Webcast: Shareholder Litigation Developments and Trends

February 6, 2018

Shareholder lawsuits are not only complicated to litigate, but due to the high financial stakes, these actions can be among the most threatening to a company and its directors and officers. It has been over twenty years since Congress enacted the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and since that time, private actions under the federal securities laws have continued to be filed at a steady pace. In addition, shareholders have aggressively pursued state-law claims to contest mergers or to assert claims purportedly on behalf of companies. Over the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court and the Delaware Supreme Court have issued multiple decisions impacting the way shareholder actions are litigated and decided. This One-Hour Briefing will highlight recent developments and trends in this constantly evolving and complex area of the law.

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Expert faculty discuss:

  • Shareholders actions filing and settlement trends.
  • Developments in appraisal litigation, in which shareholders whose shares will be cashed out in a merger or consolidation seek judicial appraisal of the value of their shares.
  • Developments concerning loss causation in Section 10(b) cases precipitated by short sellers

PANELISTS:

Jennifer L. Conn is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is co-editor of PLI’s Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition. Ms. Conn has extensive experience in a wide range of complex commercial litigation matters, including those involving securities, accounting malpractice, antitrust, contracts, insurance and information technology. She is also a member of Gibson Dunn’s General Commercial Litigation, Securities Litigation, Appellate, and Privacy, Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection Practice Groups.

Gabrielle Levin is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. She is co-author of PLI’s Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition. Her practice focuses on representing corporate clients in securities, employment, and general litigation matters. She has extensive experience in securities class actions, shareholder derivative litigation, SOX and Dodd-Frank whistleblower litigation, and employment litigation. Ms. Levin is a member of Gibson Dunn’s Securities Litigation Practice, Labor and Employment Practice, and Media, Entertainment and Technology Practice Group, as well as the Firm’s Diversity Committee.

Alexander K. Mircheff is a partner in the Los Angeles office Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He is co-author of PLI’s Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition. His practice emphasizes securities and appellate litigation, and he has substantial experience representing issuers, officers, directors, and underwriters in class action and shareholder derivative matters.

MCLE CREDIT INFORMATION:

This program has been approved for credit in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 1.0 credit hour, of which 1.00 credit hour may be applied toward the areas of professional practice requirement.  This course is approved for transitional/non-transitional credit.

Attorneys seeking New York credit must obtain an Affirmation Form prior to watching the archived version of this webcast.  Please contact Jeanine McKeown (National Training Administrator), at 213-229-7140 or jmckeown@gibsondunn.com to request the MCLE form.

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 hour.

California attorneys may claim “self-study” credit for viewing the archived version of this webcast.  No certificate of attendance is required for California “self-study” credit.