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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

Fifth Circuit Decision in Highway Guardrails Case Provides Important Guidance on Materiality in False Claims Act Cases

by Mintz Levin on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit recently decided a case that could have a substantial impact on False Claims Act (“FCA”) jurisprudence with respect to the element of “materiality.” In U.S. ex rel. Joshua...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 4

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between August 2017 and October 2017....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

Ninth Circuit Upholds Dismissal With Prejudice Of Class Action Lawsuit Due To Failure To Sufficiently Allege Loss Causation And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a dismissal by Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California of a putative class action...more

The Southern District Of California Allows Shareholder Securities Fraud Class Action To Proceed In Part

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 20, 2017, Judge Michael M. Anello of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California denied in part and granted in part a motion to dismiss brought by Qualcomm, Inc. (the “Company”), its...more

Federal Agent’s Misrepresentation in LG Search Warrant Affidavit Insufficient to Clear Qualified Immunity Hurdle

In Ganek v. Leibowitz, No. 16-1463 (2d Cir. Oct. 17, 2017) (Raggi, Chin, Carney), the Second Circuit reversed and remanded a district court’s determination that federal law enforcement authorities were not entitled to...more

Western District Of Washington Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action With Leave To Amend, Finding Plaintiff Failed To Adequately...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On October 18, 2017, Judge Ricardo S. Martinez of the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington dismissed with leave to amend a consolidated amended complaint asserting violations of Sections 10(b)...more

SEC Approves PCAOB’s New Audit Report Standard to Enhance the Relevance of the Auditor’s Report to Investors and Other Market...

by White & Case LLP on

On October 23, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") unanimously approved the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's ("PCAOB") proposal to adopt a new auditing standard, AS 3101, The Auditor's Report on an...more

Fifth Circuit Relies on Escobar in Vacating $663 Million FCA Judgment

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated a $663 million judgment, concluding that the Supreme Court’s opinion in Escobar doomed the plaintiff’s FCA claims on the issue of materiality....more

Numbers, Numbers, Numbers and FCPA Enforcement

by Thomas Fox on

If I told you that the last seven batting titles were won by baseball players who were originally from Venezuela, would you immediately run down to ICE and claim that our national pastime had been overrun by Venezuelan...more

SEC Issues Risk Alert on the Most Frequent Advertising Rule Compliance Issues and Use of Accolades in Advertisements

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

I. Advertising Rule Compliance Issues - On September 14, 2017, the staff of the SEC's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a National Examination Program Risk Alert on the most frequent advertising...more

SEC Wants the Truth and Nothing but the Truth in Advertising

Tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that’s the message to registered investment advisors from the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) in a recent risk alert about the SEC’s...more

Filed v. Furnished, What’s the Difference?

by Sullivan & Worcester on

When disclosing information in a filing with the SEC, it is important to know whether such disclosure and any related exhibits should be "filed" or "furnished". To non-lawyers, this may seem like semantics or another...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Fraud Suit Against La Quinta Holdings, Inc., Finding No Adequately Alleged...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 24, 2017, Judge Alison J. Nathan of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed with prejudice a putative securities class action against hotel chain La Quinta Holdings, Inc....more

Northern District Of Texas Dismisses Putative Securities Fraud Class Action Against Pier 1 Imports For Failure To Adequately Plead...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 10, 2017, Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed a putative securities class action brought against Pier 1 Imports, Inc. (“Pier 1”) and its former...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer for Failure to Verify Information

David I. Osunkwo was a principal at Strategic Consulting Advisors, LLC, or SC Consulting. SC Consulting offered compliance consulting and CCO services to two SEC registered investment adviser firms under common control, Aegis...more

Central District Of California Denies Motion To Dismiss Putative Securities Class Action Against El Pollo Loco Restaurant Chain,...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 4, 2017, United States District Judge David O. Carter of the United States District Court for the Central District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities fraud class action against El Pollo...more

Northern District Of California Denies Motion To Dismiss, Holding That Allegations Supported Inference That Statements Regarding...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 26, 2017, Judge Claudia Wilken of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied a motion to dismiss a putative securities class action alleging that GoPro, Inc. (“GoPro”), its CEO,...more

Northern District Of California Partially Dismisses Securities Claims For Failure To Sufficiently Allege Misstatements And Control...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Judge Charles R. Breyer of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California ruled, among other things, that allegations of knowledge of “defeat devices” did not equate to knowledge of...more

11th Circuit Rejects SEC Finding That Misstatements Are Material Despite Disclaimers

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” according to Justice Lewis Brandeis. That theme has long been one of the pillars of federal securities regulation....more

Stadnick v. Vivint Solar: The Second Circuit Rejects Shaw's "Extreme Departure Test"

Last week in Stadnick v. Vivint Solar, the Second Circuit provided important guidance for determining when an omission in a registration statement is material for purposes of a Section 11 claim. The decision holds that the...more

FTC and Florida AG Agree to Nearly $5 Million Settlement With Defendants Pitching “Worthless” Credit Card Interest Rate Reductions

by Goodwin on

On June 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that a federal district court had entered its eighth order against the remaining defendants in an illegal robocall ring in which defendants promised to help...more

Holding Defendants' Knowledge Of Potential Tax Issues Subject To Disclosure Under Item 303, Southern District Of New York Denies...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 23, 2017, Judge Victor Marrero of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied in part and granted in part a motion to dismiss a putative securities class action against Inovalon...more

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