Video: Inside the NFL Concussion Case

Watch lawyers, scholars, and a federal judge discuss the thorny issues involved in settling the high-profile class action filed by former players against the pro football league. John C. Coffee, Jr., the Adolf A. Berle Professor of Law at Columbia Law School, organized and moderated a panel that included: Lee H. Rosenthal, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Texas; Elizabeth Cabraser, name partner at Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein LLP; Samuel Issacharoff, the Bonnie & Richard Reiss Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University Law School; Brad S. Karp, chairman of Paul, Weiss, … Read more

Blue Sky Banter Podcast: Donald Langevoort on Insider Trading, Disclosure, and Disasters

Professor Donald Langevoort of Georgetown Law speaks with Reynolds Holding about how two duties — the obligation to disclose or abstain from trading on material  information and the duty to reveal corporate secrets — evolved from the Second Circuit’s Texas Gulf Sulphur decision in 1968 to the Supreme Court’s Chiarella ruling in 1980. Langevoort also explains how explosions and other disasters highlight the dangers of making even innocuous prior statements. Click on “read more” for a link to the conversation on the Blue Sky Banter podcast.

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Blue Sky Banter: Judge Rakoff on Science and the Law

The U.S. district court judge in Manhattan speaks with Reynolds Holding about the surprising ways in which science intersects with the law. From forensic evidence in criminal cases to gambling addictions in financial fraud cases to global warming disputes in environmental cases, the issues increasingly require judges and lawyers to have more than a passing knowledge of scientific principles and even the workings of the mind. Click on “read more” for a link to the conversation on the Blue Sky Banter podcast.


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Columbia Law Professors Write Three of Top 10 Corporate and Securities Articles

Merritt Fox, Zohar Goshen, and Eric Talley were among the authors of three of the 10 best corporate and securities articles last year, the Corporate Practice Commentator has announced. The Columbia Law School professors were joined by Gabriel Rauterberg, who was a research scholar at the school when he wrote one of the selected pieces with Fox and Lawrence Glosten, a professor at Columbia Business School.

The Corporate Practice Commentator’s Robert Thompson, a professor at Georgetown Law School, conducted the 23rd annual poll to compile the top-10 list. Teachers of corporate and securities law voted to select the best … Read more

Insider Trading, Delaware Courts and SEC Regulation Get Lively Airing at M&A and Corporate Governance Conference

Insider trading law may be headed for even more disruption, as federal and state watchdogs press broad theories that include hacking and so-called Insider Trading 2.0, the early release of information for a fee, a panel of legal experts said on April 20.

Speaking at the M&A and Corporate Governance Conference in New York, the panel of lawyers and regulators tested the bounds of rules against insider trading in response to a series of hypotheticals posed by Professor John C. Coffee, Jr. of Columbia Law School. An attorney with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said, for example, that the … Read more

Blue Sky Banter: Elizabeth Cabraser on the Volkswagen Settlement

Elizabeth Cabraser, a renowned litigator and name partner in the plaintiffs’ law firm of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann &  Bernstein, speaks with Reynolds Holding about settling the class action against Volkswagen for rigging emissions tests, the challenges of mass actions generally and her love of music and cars. Click on the arrow (and on “read more” if you’re on our home page) to hear the conversation — on the Blue Sky Banter podcast.… Read more

Blue Sky Banter: Lynn LoPucki on Corporate Charter Competition

Professor Lynn LoPucki of UCLA School of Law speaks with Reynolds Holding about the competition among states for corporate  charters. Many people assume that the game is over and Delaware — the corporate home of more than half of U.S. public companies — has won. But as Professor LoPucki explains, Delaware is vulnerable, the competition continues, and as a result the regulation of corporations in America is just about non-existent. Click on “read more” to hear the conversation — on the Blue Sky Banter podcast… Read more

Blue Sky Banter: Travis Laster on Appraisal Rights

The Delaware Chancery Court’s vice chancellor speaks with Reynolds Holding about Dell, DFC Global and appraisal actions, which allow holdout shareholders who didn’t vote for a deal to ask the court to set a  higher price for their stock. The big issue: Why isn’t the merger price necessarily fair value? Click on “read more” to hear the conversation — the inaugural edition of the Blue Sky Banter podcast.… Read more

DFC Global Appraisal Battle Draws Opposing Briefs From Professors

An M&A appraisal case before the Delaware Supreme Court has drawn amicus briefs from two groups of esteemed professors — including three from Columbia Law School — with opposing views on how a company should be valued.

The case involves the sale in 2014 of payday lender DFC Global to private equity firm Lone Star Funds for $9.50 a share, or about $1.3 billion. Muirfield Value Partners and three other DFC investors argued that the price was too low and filed an appraisal action, which allows shareholders that did not vote for the buyout to ask a judge to determine … Read more

Supreme Court Hears Salman Insider Trading Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today — transcript here —  in U.S. v. Salman, the first insider trading case to land before the justices in almost 20 years. The issue:  What counts as the “personal benefit” to the insider required under Dirks v. SEC for there to be illegal insider trading? Is it “an exchange that is objective, consequential, and represents at least a potential gain of a pecuniary or similarly valuable nature,” as the Second Circuit said in U.S. v.  Newman in 2014? Or is the satisfaction of helping a close relative enough, as the Ninth Circuit … Read more