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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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The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News

Practices: Mergers & Acquisitions

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Linked is the Third Quarter 2015 edition of the Ropes & Gray M&A Newsletter. Topics addressed in this edition include:

News from the Courts

  • Delaware Court Awards $148 Million in Damages, as Fiduciaries’ Bad Faith Conduct Prevented Stockholders from Obtaining a “Fairer Price” in Take-Private Transaction
  • Delaware Court Denies Claims for Advancement in Two Recent Cases on the Basis of “By Reason of the Fact” Standard
  • Delaware Court Continues to Scrutinize Disclosure-Only Settlement Cases
  • Technicalities Disqualify Dell Stockholders’ Appraisal Rights under “Continuous Holder” Requirements
  • Delaware Supreme Court Confirms Effect of Majority Vote of Disinterested, Informed Stockholders

Accounting Standards Update

  • The End of Extraordinary Items
  • FASB Proposes “Materiality” Guidance

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