Absolute Activist Value Master Fund Ltd., et al. v. Ficeto, et al., No. 11-221 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
Plaintiffs, nine Cayman Island hedge funds, appealed from a judgment of the district court dismissing their complaint with prejudice. At issue was whether foreign funds' purchases and sales of securities issued by U.S. companies brokered through a U.S. broker-dealer constituted "domestic transactions" pursuant to Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd. While the court concluded that the complaint did not sufficiently allege the existence of domestic securities transactions, the court concluded that plaintiffs should be given leave to amend the complaint to assert additional facts suggesting that the transactions at issue were domestic. Specifically, the court held that to sufficiently allege the existence of a "domestic transaction in other securities," plaintiffs must allege facts indicating that irrevocable liability was incurred or that title was transferred within the United States. Because there has been significant ambiguity as to what constituted a "domestic transaction in other securities," plaintiffs should have the opportunity to assert additional facts leading to the plausible inference that either irrevocable liability was incurred or that title passed in the United States. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the district court in part, reversed in part, and remanded the case for further proceedings.
The court issued a Revised version of this opinion on April 13, 2012.