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SDNY Grants Preliminary Injunction to Halt Telegram Coin Offering

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The Southern District of New York granted the SEC’s request for a preliminary injunction halting a coin offering in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Telegram Group Inc. et al.  Among other things, the Court found that the SEC has shown a substantial likelihood of success in proving that Telegram’s plan... Read More

Topics: Blockchain Technology, Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

Delaware Supreme Court Finds Federal Forum Selection Provisions are Facially Valid

The Delaware Supreme Court held federal-forum provisions, or FFPs, in charters of Delaware corporations are facially valid in Salzberg et al v. Sciabacucchi.  The FFPs at issue generally provided that the federal district courts of the United States of America shall be the exclusive forum for the resolution of any... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Private Equity, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Charges Contracted Investor Relations Person with Disclosure Violation

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Shawn Severson is the owner and manager of EnergyTech Investor, LLC.  Between August 2015 and March 2018, UQM Technologies, Inc., or UQM, retained Severson, through EnergyTech Investor and another firm, to provide investor relations services and advice in exchange for a monthly fee. During this time, Severson provided various services... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

Delaware Supreme Court Examines Director Liability for Acquisitions

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In McElrath v. Kalanick et al, the Delaware Supreme Court examined the liability of directors of Uber for an acquisition.  The case arose out of Uber’s acquisition of Ottomotto LLC.  Otto was founded by Anthony Levandowski, a former employee of “Waymo.” Waymo is a subsidiary of Google, and is engaged... Read More

Topics: Litigation, M&A, Private Equity, Public Companies and Securities

Chancery Finds General Counsel Potentially Liable for Misleading Tender Offer Documents

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Morrison v. Berry considers Plaintiff’s claims for damages following the purchase of a grocery-store chain, The Fresh Market, Inc. (“Fresh Market” or the “Company”) by Apollo investment entities. The Plaintiff was a former stockholder of the Company, purportedly acting on behalf of the stockholder class. She alleges that certain Fresh... Read More

Topics: Litigation, M&A, Public Companies and Securities

Rushed Earnings Release Results in SEC Enforcement Action

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. disclosed in its third-quarter 2017 Form 10-Q that, beginning in September 2017, Calumet’s implementation of its new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system had resulted in various “operating and reporting disruptions, including limitations on [Calumet’s] ability to ship product and bill customers, project [its] inventory requirements,... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Retentions/Deductibles/Limits

Enforcement Action Reveals Misleading Customer Counts

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In a settled enforcement action, the SEC resolved allegations related to non-monetary transactions regarding certain Comscore transactions.  The enforcement action also involved disclosures surrounding the number of customers. In 2014 and 2015, Comscore disclosed its total number of customers and net new customers added in quarterly earnings calls. Comscore also... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Brings Enforcement Action for Loss Contingency Disclosure

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The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against Mylan N.V., claiming Mylan failed to timely disclose to investors a possible loss relating to a nearly two-year Department of Justice  probe into whether Mylan overcharged Medicaid by hundreds of millions of dollars for sales of EpiPen Auto-Injector by misclassifying EpiPen as... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities