Supreme Court Rejects “Scheme Liability” in Section 10(b) Securities Cases
In a widely-anticipated decision, the Supreme Court yesterday refused to expand the implied private right of action for securities fraud under Section 10(b) to include investor claims for so-called “scheme” liability against those who advise or do business with securities issuers. In Stoneridge Investment Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., No. 06-43 (U.S. January 15, 2008), the Court held that Section 10(b) does not permit investors to recover from a “secondary” party that allegedly participates in a fraudulent scheme with an issuer, unless that party violates a duty to disclose in doing so, or the investors relied on that party’s public misstatements or acts. View full article (PDF).