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Ninth Circuit Splits from Five Other Circuits; Requires Only a Showing of Negligence for Claims Under Section 14(e) of the Exchange Act

On April 20, 2018, in Varjabedian v. Emulex Corp., the Ninth Circuit held that Section 14(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 requires a showing of only negligence, rather than scienter, in connection with a disclosure claim. In reversing the district court’s decision dismissing the complaint, the Ninth Circuit split from five other circuits, including the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Eleventh Circuits.

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