention of Outside Promotional Firms

On December 15, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action against Galectin Therapeutics Inc., a Georgia-based biotechnology company. The suit...more

Dismissal for Drugmaker Affirmed: Galectin Had No Duty to Disclose Payments to Promoters

In re: Galectin Therapeutics, Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-10324, 2016 WL 7240146, ____ , F2d ___ (11th Cir. Dec. 15, 2016). The Eleventh Circuit recently addressed the circumstances under which a public company...more

Stockholders Petition the Supreme Court to Liberalize Eleventh Circuit Rules for Pleading Securities Fraud

A recent petition for certiorari filed in the United States Supreme Court asks the Court to clarify what an aggrieved investor must plead to state a claim for securities fraud under the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934...more

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8 years after returning as CEO, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz is again planning to step down, turning over the barista apron to current president and COO Kevin Johnson. Schultz will continue to work on Sbux social issues and the...more

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