Core operations inference

rocketfuelWe are all used to seeing securities class action lawsuit alleging that the defendants made misrepresentations or omissions in SEC filings, press releases, or in public statements. But how about in a corporate blog post? In a very interesting December 23, 2015 opinion in the Rocket Fuel securities class action lawsuit in which she mostly granted the defendants’ motions to dismiss, Northern District of California Judge Phyllis Hamilton held that certain allegedly misleading statements made in a post on the company’s website were actionable under the federal securities laws. Judge Hamilton’s opinion also includes a number of interesting conclusions about individual and corporate scienter, and loss causation. Her opinion also addresses interesting Securities Act pleading issues in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 opinion in the Omnicare case. Judge Hamilton’s opinion can be found here.
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alaskaIn a February 8, 2014 article entitled “A Shrunken Giant” (here), the Economist magazine examined BP’s efforts to regain its footing after the disastrous April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The article concludes by stating that “Repairing the balance sheet and books is one thing. Repairing BP’s reputation for management