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Oklahoma Firefighters Pension & Retirement Systems v. Six Flags:
Fifth Circuit Opinion Reviving Securities Class Action Creates Tension with Other Circuits on Key Issues

Introduction On January 18, 2023, the Fifth Circuit unanimously reversed the Northern District of Texas’s dismissal of a securities class action contending that Six Flags and two of its executives misled investors by projecting impossible timelines for opening new theme parks in China, which were anticipated to be highly profitable. […]

Considering Texting About Work? Beware.

As the rise in remote work has led to an increased reliance on mobile devices to stay connected – with cellphones at our fingertips virtually 24/7 – the use of third-party messaging applications to communicate about work has become commonplace. From WhatsApp to Telegram, corporate executives, financial services professionals and […]

Buyer (and Seller) Beware: SEC Adopts Final Rules on 10b5-1 Trading Plans

The Securities and Exchange Commission has long focused on pursuing potential insider trading violations, and its recent enforcement efforts serve as a stark reminder that the Commission has made insider trading cases a priority. Consistent with these efforts, on December 14, 2022, the SEC unanimously voted at an open meeting […]

US Supreme Court to Hear Direct Listing Appeal

On December 13, 2022, the US Supreme Court granted Slack’s petition for a writ of certiorari, which urged the Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s ruling that shareholders in a direct listing have standing to sue under Sections 11 and 12 of the Securities Act of 1933. The Court’s opinion […]

The ‘State’ of Delaware

At the Berkeley Fall Forum on Corporate Governance in November 2022, Cooley partner Sarah Lightdale and University of California, Berkeley professor Stavros Gadinis co-moderated a panel with Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick and Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery, where they discussed notable developments in […]

SEC’s Proposed Rules Highlight Continued Focus on Cybersecurity

On March 9, 2022, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed new rules which, if adopted, would require public companies to promptly disclose material cybersecurity incidents and, more generally, to provide more detailed disclosures regarding cybersecurity risk management, strategy, and governance practices. The rules – the latest in a series […]

Delaware Finds Stockholder Claims Against SPAC Fiduciaries Subject to Entire Fairness Review

As SPAC IPOs broke records – in both value and volume – in 2020 (and again in 2021), it was inevitable that stockholder litigation would follow. More than 50% of the SPACs that went public in 2020 and 2021 are incorporated in Delaware, giving particular significance to SPAC litigation filed […]

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 […]

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 […]