Supreme Court Adopts Rule Curtailing Private Securities Fraud Actions against Outside Advisors Who Assist in the Preparation of Disclosures

15 June 2011
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Key takeaways:

  • The Supreme Court, in Janus v. First Derivative Traders, has held that a mutual fund adviser cannot be held primarily liable in a private securities fraud action for helping to draft a misleading prospectus over which it did not have "ultimate authority." 
  • The Court’s ruling is good news for the many third parties (such as bankers, accountants, lawyers, investment advisers and others) that regularly provide services to issuers and/or assist with the preparation of disclosures.