January 22, 2008

Enron Denied

The first impact of the Stoneridge decision has been felt. The U.S. Supreme Court issued an order today denying review of California Regents v. Merrill Lynch, the Enron-related case from the Fifth Circuit that raised similar scheme liability issues.

The Court also vacated and remanded a Ninth Circuit case on scheme liability, Avis Budget Group, Inc. v. Ca. State Teachers' Retirement, for further consideration in light of Stoneridge (see here for a summary of the Ninth Circuit opinion). Bloomberg and SCOTUSBlog have reports on the decisions.

Quote of note (Bloomberg): "The court's rejection of the Enron investor appeal came without any published dissent. The rebuff 'further confirms that there is no financial services exception' to the Stoneridge ruling, said [counsel for] the suppliers in last week's case."

Posted by Lyle Roberts at January 22, 2008 2:30 PM | TrackBack
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