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Securities

  • August 15, 2018

    Crypto Co. Hit With Default Judgment For Bilking Investors

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday entered a default judgment against Monkey Capital LLC, which a group of investors say pocketed $1.17 million worth of cryptocurrency investments meant for an initial coin offering and the launch of a private cryptocurrency exchange that never happened.

  • August 15, 2018

    Bear Stearns Bankruptcy Suit Win Upheld By District Court

    A bankruptcy court finding that Bear Stearns & Co. Inc. acted in good faith when it repurchased securities from former debtor HomeBanc Mortgage Corp. in 2007 was upheld Tuesday when a Delaware federal judge said the lower court did not misapply the law or make errors of fact.

  • August 15, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Suit Over Hartford Management Fees

    The Third Circuit refused Wednesday to disturb a victory for investment advisers in beating a proposed class action over mutual fund management fees, saying a district court properly found that the shareholders behind the suit failed to show the fees were excessive for the services provided.

  • August 15, 2018

    Chancery Cuts 3.3% More From AOL Merger Appraisal

    A reargument of a Chancery Court post-merger appraisal of AOL Inc. added to dissenting stockholders’ loss Wednesday, with a $47.08-per-share ruling that saw 3.3 percent nicked off the already below-deal amount that some investors were left with after trial.

  • August 15, 2018

    Holland & Knight Adds Ex-Reed Smith Litigator In Philly

    Holland & Knight LLP has hired a Reed Smith LLP partner with 30 years of experience as a trial attorney representing major clients like Uber Technology Inc. in bet-the-company litigation to head the firm’s Philadelphia regional litigation team, Holland & Knight said Tuesday.

  • August 15, 2018

    Add-On To Defense Bill Eases Transition To Worker-Owned Biz

    A legislative proposal allowing the Small Business Administration to guarantee loans to small businesses transitioning to employee-owned companies became law on Monday when President Donald Trump signed the 2019 defense budget bill, which had incorporated the proposal as an amendment.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Katten Atty Loses Bid To Dodge Shkreli Fraud Charges

    A New York federal judge on Tuesday refused to let former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel duck charges that he aided now-imprisoned former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli in defrauding Retrophin Inc., finding that the jury had plenty of reasons to convict the corporate lawyer.

  • August 15, 2018

    Diagnostics Co. Investors Fight Bid To Nix Stock-Drop Suit

    A proposed class of investors urged an Ohio federal judge Tuesday not to drop its suit alleging Meridian Biosciences Inc.'s cover-up of crucial flaws in the product line of a recently acquired test systems business led to a stock drop, saying the company is only trying to distract the court with its dismissal bid.

  • August 15, 2018

    Dominican Man Gets 5 Years For Impersonating SEC Brass

    A Dominican national charged with impersonating U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission employees to defraud people out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was sentenced on Wednesday in Boston federal court to five years and three months in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • August 15, 2018

    Hausfeld, Susman Awarded $58.4M In Libor MDL Fees, Costs

    Hausfeld LLP and Susman Godfrey LLP will decide how to dole out a nearly $60 million award for attorneys' fees and expenses approved by a New York federal judge Tuesday from $250 million in multidistrict litigation settlements between Citigroup, Barclays and investors suing over rigging of the London Interbank Offered Rate.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-NBA Player Aims To Sink NJ Conviction In Ponzi Scheme

    A former NBA player has called on a New Jersey federal court to throw out his conviction and nine-year prison sentence for bilking real estate investors out of more than $2 million in a Ponzi scheme, citing allegedly ineffective legal assistance by his former attorney and purportedly false testimony by government witnesses.

  • August 15, 2018

    ETP Exec Wants Co. Kept Out Of His $20M Fraud Suit

    The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners LP has moved to quash a subpoena seeking documents from the company in his personal $20 million fraud suit against Advanced Particle Therapy LLC, saying the material is irrelevant to the case and the subpoena is harassment against the company.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ex-Union Leader Guilty Of Taking Bribe From Hedge Fund

    A Manhattan jury convicted Norman Seabrook of bribery Wednesday, finding the once-powerful head of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association favored now-bankrupt hedge fund Platinum Partners with $20 million of union capital in exchange for a man-purse stuffed with $60,000 in cash.

  • August 15, 2018

    Deutsche Bank To Pay $22M To Settle Workers' ERISA Suit

    Thousands of workers who accused Deutsche Bank of steering their retirement savings into expensive and poorly performing proprietary funds told a New York federal court they had struck a $21.9 million deal to resolve their Employee Retirement Income Security Act class action.    

  • August 15, 2018

    AT&T Faces $224M Privacy Suit Over Cryptocurrency Theft

    A well-known cryptocurrency investor slapped AT&T with a nearly $224 million lawsuit in California federal court Wednesday, alleging that the carrier’s failure to provide adequate data security, despite previously suffering high-profile privacy incidents, allowed for the theft of millions in digital currency from his accounts.

  • August 14, 2018

    Exxon Investors' Climate Suit Beats Dismissal Bid

    A Texas federal judge denied Exxon Mobil Corp.’s bid to nix a putative securities fraud class action accusing the oil giant of concealing its climate change knowledge, ruling Tuesday that investors sufficiently pled alleged misstatements and mostly met the heightened pleading standard for bringing the suit.

  • August 14, 2018

    Tinder Founders Sue Match For $2B Over Stock Options

    A slew of Tinder founders, early employees and current executives hit the dating app’s parent companies, IAC and Match Group Inc., with a $2 billion suit in New York state court Tuesday, accusing the companies of deliberately tanking the valuation of the dating app in order to lessen the value of their stock options.

  • August 14, 2018

    SEC Strikes Deals In Municipal Bond 'Flipping' Scheme

    Two companies allegedly posed as retail investors to buy municipal bonds, then illegally sold them at a profit to broker-dealers, according to lawsuits filed in Florida and California federal courts by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday, but the SEC said it had already settled with the majority of the scheme's alleged participants.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results.

  • August 14, 2018

    Woodbridge Says Creditor Claims Aren't Backed By Liens

    Bankrupt real estate venture Woodbridge Group of Cos. LLC on Tuesday told a Delaware bankruptcy court that an adversary complaint lodged by noteholders in its Chapter 11 case should be tossed because the noteholders don't have any liens on the property at the center of the dispute.

Expert Analysis

  • Opportunity Zones Abound But Investors, Tread Carefully

    David Levy

    Opportunity zones, created under 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, have the potential to be a powerful driver of investment activity in low-income communities throughout the U.S. But in order to benefit from the program’s capital gains tax exemption, investors must comply with a complex and somewhat unclear set of rules. Attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom LLP provide the details.

  • Jobs Act 3.0 May End Dodd-Frank Repeal Efforts

    Lai King Lam

    If Jobs Act 3.0 is signed into law, it will reflect the GOP’s pivot away from the wholesale repeal of Dodd-Frank and its embrace of a piecemeal strategy to chip away at the 2010 law. Though capital formation is the headliner of Jobs Act 3.0, this bill does contain a few Dodd-Frank reform measures that have been overlooked in most news coverage but are worth highlighting, says Lai King Lam of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Tackling Digital Class Notice With Rule 23 Changes

    Brandon Schwartz

    Proposed modifications to Rule 23 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, scheduled to take effect at the end of this year, will officially recognize the use of electronic notice in class action administrations. Brandon Schwartz and Maggie Ivey of Garden City Group LLC provide guidance on navigating a daunting digital landscape.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.

  • Inside The Latest Congressional Hearing On Crypto

    Todd Friedman

    Following a July hearing by the House Committee on Agriculture on the regulation of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, Todd Friedman of Silver Miller recaps the views of various stakeholders — from the former head of JPMorgan's blockchain program to a former chairman of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: In Pursuit Of Precision

    Trevor Morrison

    As clerks for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, we learned early on that, when preparing a memorandum or draft opinion, it was essential to present any opposing argument in its strongest possible light. There is a lesson here for today's public debates, says Trevor Morrison, dean of NYU Law School.

  • How Delaware Refreshed Its LLC Act And General Corp. Law

    Allison Land

    Last week, a number of amendments to the Delaware Limited Liability Company Act and the Delaware General Corporation Law became effective. Allison Land and Anne Connolly of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP discuss the five major changes impacting companies.

  • More Transfer Pricing Disputes And Other Altera Aftermath

    Kristin Garry

    The recent Ninth Circuit opinion in Altera Corp. v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue reaffirms the increasing significance of general administrative law principles in tax cases and marks a substantial departure from the arm’s-length standard for U.S. transfer pricing analysis for the past 80 years, say attorneys at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • Opinion

    Judges Shouldn't Force Attorneys On Absent Class Members

    J.B. Heaton

    U.S. District Judge Manish Shah of the Northern District of Illinois recently said he will consider lead firms’ willingness to put young and diverse attorneys in positions to take substantive roles in the multidistrict litigation he is overseeing. This is an improper use of judicial power, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • How Kavanaugh’s Nomination Affects Financial Institutions

    Lewis Wiener

    The confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court will likely result in further solidification of the current administration's limited regulatory approach and represent a more pronounced shift toward supporting the decisions of financial institutions in conducting business, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.