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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Corporate Liability for International Human Rights Violations

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC that foreign corporations cannot be sued under the Alien Tort Statute (“ATS”). This statute, enacted by the first Congress in 1789, is a jurisdictional statute...more

Bankruptcy Court In Texas Held That Client Did Not Adequately Plead An Aiding and Abetting Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claim Against...

by Winstead PC on

In In re Westech Capital Corp., a bankruptcy trustee sued a company’s former attorneys for breaching fiduciary duties and also for aiding and abetting the breach of fiduciary duty. No. 16-10300-TMD, 2018 Bankr. LEXIS 969...more

More Trouble for Facebook: Are Targeted Content Options "Aiding and Abetting" Age Discrimination in Job Ads?

by Baker Donelson on

Concerns about Facebook's use and manipulation of user information is not limited to the recent controversy involving the data shared with Cambridge Analytica. Facebook was also accused by several large employers of aiding...more

Supreme Court Decides Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 24, 2018, the Supreme Court decided Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC, No. 16-499, holding that foreign corporations may not be defendants in suits brought under the Alien Tort Statute (ATS), 28 U.S.C. § 1350....more

Texas Fiduciary Litigation Update

by Winstead PC on

David F. Johnson presented his paper on “Litigation Update, Including Fiduciary Issues” to the Texas Bankers Association’s Legal Conference in Austin, Texas, on April 5, 2018. This presentation covered recent Texas precedent...more

Magistrate Recommends Denying A Motion To Dismiss Against A Bank For Aiding and Abetting Breach Of Fiduciary Duty

by Winstead PC on

In Schmidt v. JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., the plaintiff’s employee opened credit cards in the employer’s name, used those credit cards for the employee’s own personal use, and paid those credit card bills with funds from the...more

Lessons Learned from Recent SEC and FINRA Cases for April 2018

If it walks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck…. Then it just may be a duck. The SEC censured and fined Financial Fiduciaries, LLC, a SEC registered investment advisor and Thomas Batterman for violating...more

Court Of Chancery Addresses Conflicted Transaction And Secondary Liability

by Morris James LLP on

RCS Creditor Trust v. Schorsch, C.A. No. 2017-178-SG (Del. Ch. Apr. 5, 2018) - This is an interesting decision for two reasons. First, it distinguishes between classic self-dealing claims and tag-along challenges to...more

Federal Court Upholds FERC’s Expansive Use of Anti-Market Manipulation Rule in Power Market “Gaming” Case

On March 30, 2018, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio issued an order substantially denying defendants’ Motion to Dismiss the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC or the “Commission”) Complaint...more

Alien Tort Case Development: District Court Allows Plaintiffs to Proceed in Al Shimari v. CACI

For Alien Tort-watchers, all eyes are focused on the Supreme Court and the pending decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank, which may determine that corporations are not appropriate defendants in cases brought pursuant to the Alien...more

Court Affirmed Judgment Against Trust Settlor Who Raised Fraud And Other Related Claims Against An Insurance Agent

by Winstead PC on

In Jessen v. Duvall, an investor who established trusts to purchase life insurance policies sued an insurance agent for tort claims, including fraud, conspiracy, and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty based on the...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Venue Requirements for Securities Fraud

On August 15, 2016, the Second Circuit issued a rare opinion on the subject of the sufficiency of evidence to establish venue in United States v. Lange, No. 14-2442-cr (Jacobs, Chin, Droney). ...more

Popular Insulated Cup Manufacturer In Hot Water Over Alleged Trade Secret Misappropriation

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Tervis Tumbler Company, the maker of the infamous insulated tumblers, has found itself in hot water with a former supplier, Trinity Graphic. ...more

Court of Chancery Explains DGCL Section 141

by Morris James LLP on

Cummings v. Eden, C.A. 13007-VCS (February 20, 2018) - This decision is particularly helpful in clarifying the effect of Section 141 of the DGCL. A transaction that is passed by the vote of even a single disinterested...more

2nd Circ. Raises Bar For US Jurisdiction Over Foreign Banks

On Feb. 9, 2018, the Second Circuit decided SPV Osus Ltd. v. UBS AG , affirming the dismissal of UBS AG and related and unrelated foreign financial management companies from litigation brought by alleged victims of the...more

Declining To Find Enhanced Scrutiny Inapplicable To Post-Closing Damages Actions, Delaware Court Of Chancery Denies Motion For...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 6, 2018, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a summary judgment motion by defendant Potomac Capital Partners II, LP (“Potomac”) in an action by stockholders challenging the...more

Institutions Beware - recent decisions indicate that aiding and abetting theory of liability may assume more importance under the...

Financial institutions have been increasingly subjected to actions seeking to hold them responsible for acts of international terrorism under Section 2333 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA). However, recent decisions from the US...more

Thirty-Six Individuals Charged In Global Cybercrime Ring “Infraud”

by King & Spalding on

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) recently indicted thirty-six individuals leading a global cybercrime ring for allegedly trafficking in stolen personal and financial information....more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Claims, Finding No Personal Jurisdiction Where Defendants Were Not "At Home" In The Forum And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 9, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of aiding and abetting claims against UBS AG, AIA LLC, and their affiliated entities and individuals. SPV Osus Ltd. v. UBS...more

Asbestos/Insurance Coverage: New York Court Addresses Defense/Indemnity Obligations Related to Alleged Criminal Clean Air Act...

The New York Supreme Court (Appellate Division) addressed in a February 2nd decision whether three insurance companies had any obligation to defend or indemnify a company who was subject to criminal proceedings related to an...more

CFTC and DOJ File a Flurry of Spoofing Actions

On January 29, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of eight anti-spoofing enforcement actions: three settlements with financial institutions and five complaints filed in federal district...more

Split Third Circuit Holds Transfer By Non-Debtor Cannot Be Fraudulent Transfer

Refusing to rely on “equitable principles” when interpreting the Delaware Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (DUFTA), the Third Circuit (2-1 decision) in Crystallex Int’l Corp. v. Petroleos De Venezuela, S.A, et als. held that a...more

Portland Jury Awards $1 Million to Whistleblower

On January 17, 2018, a Portland, Oregon jury issued a verdict of $1 million in damages to a former employee who alleged that his employer retaliated against him for reporting misconduct. Zweizig v. Northwest Direct...more

Court Denied Preliminary Injunction To Breach-Of-Fiduciary-Duty Plaintiff Due To Delay In Seeking Relief

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In Embarcadero Techs., Inc. v. Redgate Software, Inc., a former employer sued four former employees and their new employer for a number of claims, including breach of fiduciary duty and aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary...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

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