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DOJ and SEC Announce Parallel Action Against Former Investment Banking Analyst and Two Individuals for Alleged Involvement in...

On August 25, the DOJ unsealed an indictment charging three defendants each with (i) one count of conspiracy to commit securities and tender offer fraud; (ii) 13 counts of securities fraud; (iii) 13 counts of tender offer...more

Twitter and the (Alleged) $10 Million Tweet

As social media companies and businesses rely more heavily on their social media platforms to make important company announcements, state law claims asserting negligent misrepresentation or failure to adequately disclose...more

M&A Update: Delaware Court Finds Dole Executives Personally Liable for Millions in Damages for Defrauding Stockholders in Buy-Out...

In its August 27th post-trial opinion, In re Dole Food Co., Inc. Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Chancery Court held Dole executives David Murdock and Michael Carter personally liable for $148 million in damages for...more

Consolidated Return Update

NEW PROPOSED REGULATIONS FROM THE IRS PROVIDE TAXPAYER-FRIENDLY SOLUTIONS TO ISSUES WITH TAX RETURN DUE DATES AND CIRCULAR ADJUSTMENT TO BASIS. In the last six months, the U.S. Department of the Treasury has issued two...more

Oppressed Shareholders Don’t Always Get the Relief They May Deserve

In Bontempo v. Lare, 2015 WL 4658901 (2015), published on August 6, 2015, the Maryland Court of Appeals affirmed that the "reasonable expectations test," previously articulated by the Maryland Court of Special Appeals in...more

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive and Its Effects on Financial Institutions Operating in the EU

The Fourth European Union Anti-Money Laundering Directive (Fourth AML Directive), approved by the European Parliament on May 20, 2015, went into effect on June 25, 2015, repealing the 2005 Third AML Directive. Given the...more

Shareholders sue mobile security firm for failing to disclose hacking incident before IPO

MobileIron, Inc. was sued late last week by shareholders in a proposed class action for allegedly failing to disclose a hacking incident just weeks before its initial public offering (IPO). The suit, filed on behalf of...more

Blog: Will More Regulation Be Imposed On Stock Buybacks?

Lots of companies have been buying back their stock in recent years, either on their own initiative because, for example, management thinks the shares are undervalued, or sometimes at the insistence of hedge fund activists...more

2015 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Welcome to the 2015 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose is to provide a periodic survey, apart from our team Executive Alerts, on matters we...more

Flawed Valuation Leads Delaware Court to Award Damages to Option Holders

On July 28, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in which it criticized in particularly strong terms the analysis performed by a financial firm that was retained to value companies that were being...more

Trusts Find Shelter from State Taxes in State Courts

In two recent cases, taxpayers have successfully challenged state taxation of trust income on the basis that the taxing states had a minimal connection to the trust. In The Kimberly Rice Kaestner 1992 Family Trust v. North...more

SEC Proposes Rules to Implement Dodd-Frank Act Executive Compensation Clawback

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed another long-awaited set of rules to implement the clawback policy required under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act). ...more

SEC Removes Duka ALJ After Refusing No-Bias Affidavit in Timbervest

The SEC’s administrative forum has been under increasing scrutiny over the past year. Now the SEC has removed an ALJ from a high-profile case, after he refused the Commission’s “invitation” to provide a no-bias affidavit in...more

District Court Follows Supreme Court’s Lead in Halliburton, Allows Class Action to Proceed with Narrowed Factual Scope

Applying the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., 134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014) (“Halliburton II”), which allowed companies facing securities fraud class actions to defeat certification...more

Employee Benefits Developments - July 2015

Second Circuit Holds That Posthumous QDROs Are Valid. Yale-New Haven Hospital brought an action in federal court to resolve competing claims by a former spouse of a deceased participant and the deceased participant’s...more

Delaware Legislature Prohibits Fee Shifting and Authorizes Exclusive Forum Selection

Delaware corporations should evaluate their certificates of incorporation or bylaws in light of new amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law. On June 24, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 75...more

Second Circuit: Facebook Shareholders Lack Standing for Derivative Suits Challenging Pre-IPO Statements

Earlier this week, a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit opinion reinforced that federal courts take standing in derivative actions quite seriously, particular when the alleged director misconduct predated the IPO....more

Option Holders Cannot be Burdened With Escrow in Merger Transaction

In Fox v. CDX Holdings, Inc., the Delaware Court of Chancery held that option holders could not be burdened by an escrow imposed on equity holders in a merger transaction when the terms of the option plan did not permit the...more

Tax Court Voids Portion of Code Section 482 Cost Sharing Regulations

There are tax advantages for U.S. taxpayers to jointly develop intangible personal property with related non-U.S. entities. Treasury Regulations provide detailed guidance on what costs must be shared between the...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Section 11 Liability for Statements of Opinion

As the Supreme Court recently explained in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), that distinction is significant when it comes to liability under Section 11 of...more

Delaware Expands Jurisdiction Over Directors

A recent but little-known decision by a Delaware court may have substantially expanded the state's jurisdiction over the directors of a Delaware corporation. Delaware has long had a director-consent-to-service statute: 10...more

New Stock Identification Requirements for New York Corporate Tax Exemption

Effective for tax years beginning on or after January 1, 2015, pursuant to legislation enacted last year, income from "investment capital" is exempt from New York State franchise tax for corporate taxpayers otherwise subject...more

Focus on Private Equity - July 2015

What Private Equity Funds Should Know About ERISA: Basics of ERISA Coverage - The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended (ERISA) imposes numerous duties on fiduciaries holding employee benefit...more

Court Permits Settlement of Appraisal Demands on Terms Not Available to All Dissenters

Tiny deals can bring large complications. Mannix v. PlasmaNet, Inc. involved appraisal rights in a merger where the merger consideration, after adjustments, amounted to $114,000, to be split amongst 19,307,715 shares, or...more

Farewell to Moe Green and the Promise to Pay a Bribe Under the FCPA

Moe Green died again yesterday but this time he was not shot through the glasses, it was from cancer and the fictional Las Vegas mobster lived to the ripe old age of 79. Of course I am referring to “Alex Rocco, the veteran...more

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