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Securities Litigation

Goodsill attorneys have extensive experience litigating claims brought under both the federal securities laws and under Hawaii’s Blue Sky law as codified in Chapter 485. Although the enactment of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 has given defendants powerful new tools in defending actions brought under federal law, plaintiffs increasingly have sought to take advantage of the unchanged and more favorable provisions of Hawaii securities laws. Effective litigation of today's brand of securities litigation in Hawaii demands capability in both federal and Hawaii securities laws, including familiarity with the administrative rules and procedures of Hawaii’s Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs.

The firm has successfully concluded numerous matters alleging federal and state securities law violations. Examples of our reported cases include:

  • An action seeking to impose a duty on a brokerage firm to ascertain whether its clients were handling funds for undisclosed third parties and to prevent trades by such clients that were unsuitable for such third parties. Unity House, Inc. v. North Pacific Investments, Inc., 918 F.Supp 1384 (D. Haw. 1996).
  • An action seeking to impose statutory and common law fraud liability upon an outside director of an issuer of securities. Bush v. Rewald, 619 F.Supp. 585 (D. Haw. 1985).
  • A putative class action arising out of hospital bonds issued in Illinois against a Georgia law firm and Missouri trust company where venue was properly laid in Illinois or Missouri, but not in Hawaii. Goldwater v. Alston & Bird, 1985 U.S. LEXIS 21017 (D. Haw. 1985).

Goodsill’s securities litigation practice includes the representation of publicly traded companies, privately held companies, their officers and directors, and their professional advisors. Whether the forum is an arbitration panel or a state or federal court, Goodsill clients benefit from our proven performance and extensive experience in securities litigation.

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