On December 11, 2020, the United States Supreme Court granted certiorari in a shareholder securities litigation against Goldman Sachs.[1] On appeal, Goldman argues that federal securities law permits issuer defendants in purported class actions to rebut the presumption of reliance where the alleged misstatements are of such a generic nature that they could not be expected to have impacted the stock price. The Supreme Court could decide a split between the Second and Seventh Circuits on whether corporations may challenge materiality of the alleged misstatements at the class certification phase of litigation.

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