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Cooley Secures Dismissal of Securities Class Action for Fastly

Cooley litigators locked in a win on behalf of Fastly, a cloud platform that processes data for thousands of companies around the world, its CEO, and former CFO, in a securities class action filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The diverse Cooley team, […]

Whistleblower Complaints and Rewards Explode Worldwide

What you need to know Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of whistleblower complaints received by regulators has exploded on both sides of the Atlantic. On November 15, 2021, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported that it paid out more in whistleblower awards in fiscal […]

Meredith Defeats Securities Class Action in Eighth Circuit

Cooley litigators secured a victory in the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for long-time client Meredith Corporation and four of its senior executives in a securities class action filed by a group of investors over projections about its integration of Time Inc. The cross-department and cross-practice team […]

Cooley Secures Complete Dismissal of Securities Enforcement Action for Accelerated Assets

Cooley litigators secured a win on behalf of Accelerated Assets, an investment firm that is focused on the acquisition, development, sale and financing of timeshare assets, and two other entities, SS Purchco and Pahrump Valley Real Estate, obtaining a complete dismissal of all claims against the companies in the San […]

SEC Enforcement Director Sets Aggressive Tone

Gurbir Grewal, the recently-appointed Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, comes from a law enforcement background.  Before joining the SEC, he served as New Jersey Attorney General, where he presided over cases against prominent companies alleging violations of state environmental law.  Before that, he served as […]

Ninth Circuit Rejects ‘Direct Listing’ Carve-Out from Securities Act Liability

On September 20, 2021, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its much anticipated decision in Pirani v. Slack Technologies, Inc., which raised the novel question (a question of first impression, according to the panel) of whether shareholders lack standing to sue under Sections 11 and […]

Cooley Secures Dismissal of Securities Class Action for Overstock

Cooley litigators locked in a win on behalf Overstock, a company that provides online retail, securing a dismissal on behalf of the company and two of its executives in a securities class action in the US District Court for the District of Utah. Cooley lawyers Christopher Vail, Heather Speers, Jeff […]

Cooley Secures Complete Dismissal of Securities Class Action for Stitch Fix

Cooley litigators scored a win on behalf of Stitch Fix, a company that provides online personal styling services, obtaining a complete dismissal of a putative class action alleging violations of Sections 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Cooley lawyers Patrick Gibbs, Jessica Valenzuela Santamaria, Claire A. […]

SEC Charges Alternative Data Provider With Misrepresenting Data Sources

What happened Last week the SEC brought securities fraud charges against App Annie and its co-founder and former CEO and Chairman Bertrand Schmitt for engaging in deceptive practices and making material misrepresentations about how App Annie’s alternative data was derived. App Annie and Schmitt agreed to pay $10 million and […]

Plumbers & Steamfitters Local v. Danske Bank: Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Arising from Money Laundering at Estonian Branch of Denmark Bank

Summary On August 25, 2021, the Second Circuit unanimously affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of a securities class action accusing Danske Bank and several of its former executives of downplaying a money-laundering scandal at Danske’s Estonian Branch. The court held that while the Estonian Branch’s failure to follow anti-money laundering […]