In King v. VeriFone Holdings, Inc., No. 330, 2010, 2011 WL 284966 (Del. Jan. 28, 2011), the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware reversed a decision by the Court of Chancery dismissing a derivative plaintiff’s action under Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law seeking books and records of a Delaware corporation.
In In re InterBank Funding Corp. Securities Litigation, No. 09-7167, --- F.3d ----, 2010 WL 5299882 (D.C. Cir. Dec. 28, 2010), the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed the dismissal with prejudice of a class action asserting securities fraud claims under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), and Rule 10b-5, 17 C.F.R. 240.10b-5, based upon a failure to adequately plead the essential element of reliance. The sole issue before the Court was whether the fraud allegations in the complaint involved material omissions, which would allow plaintiffs to invoke the presumption of reliance established by the United States Supreme Court in Affiliated Ute Citizens v. United States, 406 U.S. 128 (1972).
In early January 2011, Judge Paul A. Crotty of the District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed with prejudice a federal securities class action against Barclays, several of Barclays’ senior officers and a dozen other investment banks.
Last month, a federal judge in Santa Ana, Calif., dismissed with prejudice federal criminal fraud charges against several Broadcom Corp. executives and essentially terminated one of the last of the stock options backdating cases brought by federal prosecutors.
The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that an accounting firm could not be held liable under Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 where the plaintiff was unable to show that the defendant participated in any 'deceptive acts' that were communicated to the public.
On January 15, 2008, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Stoneridge Investment Partners LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc. and Motorola, Inc.