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Sutherland Fends Off SEC on Behalf of Morgan Keegan

July 1, 2011

ATLANTA (July 1, 2011) – Agreeing with attorneys at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP, a federal judge this week threw out charges filed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission against Morgan Keegan & Company. Sutherland Partners Amelia Toy Rudolph and Peter J. Anderson and Associate Aaron S. Furniss represented the financial firm in a securities fraud lawsuit that was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia in 2009.

In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William S. Duffey Jr. cited inadequate support to the SEC’s argument that Morgan Keegan misled investors about the risks of auction rate securities between November 1, 2007, and March 20, 2008.

“We are extremely pleased with Judge Duffey’s decision in this case," said Sutherland Partner Peter Anderson. “We wholly agree with the court’s conclusion that ‘failure to predict the market does not amount to securities fraud.’ This ruling should have a significant impact on the securities industry, which has been under attack since the market collapse in 2008."

The case is Securities and Exchange Commission v. Morgan Keegan & Co. Inc., case number 1:09-cv-01965.

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