While applying a Louisiana statute, the Fifth Circuit reviewed federal securities law in Firefighters’ Retirement System v. Citco Group Ltd. and concluded that the defendants were not “control persons.” The substantive issue involved “material omissions from [an] offering memorandum”; thus, “to establish that the [defendants] were control persons, the pension plans must show that they had the ability to control the content of the offering memorandum.” The Court noted evidence that (a) the defendants “provided back-office administrative services” to the company at issue and could have stopped providing those services, (b) had made a loan that could have been called, and (c) “held … voting shares for administrative convenience” in a relevant entity, and found this evidence insufficient. No. 20-30654 (March 31, 2021).

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