Paul Weiss discusses Claim Seeking Short-Swing Profit Disgorgement from IPO Underwriters

In In re Facebook, Inc., IPO Securities & Derivative Litigation, 2014 WL 1760332 (S.D.N.Y. May 2, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected the argument that underwriters and selling stockholders in an IPO should be treated as a “group” for the purposes of the short-swing profit rule as a result of “lock-up” agreements temporarily prohibiting shareholders from selling their shares without underwriter permission. The court rejected plaintiff’s theory that the lock-up agreements required the underwriters and shareholders to be treated as a group—which would subject underwriters to short-swing profit liability—because plaintiff did not … Read more