Month: July 2021

Early SEC Enforcement Trends from Chairman Gary Gensler’s First 100 Days

Gary Gensler was sworn in as chair of the Securities and Exchange Commission on April 17, 2021. Chairman Gensler has promised to strengthen transparency and accountability in the financial markets. Under Chairman Gensler, we expect the SEC’s Division of Enforcement – led by Gurbir Grewal, who began work at the agency on July 26 – […]

Cooley Team Wins Appellate Ruling That Beneficial Shareholders Cannot Seek Inspection of Company Records Under California Law

On July 2, 2021, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District unanimously affirmed the superior court’s denial of a shareholder-inspection demand brought under California law. In Ramirez v. Gilead Sciences, Inc., the court ruled that a shareholder who holds shares as a beneficial owner lacks standing to bring […]

Can Hypothetical Risk Factors Be Misleading?

In In re Alphabet Securities Litigation, the State of Rhode Island, as lead plaintiff, filed a Rule10b-5 action against Google LLC, its holding company Alphabet, Inc., and certain executives, alleging that the defendants failed to timely disclose certain cybersecurity defects and vulnerabilities. The district court granted defendants’ motion to dismiss the […]