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How do you value shares of an investment over time if the shares are not traded on an open market? The complaint for this class action alleges that units of Apple REIT Nine, Inc. (A-9) were overvalued, and that when investors chose to receive dividends in the form of more units rather than cash, they were shortchanged.

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How is it that a company touted as a stable, secure investment “collapsed in spectacular fashion and was shut down by the Securities and Exchange Commission” (SEC)? Aequitas did so, losing its investors hundreds of millions of dollars. The complaint for this class action alleges that secondary responsibility for the losses belongs to other companies who in various ways aided, promoted, or allowed its misrepresentations.

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This class action centers on a feature in an investment account called tax-loss harvesting. The complaint alleges that TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation and three of its Ameritrade subsidiaries are responsible for losses in an account that was managed by Ameritrade when the tax-loss harvesting feature did not work as intended. 

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When investors put money into an enterprise, how do they know that it’s being used as claimed? The complaint for this class action claims that the Silver Pool supposedly run by Gaylen Rust was a Ponzi scheme with no reality to it. However, the defendant in the case is not Rust but Zions Bancorporation, which the complaint claims should have seen evidence that Silver Pool funds were being diverted to other uses. 

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As the world has become smaller via electronic transactions, fraud and money laundering have become more of a concern for regulators. The complaint for this securities class action claims that MoneyGram International, Inc. provided false or misleading information to shareholders about its fraud- and money laundering-prevention measures. 

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CafePress, Inc.(NASDAQ: PRSS)has concluded a merger agreement under which it would become a subsidiary of Snapfish, LLC. But the complaint for this class action alleges that the terms of the merger agreement and tender offer are not in the interests of CafePress shareholders. Instead, it says, CafePress’s board of directors has been influenced by terms that will benefit only themselves. 

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This class action concerns yet another initial coin offering (ICO), this time for a cryptocurrency called the Cloud token, sold by Cloud With Me Ltd. The complaint claims that the ICO was actually the sale of unregistered securities, in violation of the Securities Act of 1933.

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When investors put their money into funds, they make choices about the kinds of funds they want to invest in—the riskiness of the investments, the size of the companies invested in, the economic sector, the region or country, and so on. The complaint for this class action claims that Sequoia Fund’s investment in a single company ended up violating its own rules about concentration in a single industry and caused the fund eventually to lose about $600 million in value.

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Simandou is a mountain that is rich in minerals, but it is in the interior of Guinea, a West African country that by some accounts is one of the most corrupt places in the world. The complaint for this class action claims that Rio Tinto PLC became anxious when some of its mining rights were revoked and given to a competitor and that it paid a very large bribe to ensure that it retained its remaining rights. However, the company continued to claim it did not pay bribes and did business ethically, in violation of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. 

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This class action alleges that Facebook, Inc. allowed Cambridge Analystica, LLC (CA) to mine the data of some 50 million Facebook users, for the purpose of influencing voters in what the complaint calls “an unprecedented attack on democracy”—not to mention an unprecedentedly  massive misuse of personal information. Facebook has admitted that most of its users have likely had their information scraped by outsiders, which the complaint claims is a violation of the Stored Communications Act, the Alabama Deceptive Trade Practices Act, and common law.

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