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The Root Cause of Skyrocketing Securities Class Action Defense Costs

Why do the costs of defending securities class actions continue to increase? Because of my writing on the subject) I’m asked about the issue a lot. My answer has evolved from blaming biglaw economics – a combination of...more

Defeating Class Certification: Halliburton II Ruling Impacts Securities Class Action Issues

In its June 23, 2014 opinion in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“Halliburton II”), the United States Supreme Court addressed two securities class action issues: 1. It affirmed the validity of the...more

Litigation Alert: Ninth Circuit Issues Key Ruling on Pleading of Loss Causation in Securities Class Actions

Loos v. Immersion Corp., et. al., Case No. 12-15100, ---F.3d--- (9th Cir. 2014) - On August 7, 2014, the Ninth Circuit issued a key opinion on the pleading of loss causation in securities class actions, ruling for the...more

Securities Class Actions and IPOs Increased In The First Half of 2014

The number of securities class actions filed in the first half of this year increased compared to the same period last year. During the same period the number of IPOs increased significantly, suggesting that in the future...more

Police Retirement Sys. V. Intuitive Surgical

Opinion

Keker & Van Nest attorneys Michael Celio and Cody Harris have secured a complete vindication for Intuitive Surgical Inc., a leading manufacturer of cutting-edge robotic surgery devices, from an aggressive securities class...more

Cybersecurity Securities Class Actions are Coming: Predictions, Analysis, and Practical Guidance

Last fall, I wrote about board oversight of cybersecurity and derivative litigation in the wake of cybersecurity breaches. I plan to update my thoughts later this year, after we see developments in the recently filed Target...more

D&O Discourse Authors Davis and Greene to File Amicus Brief in Omnicare Case

My partner Claire Loebs Davis and I are honored to be working with Washington Legal Foundation on a U.S. Supreme Court amicus brief in the Omnicare securities class action. Omnicare concerns what makes a statement of opinion...more

Halliburton And The Future of Securities Class Actions: Part I

On Wednesday, March 5, 2014 the Supreme Court will hear argument in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317. The case has the potential to rewrite the rules for how securities class actions are brought. This...more

Green v. CIBC: Court Of Appeal Revisits Limitation Period For Secondary Market Securities Class Actions And Limits Common Law...

Overview - The Court of Appeal for Ontario’s recent decision in Green v. Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce(“Green”) is significant in two respects. First, the Court clarified the limitation period applicable to...more

Court of Appeal Addresses Outstanding Issues in Securities Class Actions - Green v Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

Ontario's statutory regime for secondary market liability came into effect in 2006 as a result of amendments to the Securities Act (Ontario) (the OSA), creating a statutory cause of action for deficient market disclosure....more

Halliburton: Is the Fix as Basic as Alleging Omissions under Affiliated Ute? Or Is That Too Cute?

Even the most experienced securities defense attorneys regularly summarize Rule 10b-5(b) as creating a cause of action for “false or misleading statements and omissions of material fact.” Courts –including the Supreme Court...more

Will Securities Fraud Class Actions Fade Into History?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s grant of certiorari in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, No. 13-317, suggests a dramatic change in private securities litigation is possible. On November 15, 2013, the Court accepted...more

Supreme Court to Review the Basic Premise of Securities Class Actions

The Supreme Court has agreed to revisit the basic premise of Section 10(b) securities class actions that was first articulated in Basic v. Levinson, 485 U.S. 224 (1988). On November 15, 2013, the Court granted a petition for...more

Optional Rental Program Did Not Transform Hotel-Condominium Units into Securities, Ninth Circuit Holds

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a putative securities class action concerning the sale of 420 hotel-condominium units at the Hard Rock Hotel in San Diego....more

Insurance Coverage for Class Action Lawsuits

Upon learning that his obituary had been published in the New York Times, Mark Twain famously quipped, “Reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” The same can be said about class action lawsuit filings after the...more

Second Circuit Reinstates MBS Suit, Easing Standing Hurdle For Investors

On March 1, the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that an investor plaintiff may be able to assert claims on behalf of a class for securities in which it had not invested, and additionally found that the...more

First Take on Amgen Decision: Supreme Court “Basically” Endorses Status Quo

The Supreme Court released its anxiously awaited decision in Amgen Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans yesterday. On the face of the decision, it was a loss for defendants in that case, and for companies everywhere that are...more

Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter #25

We are pleased to present the 25th edition of the Bernstein Shur Business and Commercial Litigation Newsletter. This month, we highlight financial services industry news and developments, including continued support for...more

Citing Concepcion, FINRA Panel OKs Class Action Waivers in Broker-Dealer Customer Arbitration Agreements

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) hearing panel held that FINRA’s own rules prohibiting judicial class action waivers in broker-dealer customer arbitration agreements are preempted by the Federal Arbitration...more

Court Confirms That S. 130 Of The Ontario Securities Act Applies Only To Primary Market Purchasers

In the recent decision of Tucci v. Smart Technologies Inc. (2013 ONSC 802), Justice Perell confirmed that the statutory cause of action for misrepresentation in a prospectus (set out in s. 130(1) of the Ontario Securities...more

Looking Ahead: Forthcoming 2013 Securities and Corporate Governance Litigation Developments

This promises to be an eventful year in securities and corporate governance litigation. A number of looming developments have the potential to change the landscape for many years to come. This is the first of two posts – or...more

2012 Trends in Securities Class Action Filings

On January 23, Cornerstone Research and Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse released their “2012 Year in Review” report, which analyzes the federal securities fraud class action filings over the past...more

Decline in Securities Class Action Filings in 2012: What It Doesn’t Mean

For most readers of this blog, it is now old news that securities class action filings were down in 2012, especially in the second half of the year – this was extensively discussed and examined over the last several weeks by...more

Where Have All The CAFA Notices Gone?

On February 18 2005, Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), P.L. No. 109-2 (28 U.S.C. §§ 1332(d), 1453, and 1711 – 1715). In enacting the CAFA, Congress sought to protect consumers and investors from...more

Amgen Argument Points Up Split in Supreme Court on Class Certification Versus Merits Issues

On November 5, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Amgen, Inc. v. Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, No. 1085, a securities class action, that concerned the ongoing question of what evidence is required...more

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