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The Northern District of New York Applies the “Reasonable Belief” Standard

On May 11, 2017, the Northern District of New York applied the Second Circuit’s standard for evaluating a Dodd-Frank retaliation claim in response to a motion to dismiss under F.R.C.P. Rule 12(b)(6). The court denied the...more

The World In U.S. Courts - Spring 2017

Cases discussed in this issue - Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/Act of State Doctrine - Court of Appeals Considers US...more

Bond Fraud Trial Shows Need to Scrutinize Municipal Revenue Generation

Ramapo, N.Y., Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence is in the middle of a multi-week trial on two dozen securities fraud charges stemming from municipal bond issuances and accounting practices in Ramapo, a Rockland County...more

From Greyball to Snowball: Uber’s Latest Travails, and How Multiple Investigations of Misconduct May Imperil the Attorney-Client...

It emerged on May 5 that the Department of Justice opened an investigation into Uber’s use of software called “Greyball” that concealed the ride-sharing company’s operations from regulators in cities and countries that did...more

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An EU high court opinion yesterday about a trade deal with Singapore could throw yet another stumbling block in the way of Britain’s exit of the union. Read on for more on the intricacies of the EU division of competencies....more

SEC Charges Nomura Trades With Fraud

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Three traders from Nomura Securities International, Inc. went on trial in early May 2017 for overcharging client in trades involving residential mortgage backed securities or RMBS. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Against Biogen Inc.

On May 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed dismissal of the putative securities class action In re Biogen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-1976. The action was filed in the U.S. District Court...more

Ninth Circuit Extends Omnicare to Section 10(b) Overturning Prior Falsity Standard for Opinion Statements

by Dechert LLP on

As popular targets for investor suits, officers and directors of public companies have another tool to defend against securities class actions, and specifically claims relating to the recording of goodwill. On May 5, 2017, in...more

Ninth Circuit Applies Omnicare Standard to Section 10(b) Claims, Tightens Pleading Standard for Securities Fraud

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In City of Dearborn Heights Act 345 Police & Fire Retirement System v. Align Technology, Inc. (Dearborn), the Ninth Circuit established additional requirements for pleading securities fraud claims based on statements of...more

Ninth Circuit Confirms Pleading Standard for Securities Fraud Claims Involving Statements of Opinion

On May 5, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued an important decision in City of Dearborn Heights Act 345 Police & Fire Retirement System v. Align Technology, Inc., et al., affirming the dismissal of a...more

District Of New Jersey Dismisses Securities Class Action Claims For Failure To Plead Facts Giving Rise To A Strong Inference Of...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 27, 2017, Judge Madeline Cox Arleo of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey dismissed a putative securities fraud class action against Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and certain of its...more

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Local-TV powerhouse Sinclair Broadcast Group isn’t all that well known outside of the Baltimore area, but it’s making a big play for the national stage as it nears a deal to buy Tribune Media—the former “Tribune empire’s...more

Northern District Of California Finds Allegations Of Scienter Sufficient Based On "Deliberate Recklessness" Standard

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On May 1, 2017, Judge Edward Davila of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against Finisar Corporation and certain...more

California Federal District Court Expands Securities Litigation Involving Private Companies by Holding that Indirect Purchasers of...

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On April 18, 2017, a federal district court in California allowed indirect purchasers of stock in Theranos, a privately held company, to proceed with their lawsuit asserting securities violations under California law. This...more

California Federal Court Allows Indirect Purchasers of Securities to Sue Issuers for Fraud Under California Statute

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A federal magistrate judge in California has allowed a securities fraud suit against a late-stage private company to proceed despite the plaintiff investors holding a security interest only through intermediary,...more

Supreme Court to Consider Whether Non-Compliance with SEC Regulation Can Give Rise to Securities Fraud Liability

by Dechert LLP on

In Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, No. 16-581, the U.S. Supreme Court will resolve an important circuit split regarding securities fraud liability. Specifically, the Court will determine whether Item 303 of...more

Congress May Significantly Increase SEC Civil Penalties Up To $10 Million Per Violation

On March 30, 2017, a bipartisan group of Senators introduced a bill called “Stronger Enforcement of Civil Penalties Act of 2017” (the “SEC Penalties Act”) to “crack down on Wall Street fraud” that would significantly increase...more

Former Bond Trader Jesse Litvak Sentenced To Two Years' Imprisonment After High-Profile Re-Trial In Securities Fraud Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, Judge Janet C. Hall of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut sentenced Jesse Litvak, a former bond trader, to two years’ imprisonment, a $2 million fine, and three years’...more

Securities Litigation Alert: District Court Says Indirect Purchasers of Shares Can Bring Fraud Claims Against Private Company and...

by Fenwick & West LLP on

In a case with important implications for late-stage private companies, a federal magistrate judge ruled last week that investors in funds holding private company securities can bring fraud claims against the issuer of the...more

MMT finds against SFC in insider dealing case

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In another decision against the SFC, the Market Misconduct Tribunal ("MMT") has found Mr Cheng Chak Ngok ("Mr Cheng"), former executive director, chief financial officer and company secretary of ENN Energy Holdings Limited,...more

The SEC, Insider Trading and Prosecutorial Obligations

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Proving a close personal relationship between a corporate insider and a trader can be key to establishing illegal tipping. The relationship can support a claim by the SEC or the DOJ that the inside information was transmitted...more

Changing the Game, Again: Supreme Court Could Limit SEC’s Authority to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the Supreme Court heard argument regarding whether the SEC’s actions to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations for “any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture.”...more

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New FCC Chair Ajit Pai is wasting little time in reversing Obama-era regulatory efforts meant to restrict media firms and telecomm companies, and he’s got his sights set on net neutrality next....more

The Supreme Court Agrees to Decide Whether a Failure to Disclose Known Trends and Uncertainties Under Item 303 of SEC Regulation...

by Alston & Bird on

On March 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a petition for writ of certiorari in Leidos v. Indiana Public Retirement System, et al., No. 16-581, and agreed to review the Second Circuit’s decision that Item 303 of SEC...more

Supreme Court to Resolve Whether Failure to Disclose under Item 303 of SEC Regulation S-K Gives Rise to Securities Fraud Claims

by Carlton Fields on

On March 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the case of Leidos Inc., f/k/a SAIC Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, a securities fraud class action. The case will resolve a circuit split over whether a...more

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