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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 twenty-five 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.  Over the last decade, the U.S. Supreme Court and the State Supreme Courts 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.

Expert faculty will discuss:

  • Shareholder actions filing and settlement trends
  • Update on trends in 1933 Act litigation in state courts in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in Cyan v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund (2018), including various state courts’ rulings on such threshold questions as :
  • application of the PSLRA’s automatic stay of discovery pending resolution of a motion to dismiss
  • motions to stay state court actions in favor of parallel federal proceedings concerning the same issuer
  • the pleading standards applicable to 1933 Act claims in state courts
  • Discussion of scheme liability claims following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Lorenzo v. SEC (2019)


The speakers are Robert F. Serio, Jennifer L. Conn and Alexander K. Mircheff, partners at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP and co-authors of PLI’s  Securities Litigation: A Practitioner’s Guide, Second Edition.  Participants in this One-Hour Briefing are entitled to a 35% discount off the cover price of this book.  Simply enter discount code OHB0 SL212 into both priority code boxes in your cart prior to checkout.


Program Level:  Update 

Intended Audience:  In-house counsel, outside counsel, corporate directors and officers, and other professionals involved with shareholder litigation

Prerequisites:  None 

Advanced Preparation:  None 


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