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Materiality Part II: Government Knowledge

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a five-part series on how U.S. district courts and courts of appeal have applied the materiality standard set forth in Universal Health Services, Inc. v. United States ex rel. Escobar, 136...more

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

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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

Securities Fraud Action Based Upon DeVry University's Representations About Graduate Employment Rates Was Dismissed Because...

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On December 6, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a securities fraud lawsuit brought against DeVry Education Group, Inc. and several of its executives (“DeVry”), with leave...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

The 9th Circuit Rejects Securities Class Action Premised on Businesses’ Complaints About Yelp’s Practices

• The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a securities fraud claim alleging that Yelp fraudulently inflated its stock price by misleading investors about its practices concerning the business...more

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

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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...

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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

Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals Affirms Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action, Stating That Scienter Cannot Be Pled By...

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On November 15, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action against PowerSecure International, Inc. (the “Company” or “PowerSecure”), and...more

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

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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

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

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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

Northern District Of California Pares Allegations In Shareholder Suit Against Twitter

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On Monday, October 16, 2017, Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss a shareholder class action alleging violations...more

Central District Of California Dismisses Securities Fraud Claim Against Facebook, Finding Plaintiffs Failed To Sufficiently Allege...

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On October 4, 2017, United States District Judge Stephen V. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed without prejudice a putative class action against Facebook, Inc., and...more

Federal Court Strikes DOJ's Risk Adjustment False Claims Act Case - For Now

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On October 5, a federal district court in California dealt a significant setback to the government’s efforts to extend False Claims Act (FCA) liability to Medicare risk adjustment submissions....more

Dismissal of Medicare Advantage FCA Suit Marks Significant Defeat for Government

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The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California recently dismissed a complaint-in-intervention filed by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in U.S. ex rel. Swoben v. Secure Horizons. As previously reported,...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Claim That “Simply Point[ed] . . . to Omitted Details” of FDA Communications Without Pleading...

The First Circuit recently affirmed dismissal of claims under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 as failing to meet the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act’s standard for pleading scienter. Corban v. Sarepta Thereapeutics,...more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - September 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 3

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

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Exchange Act Claims Based On Exposure To Puerto Rican Bonds For Failure To Sufficiently...

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On September 5, 2017, Judge Richard M. Berman of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action against Ambac Financial Group, Inc. (“Ambac”), asserting claims under...more

Western District Of Texas Dismisses Securities Fraud Suit Against Whole Foods, Finding Alleged Knowledge Of In-House Counsel Could...

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On August 25, 2017, Judge Lee Yeakel of the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas dismissed with prejudice a putative securities class action against Whole Foods Market, Inc. and certain of its...more

Scienter In The News Again

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In May, I wrote about Judge Gonzolo P. Curiel’s decision to grant the defendants’ motion to dismiss federal and state securities law claims in Mueller v. San Diego Entm’t Partners, LLC, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 77643 (S.D. Cal....more

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

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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

Northern District Of California Dismisses Putative Securities Fraud Class Action Against SolarCity Corp. For Failure To Adequately...

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On August 11, 2017, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a putative securities class action brought against SolarCity Corp. (“SolarCity”) and four of its...more

Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action, Holding That Non-Forward Looking Statements...

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On July 28, 2017, the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision dismissing a putative class action lawsuit against Quality Systems, Inc., (“QSI” or the “Company”), a...more

Article: July 2017: White Collar Litigation Update

Three Tips for Preparing an FCA Case for Trial, One Year After Universal Health. The stakes in False Claims Act cases have never been higher. Potential statutory penalties per claim doubled last year, and ten cases settled in...more

Delaware Chancery Court Upholds Fiduciary Duty Breach Claims Regarding Self-Tender Against Controlling Stockholder Group And...

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On July 24, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss former stockholders’ claims for breach of fiduciary duty brought in connection with a self-tender by R. L. Polk...more

Eastern District Of Wisconsin Dismisses Securities Fraud Allegations Based On Accounting Errors For Failure To Sufficiently Plead...

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On July 20, 2017, Judge J.P. Stadtmueller of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin dismissed claims brought by shareholders of Kohl’s Corporation (“Kohl’s”) against the company and two of its...more

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