Securities Litigation and Enforcement

Section 1, Fall 18

Schedule Information

Enrollment: 11/18
Credits: 3

Course Description

The course will examine current developments and controversial issues in private securities litigation and SEC enforcement. We will discuss the special considerations raised by securities class actions. Among the topics to be covered are: Differences between private litigation and SEC enforcement; Current developments in litigating Rule 10b-5 claims on topics such as the presumption of reliance using the fraud-on-the-market theory; Current developments in SEC enforcement on topics such as corporate penalties and application of limitations periods; The theory and practice of securities class actions.; The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act; The initial stages of a securities class action, including the filing of a complaint and a motion to dismiss. The course will be of value to students with an interest in the federal securities laws, government law enforcement, and complicated commercial litigation. It will examine a variety of areas of securities regulation not covered or covered more generally in the introductory Securities Regulation course.

Course Requirements

Exam Info:
Midterm Type (if any): None
Description: None

Final Type (if any): None

Written Work Product
Written Work Product: Final paper of approximately 4500 words (15 pages double-spaced). You may satisfy the upper-level writing requirement with the paper in this course. In this case, the final paper must have a minimum of 7500 words including footnotes. You also must submit a timely Writing Requirement Intent Form to the Student Records Office. Retroactive exceptions will not be granted. During the semester, students will either write one or two short papers of approximately 1250 to 1500 words (5 pages double-spaced) each or participate in one or two practical skills exercises. Class participation will be taken into account.

Other Work

Other Course Details
Prerequisites: Securities Regulation or Securities Regulation (Law & Business) is recommended but not required. Concurrencies: None
Mutually Exclusive With: Advanced Topics in Securities Regulation (7138), SEC and Class Action Securities Enforcement (9181) (talk with instructor)
Laptops Allowed: Yes
First Day Attendance Required: No
Course Notes:

Graduation Requirements

*Satisfies Writing Requirement: No
**Credits For Prof. Skills Requirement: No
Satisfies Professional Ethics: No

*Yes means professor requires everyone in the course to submit a substantial research paper (which is the requirement standard in Academic Policies), so no paperwork required to be submitted to SRO. No means student must timely submit paperwork to SRO if intending to use a paper in this course to satisfy the Writing Requirement.

**Yes indicates course credits count towards UVA Law’s Prof. Skills graduation requirement, not necessarily a skills requirements for any particular state bar.

General Information

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