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Wal-Mart Seeks to Protect Investigator's Documents

To follow up on our previous blog, "Wal-Mart and Investors Contest Privileged Docs Regarding Bribery Scandal," Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ("Wal-Mart" or the "Company") has urged U.S. District Court Judge Susan Hickey to reverse her decision earlier this month that would allow shareholders to depose and gather documents from Ronald Halter, a former FBI investigator hired by Wal-Mart to look into the allegations that its Mexican operation ran on bribes.

Wal-Mart and Investors Contest Privileged Docs Regarding Bribery Scandal

On April 21, 2012, the New York Times published an article concerning Wal-Mart Stores Inc. ("Wal-Mart" or the "Company") covering up a bribery campaign in Mexico. An internal Wal-Mart investigation had revealed widespread bribery. The story led to a steep decline in Wal-Mart's stocks, and because the investors were misled about the bribery, they sued the Company for violating U.S. securities laws. The shareholders are being led by a pension fund, City of Pontiac General Employees' Retirement System ("PGERS").

CEO of Dissolved E-Waste Recycling Company Hit with Securities Suit

The former CEO of a dissolved e-waste recycling company, GR Supply Chain Management Inc. ("GR"), has been accused by the company's investors of violating "virtually every" securities law. According to the shareholders, CEO, Zhiyu Luo ("Luo"), allegedly sold GR's inventory for his own personal profit and dissolved the company without any shareholder approval.

Explosive allegations prompt securities fraud class action claim

The sordid details surrounding a long-tenured private arbitration case became available for public scrutiny several weeks ago. The matter centrally pits the mega national jewelry manufacturer and retailer Signet Jewelers Ltd. (the parent company of Sterling Jewelers, which owns mall mainstays Kay Jewelers and Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, respectively) against a stunning 69,000 female plaintiffs alleging pay and promotion discrimination, as well as sexual harassment.

T. Rowe's $388M Mutual Fund Fee Suit Continues in Maryland

In our article, "Do Actively Managed Funds Breach Fiduciary Duties?" we outlined the role of an entity or person who handles investments (a fiduciary) and the fiduciary duty the law provides to protect investors. Although that article discussed fiduciary duties in the context of retirement plans, these obligations are not limited to those with pensions and 401(k)s.

Investors in Securities Case Call for Canada's Cooperation

In 2015, investors in Silver Wheaton Corporation ("Silver Wheaton" or the "Company") filed a securities fraud class action lawsuit against the Canadian company for concealing that the Company was facing a possible $207 million tax bill. Allegedly, Silver Wheaton failed to disclose the possibility of a tax reassessment by a Canada Revenue Agency ("CRA") audit. Silver Wheaton disclosed that the CRA has accused the Company of failing to pay taxes on $560 million in taxable income from 2005 to 2010 by wrongly attributing that income to its subsidiary in the Cayman Islands, which does not tax foreign corporate profits. Investors allege the Company and its officials knew or should have known about the potential tax liabilities, and illegally hid the Company's true financial information in order to inflate stock prices.