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Fortunato v. Akebia Therapeutics, Inc., et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 12-012-17)

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS SUFFOLK, ss. SUPERIOR COURT. 1584CV02665-BLS2 ____________________ ANTHONY FORTUNATO, Individually and on Behalf of All Others Similarly Situated v. AKEBIA THERAPEUTICS, INC., and Others1 ____________________ MEMORANDUM AND ORDER ALLOWING DEFENDANTS’ MOTION TO DISMISS Anthony Fortunato asserts claims on behalf of himself and a putative class of investors in Akebia Therapeutics, Inc. The amended complaint alleges that Akebia’s final registration statement and prospectus for its initial public offering were misleading because they did not disclose interim results from an ongoing clinical drug trial. Fortunato claims that as a result Akebia, senior executives and directors who signed the offering materials, and the investment banks that acted as underwriters for the IPO all violated the federal Securities Act of 1933. Defendants move to dismiss this action on the grounds that: (1) the federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over Securities Act class actions; (2) Fortunato’s claims sound in fraud and he has failed to state the factual basis for his claims with sufficient particularity; and (3) if particularity is not required, Fortunato has failed to allege facts that plausibly suggest he and the putative class are entitled to relief. The Court concludes that the first two arguments are without merit. State courts have concurrent jurisdiction to hear Securities Act class actions; the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 did not take that power away. And Fortunato need not meet the heightened pleading standard that applies to fraud claims because he alleges only negligent misrepresentations and expressly disclaims any claim of intentional or reckless fraud. But the Court will ALLOW the motion to dismiss because the facts alleged by Fortunato do not plausibly suggest that he is entitled to any relief under the 1 John P. Buler, Jason A. Amello, Muneer A. Satter, Campbell Murray, M.D., Jack Nielsen, Anupam Dalal, M.D., Giovanni Ferrara, Kim Dueholmd, Ph.D, Duane Nash, M.D., Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC, Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, UBS Securities LLC, and Nomura Securities, International. – 2 – Securities Act. Fortunato claims that the offering materials issued by Akebia for its March 2014 IPO were misleading because they failed to disclose preliminary information from Akebia’s ongoing Phase 2b clinical trial of its first potential pharmaceutical product suggesting that patients receiving the test drug were more likely to experience serious adverse events than patients who received a placebo. But the complaint and the materials it cites make clear that this Phase 2b study was a double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized trial. They also indicate that this trial was not completed, and thus the study results were not unblinded to reveal which patients received the trial drug and which received a placebo, until six months or more after the IPO. Fortunato alleges no facts […]


Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 22, 2017 at 9:14 pm

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Commonwealth v. Fortunato (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-179-13)

NOTICE: All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750; (617) 557-1030;     SJC‑11314   COMMONWEALTH  vs.  JASON FORTUNATO. Middlesex.     April 4, 2013.  ‑  October 3, 2013. Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.   Practice, Criminal, Arraignment, Delay in commencement of prosecution, Motion to suppress, Admissions and confessions.  Evidence, Admissions and confessions.  Due Process of Law, Delay in commencement of prosecution.       Indictments found and returned in the Superior Court Department on December 17, 2009.   A pretrial motion to suppress evidence was heard by Leila R. Kern, J.   An application for leave to prosecute an interlocutory appeal was allowed by Spina, J., in the Supreme Judicial Court for the county of Suffolk, and the appeal was reported by him to the Appeals Court.   The Supreme Judicial Court on its own initiative transferred the case from the Appeals Court.     Warren W. Lee, Assistant District Attorney (Jessica L. Noble, Assistant District Attorney, with him) for the Commonwealth. John Fennel, Committee for Public Counsel Services, for the defendant.       BOTSFORD, J.  The defendant stands indicted for armed robbery, G. L. c. 265, § 17, and being an habitual offender, G. L. c. 279, § 25.  Citing Commonwealth v. Rosario, 422 Mass. 48, 56 (1996) (Rosario), a Superior Court judge allowed the defendant’s motion to suppress the admission of his prearraignment statements that were made more than six hours after arrest.  The Commonwealth has appealed pursuant to Mass. R. Crim. P. 15 (a) (2), as appearing in 422 Mass. 1501 (1996).  We conclude that the six-hour rule set out in Rosario, which renders inadmissible statements made by an arrested defendant more than six hours after the arrest, applies to all the defendant’s statements at issue in this appeal because all the statements were the product of police questioning to which the Rosario rule applies.  We therefore affirm the suppression order, for reasons somewhat different than the judge. Background.  We summarize the facts the Superior Court judge (motion judge) found after an evidentiary hearing at which one police officer testified, supplemented by uncontested facts in the record.  See Commonwealth v. Isaiah I., 448 Mass. 334, 337 (2007), S.C., 450 Mass. 818 (2008).   On February 19, 2008, a man entered a bank in Reading, stated that he had a gun, and demanded that the bank teller give him money.  He fled with a substantial amount of cash, but […]


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