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SEC’s conflict minerals rule challenged
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 25 2012

On October 19, 2012, the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce petitioned the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to request that the SEC’s scheme of disclosure related to so-called “conflict minerals” utilized in products of issuers “be modified or set aside, in whole or in part”.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce sues SEC to overturn controversial Dodd-Frank resource extraction rule
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • October 18 2012

On October 10, 2012, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and three industry groups filed suit against the Securities and Exchange Commission in federal court in Washington, D.C., seeking to overturn the recently-promulgated SEC rule implementing the Dodd-Frank Act provision requiring disclosure of payments to foreign governments relating to oil, gas and mining projects.


Federal judge reconsiders securities claims against GE and identifies three categories of statements that are not actionable under federal securities laws
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • May 16 2012

In a consolidated class action in the Manhattan federal court, General Electric and more than 40 other defendants, including CEO Jeffrey Immelt, CFO Keith Sherin, other officers, directors and various underwriters are accused of violating the Securities Act of 1933 and the Exchange Act of 1934 by making false and misleading statements about GE’s business such as its ability to sell commercial paper and the value of its loan portfolio during the recent financial crisis and, specifically, in offering documents for GE’s secondary public offering in October 2008.


Heightened pleading standards in securities fraud class actions
  • Foley Hoag LLP
  • USA
  • April 11 2012

The First Circuit Court of Appeals and the District Court of Massachusetts have recently issued opinions in securities fraud class actions that were favorable to the issuer-defendants.