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A scary combination of rising bond yields (across the 3% Rubicon!) and a warning from Caterpillar (which called its expectation-beating performance for Q1 the “high watermark for the year”) helped propel stocks significantly...more

Yahoo/Altaba Agree to $35 Million SEC Penalty for Failure to Disclose Massive Security Breach

In perhaps the SEC’s first major shot across the bow, Yahoo (now known as Altaba) has agreed to pay the SEC $35 million for failure to disclose a massive security breach to its investors. I’m guessing Equifax, Facebook and a...more

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The White House has chosen Columbia University economist Richard Clarida as Fed Vice Chair—the number 2 spot at the central bank. Clarida is a “monetary policy scholar” and former Bush II administration Treasury official....more

FDA Issues Refusal-to-File Letter to Alkermes for Depression Treatment

by Knobbe Martens on

On April 2, 2018, Irish biotech Alkermes revealed that it had received a Refusal-to-File letter from the FDA regarding its depression drug ALKS 5461. The announcement caused Alkermes shares to drop 22.4%, and adversely...more

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Spotify’s unconventional (non-IPO) public listing is off and running, and though it’s early, it sure feels as if the risk was a good one, with the market valuing the company north of $30 billion....more

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Embattled credit reporting company Equifax has chosen private equity exec Mark Begor as its new CEO. Begor will replace interim CEO Paulino do Rego Barros, who has been in the role since former CEO Richard Smith resigned...more

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The Journal’s weekend report on Facebook’s role in the unauthorized use of data from 50 million users wreaked havoc on the ‘Book’s stock yesterday, with losses spreading across the tech sector (and fellow its FANGers in...more

Yahoo Enters $80 Million Securities Class Action Settlement After Data Breach

by Carlton Fields on

On March 2, Yahoo, Inc. (“Yahoo”) filed a proposed settlement in In re Yahoo Inc. Securities Litigation, which was filed in U.S. District Court in San Francisco. ...more

Recent Developments In Securities Class Actions And Companies' Disclosure Obligations Regarding Cybersecurity Risks And Events

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Public companies experiencing data security incidents have been largely successful in defeating derivative actions and securities class actions related to those cyber incidents....more

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It’s a bit more overtly political than business-oriented, but given China’s economic might, we felt it worth noting that China’s Communist Party has cleared the way for President Xi Jinping to “stay in power indefinitely” by...more

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The Chinese government has seized control of Anbang Insurance Group, the formerly staid insurance conglomerate with a murky leadership structure that in recent years has amassed billions in debt through a global acquisition...more

The Next Big Thing: Data Breach Securities Class Action Litigation

Shareholders may have found a new hook for data security lawsuits. Over the past year, plaintiffs have filed nine federal class action securities fraud lawsuits against public companies after data security incidents,...more

OTA & Travel Distribution Update - German coalition's plans for increased scrutiny of online platforms; Avvio introduces chatbot...

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

This week’s OTA & Travel Distribution Update is below and features a variety of stories – EU regulation, AI-powered chatbots, direct booking, connectivity and taxes....more

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The SEC is blocking the proposed sale of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange to a group of Chinese investors based on “unresolved questions” over the “proposed ownership structure and concerns for the regulatory agency’s ability...more

Nasdaq Proposes Changes to Shareholder Approval Rule for 20% Issuances

Nasdaq has proposed to amend its rule regarding shareholder approval for certain securities issuances. Currently the rule requires shareholder approval for security issuances for less than the greater of book or market value...more

Second Circuit Clarifies How Price Impact Can Be Rebutted at the Class Certification Stage in Securities Fraud Class Actions

Last month, in Arkansas Teachers Retirement System v. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., the Second Circuit vacated the Southern District of New York’s order certifying a class in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud class action. At issue...more

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Mr. Dow’s wild ride ended on an upswing yesterday, with the DJIA adding back nearly 600 points and the three primary US indices up between 1.7 and 2.3%....more

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Markets proved that last Friday’s 600-point Dow drop wasn’t an isolated incident, as all major US indices were down nearly 4% (at least) in a nasty Monday of trading....more

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John Flannery’s been working hard to right the ship at GE, but the seas have turned choppy again this week on news that the company’s taking a $6.2 billion Q4 write-off “after conducting a review of the insurance portfolio...more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

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A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

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Bitcoin futures started trading yesterday for the first time prompting concerns about the volatility of the cryptocurrency that prompted several exchange outages due to 10%+ swings in its price as well as heavy website...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

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AT&T’s chief is weighing in the DOJ’s call to sell CNN in order to make its deal with Time Warner go through, and, as Randall sees it, “selling CNN makes no sense”....more

SEC Enforcement Division Priorities Pertaining to Retail Investors and Cybersecurity

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In a keynote speech to the Securities Enforcement Forum on October 26, 2017, U.S. SEC Division of Enforcement (Division) Co-Director Stephanie Avakian emphasized the protection of retail investors and cybersecurity as...more

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Most insiders are chalking up last week’s CVS/Aetna news to a recent Amazon push into the pharma world. The Journal breaks down exactly what that means—both for the industry and for Amazon, which faces a series of challenges...more

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