Michael J. McConnell, Partner, Jones Day to Speak at The Knowledge Group’s Webcast

Top Quote The Knowledge Group has announced today that Michael J. McConnell, Partner, Jones Day will speak at its webcast, “Halliburton II, Materiality and Price Impact Rule in Securities Class Actions.” This event is scheduled on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM (ET). End Quote
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    About Michael J. McConnell
    Mike McConnell defends officers, directors, and corporations in high-stakes securities and fiduciary duty litigation. The matters litigated include securities fraud class actions, SEC investigations and inquiries, derivative cases, proxy fraud litigation, and other matters that are often ancillary to shareholder litigation, including shareholder inspection actions, disputes under shareholder voting agreements, internal corporate investigations, and other special committee matters.

    Mike's recent representations include defending comScore, Inc. and certain of its officers and directors in securities litigation; defending Flowers Foods and certain of its officers and directors in securities litigation; defending Rayonier Inc. in securities litigation; defending Gray Television in litigation seeking to enjoin it from operating an Augusta television station or offering it in the National Incentive Spectrum Auction; defending WL Ross & Co. and certain current and former officers and directors of International Textile Group (ITG) in class and derivative shareholder litigation arising from the merger of ITG and Safety Components International; defending Attachmate Corporation in connection with shareholder litigation filed in Delaware and Massachusetts challenging its acquisition of Novell Corporation; defending former officers and directors of various banks that failed in the wake of the credit crisis; defending The Southern Company in securities litigation arising from the spin-off of Mirant Corporation; and defending SunOpta Inc. in securities litigation.

    Mike is a former member of the board of directors of the March of Dimes (Georgia Chapter; chairman, 2012), the Midtown Atlanta Rotary Club (president, 2013-2014), and the Leadership Atlanta Class of 2007.

    About Jones Day
    Jones Day is a global law firm with more than 2,500 lawyers in 43 offices across five continents. The Firm is distinguished by: a singular tradition of client service; the mutual commitment to, and the seamless collaboration of, a true partnership; formidable legal talent across multiple disciplines and jurisdictions; and shared professional values that focus on client needs.
    Event Synopsis:

    The securities class action landscape drastically shifted along with notable cases and court rulings concerning price impact. Earlier in 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit released its opinion on Arkansas Teachers Retirement System v. Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. The opinion serves as a proper guidance in assessing a defendant’s rebuttal evidence in relation to Halliburton II, which allowed defendants to rebut fraud-on-the-market presumption during a class certification stage. The Second Circuit refuted the district court’s opinion that a “conclusive” proof of evidence is necessary as the “preponderance of the evidence” is enough to prove the absence of price impact.

    Join a panel of distinguished professionals and thought leaders organized by The Knowledge Group as they provide an in-depth discussion of the evolving landscape of securities class action. They will discuss notable cases and court rulings and opinions concerning Halliburton II, materiality and price impact rule. Speakers will also address risk issues and offer best practices to successfully bring or defend against this type of lawsuit.

    This LIVE Webcast will discuss the following:
    • Securities Class Actions: Recent Litigation Trends
    • The Price Impact Rule
    • Notable Cases, Court Rulings and Opinions
    • Risk Issues and Challenges
    • Best Litigation Strategies

    About The Knowledge Group/The Knowledge Congress Live Webcast Series
    The Knowledge Group was established with the mission to produce unbiased, objective, and educational live webinars that examine industry trends and regulatory changes from a variety of different perspectives. The goal is to deliver a unique multilevel analysis of an important issue affecting business in a highly focused format. To contact or register to an event, please visit: http://theknowledgegroup.org/

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