Thursday, September 29, 2016


Gene Stearns is at it again, this time winning the Bank Atlantic case on appeal in the 11th Circuit. The court ordered a new trial after a 6-week trial. It's a significant win (but an unpublished opinion) and one that Gene predicted from the beginning.  The conclusion:

Accordingly, we reverse the district court’s grant of summary judgment with respect to the falsity finding of Levan’s Earnings Call statements and the affirmative defense of reliance-on-professional-advice. We affirm the district court’s rejection of judgment as a matter of law with respect to the accounting fraud and its pre-trial evidentiary rulings regarding the testimony of the SEC’s expert, Lynn Turner, and PwC’s 2012 look back report. Because the reversal of partial summary judgment creates genuine issues of material fact that require resolution, we decline to enter judgment in favor of Defendants.


Anonymous said...

What you really mean is:


Anonymous said...

At least it was only a six-week trial (!) :-o

Anonymous said...

Good for him. His results speak loudly about his litigation skills.

Anonymous said...

I think this retrial may be in front of the first Clinton or Trump nominee.