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2016 Year-End Cross-Border Government Investigations and Regulatory Enforcement Review

The increasing interconnectivity of global markets has become a significant driver of the regulatory and enforcement trends of U.S. and foreign nations. In 2016, U.S. authorities continued their aggressive approach to...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Securities Case

The Supreme Court agreed to hear another securities case this week. Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, No. 16-581. The only other securities action currently on the High Court’s docket is Kokesh v. Securities...more

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The feud between Big Billy Gross and his former firm, Pimco, over BBG’s 2014 ouster is officially finished. The terms weren’t officially disclosed, but both sides noted that “any proceeds from the suit will be donated to...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering...more

Securities Law Recidivist Pleads Guilty in Offering Fraud Case

The Commission and the DOJ have recently brought a number of securities fraud cases in which a key person in the misconduct concealed a prior criminal conviction for securities related offenses from investors. Another case in...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Heightened Pleading Standard Under Rule 9(b)

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed the heightened pleading standard for claims of fraud under Rule 9(b) in an auction rate securities case....more

New York Appellate Court Dismisses CDO-Related Fraud Claims, Because Plaintiffs Failed To Show That Misrepresentations, Not Market...

On March 3, 2017, the First Department of the Appellate Division of New York Supreme Court reversed a lower court’s ruling and ordered summary judgment to be entered in favor of the defendant, TCW Asset Management Company...more

SEC's Securities Fraud Lawsuit Against Texas Attorney General Dismissed For Second Time Over Lack Of Duty To Investors

On March 2, 2017, Judge Amos Mazzant III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dismissed an amended complaint filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) against the...more

Guilty Plea Entered for Municipal Securities Fraud

In an April 2016 Quick Study, we reported the criminal action brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against two former municipal officials of the Town of Ramapo, New York for securities fraud involving the issuance of...more

Dechert survey: Developments in securities fraud class actions against U.S. life sciences companies

Life sciences companies continued to be popular targets of securities fraud class action lawsuits filed in 2016, and prudent life sciences companies should take heed of the results of this year’s decisions. In 2016,...more

The Call for a Statutory Insider Trading Law

Judge Jed S. Rakoff (S.D.N.Y.) recently made headlines after urging lawyers to draft and advocate for a more straightforward insider trading statute to replace judicially-created insider trading law. During his keynote speech...more

Supreme Court of Canada Denies Jury Trials for Securities Act Offences

In two recent decisions, R v Peers, 2017 SCC 13 and R v Aitkens, 2017 SCC 14, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that those accused of securities law offences do not have the right to a trial by jury....more

SEC Announces Expedited Program to Vacate pre-Dodd Frank Collateral Bars from Non-Associated Industries

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in part a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed a collateral bar against Gregory Bartko, the former CEO and chief compliance...more

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

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