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False Statements

Bitcoin, Blockchain and Consumer Protection Laws

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Unsophisticated consumers eager to make a profit remain susceptible to representations by companies that are false and misleading, and constitute deceptive acts or practices in violation of the Federal Trade Commission...more

Middle District Of Tennessee Denies Motion To Dismiss Securities Claims Asserted Against Operator Of Private Prisons

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 18, 2017, Judge Aleta A. Trauger of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee denied a motion to dismiss a putative class action under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Court Punishes Company For Statement Of Belief

by Allen Matkins on

Thomas Carlyle famously called economics, the "dismal science". Sometimes, the law can be equally disheartening. Imagine trying to explain to a client that a statement that the company is "on track" to meet its projections...more

Employer’s False Statements Opposing Workers' Compensation Claim Not Privileged Against Liability Under the Insurance Frauds...

In People ex rel. etc. v. Hebb (No. E066471, filed 12/19/17), a California appeals court held that false or fraudulent statements given in opposition to a workers’ compensation claim are not privileged from liability under...more

Did the CFPB Falsify Documents in Payday Lender Exam?

In an explosive letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB or Bureau) employee claims that her former bosses asked her to falsify records in a payday lender examination that...more

Former National Security Advisor, Michael Flynn, Charged with Lying to the FBI, and Pleads Guilty

On November 30, 2017, a two-page criminal information was filed by Robert S. Mueller III’s Special Counsel’s Office, charging Michael Flynn with two counts of “willfully and knowingly” making “materially false, fictitious,...more

Federal Criminal Enforcement: U.S. Department of Justice Announces Sentencing of Saltwater Disposal Well Operators for Alleged...

The United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced in a November 27th news release that two saltwater disposal well operators had been sentenced in a Bismarck, North Dakota, Federal District Court for alleged Safe...more

Third Circuit Confirms Government Knowledge Can Defeat Scienter and Materiality Requirements for False Claims Act Liability

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In Spay v. CVS Caremark Corp., the Third Circuit became the latest court of appeals to hold that, in False Claims Act litigation, scienter can be lacking when the government has knowledge of "the facts...more

Former Municipal Official in the Spotlight as SEC Files Complaint Charging Securities Fraud and DOJ Files Superseding Indictment...

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint charging Oyster Bay, New York (the “Town”), along with its former Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer, John Venditto, with...more

How Lying to the U.S. Government Can Land You in Jail

by Holland & Knight LLP on

If you ask people why Martha Stewart went to jail, many will say insider trading. And if you ask others what crime Scooter Libby committed, most will say breaching national security by disclosing the name of a covert C.I.A....more

Taking A Toll: The Effect Of Post-Judgment Motions On Appeal Deadlines

by Carlton Fields on

Counsel contemplating an appeal often depend on the “tolling” effect of authorized post-judgment motions, which can extend an otherwise-applicable appeal deadline. In particular, in most federal civil cases, the appellant has...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Pro Rata Distribution of Assets in Receiver Case

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case involving the repercussions of the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of Thomas Petters related to the management of the Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund, LLC...more

Climate Scientist Sues Critic

by Akin Gump - Excubitor on

In what appears to be a novel application of defamation law to disputes within the academic community, one researcher has filed suit against a peer reviewer and an academic journal for criticism made in a peer review article...more

Fourth Circuit Finds Employer Not Liable for Terminating Employee Believed to Have Made False Report of Harassment

by Poyner Spruill LLP on

Can an employer be held liable under Title VII when it fires an employee based on a good faith belief that she falsely accused another employee of sexual harassment — even if that belief may have been based upon a mistake of...more

Ninth Circuit Trims PSLRA Safe Harbor’s Protection for Forward-Looking Statements

by Perkins Coie on

A recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, In re Quality Systems, Inc. Securities Litigation, 865 F.3d 1130 (9th Cir. 2017), cut back on the protections afforded by the safe-harbor provision of the...more

Fintech Week in Review – October 2017

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Lorenzo's a Schemer, Not a Maker; Dissent Blasts SEC ("Not Fair," "Stinks")

by Burr & Forman on

Cut, paste and forward ? just as the boss instructed. But Lorenzo’s email to two clients was misleading, so the SEC filed an enforcement action. The ALJ held Lorenzo liable for violating anti-fraud provisions and imposed a...more

OCIE Publishes Risk Alert on Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues Found During Examinations

by Dechert LLP on

The Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued a National Exam Program Risk Alert on September 14, 2017 (Risk Alert). The Risk Alert highlights...more

SEC Charges Firm, Officers Re False Statements in Private Offerings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has long focused on microcap frauds, repeatedly brining cases in this area. It has also focused in recent years on offering fraud actions, filing a string of cases....more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Plaintiffs’ Challenge to Risk Factors and Earnings Projections, in Williams v. Globus Medical,...

A recent Third Circuit opinion demonstrates the high bar that plaintiffs face when attempting to plead the falsity of two categories of statements: (1) risk factors alleged to be misleading because the warned-of risk had...more

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Fall 2017 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

by Dechert LLP on

A delicate balance has evolved over time in leveraged acquisitions with respect to the nature of the contractual relationship between a target and its owners, on the one hand, and the debt financing sources of the buyer, on...more

Ninth Circuit Establishes Rule for Mixed Statements under Reform Act’s Safe Harbor, in In re Quality Systems, Inc. Securities...

On July 28, the Ninth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a securities class action, and remanded to the Central District of California. In re Quality Sys., Inc. Sec. Litig., 865 F.3d 1130 (9th Cir. 2017). Quality Systems,...more

The Data Report Special Edition: The Equifax Data Breach

by Bilzin Sumberg on

Litigation attorney Jay Ward explores the massive Equifax data breach, which has affected as many as 143 million Americans, in this special edition of The Data Report. Jay summarizes what happened, explains the ramifications...more

UK Defamation: when words seriously harm

by Hogan Lovells on

Evidencing in court that a defamatory statement has caused harm to your reputation can be notoriously difficult. The courts in the UK have therefore traditionally proceeded on the basis that, where a statement is proven to be...more

You Betcha: “It doesn't make it a gotcha just because it got ya.”

by Sedgwick LLP on

On August 29, 2017, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York, Jed S. Rakoff, dismissed Sarah Palin’s defamation lawsuit against The New York Times. The case was filed in June 2017. Judge Rakoff stated...more

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