November 19, 2014 Articles

Supreme Court Kicks American Pipe Tolling Case: What Does It Mean?

IndyMac may offer a double silver lining for the plaintiffs' bar

by Andrew J. McGuinness

On Monday, September 29, 2014, the Supreme Court issued a terse order dismissing as “improvidently granted” its grant last March of certiorari in Public Employees’ Retirement System v. IndyMac MBS, 134 S. Ct. 1515 (2014), due to the pending proposed settlement of the vast majority of the case. The case presented the Court with an opportunity to resolve a split between the Second and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals regarding the application to a statute of repose of American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, 414 U.S. 538 (1974), which held that statutes of limitation are tolled for absent class members upon the filing of a putative class action. The IndyMac case involves section 13 of the Securities Act of 1933 (Securities Act), which applies a three-year statute of repose to actions under sections 11 and 12 of that statute (regarding misleading statements in connection with the issuance of a security). The case had been scheduled for oral argument one week later, on the term’s opening day.

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