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March 6, 2014

In the News Today – March 6, 2014

Yesterday, the Supreme Court heard arguments in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, which could decide the future of the fraud on the market theory in securities class actions. A Wall Street Journal editorial on the case notes ILR’s recent study that found class actions cost the economy $39 billion per year while shareholders only make $5 billion per year from the litigation.

With a judge’s recent decision that a plaintiffs’ lawyer used corrupt means to secure a $9.5 billion verdict in Ecuador, the FCPA Professor considers the FCPA implications for the lawyer. “A judicial finding that Donziger engaged in conduct sufficient to establish an FCPA violation is – to state the obvious – a troubling event for him.”

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