The Supreme Court and Securities Litigation - Recent Developments and Upcoming Cases

October 26, 2010

The Supreme Court decided two important securities fraud cases earlier this year involving statute of limitations issues (Merck) and the extraterritorial application of the federal securities laws (Morrison).  This term the Court will hear two more high-profile securities cases involving issues of when certain behind-the-scenes defendants can be held civilly liable as a participant in a fraud (Janus), and what constitutes a "materially misleading" statement under federal law (Matrixx). 

Our distinguished panelists discussed the issues presented by these cases - and their implications for investors. Speakers included Supreme Court appellate specialist David Frederick, who has argued over 20 cases before the high court (including his 9-0 win on behalf of plaintiffs in Merck), and will also be arguing the Matrixx and Janus appeals later this term;  Prof. James Cox, Brainerd Currie Professor of Law at Duke University, one of the country's foremost securities law scholars, and has previously appeared as an amicus curiae on securities matters pending before the Supreme Court; and former BLB&G partner Bill Fredericks, who second-chaired the successful Merck argument before the Supreme Court. 

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