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Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.
Citation:134 S. Ct. 2398 (2014)
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Respondent Erica P. John Fund, Inc. is the lead plaintiff in a class action against Halliburton alleging violations of section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5. Between June 3, 1999, and December 7, 2001, Halliburton made a series of misrepresentations regarding its potential liability in asbestos litigation, its expected revenue from certain construction contracts, and the anticipated benefits of its merger with another company. Halliburton subsequently made a number of corrective disclosures, which EPJ Fund contends, caused the company’s stock price to drop and investors to lose money. EPJ Fund moved to certify a class comprising all investors who purchased Halliburton common stock during the class period. Because EPJ Fund had not demonstrated a causal connection between the defendants’ alleged misrepresentations and the plaintiffs’ economic losses for any of Halliburton’s alleged misrepresentations, the district court refused to certify the proposed class.
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