Securities Litigation LITIGATION/CONTROVERSY

We defend federal and state securities claims against entities and individuals, and derivative and other claims against corporations and their officers and directors. These claims address areas such as prospectus and other disclosure obligations, restatements, mutual fund trading and marketing, broker-dealer duties to clients and counter-parties, fiduciary duties and insider trading. Many of the over 300 securities class actions that we have defended have been for technology companies (including high-tech, biotech and pharmaceutical companies). We also have substantial experience in representing investment banks, broker-dealers and other securities industry participants, investment advisory and mutual fund companies, life insurance and other financial services firms, REITs, and retailers. In recent matters, our lawyers have:

  • Defended mutual fund advisers in the consolidated Market Timing multidistrict litigation (MDL) proceedings, class and institutional investor claims regarding investment advisor fees, and class actions concerning mutual fund marketing practices
  • Taken a leadership role in the defense of over 300 consolidated securities class actions—the IPO Laddering Litigation—and separately obtained the dismissal of class actions against an underwriter challenging IPO allocations and alleged IPO flipping
  • Represented an investment bank in its successful appeal to the Second Circuit of a $164.5 million jury verdict for losses sustained in a nondiscretionary currency trading account

For more on our securities practice, please see our Securities Department pages.

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Harry J. Weiss

Chair, Securities Litigation and Enforcement Practice Group

+1 202 663 6993 (t)

harry.weiss@wilmerhale.com

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April 27, 2016

WilmerHale Announces 2016 Pickering Fellow

Senior Associate Fred Kemper has been selected as WilmerHale's 2016 Pickering Fellow. Kemper, based in Boston, is a member of the Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Business Trial Groups.

April 8, 2016

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act enforcement.

April 5, 2016

Life and Annuity Series: Cost-of-Insurance Charge Litigation

Plaintiffs' lawyers have been challenging cost-of-insurance (COI) charges for years, with mixed results. The following outline reviews the most recent flurry of cases.

March 27, 2016

WilmerHale Lawyers and Practices Recognized in 2016 Edition of Chambers USA

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business announced its final rankings for the 2016 edition, with WilmerHale ranking among the nation's best in 47 practice area categories. Chambers also ranked 82 WilmerHale lawyers as leaders in their respective fields.

February 29, 2016

After In re Trulia: Increased Scrutiny for the Give and the Get in Disclosure Settlements

Early in the deal process, companies should seek advice on how best to reduce the risk of deal litigation and, if it arises, how best to navigate the realities of deal litigation during these changing times.

February 29, 2016

SEC's Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee Considers Market Volatility and Customer Issues

The Equity Market Structure Advisory Committee held its third meeting at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington DC on February 2, 2016. The Committee is considering whether various regulatory or industry initiatives would improve the function of the US equity markets.

February 22, 2016

Life and Annuity Series: Stable Value Funds

Class action plaintiffs have long claimed that insurance companies may become ERISA fiduciaries when offering variable annuity products and funds to 401(k) plans.

January 26, 2016

Life and Annuity Series: 8th Circuit Excessive Fee Decision

The 8th Circuit's recent decision on "excessive fees" under ERISA, titled McCaffree v. Principal Life, is instructive for three reasons.

January 5, 2016

Life and Annuity Series: ERISA—Shape of Things to Come

The class action complaint titled Bell v. Anthem, Inc., et al. (S.D. Indiana) raises a number of novel ERISA allegations that could be a preview of the future, especially if the DOL fiduciary rule is adopted this year.

December 21, 2015

SEC Proposes New Framework for Regulating Funds’ Use of Derivatives and Leverage

On December 11, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (Commission) proposed a rule that, if adopted, would rescind nearly 30 years of Commission and staff guidance that is currently relied upon by most mutual funds, closed-end funds and business development companies or “BDCs” (collectively, funds) when entering into derivatives, short sales or other transactions that create conditional or unconditional future payment obligations on a fund. [Also published by Law360].