Mealey's Securities

  • July 17, 2024

    Judge: Investors Didn’t Show Pharmaceutical Company’s Projections Are False

    NEWARK, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey dismissed without prejudice a putative class complaint brought by investors who said a biopharmaceutical company and certain of its executives misled investors about the amount of capital available to the company to test its stem cell treatment for a type of blood cancer, finding that the investors failed to allege a material misrepresentation about the funding.

  • July 16, 2024

    Investors Seek Approval Of $434M Settlement With Under Armour In Securities Case

    BALTIMORE — Plaintiff investors in a class action alleging that Under Armour Inc. and its former CEO violated federal securities laws by making false claims about demand for the company’s products on July 15 sought preliminary approval from a federal court in Maryland of a $430 million settlement with the company.

  • July 12, 2024

    Federal Judge: Investors’ Requested Amendment Of Securities Suit Would Be Futile

    GREENBELT, Md. — A federal judge in Maryland rejected investors’ motion to amend their putative class complaint alleging that a quantum computing company and executives made false statements about its products, leading to a stock value drop once the alleged truth was revealed, finding that the proposed amended complaint did not address the issues that caused the judge to dismiss the complaint with prejudice in September.

  • July 12, 2024

    SEC Settles Claims Against Fund Manager It Said Took Customer Investments

    TRENTON, N.J. — A federal judge in New Jersey entered judgment against an investment fund and its founder that the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of running a scheme that defrauded investors of at least $3 million, after the man and the fund both agreed to the entry of a judgment against them.

  • July 11, 2024

    SEC Voluntarily Dismisses Firm From Enforcement Action After Owner’s Settlement

    NEW YORK — The Securities and Exchange Commission voluntarily dismissed a defunct investment adviser firm from a complaint wherein the SEC alleged that the firm’s owner signed off on statements issued by the firm substantially overstating the fund’s assets; the fund’s owner settled with the SEC in May.

  • July 10, 2024

    3rd Circuit Affirms Injunction Against Executive Accused Of Insider Trades

    PHILADELPHIA —A Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel on July 9 upheld a New Jersey federal judge’s decision to freeze the assets of the chief scientific officer of a biopharmaceutical company and several investment funds he operates, agreeing with the judge that the Securities and Exchange Commission had adequately shown that the man had likely sold shares in response to material nonpublic information but disagreeing with the standard the judge used to reach that decision.

  • July 10, 2024

    Judge: No Preliminary Injunction In Case Alleging Securities Fraud, Elder Abuse

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A woman who claims that she and her late husband were fraudulently persuaded by a man and his financial institutions to invest in two real estate entities, allegedly violating federal securities laws in the process, failed to show that she would suffer irreparable harm without preliminary injunctive relief, a California federal judge held, denying her motion.

  • July 10, 2024

    Judge: CFTC Shows Man Ran Crypto Fund Ponzi Scheme, Justifying Summary Judgment

    CHICAGO — The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) showed that a financial company and its founder engaged in fraud by issuing misleading statements about “crypto hedge funds” run by the company, a federal judge in Illinois held, granting summary judgment to the CFTC.

  • July 09, 2024

    Securities Suit Against Cybersecurity Company Tossed For No Scienter Evidence

    OAKLAND, Calif. — A federal judge in California dismissed a putative class complaint against a cybersecurity company brought by an investor claiming that the company caused a drop in its stock value when it adjusted certain financial projections, finding that the investor failed to show that the company knew that the original projections were incorrect when released.

  • July 09, 2024

    Investor Appeals Vice Chancellor’s Dismissal Of Suit For Lack Of Presuit Demand

    WILMINGTON, Del. — An investor who brought a derivative complaint alleging that a telecommunications company failed to prevent its parent company’s scheme to centralize customer data to train artificial intelligence appealed to the Delaware Supreme Court a state vice chancellor’s decision dismissing the complaint after finding that the shareholder failed to show that making a demand on the board would have been futile.

  • July 08, 2024

    Federal Judge: DraftKings Customer Plausibly Shows Company’s NFTs Are Securities

    BOSTON — A federal judge in Massachusetts held that a customer of an online sports gambling company adequately showed that nonfungible tokens (NFTs) sold by the company are a security under a long-standing test, denying a motion from the company and certain of its executives to dismiss the customer’s putative class complaint alleging that the company sold unregistered securities in violation of federal law.

  • July 08, 2024

    Federal Judge: No Class Certification In COVID Shot Stock Loss Dispute

    SAN FRANCISCO — A California federal judge denied a motion for class certification in a securities dispute brought by investors who claim that a biotechnology company, a hedge fund that backed it and others issued false statements about a COVID-19 vaccine in a massive stock pump-and-dump scheme, saying that both the investors and the hedge fund failed to grapple with the unique issues the case presents.

  • July 02, 2024

    Judge Gives First OK To $75M Settlement For Investor Suit Against Tech Firm

    SAN DIEGO — A California federal judge granted preliminary approval to a proposed $75 million settlement of a suit brought by investors in Qualcomm Inc. against the company and certain of its executives alleging the company issued false claims to investors about certain company practices.

  • July 02, 2024

    Federal Judge: Some Crypto Tokens, But Not All, In SEC Suit Count As Securities

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — An enforcement action brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission against a cryptocurrency firm, its CEO and related entities largely survived a motion to dismiss, but a federal judge in the District of Columbia ruled that the commission failed to show how a “stable coin” offered by the company functioned as a security.

  • July 02, 2024

    Citing Prudential, Appellees Urge 3rd Circuit To Affirm Securities Row Dismissal

    PHILADELPHIA — Arguing primarily that City of Warren Police and Fire Ret. Sys. v. Prudential Fin. is dispositive, a reinsurer and three former executives urge the Third Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals to uphold discovery and summary judgment rulings in a suit over allegations that they violated federal securities laws by omitting historical loss ratios from loss reserves disclosures.

  • June 28, 2024

    2nd Circuit: Funds Violated Investment Company Act With Acquisition Resolution

    NEW YORK — A panel of the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals affirmed a New York federal judge’s decision to grant summary judgment to a hedge fund that owned shares in multiple closed-end funds (CEFs), agreeing with the judge’s finding that the funds violated a section of the Investment Company Act of 1940 (ICA) when they jointly resolved to opt into a provision of the Maryland Control Share Acquisition Act (MCSAA) that would limit the voting rights of the hedge fund.

  • June 28, 2024

    Jurisdictional Challenges Meet Mixed Fate In Suit Over Alleged Fraud Scheme

    NEW YORK — Largely focusing on personal jurisdiction, a New York federal judge granted one refiled dismissal motion and partly granted another in an insurer’s suit over “an alleged massive and complex fraud that resulted in losses exceeding $135 million.”

  • June 28, 2024

    High Court Overrules Chevron Deference, Changes Standard For Regulatory Review

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Supreme Court on June 28 voted 6-3 to overrule the doctrine of Chevron deference as incompatible with the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) in two cases arising out of federal fishing regulations, changing governing precedent for federal courts reviewing agencies’ regulatory actions.

  • June 27, 2024

    5th Circuit Finds SEC Did Not Justify Rescinding Proxy Voting Rules

    NEW ORLEANS — The Securities and Exchange Commission acted arbitrarily and capriciously in 2022 when it rescinded a 2020 rule regulating proxy voting advice, a Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals panel held June 26, reversing a Texas federal judge’s grant of summary judgment in the SEC’s favor in a complaint brought by two business associations that argued the commission did not provide enough of an explanation for the course change.

  • June 27, 2024

    Amici States Tell 8th Circuit SEC Lacked Authority To Enact Climate Rules

    ST. LOUIS — The states of Florida and Kansas filed one of nearly a dozen amicus curiae briefs in support of petitioners who say the Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals should not allow newly announced Securities and Exchange Commission disclosure rules related to climate issues, with Florida and Kansas arguing that the SEC is seeking disclosure information it is not authorized to seek.

  • June 27, 2024

    Supreme Court Curtails SEC’s Ability To Use ALJs In Enforcement Actions

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — A defendant accused by the Securities and Exchange Commission of securities fraud has the right to a jury trial under the Seventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution when the commission is seeking civil penalties, the U.S. Supreme Court held June 27, agreeing with a hedge fund manager and his hedge fund that the SEC inappropriately sought penalties before an administrative law judge (ALJ).

  • June 26, 2024

    California Federal Court OKs Venue Transfer For COVID Vaccine Securities Suit

    LOS ANGELES — A federal judge in California transferred to a federal court in New York a putative class complaint brought by investors in a biotechnology company who say the company misled them by suggesting that its COVID-19 vaccine was still relevant despite not having approval from the Food and Drug Administration to target the most common subvariant at the time, after the parties stipulated to transfer the venue for the convenience of all involved.

  • June 25, 2024

    Judge: Securities Class Claims Against Crypto Firm Barred By Repose Statute

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal judge in California largely granted a motion from an issuer of crypto tokens and its CEO to dismiss class action securities claims against them, finding that the lead investor plaintiff failed to show that the crypto token at issue was first offered after the cutoff date for a statute of repose in the Securities Act of 1933.

  • June 25, 2024

    2nd Circuit Affirms Investor’s Standing To Bring Short-Swing Disgorgement Suit

    NEW YORK — A 2021 Supreme Court ruling did not abrogate a finding from the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals holding that a violation of Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 inflicts an injury, a Second Circuit panel held June 24, ruling that a New York federal magistrate judge incorrectly found that a shareholder lacked standing to file a shareholder derivative complaint seeking disgorgement of short-swing profits from a capital management company.

  • June 25, 2024

    Liquidating Trustee Answers Insurer’s Counterclaim In Breach Of Contract Suit

    CINCINNATI — A viatical settlement provider’s liquidating trustee who sued a life insurer in Ohio federal court for breach of contract, seeking reimbursement from the insurer, has filed his answers to the insurer’s counterclaim.