An investor hit Tesla Inc. and its founder Elon Musk with a proposed securities fraud class action in California federal court, claiming they tried to pump up stock prices by proclaiming plans to take the company private — without having the more than $71 billion privatizing would require.
Investors filed a proposed securities fraud class action Friday against Oracle in California federal court, holding the technology giant responsible for a one-day stock price plunge of 9.4 percent and alleging the company’s cloud revenues were driven by unsustainable “coercive” sales tactics.
A trio of insurers urged the First Circuit on Friday to uphold a judgment that UBS AG units can’t tap $20 million in coverage for costs associated with claims that investors lost billions of dollars because UBS manipulated Puerto Rico's municipal debt bond market, saying the bank has impermissibly raised new arguments on appeal.
A former financial adviser for a UBS Group AG unit has been charged with defrauding his retail clients out of nearly $4 million by promising returns as high as 20 percent in private investment funds but pocketing the bulk of the cash, Michigan federal prosecutors said Friday.
A group of noteholders of the Woodbridge Group of Companies LLC says the debtor’s proposed plan disclosure statement is impermissible because it would seek to solicit creditors with potential class claims relating to a Ponzi scheme run by the debtor to assign those claims to a plan litigation trust.
A putative class of CA Technologies Inc. investors opened a federal securities action against the information technology giant in Delaware on Thursday, alleging multiple disclosure and proxy failures in connection with its proposed $18.9 billion sale to global chipmaker Broadcom Inc.
A Brooklyn federal judge denied a Canadian man’s bid to toss for lack of jurisdiction a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit alleging his company orchestrated a fraudulent $15 million initial coin offering, concluding that regulators established that his company conducted significant dealings in the United States.
A company formed by Jay Alix, a critic of consulting giant McKinsey & Co., on Thursday renewed its call for a Virginia bankruptcy court to reopen the Alpha Natural Resources Chapter 11 case, saying it had discovered dozens of conflicts of interest in the case by McKinsey.
Prosecutors pushed back on an ex-Barclays trader’s motion to dismiss the criminal “front running” case against him Friday, arguing that the question of whether he had a duty to act in the best interests of Hewlett Packard Co. in a £6 billion foreign currency options transaction can only be determined by a jury.
A health management solutions company accused Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. in Iowa federal court Friday of wrongly denying coverage for costs incurred from an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit over a purchase by the company's employee stock ownership plan.
Two men were each sentenced Friday in New Jersey federal court to a year of home confinement for their roles in an insider trading scheme involving confidential information about Celator Pharmaceuticals Inc.'s positive test results for a cancer drug and the company's impending acquisition by Jazz Pharmaceuticals PLC.
A former user of the now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox asked an Illinois federal judge to enter a default judgment against the exchange’s founder Mark Karpeles on Friday, saying he has not responded to a proposed class action over its collapse.
A New York federal judge said Friday that Monster Worldwide Inc. does not owe Stone Key Partners LLC about $8.9 million in fees and costs for the boutique investment bank's role in evaluating strategic alternatives because the transactions that the job-search site ultimately completed were either too small or too late.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission nabbed a final judgment against convicted fraudster Jason Galanis that orders him to disgorge more than $9.6 million from proceeds he received through a scheme to illegally procure and then sell off stock in Gerova Financial Group Ltd.
Fox Rothschild LLP has added as a partner to its Wilmington office a Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP attorney who has worked high-profile securities fraud cases during his more than 20-year legal career, including the $3.2 billion settlement in the Tyco International Ltd. case.
McGuireWoods has brought husband and wife Yasser and Meghaan Madriz in as partners at the firm's Houston office, bolstering its litigation and labor and employment stable.
A Massachusetts federal judge sentenced an elderly Texas resident to five years behind bars and denied his bid for acquittal on Wednesday after a jury found him guilty of spending over a decade stealing millions of dollars from his friends and business associates who believed he would invest it for them.
A class of over-the-counter investors urged a New York federal court Thursday to keep alive its antitrust claims against affiliates of Bank of America N.A. and JPMorgan Chase Bank N.A. in sprawling multidistrict litigation over alleged manipulation of the London Interbank Offered Rate.
A Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. investor filed a putative securities fraud class action against the company Thursday in Maryland federal court, claiming it and its top brass mangled the review process of a planned $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media Co. by knowingly misleading the public about its divestitures.
A Delaware federal judge Thursday signed off on Canadian mining company Crystallex International Corp.’s request to seize shares of Citgo Petroleum Corp., which is owned by a Venezuelan state-run oil company, to block Venezuela from escaping a $1.2 billion arbitration award over a canceled mining contract.
When companies burnished their ethics codes to tout their reputations in the wake of Enron, the plaintiffs bar tried to use those “halo statements” to establish securities fraud liability. Given recent regulatory emphasis on corporate culture, let's look at the mixed success of the post-Enron culture-driven cases, say attorneys with Murphy & McGonigle PC.
People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.
In Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider whether a misstatement claim that does not meet the elements set forth in the court’s 2011 Janus decision can be repackaged and pursued as a fraudulent scheme claim under Rule 10b-5. A number of possible outcomes present themselves, say attorneys with Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last week settled eight enforcement actions for violations of the advertising and pay-to-play provisions of the Investment Advisers Act. Attorneys with Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP discuss takeaways for investment advisers.
A California federal judge recently concluded in United States v. Bogucki that any action by a bank employee that incurs potential liability for the bank triggers the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act. This renders unwieldy the scope of banks’ potential FIRREA exposure, says Ben Singer of O'Melveny & Myers LLP.
As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.
A newly constituted U.S. Supreme Court, with the added intellectual firepower of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, could ultimately strike down many U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rules and overturn enforcement actions through the dismantling of the Chevron doctrine, say attorneys with Eversheds Sutherland.
Commercial real estate collateralized loan obligations are growing in popularity as a way to securitize mortgage loans. With careful tax planning, CRE-CLO structures can be powerful tools for securitizing pools of assets that are inappropriate for acquisition by a real estate mortgage investment conduit, say attorneys with Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.