Securities

  • 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.

  • April 05, 2024

    Green Energy Co. Duped Investors Out Of $40M, Suit Says

    A proposed class of investors has hit a purported Chicago green energy outfit and its executives with a federal suit claiming they used promises of extravagant returns to get the plaintiffs to invest but never created any energy or produced the returns they promised. 

  • April 05, 2024

    Terraform And Founder Do Kwon Held Liable For Crypto Fraud

    A Manhattan federal jury quickly found bankrupt cryptocurrency startup Terraform Labs and its creator Do Kwon liable Friday for securities fraud, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claimed they lied to investors about the company's stability and business prospects.

  • April 05, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Coinbase Securities Class Action

    The Second Circuit on Friday revived a proposed class action accusing crypto trading platform Coinbase of selling unregistered securities, saying that competing user contracts left it open for interpretation as to who, exactly, was the direct seller of dozens of tokens trading on the exchange.

  • April 05, 2024

    Firefighters Union's Finance Firm Can't Spike Whistleblower Claim

    A finance firm set up for the nation's largest firefighters' union can't escape a whistleblower retaliation claim from the investment adviser it fired after he reported concerns to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, a Boston federal judge has ruled.

  • April 05, 2024

    Ex-Acting Homeland Security GC Joins Nixon Peabody In DC

    Nixon Peabody LLP has hired the former acting general counsel of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, who joins the firm after working with the agency for more than two decades and through four presidential administrations.

  • April 04, 2024

    Boeing Can't Ditch Ill. Securities Fraud Suit Over 737 Max

    An Illinois state judge on Thursday refused to throw out Boeing investors' suit accusing the aerospace company of misleading and lying to investors following the deadly Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes involving Boeing's then-new 737 Max jets, according to an order entered in Cook County Circuit Court.

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Points Jury To 'Coincidence' In Shadow Trading Trial

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission attorney on Thursday cross-examined a former executive of pharmaceutical company Medivation about his alleged "shadow trading" in the stock of rival pharma company Incyte, pressing the executive repeatedly to assert that various facts and circumstances supporting the agency's position were merely "coincidence."

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Officials Say Existing Policies Key To Cyber Rule Reports

    Companies grappling with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new rule to publicly disclose material cybersecurity incidents will have an easier time defending reporting missteps if they work to put robust policies in place before a breach occurs, a pair of agency officials said Thursday. 

  • April 04, 2024

    MoneyLion's Woes Draw Del. Suit Against SPAC Insiders

    Investors have sued the sponsor of a blank-check company and several of its directors and controllers in Delaware's Chancery Court, accusing them of overvaluing a merger with digital finance platform MoneyLion, which was sued by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in 2022.

  • April 04, 2024

    Snowflake Investor Accuses Brass Of Insider Trading

    A Snowflake Inc. investor filed a lawsuit Thursday against the cloud data platform's leadership team, accusing company insiders of shedding over $1 billion worth of stock at inflated prices while knowing about or recklessly disregarding a scheme to misrepresent sales data following the company's $3.3 billion public debut.

  • April 04, 2024

    Investors Want To Try Fraud Case Receiver Won't

    Investors in a company accused by securities regulators of a $125 million Ponzi scheme said Thursday they should get to pursue fraudulent transfer claims against other companies themselves, after a receiver indicated he didn't have the resources to go after them.

  • April 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Unconvinced Judge's Past Job Hurt Tesla Investor

    The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused to revive claims brought by a short-seller accusing Tesla Inc. and CEO Elon Musk of using social media to artificially inflate the company's stock, ruling that the plaintiff wasn't prejudiced by a district judge's former employment with the predecessor of a firm that represented Tesla for a portion of the litigation.

  • April 04, 2024

    Google Files RICO Suit Alleging Crypto, Investing App Scams

    Google hit a pair of China-based app developers with a racketeering lawsuit in New York federal court Thursday, claiming they defrauded more than 100,000 users with dozens of fake investment and cryptocurrency exchange apps placed on the Google Play store that bilked users out of their money.

  • April 04, 2024

    Crypto Bank, Chair Blast FTX Investors' 'Gatling Gun' Claims

    A crypto bank and its chairman have urged a Florida federal judge to toss a second amended complaint from FTX investors alleging they helped Sam Bankman-Fried abscond with $8 billion in customer assets, saying the investors "employ a Gatling gun approach to pleading."

  • April 04, 2024

    Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Can't Duck Archegos Claims

    A New York appellate court on Thursday affirmed a decision refusing to dismiss ViacomCBS investors' claims against Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and a long list of banks over the collapse of Archegos Capital Management, finding that investors plausibly identified statements the banks made that could have been misleading.

  • April 04, 2024

    Crypto Co. Fined $700,000 For Duping Investors Into 'AI' Trading

    The owner of an unlicensed cryptocurrency investment firm wooed a cancer patient and other investors with promises of AI-driven trading, only to use their funds for rent payments and other personal expenses, Connecticut regulators said Wednesday in ordering a $700,000 fine.

  • April 04, 2024

    SEC Fines Adviser Senvest $6.5M In Texting Probe Case

    Investment adviser Senvest Management LLC has agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $6.5 million for its failure to hold on to certain electronic communications, the SEC said, expanding the list of settlements the agency has secured with firms in recent months over off-channel texting violations.

  • April 04, 2024

    Wells Fargo Hit With Del. Suit Targeting Account Abuses

    Citing billions of dollars in regulatory agency sanctions, fines and judgments and allegedly chronic disregard of "red flag" reports and fake account investigations, a Wells Fargo & Co. stockholder has sued 23 current and former bank directors and officers in Delaware's Court of Chancery, seeking derivative recoveries for the losses.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

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    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.

  • Navigating The Sunset Of Sibor And Other Key Benchmarks

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    Similar to the recent transition away from Libor, the expected cessation deadlines of the Canadian Dollar Offered Rate and Singapore Interbank Offered Rate are nigh, so Canadian and Singapore dollar-denominated credit facilities will likely need to be amended, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • What Shareholder Approval Rule Changes Mean For Cos.

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently approved proposed rule changes to shareholder requirements by the New York Stock Exchange, an approval that will benefit listed companies in many ways, including by making it easier to raise capital from passive investors, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • Reimagining Law Firm Culture To Break The Cycle Of Burnout

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    While attorney burnout remains a perennial issue in the legal profession, shifting post-pandemic expectations mean that law firms must adapt their office cultures to retain talent, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Brazil

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    Environmental, social and governance issues have increasingly translated into new legislation in Brazil since 2020, and in the wake of these recently enacted regulations, we are likely to see a growing number of legal disputes in the largest South American country related to ESG issues such as greenwashing if companies are not prepared to adequately adapt and comply, say attorneys at Mattos Filho.

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