Securities and Shareholder Litigation

Our litigators regularly represent clients in securities class actions, derivative actions, individual investor claims, regulatory investigations, corporate takeovers, and other actions arising out of acquisitions and corporate control disputes.


In such engagements, we have addressed issues brought under the federal securities laws, the Blue Sky laws of Tennessee and other states, and other statutory and common law claims that may be asserted in connection with corporate transactions and disputes.  Our attorneys also have significant experience in advocating our clients’ interests in other important aspects of such lawsuits, such as arguing in favor of reasonable limitations on discovery, class certification, and developing grounds for excluding expert testimony under the applicable rules of evidence.


We have significant experience in cases involving the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA) and other mechanisms pursuant to which class actions are moved to federal court.  Our lawyers are experienced with proceedings before the Federal Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation, and we have successfully managed coordinated discovery in complex litigation involving the resolution of class issues before undertaking, class-wide discovery on the merits of claims.  Our lawyers routinely deal with complex motion practice to narrow the focus of claims identified in class action proceedings.


Our representative cases in this area include the following:

    • Class actions involving claims under the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934
    • Acting as lead counsel in major derivative action on behalf of a company against its investment adviser, officers and directors and others for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and waste and mismanagement
    • Claims against a national accounting firm for negligence and malpractice in connection with its audit of a company that was alleged to be violating the federal securities laws
    • Representing shareholders in closely held corporations in disputes over corporate control and buy-sell agreements
    • Cases involving claims against corporate officers and directors for breach of fiduciary duty and application of the business judgment rule.


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