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Federal Judge Rules Out Private Cause Of Action Under California Control Person Statute

Some persons may be deemed to violate the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 even though they did not directly violate the law.  Corporations Code Section 25403(a) provides that a person who with knowledge directly or indirectly controls and induces any person to violate any provision of the CSL or any rule or order thereunder is deemed to be…

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Court Finds No “Road of Imprudence” or “Chasm of Equity” In Section 25504

Faithful readers of this blog will be familiar with the structure of the California Corporate Securities Law.  Part 5 of the CSL (Cal. Corp. Code §§ 25400 – 25404) proscribes various conduct and Part 6 (Cal. Corp. Code §§ 25500 – 25510) establishes the remedies for violations of Part 5.  See Second Circuit Declines To Apply…

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Court Of Appeal Holds Section 25504 And Section 15 Claims Are Bis In Idem

Section 15 of the Securities Act of 1933 imposes liability on control persons for violations of Sections 11 and 12 of that act.  Section 25504 of the California Corporations Code imposes liability on persons who control persons liable under either Section 25501 (liability for violation of Section 25401 (false statements or omissions) or Section 25503 (liability for…

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Federal Court Finds There Can Be No Control Person Liability Without Primary Violator Privity

Yesterday, I covered Judge Lewis A. Kaplan’s holding in In re Lehman Bros. Securities & Erisa Litigation, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 148177 (Oct. 15, 2012) that there is no liability under Corporations Code Section 25400 when the plaintiff and defendant dealt in different securities.  Judge Kaplan also considered the parameters of liability under Corporations Code Section 25504.  That statute imposes liability on,…

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Court Rejects Control Requirement For Director Liability

Outside directors and their counsel should take note of yesterday’s decision by the First District Court of Appeal in Hellum v. Breyer.  The case analyzes what a plaintiff must plead in attempting to assert liability against directors of an issuer that has allegedly violated the registration requirements of the Securities Act of 1933 and the…

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