2017 Securities and M&A Litigation Mid-Year Review
August 7, 2017
Cleary Gottlieb’s “2017 Securities and M&A Litigation Mid-Year Review” discusses major developments so far this year and highlights significant decisions and trends ahead.
In the first half of 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court decided securities cases concerning the application of statutes of repose and the five-year statute of limitations for penalties, and granted petitions for certiorari concerning liability under the Exchange Act and the appropriate forum for class actions asserting Securities Act claims. The circuit and district courts also decided significant securities law issues, including the impact of extraterritoriality at the class certification stage. In the context of M&A litigation, plaintiffs continued to file disclosure-only lawsuits in other fora, in response to the Delaware Court of Chancery’s In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation decision. Recent decisions by the Delaware courts clarified the application of the business judgment rule to stockholder-approved transactions and the determination of fair value.
This alert memo was republished by Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.