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The Ten Most Significant Class Action Cases of 2014

Year-end lists are funny things. They take a sort-of arbitrary starting and stopping point, and then they cram a bunch of prejudices into a (usually) arbitrary number of items. And then people take them kind of seriously....more

Supreme Court May Reject Argument that Opinion Statements Are Actionable Simply Because False

During oral arguments in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council last week, the Supreme Court appeared to signal a rejection of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals’ position that a sincerely held statement of opinion or belief...more

Keep Your Unreasonable Opinions to Yourselves: The Supreme Court Hears Argument in Omnicare

On November 3, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court held oral argument in Omnicare v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund. As discussed in earlier posts, from March 18, 2014 and July 22, 2014, the Supreme...more

Supreme Court Likely to Set Forth Middle Ground in Omnicare

Last week, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in Omnicare, Inc. v. The Laborers District Council Construction, No. 13-435 on whether securities class action plaintiffs must merely show that an opinion in a registration...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Securities Cases

As the Supreme Court begins its 2014-15 term this month, it will be considering a number of securities cases, including the Omnicare case, which is scheduled for oral argument on November 3rd, and three other cases in which...more

Supreme Court Declines to Overrule the Presumption of Reliance in Securities Class Actions - Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John...

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its much-anticipated decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. Halliburton called into question the very foundation of a securities class action—the presumption...more

Fraud-on-the-Market Lives On: Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.

On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its second decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., __U.S. __(2014), 2014 WL__ (U.S. June 23, 2014) ("Halliburton II"). In this widely anticipated decision, the...more

Halliburton II Upholds Basic Presumption

The Supreme Court upholds the fraud-on-the-market presumption but allows defendants to rebut the presumption at the class certification stage. On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its long-anticipated decision in...more

Beyond Basic: Supreme Court’s Halliburton Ruling Strengthens Defenses in Securities Fraud Class Actions

Today, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (U.S. June 23, 2014), the most anticipated securities decision since its landmark ruling over 25 years ago in Basic, Inc....more

Supreme Court Provides New Ammunition for Defeating Securities Fraud Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court today gave companies new ammunition to defeat securities fraud class actions. In Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, the Court held that defendants can, at the preliminary class certification stage,...more

Supreme Court Reaffirms Basic v. Levinson Presumption of Reliance - Affirms Defendant’s Right to Rebut that Presumption at the...

On June 23, 2014, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its much-anticipated decision in Halliburton Co., et al. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (2014). The Court vacated and remanded the decision of the...more

Supreme Court Refuses To Overturn Fraud-On-The-Market Presumption, But Adjusts Presumption To Allow Evidence of Absence Of “Price...

The securities class action industry was launched a quarter-century ago when the Supreme Court recognized the so-called “fraud-on-the-market” presumption of reliance in most putative securities class actions. The result has...more

Halliburton: Assessing Its Impact on Securities Class Actions

The Supreme Court declined to scrap the way in which securities class actions are typically brought in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, No. 13-317 (Decided June 23, 2014). At the same time it may have rewritten the...more

An Investor Class Scrambles to Save Its Event Study (and its Claims)

At some point in a securities fraud case, the plaintiffs are going to have to prove “loss causation” – proof that the alleged misrepresentation caused the drop in the price of the relevant security. They often do this...more

New York City Bar Association Committee On Securities Litigation: Report on the Possible Impact of Halliburton II on Securities...

The U.S. Supreme Court's November 15, 2013 decision granting certiorari in Halliburton Co. and David Lesar v. Erica P. John Fund has captured the imagination of the securities bar and economists alike. At least one...more

Second Circuit Clarifies the Limits on The Extraterritorial Application of U.S. Securities Laws

On May 6, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action brought by purchasers of foreign issued-securities on a foreign exchange. City of Pontiac...more

Halliburton Watch: Let’s Start With The Basics

On March 5, 2014, the Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., Case No. 13-317, and we are certain our blog readers are eagerly awaiting the Court’s ruling. ...more

Securities Class Actions Receive Increased Scrutiny: District Court Applies “Stringent Standards” Of Dukes And Comcast To Deny...

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently denied certification of a putative securities law class after finding that plaintiff failed to put forth actual facts showing adequacy and...more

Back to Basic? Big Changes Could Be Coming to a Securities Class Action Near You

Earlier this month, the Supreme Court heard the highly-anticipated oral argument in Hallburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. Prior to the argument, there was a growing consensus that the Court was likely going to overturn...more

Texas Two Step: “In Connection With” At The End Of Its Tether?

The familiar “in connection with the purchase or sale” securities-litigation requirement may not be unlimited in its breadth, after all. On February 26, the US Supreme Court pulled up short defendants in litigation by...more

The Supreme Court Ponders The Future Of The Basic Presumption In Securities Litigation

The Supreme Court recently heard oral argument in Halliburton Co. v. Erika P. John Fund, Inc. in advance of what could be the most important decision affecting securities litigation in recent history. The outcome of the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending March 14, 2014)

The Supreme Court agreed to hear another securities class action case next term. The issue to be considered is whether tolling applies to a statute of repose, Securities Act Section 13....more

The Supreme Court Signals It May Level the Playing Field in Securities Class Actions

During last week’s oral argument in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (“Halliburton II”), the Supreme Court justices sent a strong signal that they would not overrule Basic, but may seek to strengthen...more

Halliburton Oral Argument: The Fraud-On-The-Market Theory Is “Basic”Ally A Sore Thumb

On March 5, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Halliburton v. The Erica P. John Fund. As discussed in previous blog posts, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider Petitioner Halliburton’s argument to modify...more

Justices Signal Interest In Middle-Ground Approach To Adjusting Fraud-On-The-Market Presumption

On March 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317. In this closely watched case, Halliburton has asked the Court to overrule the fraud-on-the-market...more

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