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U.S. Supreme Court Schedules Oral Argument In Case That Raises Issue Of Whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction Over Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument on November 28, 2017 in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund, No. 15-1439, a case that is expected to resolve the issue of whether state courts continue to...more

Treasury Wine Decision Confirms Shift in Class Action Closure Process

Recently, in Melbourne City Investments Pty Ltd v. Treasury Wine Estates Limited (“Treasury Wine”), the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia considered a primary judge’s class closure order which broke new ground in...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

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

by Vedder Price on

Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether Covered Class Actions May Be Litigated in State Court

As the beginning of the next US Supreme Court term nears, one case in particular has caught our attention, as the question presented asks whether state courts have jurisdiction over certain securities class actions. The case...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

Lane Powell Assists Washington Legal Foundation with US Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Cyan Securities Class Action

On September 5, 2017, my colleague Kristin Beneski and I were honored to file a US Supreme Court amicus brief on behalf of the Washington Legal Foundation (“WLF”) in Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund....more

Supreme Court Decision Imposes Strict Filing Deadline on Civil Actions Related to Securities Offerings

On June 26, 2017, the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion on California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., No. 16-373, ruling that actions involving securities offerings and sales are...more

Securities Class Action Filings Are at Record Levels—Does Your D&O Insurance Have the Capacity to Protect You?

by Reed Smith on

Securities class actions and M&A “merger objection” cases are being filed at record rates. Directors’ and Officers’ Liability (“D&O”) insurance can provide companies and their management with critical protection against the...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

Securities Class Action Filings at an All-Time High

Federal securities fraud class action filings have been on a meteoric rise over the past 18 months. According to a recent report released by Cornerstone Research, plaintiffs filed 226 new federal securities fraud class action...more

Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disclosure Disputes Is a Bad Idea—For Defendants

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar recently said that the SEC is open to allowing companies that are going public to provide for mandatory shareholder arbitration in their corporate charters. Piwowar’s remarks have prompted a...more

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

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

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

The 2nd Circuit Clarifies that Administrative Feasibility Is Not a Requirement for Class Certification

On July 7, in In re Petrobras Securities, the 2nd Circuit declined to adopt an independent “administrative feasibility” requirement for class certification under Rule 23. In so holding, the 2nd Circuit joined the 6th, 7th,...more

2016-17 Securities Class Actions by the Numbers

by BakerHostetler on

2016 was an unprecedented year in securities class actions filings. According to a report published by NERA Economic Consulting, a record 300 securities class action complaints were filed in 2016 in federal courts, a 32...more

Supreme Court to Determine whether State Courts Have Jurisdiction to Adjudicate Covered Class Actions under the Securities Act of...

by BakerHostetler on

On June 27, 2017, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund,[1] to decide whether the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1998 (SLUSA) bars plaintiffs from filing any covered...more

SCOTUS Upholds Strict Statute of Repose on Federal Section 11 Securities Claims

by Perkins Coie on

In a 5-4 decision in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) v. ANZ Securities, Inc., et al. (No. 16-373), 582 U.S. ___ (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, at the end of last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Tolling Securities Claims: “In No Event” Means ... What It Says

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

US Supreme Court: Securities Act’s 3-year statute of repose is not subject to equitable tolling, providing greater certainty to underwriters. Key Points: ..Case has significant implications for financial Institutions...more

Second Circuit Requires Increased Scrutiny of Securities Class Actions Involving Off-Exchange Transactions

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The Second Circuit held recently that putative securities class actions involving transactions in non-U.S.-listed foreign securities require careful scrutiny to determine whether the class members' claims can be litigated on...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Class Certification Requirements in Significant Securities Class Action Decision

On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit offered significant guidance regarding the circuit’s class certification requirements in In re Petrobras Securities, No. 16-1914. In addressing an issue of...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Application Of American Pipe Tolling To Statutes Of Repose

Takeaway: In California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., No. 16-373, 2017 WL 2722415 (U.S. June 26, 2017), the Supreme Court issued its closely-watched decision regarding whether the filing of a...more

Supreme Court to Determine State Court Jurisdiction of Class Actions Under Securities Act of 1933

On June 27, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Cyan Inc. et al. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund et al., agreeing to weigh in on whether state courts have jurisdiction to hear class action lawsuits brought...more

Supreme Court to Review Concurrent State Court Jurisdiction in Securities Act of 1933 Cases

by Alston & Bird on

On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Cyan Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund to decide whether, pursuant to the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA),...more

The Supreme Court Grants Cert. in Cyan and Takes Up Forum Shopping in Securities Class Actions

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Recent years have seen significant growth in Securities Act class actions filed in California state courts, based on conflicting readings of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”). On June 27, 2017, the...more

Supreme Court Intensifies Timing Pressure on Federal Securities Claimants

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It is not uncommon for unnamed class members to opt out of the class when securities class actions veer toward settlement. They might deem the proposed settlement inadequate, and would prefer at that point to go it alone,...more

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