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New York Court Denies Approval Of Disclosure-Only Settlement, Finding Supplemental Disclosures "Useless"

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 8, 2018, Justice Shirley Werner Kornreich of the New York Supreme Court denied a motion for final approval of a disclosure-only settlement in a class action suit brought by shareholders of Martin Marietta...more

New Tax Law Changes Deductibility of Government Settlement Payments in False Claims Act, SEC, FINRA, and Other Types of Cases

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The new tax law changed the deductibility of settlements with government agencies in some circumstances thereby increasing the cost to companies to settle these cases. The deduction arose from the section in the Internal...more

First State Charges Broker-Dealer in Connection with Violations of DOL Fiduciary Rule

On February 15, 2018, the Enforcement Section of the Massachusetts Securities Division (the “Division”) of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth charged a registered broker-dealer (the “Broker-Dealer”) that operated...more

Petrobras Court’s Denial of Plaintiffs’ Request for Confidential Treatment of Opt-Out Provisions Could Undermine the Settlement...

On Tuesday, February 6, 2018, United States District Judge Jed S. Rakoff denied class counsel’s request to file under seal three supplemental agreements to a $2.95 billion settlement in the Petrobras Securities Litigation,...more

Watch the Calendar When Considering Claims in Connection With a Family-Owned Business

by Murtha Cullina on

Shareholders of family-owned businesses sometimes assert claims of misconduct against their co-owner relatives. These claims can take the form of oral complaints or written claim letters. ...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - February 2018

by Vedder Price on

New Rules, Proposed Rules, Guidance and Alerts – SEC STAFF GUIDANCE AND ALERTS - SEC Staff Issues Guidance on Cryptocurrency-related Holdings - On January 18, 2018, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Investment...more

Reflections on Kokesh v. SEC: On the Lookout for “Elephants in Mouseholes”

by King & Spalding on

Until June 2017, when the Supreme Court issued its unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. SEC, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or “Commission”) took the position that it could obtain disgorgement from defendants no...more

SEC halts “Decentralized Consumer Bank” Initial Coin Offering (ICO) Labeling it a “Scam”

On Monday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it had obtained a court order suspending AriseBank’s (Arise) initial coin offering (ICO) whose public sale began in late December. According to the SEC, Arise...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Mandatory Arbitration Rule under FINRA Rule 12200

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a case in which defendant Wilson-Davis, a securities firm, sought to enjoin an arbitration brought against it alleging that the firm's failure to supervise its agent caused...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Stockholder Derivative Claims On Issue Preclusion Grounds Based On A Demand-Futility...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 25, 2018, the Supreme Court of Delaware ruled that the Court of Chancery’s dismissal on issue preclusion grounds of the derivative claims of stockholder plaintiffs against the directors of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc....more

No Direct Cause, No Restitution

A recent federal appellate decision shows there are limits to the ability of a regulator to claim monetary sanctions for statutory violations. Last week the 11th Circuit held that investors whose losses were solely associated...more

Southern District Of New York Magistrate Judge Recommends Denial Of Class Certification In Action Against RMBS Trustee

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In a January 10, 2018 ruling unsealed on January 19, Magistrate Judge Sarah Netburn of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York recommended denial of Royal Park Investments’ request for class...more

Southern District Of New York Again Dismisses—This Time With Prejudice—Securities Fraud Claims For Failure To Plead Reliance And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 20, 2018, Judge John Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5...more

A Look Back at Significant Developments in Class Action Law in 2017

From the standpoint of class action practice, 2017 was as important for what did not happen as for what did. Here are some of the highlights and lowlights of the 2017 class action scorecard, with a look forward to how the...more

Het aanpassen van een volmacht na legalisatie: verwijtbaar handelen (Dutch)

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The Amsterdam Court of Appeal (Court of Appeal) issued a judgment on 31 October 2017 in which it emerged that a civil-law notary (the Notary) had been careless when it checked the proxies with regard to a delivery of shares...more

2017 Delaware Corporate Law and Litigation Year In Review

In 2017, the Delaware courts once again issued many substantive corporate law decisions covering a wide range of issues critical to boards, stockholders, and officers. In addition, decisions from recent years continued to...more

“Disclosure Settlements” Live On In North Carolina Merger Litigation – But Will the Fee Awards Continue to Justify Lawsuits?

by Smith Anderson on

The North Carolina Business Court recently approved a “disclosure settlement” of a merger challenge, suggesting that in North Carolina such settlements may remain a viable means of resolving merger lawsuits – at least where...more

Interview of Jean-Michel Ferat, FCPA Expert, Senior Director, Ankura Consulting

by Michael Volkov on

Jean-Michel Ferat, a leading FCPA Forensic Accountant, and Senior Managing Director at Ankura Consulting, joins Michael Volkov, in Episode 21 of the Podcast, Corruption Crime & Compliance. Jean-Michel Ferat is a leading...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Grants Books And Records Demand, Holding That Corwin Is Irrelevant To Section 220 Proceedings

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 29, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a stockholder’s demand to inspect books and records related to the acquisition of West Corporation (“West”) by Apollo...more

Court Rejects SEC Request For “Obey The Law” Injunction

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The statute of limitations and the decision in Kokesh v SEC, 137 S.Ct. 1635 (2017) clearly present challenges for the SEC. In that case the Court rejected the SEC’s claim that its disgorgement remedy is equitable and not...more

Municipal Advisor Firm and Principal Charged with Fraudulent Practices and Breach of Fiduciary Duty as SEC Continues Enforcement...

by Bracewell LLP on

The SEC charged registered municipal advisor Malachi Financial Products, Inc. and its principal Porter B. Bingham with violations of Sections 15B(a)(5) and 15B(c)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Exchange Act”) and...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Dismisses Challenge to Acquisition of VC-Backed Public Company

In late 2017, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued an important decision rejecting a post-closing challenge to the sale of a venture capital-backed public company. The decision, van der Fluit v. Yates,1 by Vice Chancellor...more

The Eighth Circuit Raises the Bar for Would-Be Indemnitees

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Here is a situation that comes up quite a bit in the world of business contracts containing indemnification provisions, and in the insurance industry as well. First, a party (“Party A”) gets sued, or threatened with a suit,...more

New Tax Bill Will Rewrite Rules for Deducting Disgorgement Payments to SEC

by Jones Day on

U.S. tax reform will mean new rules for deducting fines, penalties, and other amounts, including disgorgement, paid to the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). Currently, Internal Revenue Code section 162(f)...more

Court declares an obey-the-law injunction to be a penalty subject to 5-year statute of limitations

On December 13, 2017, a New Jersey federal judge dismissed the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) civil action against the owner of a broker-dealer for his alleged involvement in a $17 million pump-and-dump penny...more

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