RICHMOND, Va. — The Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 6 denied an insured’s petition seeking en banc review of the panel’s opinion earlier in May that vacated and remanded a lower federal court’s ruling that a “bump-up” exclusion does not unambiguously preclude directors and officers liability insurance coverage for the $90 million settlement of two underlying lawsuits arising from a 2015 merger, standing by its holding that the lower court “adopted an unduly narrow reading” of the exclusion.
PHILADELPHIA — A financial adviser who alleged that he was fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on a co-worker who he accused of misusing funds from a customer’s trust account failed to causally connect the two, a Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled.
NEW YORK — A former stockholder and former owner of American Depository Shares (ADS) who accused a video game company in a putative class complaint of committing securities fraud when taking the company private failed to sufficiently plead loss causation, the company argues in an appellee brief filed in the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
CINCINNATI — A Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel denied a petition for permission to appeal filed by a health care company after a class of investors who allege that they were defrauded was certified, finding that the company failed to show that it was likely to succeed or that “failure to grant review would sound the ‘death knell’ for the litigation below.”
CINCINNATI — Optimistic statements about how an artificial intelligence lending platform would perform cannot form the basis of a securities class action, and the class never shows that the alleged misrepresentations were false, let alone false when they were made, defendants argue in a pair of reply briefs in support of motions to dismiss filed in an Ohio federal court.
WILMINGTON, Del. — Staying a derivative action pending the outcome of a securities class action involving allegations that a company overstated the ability of its artificial intelligence lending system would conserve both party and court resources, defendants tell the Delaware Chancery Court.
NEW YORK — Three Chinese vaping company investors in a June 2 reply brief tell the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals that the dismissal of their putative securities class action against the company should be reversed, asserting that they adequately alleged that the company made misleading statements about the Chinese government’s planned regulatory scheme for e-cigarettes that led them to overestimate its financial prospects before a $1.4 billion initial public offering (IPO).
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 5 denied review of a Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that held that a federal district court did not err in sentencing a man to 16 years imprisonment after he pleaded guilty to securities fraud charges stemming from his operation of a more than $2.7 million securities fraud scheme because the man knowingly and voluntarily pleaded guilty.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court denied review on June 5 of a Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals opinion affirming a district court’s disgorgement award against a man for his alleged role in a financial scheme that defrauded investors in a civil enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge has certified a class in a securities fraud lawsuit against Bayer AG, the parent company of Monsanto Co., related to statements it made about Monsanto’s science-based trial defenses in Roundup litigation, saying Bayer’s arguments in opposition to class certification were “not persuasive.”
SAN FRANCISCO — A software developer that saw a drop of stock prices one day after a merger with a former rival and reduced earnings projections and others filed an appellee brief in the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals arguing that a securities fraud complaint by shareholders was properly dismissed with prejudice as the parties suing “failed to plead that any of the challenged statements were false.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 “requires a plaintiff to plead and prove that he purchased shares traceable to the allegedly defective registration statement,” a unanimous U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 1 in a putative class case over a technology company’s direct listing of shares and allegedly misleading registration statement, vacating a Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ judgment and remanding for the court to consider that issue in the first instance.
TRENTON, N.J. — Plaintiffs in a case claiming that Johnson & Johnson violated securities law by withholding knowledge about the presence of asbestos in its talc tell a federal judge that they were refiling briefing involving class certification in the wake of a May 8 order lifting a stay and reopening the case.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on May 30 denied review of a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel’s ruling upholding the Securities and Exchange Commission’s denial of a whistleblower award for information the whistleblower provided in an international bribery scheme enforcement action.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — A hedge fund manager and the fund’s investment adviser filed two briefs in two days in the U.S. Supreme Court, one opposing a petition for a writ of certiorari by the Securities and Exchange Commission challenging a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision on the adjudication of securities fraud claims and one supporting the hedge fund parties’ own conditional cross-petition.
RICHMOND, Va. — An insured filed a petition in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals seeking en banc review of the panel’s opinion earlier in May that vacated and remanded a lower federal court’s ruling that a “bump-up” exclusion does not unambiguously preclude directors and officers liability insurance coverage for the $90 million settlement of two underlying lawsuits arising from a 2015 merger, challenging the panel’s holding that the lower court “adopted an unduly narrow reading” of the exclusion.
NEWARK, N.J. — The former chief financial officer (CFO) of Immunomedics Inc. has pleaded guilty to one charge of insider trading, admitting that he gave insider information about a new drug development and then made about $213,000 in profit off of a $65,000 purchase of company stock.
NEW YORK — The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments on May 24 in an appeal by a collection of closed-end Massachusetts business trusts and their trustees after a trial court granted summary judgment to investors and rescinded their adoption of a “control share” provision, finding that it violated the Investment Company Act of 1940 (ICA).
DETROIT — The “family resemblance test” announced in Reves v. Ernst & Young is the appropriate assessment to use in Michigan to determine whether a promissory note is a security under the Michigan Uniform Securities Act, a Michigan appellate court panel ruled, reversing a trial court’s determination that the Reves test conflicted with Michigan law.
CHICAGO — An employee stock ownership plan (ESOP) is asking the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to reverse dismissal of claims it asserted against company executives, independent trustees and financial advisers under federal securities laws, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and state law.