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Fifth Circuit: Diversity Jurisdiction Over FINRA Award Based on Demand

The Fifth Circuit Bar Association’s summary reports: “Appellants were investors who suffered financial losses as a result of R. Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme. In their arbitration complaint, they sought $80 million in...more

Securities Class Action Filings 2015: More Cases, Small Issuers

A new report on securities class actions records an increase in the number of filings in 2015. Most of those actions were brought against smaller issuers, according to the report. PWC, Small Companies, Big Targets – 2015...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on Disclosure of Information on Commodity Derivatives Markets or Related Spot Markets under MAR - On March 30, the European Securities and Markets Authority ("ESMA") opened a public...more

Second Circuit Narrowly Applies Supreme Court’s Decision in Omnicare

In In re Sanofi Securities Litigation, No. 15-588-cv, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 4107 (2d Cir. Mar. 4, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of class action complaints alleging that...more

Cornerstone Research Reports “Surge” in Securities Class-Action Settlements in 2015

Cornerstone Research’s latest annual report discloses that the number and average size of securities class-action settlements increased in 2015 as compared to 2014. Total settlement dollars rose to more than $3 billion –...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court declined to hear Bebo v. SEC, 799 F. 3d 765 (7th Cir. 2015), a suit challenging the SEC’s venue selection. The Court’s order left standing the decision of the circuit court affirming the dismissal of the...more

Class Action Settlements, Cases Paralleled by SEC Up in 2015

Cornerstone Research released a report on Securities Class Action Settlements, “Securities Class Action Settlements, 2015 Review and Analysis”. It records an increased number of settled securities class actions last year....more

Supreme Court Affirms Class Certification and Judgment Predicated upon "Representative Evidence"

On March 22, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a decision permitting class plaintiffs to rely on "representative" or "sample" evidence to satisfy the prerequisites to class certification and certain elements of their claims. ...more

One Year Later: Omnicare’s Effect on Opinion Liability

One year ago today, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S.Ct. 1318 (2015), the Supreme Court created a new test for opinion liability under Section 11 of the Securities Act,...more

Court Dismisses Secondary Market Securities Class Action Based on Extensive Evidence

In Coffin v. Atlantic Power Corp., the Ontario Superior Court of Justice considered two motions: (1) for leave under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the “OSA”) to commence an action for secondary market...more

US$1.3 Billion Fortis Settlement Ushers in New Era in Globalization of Securities Laws

A closely-watched set of claims stemming back to the 2008 global financial crisis has settled for a massive €1.204 billion (US$1.3 billion), making it one of the highest settlements ever and ushering in a new era in the...more

Second Circuit Affirms District Court in Tongue v. Sanofi

On March 4, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the District Court for the Southern District of New York in Tongue v. Sanofi, No. 15-588-CV, 2016 WL 851797 (2d Cir. Mar. 4, 2016), holding...more

Second Circuit Applies Omnicare to Affirm Dismissal of Securities Fraud Actions

On March 4, 2016, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of two related securities actions against Sanofi Pharmaceuticals, its predecessor Genzyme Corporation, and three company executives (collectively, “Sanofi”). In...more

Fifth Circuit upholds dismissal of securities fraud cases for failure to allege scienter

The heightened pleading requirements of the Private Litigation Securities Reform Act (PSLRA) remain strong in the 5th Circuit. On January 13, 2016, the 5th Circuit in Local 731 I.B. of T. Excavators and Pavers Pension Trust...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This week the SEC brought six actions tied to the failure of a rapidly growing enterprise to maintain the proper internal controls. The agency also brought two proceedings tied to municipal bond offerings and one insider...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Publishes Results of the CRDIV-CRR/Basel III Monitoring Exercise as of June 30, 2015 - On March 2, the European Banking Authority ("EBA") published its report of its ninth Basel III monitoring exercise, particularly...more

Second Circuit Reinforces Liability Standard in Securities Cases Based on Statements of Opinion

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reinforced the stringency of the new standard for liability in securities cases arising from allegedly misleading statements of opinion. Construing the Supreme Court's 2015...more

Eleventh Circuit Interprets Rule 10b-5(b)

On March 1, 2016, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the Southern District of Florida in Fried v. Stiefel Labs., Inc., No. 14-14790, 2016 WL 787986 (11th Cir. Mar. 1, 2016), holding that the District Court had...more

Eleventh Circuit Considers Challenge to SEC Administrative Proceedings

Recently, in the consolidated cases of Charles Hill, Jr. v. SEC (No. 15-12831) and Gray Financial Group, Inc. v. SEC (No. 15-13738), the U.S. Court of Appeals for Eleventh Circuit heard oral argument on the question of...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection Issues Policy on No-Action Letters - On February 18, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued a new policy statement on No-Action Letters. Under the Policy, Bureau...more

MLB Litigation Brief: Class Action Questions Open After Scalia’s Death, Arbitration Fees and American Rule & More

2015 Witnesses Record Securities Class Actions: The National Economic Research Associates, Inc. (NERA) recently released its report, Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2015 Full-Year Review, detailing the...more

Looking Forward: Canadian Class Actions in 2016

Looking Forward - The last few years have been active for class actions in Canada, and the activity did not slow down in 2015. This past year, Bennett Jones was involved with some of the most important class...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed two settled FCPA cases this week. On was resolved with the payment of almost $800 million to the SEC, DOJ and Dutch regulators where about $114 million in bribes were paid. The other centered on the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed a series of actions this week which included: three cases based on insider trading; an accounting action against a company and its employees; an audit failure; the unregistered sale of securities; and the...more

Court in BP Oil Spill Litigation Denies Standing for Special Purpose Entities Created Solely for Litigation

A January 4, 2016 opinion in the Southern District of Texas by Judge Keith Ellison (“Op.”) in the In re: BP p.l.c. Securities Litigation, MDL No. 4:10-md-2185, has taken up the issue of whether plaintiffs can properly assign...more

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