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Tag Archives: Morrison

Second Circuit Affirms Porsche Securities Suit Dismissal; Domestic Transaction Necessary But Not Sufficient to Invoke U.S. Securities Laws

Posted in Securities Litigation
On August 16, 2014, in a long-awaited decision that is sure to provoke comment and that could fuel disputes in future cases, the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of the securities suits hedge fund purchasers of certain swap agreements had filed against Porsche and its executives.   The plaintiffs contended that because they had completed … Continue Reading

Applying Morrison, Second Circuit Affirms UBS Credit Crisis Securities Suit Dismissal

Posted in Securities Litigation
After the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the plaintiffs’ lawyers developed a number of theories to try to circumvent Morrison to assert claims under the U.S. securities laws on behalf of investors who purchased their shares in the defendant foreign company on a foreign exchange. These theories – … Continue Reading

More About Stories We’re Following

Posted in D & O Insurance
IndyMac Coverage Suit Settled, But Oral Argument Will Stay on the Calendar?: As I noted in a recent post (here, second item), the parties in the IndyMac D&O insurance coverage action – that is, the dispute to determine whether or not only a single $80 million tower of insurance applies to the various D&O claims … Continue Reading

Canadian Courts Struggle With Jurisdictional Issues in Securities Suits

Posted in International D & O
The question of when domestic securities laws provide remedies for investors who purchased their shares in foreign companies on foreign exchanges vexed U.S. courts for years until the U.S. Supreme Court sorted out the issues in Morrison v. National Australia Bank. But while the U.S. courts now have the  bright line standards of the Morrison … Continue Reading

Canadian Court Declines to Follow Morrison, Rejects BP’s Bid to Stay Claims of Investors Who Purchased Shares on Non-Canadian Exchanges

Posted in Securities Litigation
In its landmark decision Morrison v National Australia Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court said that the U.S. securities laws do not apply to share transactions that do not take place on U.S. securities exchanges. But do these principles operate the same way in other jurisdiction — would courts in other jurisdictions decline to apply the … Continue Reading

Side-Stepping Morrison?: Common Law Claims of Investors Who Purchased BP Shares Outside U.S. Survive Dismissal Motion

Posted in Securities Litigation
Since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, would-be claimants who purchased shares of a non-U.S. company outside the U.S. have struggled to find a way to pursue their claims in U.S. courts. Among other things, these claimants have tried to avoid Morrison’s federal securities claim-preclusive effect by filing … Continue Reading

Former Satyam Directors Win Dismissal of Securities Claims

Posted in Securities Litigation
Seven former independent directors of Satyam – the Indian company known as the “Indian Enron” due to the high-profile accounting scandal that swamped the firm in 2009 – have secured their dismissal from the U.S. securities litigation the company’s shareholder filed in the scandal’s wake.  Southern District of New York Judge Barbara Jones’s January 2, … Continue Reading

Goldman Sachs, Fabulous Fab, and Morrison’s Second Prong

Posted in Securities Litigation
In its June 2010 decision in the Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court enunciated a "transactions" test to determine the applicability of the U.S. securities laws. The Court said that the U.S. securities laws apply only to "transactions in securities listed on domestic exchanges and domestic transactions in other securities." Lower courts have … Continue Reading

Carlyle Capital Credit Crisis Securities Suit Dismissed (and Two Other Dismissals)

Posted in Subprime Litigation
In an interesting opinion that includes among other things a noteworthy discussion of issues arising under the Morrison v. National Australia Bank case, one of the last securities suits filed as part of the ed credit crisis-related litigation wave has been dismissed. In an August 13, 2012 opinion (here), District of Columbia District Court Judge … Continue Reading

A Way Around Morrison?: Dismissal Denied in Short-Sellers’ State Court Suit Against Porsche

Posted in Securities Litigation
The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank presents significant obstacles for claimants who want to pursue securities claims against non-U.S. companies in the U.S courts, as the short sellers who tried to sue Porsche in the Southern District of New York found out—their prior federal court securities suit was dismissed on … Continue Reading

SEC Releases Study on Cross-Border Private Securities Litigation

Posted in Securities Litigation
On April 11, 2012, as required by the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC released its study of cross-border private securities litigation, entitled “Study on the Cross-Border Scope of the Private Right of Action Under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934” (here). This Commission study considers possible alternative approaches to the question of cross-border … Continue Reading

The Second Circuit Takes a Whack at Morrison’s Second Prong

Posted in Securities Litigation
In its June 2010 decision in the Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court enunciated a "transactions" test to determine the applicability of the U.S. securities laws. The Court said that the U.S. securities laws apply only to "transactions in securities listed on domestic exchanges and domestic transactoins in other securities." Subsequent courts have … Continue Reading

BP Deepwater Horizon Securities Suit, Though Narrowed, Survives Dismissal Motion

Posted in Securities Litigation
In the wake of the disastrous April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP was hit with a wave of litigation from plaintiffs asserting claims of personal injury, wrongful death and property damage. The claimants also included BP shareholders raising allegations that they had been misled regarding BP safety efforts and processes. In a 129-page February … Continue Reading

Canadian Securities Class Action Lawsuit Filings Hit Record in 2011

Posted in Securities Litigation
Securities class action lawsuit filings in Canada hit record levels in 2011 according to a new report from NERA Economic Consulting. The January 31, 2012 report, entitled “Trends in Canadian Securities Class Actions: 2011 Update” (here) concludes that the persistent growth in Canadian securities class action lawsuit filings “is not a transient phenomenon.”   According … Continue Reading

Applying Morrison, Court Rejects Toyota Shareholders’ Japanese Law Securities Claims

Posted in Securities Litigation
The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank looked like the end of securities claims in U.S. courts on behalf so-called “f-cubed” claimants – that is, foreign shareholders of foreign-domiciled companies who bought their shares on foreign exchanges. In the aftermath of Morrison, these foreign claimants have pursued a number … Continue Reading

Guest Post: The Applicability of Morrison v. NAB to Foreign-Cubed Claims by the SEC

Posted in Securities Litigation
I am pleased to present below a guest post from Angelo G. Savino of the Cozen O’Connor law firm discussing the Southern District of New York’s application of the Morrison decision in an SEC enforcement action pending against Goldman Sachs employee Fabrice Tourre. This guest post will also be published and distributed in the future as … Continue Reading

Flash From the Past?: New Credit Crisis-Related Securities Suits Filed

Posted in Subprime Litigation
As the worst days of the financial crisis (if not their ill effects) receded into the past, the accompanying credit crisis-related litigation wave appeared to lose its momentum. By late 2010, new credit crisis-related lawsuit filings seemingly had dwindled away. But now at the midpoint of 2011, two new credit crisis related lawsuit have arisen. … Continue Reading

N.D. Cal. Applies Morrison to Dismiss Non-U.S. Purchasers from Infineon Securities Suit

Posted in Securities Litigation
It has been a long road — one that included among other things, an amicus brief filed at the U.S. Supreme Court in connection with Morrison v. National Australia Bank – but the defendants in the Infineon Technologies securities suit have managed to have the court dismiss the claims of company shareholders who purchased their … Continue Reading

Vivendi Court Narrows Securities Suit Class, Applying Morrison

Posted in Securities Litigation
In the long-awaited rulings on the post-trial motions in the Vivendi securities case, Judge Richard Holwell has entered a February 22, 2011 order materially narrowing the plaintiff class based on the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding in Morrison v. National Australia Bank. A copy of Judge Holwell’s opinion, in which he eliminated ordinary shareholders from the … Continue Reading

Satyam Agrees to Pay $125 Million to Settle Securities Suit

Posted in Securities Litigation
In a settlement that has a number of interesting features, Satyam Computer Services, an Indian technology outsourcing company, has agreed to pay $125 million to settle the consolidated securities class action litigation pending against the company in Southern District of New York.   The only settling defendant is the company itself, which is now known … Continue Reading