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Strength in Numbers – A Full Supreme Court Begins a Momentous Term

The kids are back in school and the Supreme Court is back in session. When Justice Ginsburg described the fall term as momentous, she was most likely referring to the blockbuster cases that will shape American life from the ballot box to the bake shop. The Court will hear argument on political gerrymandering, workers' rights, digital privacy, and whether a cakemaker can legally refuse to serve gay couples in the name of religious freedom.

Sotomayor Cheers On Yankees From The “Judge’s Chamber”

You can take the kid out of the Bronx, but you can't take the Bronx out of the kid. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made headlines recently when she attended a Red Sox/Yankees game to support her beloved Yankees and their breakout star, Aaron Judge.

Introducing . . . Berman Tabacco

As most of you know by now, last month we changed our name to Berman Tabacco, adding San Francisco partner Joseph Tabacco back onto our masthead. We also bid farewell to our longtime partner, Glen DeValerio, who has moved on to open a firm with his daughter, Daryl.

Snap Judgment—S&P Dow Jones and FTSE Russell Indices Ensure That Investors Retain Voting Rights

Silicon Valley is known for disrupting industries, and some of its most storied residents seem ready to upend the IPO world—not with technology, but with moxie. Snap, Inc. made headlines* this past spring with its novel initial public offering (IPO) selling "Class A" common shares without voting rights. Rather than the standard practice of taking an investor's capital in exchange for the right to hold the company's management accountable for its use, Snap sold over 200 million shares at $17 apiece without giving those investors any voting rights. Instead, Snap's two co-founders retained 88.5 percent of the company's voting power.

Berman DeValerio’s Tenacity Results in Post-Trial Judgment for Plaintiff Class

After six years of hard-fought litigation, including a nine-day trial, Berman DeValerio secured a $3 million disgorgement award against the former CEO and controlling shareholder of PHC, Inc., Bruce A. Shear. The case began in 2011, when PHC agreed to be acquired by Acadia Healthcare, Inc. The plaintiffs alleged that Shear used his position as PHC's controlling shareholder to wrongfully obtain benefits for himself at the expense of PHC's other shareholders. Berman DeValerio aggressively pursued the action on behalf of PHC's aggrieved minority shareholders, overcoming challenging court opinions as well as two trips to the First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Berman Tabacco In The News

Patrick Egan and Steven Groopman Present On Pharmacy Benefit Managers Litigation

Patrick Egan and Steven Groopman, attorneys in the Boston office, recently spoke before the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations about lawsuits targeting Pharmacy Benefit Managers.

Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr. Featured in Angeion Group Leading Litigator Series

San Francisco founding partner, Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr., was recently interviewed by the Angeion Group—a nationally recognized settlement administration company—for its Leading Litigator video series.

Todd Seaver Participates in Antitrust Panel

Todd Seaver, a partner in the San Francisco office, spoke as part of an expert panel of global antitrust practitioners in a live webinar on Thursday, September 28th titled Recent Developments in Antitrust and Competition Law.

Berman Tabacco Partners Recognized by Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers© has recognized San Francisco partners Joseph J. Tabacco, Jr. and Christopher T. Heffelfinger in the area of Litigation – Antitrust in its 24th Edition.

Northern California Super Lawyers Recognizes Berman DeValerio Attorneys

Eight lawyers from Berman Tabacco's San Francisco office have been recognized by the Northern California Super Lawyers magazine, published by Thomson Reuters.

PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Corporate Disputes
"Delaware Corporations Turn to Bylaws, Again, to Discourage Lawsuits" by Norman Berman and Nathaniel Orenstein

Corporate Disputes
"US Supreme Court to Decide Whether Investors Must Take Individual Actions to Preserve Securities Act Claims" by Nicole Lavallee and Jay Eng

The TexPERS Pension Observer
"Supreme Court Hands Investors Victory in Amgen Class Action" by Nicole Lavallee