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Behind the Briefs: A Secret History of the Supreme Court's Halliburton Case

No dispute on the Supreme Court’s 2013-14 docket has attracted more intense interest in corporate litigation circles than Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund—and with good reason. I’ll immodestly quote myself to remind anyone who’s been snoozing why the case—set for oral arguments on March 5—could make a huge difference:

No fewer than 23 friend-of-the-court briefs have landed at the high court, including one from the Justice Department, arguing in defense of robust securities class actions, and another from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, bolstering Halliburton’s position. While awaiting the March 5 arguments—a decision is expected by early summer—one might seek momentary diversion in the hidden history of the case.