Securities Regulation Keyed to Coffee
Credit Suisse Sec. (USA) LLC v. Billing
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Investors claimed that investment banks were acting as underwriters and violated antitrust laws when they formed organizations to help execute IPOs for hundreds of companies and so filed antitrust class action lawsuits against them. The investors alleged that unless they pledged to (1) purchase extra stock at higher prices at a later date (laddering), (2) to pay excessively high commissions on successive security purchases from underwriters, or (3) to buy less suitable securities from the underwriters (tying), that the underwriters illegallypromised to not sell newly issued securities to an investor. The investors claim that these procedures falsely increase the share prices of the securities mentioned. Claiming that federal securities law inherently prevents use of antitrust laws to the behavior referenced, the underwriters moved to dismiss. The district court dismissed the complaints, but the court of appeals reversed. The Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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