Securities

  • April 08, 2024

    Mich. Regulators' Fraud Fears Are 'Nonsense,' Developer Says

    A real estate developer has told Michigan's high court that the state is raising unfounded concerns that Michigan will become a haven for fraudsters if the top court does not adopt a federal judicially created test to determine when an investment is a security, telling the justices Michigan's own securities law is controlling.

  • April 08, 2024

    SEC 'Shadow Trading' Victory Could Bring DOJ Knocking

    Now that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has convinced a jury that a pharmaceutical executive committed insider trading by purchasing a competitor's stock in a practice often referred to as "shadow trading," attorneys say federal prosecutors might be tempted to dip their toe into the waters of the previously untested legal theory.

  • April 08, 2024

    Software Licensees Say Investor Suit Doesn't Plead Fraud

    Decentral Life Inc. and a group of its licensees, including a cannabis social media site, are urging a Colorado federal court to throw out an investor's suit alleging that they tricked him into investing more than $1.7 million, saying his claims are too vague and fail to show how they deceived him.

  • April 08, 2024

    Chancery Approves $36M Sirius XM Settlement, $9.6M Atty Fee

    Sirius XM Holding Inc. stockholders who sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over an alleged ongoing squeeze-out by Liberty Media Corp. won court approval Monday of a $36 million settlement to end their litigation, along with a $9.6 million payout for their attorneys and $50,000 for the lead plaintiff.

  • April 08, 2024

    McMahon Sells Millions More In TKO Stock Amid Abuse Suit

    WWE's disgraced founder Vince McMahon, who was recently accused of trafficking a former employee, continues to loosen his grip on the wrestling company he founded, most recently selling $311 million worth of stock in WWE's parent, according to a Monday securities filing.

  • April 08, 2024

    FINRA Fines Broker-Dealer, CEO In Text Messaging Action

    Dawson James Securities Inc. and its CEO have agreed to pay the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority a combined $510,000 to end the broker watchdog's allegations that the firm failed to review thousands of business-related text messages and had an inadequate supervisory system.

  • April 08, 2024

    Goldman Investors Closer To Class Cert. In 1MDB Bribery Suit

    A proposed class of Goldman Sachs investors alleging losses from the 1MDB bond bribery scandal is one step closer to clinching class certification, with a magistrate judge recommending that a New York federal court grant partial approval to their request.

  • April 08, 2024

    3 Firms Score $885K Fee In Synchrony Investor Deal

    A Connecticut federal judge has approved $885,000 in fees and expenses for three law firms that won corporate governance changes at Synchrony Financial after investors sued the bank's leaders during an offshoot of a securities case that netted a $34 million judgment over consumer credit card practices.

  • April 08, 2024

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Last week, a much-watched Chancery Court Match.com decision got reversed, a Philip Morris motion got stubbed out, and a long-frozen Blue Bell Creameries suit started churning again. Delaware's Court of Chancery also saw new suits filed for legal fees, arguments over multibillion-dollar pay packages, and a judge flummoxed over Truth Social.

  • April 08, 2024

    Ex-IRS Criminal Investigations Head Joins Crypto Data Firm

    A newly retired chief of the Internal Revenue Service's law enforcement arm is taking his skills to blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis, where he'll help federal agencies and crypto firms leverage Chainalysis' data and solutions to combat financial crime.

  • April 08, 2024

    Tradeweb Pays $785M For Investment Tech Firm ICD

    Tradeweb Markets Inc., advised by Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP, on Monday announced that it has agreed to buy institutional investment technology provider Institutional Cash Distributors LLC, advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP, for $785 million.

  • April 08, 2024

    Plot Holes Doom JPMorgan 'Fraud' Narrative, Frank Exec Says

    The founder of a startup meant to help college students apply for financial aid said an indictment claiming she duped JPMorgan Chase & Co. into a buyout should be dismissed because it fails to identify her alleged co-conspirators or fraudulent statements.

  • April 08, 2024

    Glancy Prongay To Lead EB-5 Grocery Co. Fraud Stock Suit

    Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP will lead a proposed class action alleging Asian specialty grocery chain Maison Solutions' stock price was severely damaged after a third-party research report accused it and its executives of participating in illegal activities, including using supermarkets as a front for immigration fraud.

  • April 05, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Pump-And-Dump Action Against Cartoon Co.

    The Ninth Circuit on Friday revived a securities class action accusing children's entertainment company Genius Brands International Inc. of running a pump-and-dump scheme in its stock, and in doing so likened the court's mission to that of the heroes of the company's cartoon production "Rainbow Rangers."

  • April 05, 2024

    Justices Urged To 'Shut The Door' On Meta Disclosure Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court should "shut the door" on private securities lawsuits that could create a bloated disclosure regime and hurt businesses and investors alike, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said Friday in a brief backing Meta Platforms Inc.'s call for the justices to hear a shareholder proposed class action over the Cambridge Analytica data abuse scandal.

  • April 05, 2024

    Exxon Mobil Asks Court To Keep Certain Files From Investors

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and its officers say that the plaintiffs in a proposed shareholder class action have demanded a substantial trove of documents that goes beyond what's typical in class certification discovery, asking a Texas federal judge to issue a protective order against the proposed production Thursday.

  • April 05, 2024

    Perrigo Inks $97M Deal With Investors In Securities Fraud Suit

    A class of investors suing Perrigo Co. PLC asked a New Jersey federal judge Friday to approve a $97 million settlement after the court trimmed several claims in the suit alleging the pharmaceutical company's executives made misleading statements to defeat a potential $29 billion takeover attempt.

  • April 05, 2024

    Med School Ex-CEO Sues For Legal Fees In Del. After Fraud Suit

    A company controlled by the former chief executive of a Grand Bahama-based medical school has sued the school's developers and indirect owner for legal fee advancements in Delaware's Court of Chancery, citing a federal suit accusing the ex-officer of selling undocumented stakes in the business.

  • April 05, 2024

    Starbucks Tells Judge Union Dealings Aren't 'Mission Critical'

    Starbucks denied Friday that complying with federal labor law was "mission critical" to its business as it urged a Washington state judge to dismiss a shareholder suit accusing company leaders of union busting, which they say tanked Starbucks' reputation.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ex-Biopharma Officer Seeks Defense Fees Over Fraud Suit

    Biopharmaceutical company EpicentRx has been slapped with a lawsuit in Delaware's Court of Chancery by its former corporate secretary and outside counsel seeking advancements of legal fees he has incurred in response to ongoing litigation accusing the company and its officers of fraud.

  • April 05, 2024

    Jury Finds Pharma Exec 'Shadow Traded' With Inside Info

    A California federal jury found Friday that a former Medivation executive is liable for using inside information from his company when he purchased stock in rival pharmaceutical maker Incyte, in a novel civil "shadow trading" case brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • April 05, 2024

    UBS Beats Blockchain Co.'s Spoofing Suit, For Now

    UBS Securities LLC has, for now, escaped a suit accusing it of a so-called spoofing campaign against blockchain company Phunware's stock, with a New York federal judge saying that while Phunware has adequately alleged the spoofing scheme took place, it has failed to show how it was impacted or injured by it. 

  • April 05, 2024

    NY Regulators Agree To Skip BlockFi Distribution

    BlockFi and the New York State Department of Finance Friday filed a stipulation with the New Jersey bankruptcy judge overseeing BlockFi's Chapter 11 case under which the department agreed to forgo any distributions from the BlockFi estate.

  • April 05, 2024

    New Chancery Challenge Launched To Board-Investor Pacts

    A biopharmaceutical company stockholder has teed up a new Delaware Chancery Court suit challenging board-investor voting agreements, with the complaint acknowledging wide debate over the pacts and a fast-moving push to amend state corporation law to authorize them.

  • April 05, 2024

    Judge Wary Of Foley & Lardner Exit Bid From SEC Suit

    A request by Foley & Lardner LLP attorneys to stop representing a Malta-based registered investment adviser in a $75 million suit by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is hanging in the balance after a North Carolina federal judge expressed concerns about their exit holding up the case.

Expert Analysis

  • How High Court SEC Case Could Affect The ITC

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming ruling in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission v. Jarkesy will likely spare the U.S. International Trade Commission from major operative changes, the ITC’s ability to issue penalties for violations of its orders may change, say Gwendolyn Tawresey and Ryan Deck at Troutman Pepper.

  • Open Questions After Elastos Crypto Class Action Settlement

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    The recent settlement in Owen v. Elastos Foundation resolving a class action fight over whether Elastos was required to register an initial coin offering with U.S. regulators has raised several questions that may be of interest to lawyers litigating cryptocurrency-related cases, including whether a crypto token constitutes a security under U.S. law, says Bradley Simon at Schlam Stone.

  • Del. Segway Dismissal Suggests Execs Not Liable For Biz Risk

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    While the debate continues within the Delaware Chancery Court over whether Caremark liability applies to matters of pure business risk, the court's recent rejection of Segway’s suit against the ex-president who oversaw financial difficulties suggests the court is uninterested in undermining the deference the business judgment rule grants corporate fiduciaries, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • $32.4M Fine For Info Disclosure Is A Stark Warning For Banks

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    The New York State Department of Financial Services and the Federal Reserve's fining of a Chinese state-owned bank $32.4 million last month underscores the need for financial institutions to have policies and procedures in place to handle confidential supervisory information, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Exxon ESG Proxy Statement Suit May Chill Investor Proposals

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    Exxon Mobil’s recent use of a Texas federal lawsuit to intimidate shareholders into withdrawing a climate-friendly proxy proposal could inspire more public companies to sue to avoid adopting ESG resolutions — a power move that would chill activist investor participation and unbalance shareholder-corporate relations, say Domenico Minerva and James Fee at Labaton Keller.

  • Series

    Coaching High School Wrestling Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Coaching my son’s high school wrestling team has been great fun, but it’s also demonstrated how a legal career can benefit from certain experiences, such as embracing the unknown, studying the rules and engaging with new people, says Richard Davis at Maynard Nexsen.

  • Implications For Digital Assets After SEC Settlement With DAO

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's December settlement with BarnBridge — finding that the decentralized autonomous organization's products were securities under federal law — foreshadows increased enforcement attention on digital assets, and reveals arguments the SEC may use in similar disputes with decentralized finance protocols, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • SG's Office Is Case Study To Help Close Legal Gender Gap

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    As women continue to be underrepresented in the upper echelons of the legal profession, law firms could learn from the example set by the Office of the Solicitor General, where culture and workplace policies have helped foster greater gender equality, say attorneys at Ocean Tomo.

  • Bitcoin ETF Approval Doesn't Mean SEC Approves Of Crypto

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    While the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's approval last month of 11 applications for spot exchange-traded funds tracking bitcoin is a landmark moment for the crypto-asset industry, investors who are hopeful that the SEC will approve similar crypto-based ETFs may be disappointed, says attorneys at Mintz.

  • A Closer Look At Novel Jury Instruction In Forex Rigging Case

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    After the recent commodities fraud conviction of a U.K.-based hedge fund executive in U.S. v. Phillips, post-trial briefing has focused on whether the New York federal court’s jury instruction incorrectly defined the requisite level of intent, which should inform defense counsel in future open market manipulation cases, say attorneys at Lankler Siffert.

  • Reducing Carbon Footprint Requires A Tricky Path For CRE

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    As real estate owners find themselves caught between rapidly evolving environmental, social and governance initiatives and complicated societal debate, they will need to carefully establish formal plans to remain both competitive and compliant, say Michael Kuhn and Mahira Khan at Jackson Walker.

  • Del.'s Tesla Pay Takedown Tells Boards What Not To Do

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s ruthless dissection of the Tesla board’s extreme departures from standard corporate governance in its January opinion striking down CEO Elon Musk’s $55 billion pay package offers a blow-by-blow guide to mistakes Delaware public companies can avoid when negotiating executive compensation, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • The Corporate Disclosure Tug-Of-War's Free Speech Issues

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    The continuing conflict over corporate disclosure requirements — highlighted by a lawsuit against Missouri's anti-ESG rules — has important implications not just for investors and regulated entities but also for broader questions about the scope of the First Amendment, say Colin Pohlman, and Jane Luxton and Paul Kisslinger at Lewis Brisbois.

  • What New Calif. Strike Force Means For White Collar Crimes

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    The recently announced Central District of California strike force targeting complex corporate and securities fraud — following the Northern District of California's model — combines experienced prosecutorial leadership and partnerships with federal agencies like the IRS and FBI, and could result in an uptick in the number of cases and speed of proceedings, say attorneys at MoFo.

  • Del. Dispatch: Clarification On Fiduciary Duties Of Controllers

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s January opinion in a Sears Hometown and Outlet Stores' stockholder dispute — holding that a controlling stockholder owes the company and minority shareholders some fiduciary duties when selling shares or voting to change the status quo — suggests instances where investors opposing board decisions should tread carefully, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

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