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Plaintiffs Files Cannabis-Related Securities Class Action Lawsuits

For those of us involved in day to day D&O insurance transactions, it is a recognized fact that cannabis-related companies represent a tough class of insurance business. Different insurers take different approaches to the business, but at best it is a risk class that most carriers approach warily. There are reasons for the caution, mostly … Continue Reading

Investors Filed GDPR-Related Securities Suit Against Nielsen Holdings

Earlier this year when I questioned whether or not privacy-related issues might represent an important emerging area of corporate liability, I was thinking we might see privacy claims emerge over time. I was thinking a longer time frame, over the course of years. What has happened is that the privacy-related claims are materializing now. As … Continue Reading

Tesla Securities Suit Dismissed – Not THAT One, the Prior One

On August 24, 2018, Northern District of California Judge Charles Breyer dismissed the securities class action lawsuit pending against Tesla. Wait. What? Wasn’t that Tesla lawsuit just filed? O.K. turns out, it wasn’t that lawsuit against Tesla that was dismissed, it was a prior lawsuit. The dismissal order was entered in the lawsuit filed against … Continue Reading

Tezos ICO Securities Suit Dismissal Motion Denial Addresses Key Threshold Issues

As I have previously noted, the dramatic recent rise in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and in transactions involving cryptocurrencies generally has been accompanied by a number of securities class action lawsuits alleging, among other things, that the digital currencies’ issuers or sponsors failed to register the coins or tokens as securities with the SEC as … Continue Reading

Dismissal Motion Denied in ExxonMobil Climate Change-Related Securities Suit

As I noted when it was filed in 2016, the securities class action lawsuit investors filed against ExxonMobil and certain of its executives represented something of a milestone as it was the first securities class action lawsuit of which I am aware based on climate change-related allegations. In an August 14, 2018 opinion, Northern District … Continue Reading

Massive Facebook Stock Drop Draws GDPR-Related Securities Suit

It was perhaps inevitable after Facebook’s disappointing quarterly earnings announcement last week triggered what reportedly is the largest single day share price drop ever that securities class action lawsuits against the company would follow. And indeed on Friday at least two securities class action lawsuits were filed against the company. While the lawsuit filings may … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Securities Suit Filings at Near Record Level in Year’s First Half

Securities class action lawsuits were filed at “near record levels” in the first six months of 2018, according to a July 25, 2018 report from Cornerstone Research. According to the report, which is entitled “Securities Class Action Filings – 2018 Midyear Assessment,” more than 750 federal securities class actions have been filed since mid-2016, the … Continue Reading

9th Circ. Reverses Ruling That U.S. Securities Laws Do Not Apply to Toshiba’s Unsponsored ADRs

One of the questions that courts have wrestled with as they have struggled to apply the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison is whether or not the U.S. securities laws apply to transactions in American Depositary Receipts (ADRs). In the U.S. securities class action lawsuit filed against Toshiba in the wake of the company’s massive … Continue Reading

Another D&O Lawsuit Arising from Sexual Misconduct Allegations

In the latest example of a D&O lawsuit arising in the wake of allegations against a corporate executive of sexual misconduct, a shareholder has filed a securities class action lawsuit against National Beverage Corp. and certain of its executives following news reports that the company’s Chairman and CEO allegedly had inappropriately touched company pilots while … Continue Reading

IPO-Related Securities Litigation and the Idea of Shareholder Claim Mandatory Arbitration

As I have noted in prior posts, a number of commentators have proposed that companies filing with the SEC to complete IPOs ought to be able to include in their bylaws a mandatory arbitration provision requiring shareholder claimants to submit claims – including even claims under the federal securities laws – to arbitration. This idea, … Continue Reading

Wells Fargo Settles Phony Account Securities Suit for $480 Million

Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $480 million to settle the securities class action lawsuit arising from the company’s fake customer account scandal. The lawsuit followed in the wake of allegations that the bank had opened millions of accounts on behalf of customers frequently without the customers’ knowledge or consent, and in some instances based … Continue Reading

Another Look at 2017 Securities Litigation Against Life Sciences Companies

As I have previously noted, the elevated number of securities class action lawsuits against life sciences companies was an important factor in the increase of securities lawsuit filings in 2017. The significant volume of securities suits involving life sciences companies has been the subject of focused analysis, as discussed here. Now the Sidley Austin law … Continue Reading

Ranking the Plaintiffs’ Firms by 2017 Shareholder Recoveries

As I have previously noted (for example here), a number of reports have analyzed the 2017 approved securities class action lawsuit settlements in statistical and numeric terms, such as the aggregate, average, and mean settlement amounts. But what do the 2017 securities suit settlements look like when broken down according to the lead plaintiffs’ firm … Continue Reading

Fintech Company Hit with Securities Suit Completed Reg. A+ Offering in December

One of the changes Congress introduced in the Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act of 2012 was the creation of a new securities offering exemption for smaller companies. In March 2015, the SEC introduced rules implementing this provision, known as Regulation A+. The track record for Reg. A+ offerings has been mixed, as discussed further … Continue Reading

Frequently-Filed FCPA Follow-On Securities Suits Face Formidable Obstacles

As I have often noted (for example, here), a company’s announcement that it is the subject of an FCPA-related investigation frequently leads to the filing of a follow-on civil lawsuit in which investor claimants allege either that the company’s senior officials have violated their oversight duties or that the company’s public disclosure statements were insufficient … Continue Reading
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