Tag Archives: U.S. Supreme Court

Three Key Securities Law Cases on Supreme Court’s Docket as Term Begins

For almost the entire time that there have even been federal securities laws, the U.S. Supreme Court only rarely and infrequently agreed to take up cases arising securities cases. Until recently, years would pass between the times that securities cases appeared on the Supreme Court’s docket. For some reason, beginning around the middle of the … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Supreme Court Nominee’s Skeptical View of Securities Litigation, Agency Deference

President Trump’s nomination of Tenth Circuit Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia has attracted a great deal of commentary and raised a host of questions about the proposed new Justice’s views on a variety of different subjects. In the following guest post, attorneys from the … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Supreme Court to Review Whether Statute of Limitations Applies to SEC Disgorgement Claims

Last Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court granted cert in two cases involving the limitations periods under the federal securities laws. One case, as I noted in a post earlier this week, will address the question of whether or not the filing of a securities class action tolls the Securities Act’s statue of repose. The second … Continue Reading

Supreme Court: Gift of Insider Information to Friends and Family Supports Insider Trading Conviction

In one of the most watched business cases on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket this term, the Court on December 6, 2016 unanimously affirmed the Ninth Circuit’s ruling upholding the insider trading conviction of Bassam Salman. Salman had traded on tips he received from the brother of a former Citigroup investment banker; Salman himself was … Continue Reading

Book Review: “Dissent and the Supreme Court”

After Justice Antonin Scalia’s recent death, one aspect of the deceased Justice’s long record on the Supreme Court that occasioned significant commentary was the extent to which he often dissented from the Court’s majority, sometimes employing sharp and even provocative language. While Scalia was a more frequent dissenter than many of his fellow justices, at … Continue Reading

Justice Scalia’s Business Law Legacy

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death on Saturday has already triggered concerns about the possible outcome of the numerous important cases now pending before the Court, and has further agitated an already tumultuous Presidential election campaign. The furious debate that is already well underway about the nomination of Justice Scalia’s successor could be one of … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Supreme Court Declines To Consider Second Circuit’s Landmark Insider Trading Ruling

The U.S. government’s petition for writ of certiorari in the case of United States v. Newman had been very closely watched. The government hoped to have the Supreme Court set aside the Second Circuit’s 2014 decision in the case (here), which had overturned the convictions of two hedge fund managers accused of insider trading. In … Continue Reading

Facts, Opinions, Omissions, and Context: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Omnicare Opinion

In a March 24, 2015 opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (here), the U.S. Supreme Court set aside the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that allegations of “objective falsity” were sufficient to make a statement of opinion in securities offering documents actionable. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the lower … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Omnicare Decision Clarifies Pleading Standard for Section 11 Claims Based on Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements

As I discuss in the accompanying post, on March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issues its opinion in the Omnicare case. In the following guest post, the Skadden law firm summarizes the case and its holding. A version of the guest post previously was published as a Skadden client alert. I would like to … Continue Reading

Halliburton: U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Overturn Basic, Allows Defendants to Rebut Presumption of Reliance

On June 23, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court released its long-awaited decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, in which the Court had taken up the question whether or not to set aside the presumption of reliance based on the fraud on the market theory that the Court first recognized in its 1988 … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Yet Another Securities Case: To Support a Section 11 Claim, Must an Opinion Be Subjectively False?

As if it were not enough that the Court is already considering a case that could change the face of securities class actions (that is, the Halliburton case, which will be argued this week), the U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to take up yet another securities case.   In a March 3, 2014 order … Continue Reading

Justice Kagan at the University of Michigan Law School

On Friday September 7, 2012, the University of Michigan Law School dedicated its new South Building, an impressive new facility that beautifully complements the school’s venerable Law Quadrangle (see picture below). U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan delivered the keynote address at the dedication ceremony. (I attended the event because it coincided with my 30th … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds Fund Management Company Cannot Be Held Liable for Funds’ Statements

In a June 13, 2011 opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, the United States Supreme Court held, by a 5-4 margin, in the Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders case,  that a mutual fund management company cannot be held liable for the alleged misstatements in the prospectuses of the mutual funds that the … Continue Reading