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Putting the SEC under the microscope

USA - October 9 2015 Over the past year, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has faced an increasing barrage of challenges, including against its recent…

Fritz E. Berckmueller, Mitchell G. Blair

Sixth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals upholds “big boy” agreement by sophisticated investor to bar fraud claim

USA - October 29 2013 On October 23, 2013, the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit summarily concluded that a "big boy" letter agreement signed by a…

Robert N. Rapp

$30 million Massachusetts securities regulatory settlement underscores the scope of enforcement authority under state blue sky laws

USA - October 18 2013 On October 2, 2013, in a settlement of administrative enforcement proceedings, Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin…

Robert N. Rapp

U.S. Supreme Court says accept the “good, bad or ugly" of arbitrator decisions permitting class actions in arbitrations

USA - June 14 2013 Whether class-wide claims should be permitted in cases submitted to arbitration under the terms of arbitration provisions in contracts (class…

Robert N. Rapp

U.S. Supreme Court tightens requirement for proof of class-wide damages as a condition to class action certification

USA - April 1 2013 In a 5-4 decision rendered on March 27, 2013, in Comcast Corp. v. Behrend, the United States Supreme Court restricted the ability of individuals to…

Robert N. Rapp