The New York University Annual Survey of American Law presents its annual symposium and this year’s topic is securities class actions and the US Supreme Court case Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (2014). This day-long symposium will explore the ways that Halliburton II changed the securities class action landscape, the debate over the role of the Securities and Exchange Commission, and potential legislative action on both the state and federal level. Panelists include a former SEC Commissioner, a former Chief of the SEC Enforcement Division’s litigation program, as well as numerous securities law scholars, appellate practice leaders, and securities litigators who have represented either shareholders or corporations.
The symposium will address the legal and regulatory impact of Halliburton II and the future of securities class actions in the United States. Panelists will present their perspectives on what Halliburton II means for securities class actions, whether the SEC should assert or be granted greater authority, and whether Congress will respond to recent securities law jurisprudence. The program will consist of three panels, focusing on different effects of the changing realm of securities class actions and the Roberts Court’s role in helping shape securities law.
WilmerHale Partner Matthew Martens will be a featured speaker on the panel “The Future of Securities Class Actions: Should the SEC’s Authority under Dodd-Frank Supplant Class Actions?”