On Stoneridge Investment Partners and Colonel Henry Blake

On Stoneridge Investment Partners and Colonel Henry Blake

I have a theory about the television show M*A*S*H: if you turn on the TV (and have either a satellite dish or the advanced basic cable package) and begin surfing through the channels you will eventually come across an episode of this groundbreaking sitcom. When the episode ends, if you again start flipping channels, you will AGAIN come stumble upon an episode of M*A*S*H (and if you are lucky, both shows will be from the period before they replaced Trapper, Major Burns and Colonel Blake with B.J., Winchester and Colonel Potter).
 
In sum, I believe that M*A*S*H is always running somewhere on cable, 24 hours a day, like a constant all-day marathon on separate channels. And that is exactly how I feel about the Supreme Court decision in Stoneridge Inv. Partners, LLC v. Scientific-Atlanta, Inc., 128 S. Ct. 761 (2008)– it’s quite simply everywhere. A normal web-search for the parties yielded 28,000 results, and the last entry on 50th results page was still directly relevant to the case; after that I stopped clicking.
 
It must be noted that, in the cases of both M*A*S*H and Stoneridge, the attention is warranted. M*A*S*H was one of the first TV sitcoms to address social issues while remaining consistently funny, and  Stoneridge is arguably the supreme court’s most important securities decision in almost 14 years, since Cent. Bank, N.A. v. First Interstate Bank, N.A., 511 U.S. 164 (1994).
 
LexisNexis is definitely a party to this well-deserved frenzy of reporting. The database has six Expert Commentaries directly addressing the decision, 38 briefs filed in the matter, and a transcript of the arguments before the court.
 
However, as interesting and useful as I find that material to be, particularly the Commentaries, I am most impressed by the Case in Brief. This 43 page document contains a greatly enhanced case summary (going well beyond the Lexis headnotes), links to related treatise content, law reviews, journals and statutory annotations, discussion of related and similar cases, and topical news articles.  
 
I know it seems like you can’t research a securities law issue these days without tripping over yet another piece of Stoneridge commentary, but don’t let the sheer volume of information keep you from checking out the Case in Brief. It is a comprehensive, informative and intuitively organized compilation that will probably show you something new - kudos to the LexisNexis staff for putting it together.
 
 - All of the the links within this article link to content on lexis.com.