Allstate Life Insurance Company v. Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc., et al.

Filing 655

ORDER that Defendant James W. Treliving's Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 574 ) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Signed by Judge G Murray Snow on 3/1/2013.(KMG)

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1 WO 2 3 4 5 6 IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT 7 FOR THE DISTRICT OF ARIZONA 8 No. CV-09-08162-PHX-GMS 9 ORDER 10 11 12 In re: Allstate Life Insurance Company Litigation 13 14 15 16 17 Pending before the Court is Defendant James W. Treliving’s Motion for Summary 18 Judgment. (Doc. 574.) For the reasons discussed below, Stinson’s Motion is granted in 19 part and denied in part. BACKGROUND 20 21 At issue in this lawsuit is the offering and sale of $35 million in revenue bonds 22 (the “Bonds”) used to finance the construction of a 5,000-seat Event Center in the Town 23 of Prescott Valley, Arizona. The facts of the case are set out in greater detail in this 24 Court’s earlier Order of November 4, 2010. (Doc. 212.) Plaintiffs in this case are entities 25 and individuals who purchased in the Bond offering in November 2005 (the 26 “Bondholders”). They include Allstate Life Insurance Company and a number of 27 individual plaintiffs whose interests are represented by the Indenture Trustee of the 28 Bonds, Wells Fargo. 1 The Defendants in this case are numerous. They include the underwriters for the 2 bonds, attorneys for the underwriters, and the various entities that received the proceeds 3 for the bonds and built the Event Center. The relevant Defendants for the purposes of this 4 order are Prescott Valley Event Center LLC (“PVEC-LLC”), Global Entertainment 5 Corporation (“Global”), and Treliving. PVEC-LLC is the entity that received the 6 proceeds of the bond sale and was responsible for managing the construction and 7 financing of the Event Center. Global was the majority shareholder of PVEC-LLC, 8 owning between 50% of PVEC-LLC’s stock during the times relevant to this suit. In turn, 9 the majority shareholder of Global was a holding company named Western Professional 10 Hockey League (“WPHL”). Treliving is the chairman and a minority shareholder of both 11 Global and WPHL. 12 This suit is based on a number of misstatements purportedly made by the 13 Defendants. These misstatements were allegedly made in the Preliminary Official 14 Statement and the Official Statement, collectively entitled as the Official Statements 15 (“OS”). The OS provided two sources for paying debt service on the Bonds: (1) the net 16 operating income from the Event Center and (2) Transaction Privilege Tax Revenues 17 (“TPT Revenues”), allegedly pledged by the Town of Prescott Valley, consisting of sales 18 taxes generated by the Event Center and certain areas near the Event Center. The alleged 19 misstatements pertained to (1) the annual attendance and profitability of the Event Center 20 and (2) the existence of a lien or other security device on the TPT Revenues for the 21 benefit of the Bondholders. 22 The alleged misstatements regarding the Event Center’s attendance and 23 profitability are based on figures in the OS that projected an annual attendance of 24 approximately 480,000. Based on this number, the OS projected that the Event Center 25 would generate approximately $5 million in total revenues in the first year. Plaintiffs 26 allege that Defendants put these figures in the OS despite their knowledge of material 27 information that would undermine the Event Center’s ability to generate the projected 28 attendance and revenue. Two reports—the “2001 ICC Report” and the “2005 ERA -2- 1 Report”—were conducted on the feasibility of the Event Center. These reports concluded 2 that the center would generate substantially less revenue than what was stated in the OS. 3 Plaintiffs allege that the defendants failed to disclose the existence of these feasibility 4 reports, and that the OS stated that no feasibility reports had been prepared on its 5 projections at all. Since its opening, the Event Center has in fact failed to recognize profit 6 at the level of the projections set forth in the OS. 7 Plaintiffs allege that Defendants Global and PVEC-LLC contributed to the 8 allegedly misleading statements in the OS. They assert claims against Treliving as a 9 control person of Global and thus PVEC-LLC under Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act, 10 A.R.S. § 44-1999(B) of the Arizona Securities Act, and 815 ILCS § 5/13 of the Illinois 11 Securities Law. Plaintiffs also assert a claim against Treliving for negligent 12 misrepresentation. Treliving moved for summary judgment on all claims against him, and 13 the matter is now fully briefed before the Court. (Docs. 574, 617, 630.) DISCUSSION 14 15 I. Legal Standard 16 Summary judgment is appropriate if the evidence, viewed in the light most 17 favorable to the nonmoving party, shows “that there is no genuine issue as to any material 18 fact and that the movant is entitled to judgment as a matter of law.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(c). 19 Only disputes over facts that might affect the outcome of the suit will preclude the entry 20 of summary judgment, and the disputed evidence must be “such that a reasonable jury 21 could return a verdict for the nonmoving party.” Anderson v. Liberty Lobby, Inc., 477 22 U.S. 242, 248 (1986). “[A] party seeking summary judgment always bears the initial 23 responsibility of informing the district court of the basis for its motion, and identifying 24 those portions of [the record] which it believes demonstrate the absence of a genuine 25 issue of material fact.” Celotex Corp. v. Catrett, 477 U.S. 317, 323 (1986). 26 Substantive law determines which facts are material, and “[o]nly disputes over 27 facts that might affect the outcome of the suit under the governing law will properly 28 preclude the entry of summary judgment.” Anderson, 477 U.S. at 248; see Jesinger, 24 -3- 1 F.3d at 1130. In addition, the dispute must be genuine, that is, the evidence must be “such 2 that a reasonable jury could return a verdict for the nonmoving party.” Anderson, 477 3 U.S. at 248. Because “[c]redibility determinations, the weighing of the evidence, and the 4 drawing of legitimate inferences from the facts are jury functions, not those of a judge, 5 . . . [t]he evidence of the nonmovant is to be believed, and all justifiable inferences are to 6 be drawn in his favor” at the summary judgment stage. Id. at 255 (citing Adickes v. S.H. 7 Kress & Co., 398 U.S. 144, 158–59 (1970)); Harris v. Itzhaki, 183 F.3d 1043, 1051 (9th 8 Cir. 1999) (“Issues of credibility, including questions of intent, should be left to the 9 jury.”) (citations omitted). 10 Furthermore, the party opposing summary judgment “may not rest upon the mere 11 allegations or denials of [the party’s] pleadings, but . . . must set forth specific facts 12 showing that there is a genuine issue for trial.” Fed. R. Civ. P. 56(e); see Matsushita Elec. 13 Indus. Co. v. Zenith Radio Corp., 475 U.S. 574, 586–87 (1986); Brinson v. Linda Rose 14 Joint Venture, 53 F.3d 1044, 1049 (9th Cir. 1995); Taylor v. List, 880 F.2d 1040, 1045 15 (9th Cir. 1989); see also LRCiv. 1.10(l)(1) (“Any party opposing a motion for summary 16 judgment must . . . set[] forth the specific facts, which the opposing party asserts, 17 including those facts which establish a genuine issue of material fact precluding summary 18 judgment in favor of the moving party.”). If the nonmoving party’s opposition fails to 19 specifically cite to materials either in the court’s record or not in the record, the court is 20 not required to either search the entire record for evidence establishing a genuine issue of 21 material fact or obtain the missing materials. See Carmen v. S.F. Unified Sch. Dist., 237 22 F.3d 1026, 1028–29 (9th Cir. 2001); Forsberg v. Pac. N.W. Bell Tel. Co., 840 F.2d 1409, 23 1417–18 (9th Cir. 1988). 24 II. Control Person Liability under Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act 25 Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act provides that “[e]very person who, directly or 26 indirectly, controls any person liable under [this Act] shall also be liable jointly and 27 severally with and to the same extent as such controlled person . . . .” 15 U.S.C. § 78t(a). 28 To make a prima facie case under this section, a plaintiff must prove “(1) a primary -4- 1 violation of federal securities law and (2) that the defendant exercised actual power or 2 control over the primary violator.” No. 84 Empl.-Teamster Joint Council Pension Trust 3 Fund v. Am. W. Holding Corp., 320 F.3d 920, 945 (9th Cir. 2003) (citing Howard v. 4 Everex Sys., Inc., 228 F.3d 1057, 1065 (9th Cir. 2000)) (internal quotations omitted). This 5 “two-pronged test . . . should be construed liberally and flexibly.” Wool v. Tandem 6 Computers Inc., 818 F.2d 1433, 1441 (9th Cir. 1987), overruled on other grounds by 7 Hollinger v. Titan Capital Corp., 814 F.2d 1564, 1575 (9th Cir. 1990) (en banc). 8 “Control” is defined in the Code of Federal Regulations as “the possession, direct 9 or indirect, of the power to direct or cause the direction of the management and policies 10 of a person, whether through the ownership of voting securities, by contract, or 11 otherwise.” 17 C.F.R. § 230.405. The determination of a defendant’s control over the 12 primary violator “is an intensely factual question, involving scrutiny of the defendant’s 13 participation in the day-to-day affairs of the corporation and the defendant’s power to 14 control corporate actions.” Kaplan v. Rose, 49 F.3d 1363, 1382 (9th Cir. 1994) (citing 15 Arthur Children’s Trust v. Keim, 994 F.2d 1390, 1396–97 (9th Cir. 1993)) (internal 16 quotations omitted). 17 “Traditional indicia of control” include “having a prior lending relationship, 18 owning stock in the target company, or having a seat on the board.” Am. W. Holding 19 Corp., 320 F.3d at 645 (citing Paracor Fin., Inc. v. Gen. Elec. Capital Corp., 96 F.3d 20 1151, 1162 (9th Cir. 1996)). “A director is not automatically liable as a controlling 21 person, although director status is a ‘red light’ to the court.” Kaplan, 49 F.3d at 1382 22 (internal quotations omitted). The plaintiff need not prove that the defendant had scienter 23 or that he “culpably participated” in the primary violation to establish control. Paracor, 24 96 F.3d at 1161. However, once the plaintiff makes a prima facie case of control, the 25 “defendant is entitled to a good faith defense if he can show no scienter and an effective 26 lack of participation.” Howard, 228 F.3d at 1057. The defendant bears the burden of 27 proving the good faith defense. Hollinger, 914 F.2d at 1575. 28 Treliving does not argue that no primary violation under the securities laws -5- 1 occurred. Rather, he focuses on the second prong of Section 20(a) liability, contending 2 that he is entitled to summary judgment because “Plaintiffs are unable to show that 3 Treliving exercised control over either [Global or PVEC-LLC].” (Doc. 574 at 9.) (Id.) He 4 cites to a host of facts to show that he was not personally involved in the Bond Offering, 5 the drafting of the OS, or otherwise related in any way to the construction and financing 6 of the Event Center. (Id. at 6–8.) Treliving argues that the only connection he has to the 7 alleged securities violation is his status as a chairman and minority shareholder of WPHL 8 and Global, and that this status is insufficient to establish control person liability. (Id. at 9 10 (citing In re Gupta Corp. Sec. Litig., 900 F. Supp. 1217, 1243 (N.D. Cal. 1994.))) He 10 stresses that he was neither an officer nor employee of Global and that he was not 11 involved in the day-to-day operations of the company. (Id. at 5–6.) 12 Treliving is correct that a defendant’s mere status as director or shareholder is 13 insufficient to establish control person liability. Wool, 818 F.2d at 1441. However, as 14 stated above, director status is a “red light” suggesting the defendant’s control over the 15 company. Kaplan, 49 F.3d at 1382. Treliving does not dispute that he was the chairman 16 of Global. (Doc. 574 at 5.) Nor does Treliving deny that he owned shares in Global, 17 though he stresses that the most he ever held was nine percent. (Id. at 11.) Both of these 18 are factors that traditionally indicate control. Am. W. Holding Corp., 320 F.3d at 645. 19 Treliving asserts that he is entitled to summary judgment because the record lacks 20 a crucial element: evidence that Treliving’s “ability to control” had “some nexus” to the 21 alleged misstatements in question. (Doc. 574 at 9.) He cites Howard v. Everex Systems, in 22 which the Ninth Circuit upheld a grant of summary judgment for a defendant who served 23 as director for less than three months and did not “supervise[] or [have] any responsibility 24 for the preparation of the [misstatements].” 228 F.3d at 1067. He then points to his 25 deposition, in which he testifies that he did not participate in any way in the transactions 26 leading up to the construction of the Event Center and the sale of the Bonds. (Doc. 575-1 27 at 68:3–73:25.) The fact that Treliving did not participate or was unaware of the alleged 28 misstatements in this case, however, does not show that he did not have any -6- 1 responsibility for the preparation of those misstatements. Indeed, Global’s bylaws show 2 that Treliving’s position as chairman obligated him to “supervise and control all of the 3 business and affairs of the corporation and the performance by all of its other officers . . . 4 .” (Doc. 618-3, Ex. 3.2 at 5.06.) 5 Treliving has failed to meet his summary judgment burden of showing that there is 6 no material issue of fact that he did not control Global or PVEC-LLC. The question of 7 control is intensely fact-driven, Kaplan, 49 F.3d at 1382, and as such is difficult to 8 resolve on summary judgment. The undisputed facts show that Treliving was both a 9 shareholder and chairman of Global and PVEC-LLC, and that the position of chairman 10 came with significant supervisory responsibilities. Based on this evidence, a reasonable 11 fact-finder could determine that Treliving was a control person under Section 20(a) of the 12 Exchange Act. 13 In order for Treliving to obtain a grant of summary judgment, then, he must 14 establish that he acted in good faith by demonstrating “no scienter and an effective lack 15 of participation.” Howard, 228 F.3d at 1057. Treliving makes no express argument that 16 he acted in good faith. The evidence that he musters in support of his Motion, however, is 17 stronger support for a good faith defense than for his argument that he was not a control 18 person. Because Treliving appears to be arguing that he acted in good faith, the Court 19 will analyze whether he has such a defense to Plaintiffs’ prima facie showing of his status 20 as a control person. 21 Treliving sets forth evidence that he did not participate in discussions regarding 22 the Event Center (Doc. 575-1 at 38:14–17), did not review or comment on any contracts 23 relating to the Event Center (id. at 69:6–9), never reviewed any feasibility reports (id. at 24 69:10–71:1) or reports for the financial performance of any event center (id. at 71:11– 25 17), did not review or comment on any documents associated with the Bond offering or 26 other financing of the Event Center (id. at 72:2–12), never discussed or approved the OS 27 relating to the Bonds (id. at 73:6–21), and was unaware any “problem brewing in Prescott 28 Valley” prior to hearing about the lawsuit (id. at 75:25–76:4). This evidence is sufficient -7- 1 to meet Treliving’s summary judgment burden of showing a lack of scienter and effective 2 participation for the purposes of the good faith defense. See Kaplan, 49 F.3d at 1383 3 (upholding grant of summary judgment where defendant declared that he never directed 4 or induced anyone to make any statements which he knew to be false or misleading). The 5 burden thus falls on Plaintiffs to raise a material issue of fact that Treliving did not act in 6 good faith. 7 Plaintiffs argue that the good faith defense can be established only if the defendant 8 also shows that he “maintained and enforced a reasonable and proper system of 9 supervision and internal control.” (Id. at 9) (citing Hollinger, 914 F.2d at 1576). Plaintiffs 10 admit that the elucidation of this rule occurred in the context of determining whether to 11 hold broker-dealers liable as control persons. (Id.) However, they assert that the Ninth 12 Circuit has held that this rule can be extended to other contexts. (Id.) 13 In Kersh v. General Council of Assemblies of God, the Ninth Circuit contemplated 14 extending liability for failure to supervise to cases not involving broker-dealers. 804 F.2d 15 546, 550 (9th Cir. 1986). It set out a multi-factor test for determining whether failure-to- 16 supervise liability should be imposed beyond the broker-dealer context. The factors 17 included: 23 a) whether the controlling person derives direct financial gain from the activity of the controlled person, b) the extent to which the controlled person is tempted to act unlawfully because of the controlling person’s policies (e.g., compensation system), c) the extent to which statutory or regulatory law or the defendant’s own policies require supervision, d) the relationship between the plaintiff and the controlling person, and e) the demonstration of some public policy need to impose such a requirement. 24 Id. In Kersh, the issue was whether a controlling person’s failure to supervise could 25 constitute “culpable participation,” an element of the control liability that has since been 26 eliminated from the Section 20(a) analysis. Hollinger, 914 F.2d at 1575. However, in 27 eliminating the culpable participation requirement from the prima facie case, the Ninth 28 Circuit merely shifted the burden, requiring the defendant to prove lack of culpable 18 19 20 21 22 -8- 1 participation as a part of establishing the good faith defense. Id. at 1576. The multi-factor 2 test set out in Kersh is therefore still relevant in determining whether a defendant must 3 prove adequate supervision as an element of his good faith defense. 4 Here, the parties agree that Treliving was the chairman and shareholder of Global, 5 indicating that Treliving stood to benefit from Global’s activities. In addition, Treliving 6 had a duty to supervise the affairs of Global as set out in Global’s bylaws. (Doc. 618-3, 7 Ex. 3.2 at 5.06.) Treliving’s relationship with Global as its chairman was one in which he 8 should have exercised responsibility and oversight. The Court thus finds that public 9 policy favors requiring individuals like Treliving, whose ownership and position of 10 power within his company should not be accompanied with obliviousness to the 11 company’s important business dealings, to demonstrate adequate supervision as part of 12 the defense of good faith. 13 A reasonable juror could find, based on the evidence of Treliving’s high-ranking 14 position and his apparent unawareness of Global’s involvement in the Prescott Valley 15 Event Center deal, that his lack of supervision amounted to a failure to act in good faith. 16 Thus, Plaintiffs have raised a material issue of fact that Treliving did not act in good faith 17 in connection with the construction of the Event Center and the Bond offering. Because 18 Treliving failed to establish an absence of genuine issue as to his status as a control 19 person, and Plaintiffs have raised a material fact issue that Treliving did not act in good 20 faith, the Motion for Summary Judgment is denied on the Section 20(a) claim. 21 III. Arizona Securities Law Claim 22 A.R.S. § 44-1999(B) is almost identical to Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act, 23 providing for “vicarious or secondary liability to ‘controlling persons’ as it does to a 24 person or entity that commits a primary violation of [A.R.S.] §§ 44-1991 or 1992.” 25 Facciola v. Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 781 F. Supp. 2d 913, 922–23 (D. Ariz. 2011). Like 26 its federal counterpart, § 44-1999(B) provides a defense if the defendant can show that he 27 acted in good faith. 28 The Arizona legislature passed § 44-1999(B) with the intent that the courts “use as -9- 1 a guide the interpretations given by the securities and exchange commission and the 2 federal or other courts.” E. Vanguard Forex, Ltd. v. Arizona Corp. Comm’n, 206 Ariz. 3 399, 410, 79 P.3d 86, 97 (Ct. App. 2003) (quoting 1996 Ariz. Sess. Laws, ch. 198, 4 §11(C)). The legislature also intended “that the Arizona Securities Act be liberally 5 construed to effect its remedial purpose of protecting the public interest.” Id. Thus, if 6 anything, the sweep of the Arizona Securities Act is broader than that of the federal 7 securities regime. See Siporin v. Carrington, 200 Ariz. 97, 103, 23 P.3d 92, 98 (Ct. App. 8 2001) (stating that the Arizona courts would “depart from those federal decisions that do 9 not advance the Arizona policy of protecting the public from unscrupulous investment 10 promoters”). 11 Treliving’s argument for granting summary judgment on the § 44-1999(B) differs 12 little from his argument for Section 20(a). (Doc. 574 at 11.) He argues that Vanguard, 13 “[t]he only Arizona case that imposed control liability on a corporate director pursuant to 14 § 44-1999(B), did so under the limited circumstance where the individual defendants 15 were the sole shareholders, sole officers, and sole directors of the primarily liable 16 defendant corporations.” (Id. at 12.) Treliving’s characterization of the facts of Vanguard 17 is correct, but the Arizona Court of Appeals did not limit its holding to those facts. 18 Instead, the Court of Appeals stated that § 44-1999(B) imposed “presumptive control 19 liability on those persons who have the power to directly or indirectly control the 20 activities of those persons or entities liable as primary violators of §§ 44-1991 and - 21 1992.” Vanguard, 79 P.3d at 99 (emphasis in original). This definition is substantially 22 similar to the definition of control under the federal securities regime. See 17 C.F.R. § 23 230.405. To accept Treliving’s interpretation of Vanguard as limiting control person 24 liability under § 44-1999(B) would be to adopt a standard for control person liability that 25 is narrower than the one set out under Section 20(a). This concept is unsupported by 26 Arizona case law and contradicted by the express legislative intent that § 44-1999(B) 27 have broad coverage. 28 The evidence presented by the parties in their arguments for § 44-1999(B) liability - 10 - 1 is duplicative of the evidence they submitted in their arguments for Section 20(a) of the 2 Exchange Act. Moreover, the parties have not demonstrated, and the Court’s own review 3 of the case law has not revealed, any significant difference between Arizona and federal 4 law on control person liability that would be relevant in deciding this motion. Thus, 5 Treliving’s Motion for Summary Judgment on the § 44-1999(B) claim for the same 6 reasons it is denied on the Section 20(a) claim. 7 IV. Illinois Securities Law Claim 8 Section 13(A) of the Illinois Securities Law provides that controlling persons are 9 jointly and severally liable for any sale of a security made in violation of its provisions. 10 815 ILCS § 5/13. A “controlling person” is defined under Illinois law as an individual 11 who owns either (1) 25% or more of the outstanding voting securities of the issuer of 12 such security or (2) enough outstanding securities to allow that individual to elect a 13 majority of the board of directors or other managing body of the issuer. Id. § 5/2.4. An 14 issuer, in turn, is defined as “every person who shall have issued or proposes to issue any 15 security.” Id. § 5/2.2. For unincorporated issuers, however, the definition of a 16 “controlling person” is different: it is defined as “any person offering or selling a 17 security, or group of persons acting in concert in the offer or sale of a security, who 18 directly or indirectly controls the activities of the issuer.” Id. § 5/2.4. 19 Treliving points to evidence that the Bonds were issued by the Industrial 20 Development Authority of the County of Yavapai (the “Authority”), not WHPL or 21 Global or any of the entities that Plaintiffs claim Treliving controls. (Doc. 559-3 at 22 SMH002712.) Because Treliving does not own any outstanding securities in the 23 Authority, he asserts that he cannot be held liable as a controlling person under Illinois 24 law. Treliving has demonstrated that there is no genuine issue of material fact as to his 25 lack of control over the Authority. 26 The burden thus falls on Plaintiffs to raise a genuine issue of material fact. 27 Plaintiffs assert, without citation or explanation, that “the Illinois statute is broad enough 28 in scope to treat PVEC[-LLC] as a de facto issuer and hold both Global and Treliving - 11 - 1 liable as controlling persons of PVEC.” (Doc. 617 at 14.) Plaintiffs assert that this 2 holding is necessary for “the Illinois Act to function as its drafters intended.” Plaintiffs 3 cite to no authority for how, exactly, the drafters of the Illinois Securities law intended 4 for the statute to function. A plain reading of 815 ILCS § 5/2.2 does not reveal any 5 support for holding the borrowers of bond proceeds as “de facto issuers.” The statute 6 straightforwardly defines “issuer” as “every person who shall have issued or proposes to 7 issue any security,” with four clearly delineated exceptions. Id. None of the exceptions 8 refer to municipal bonds. If the Illinois legislature intended for the borrowers of proceeds 9 from the sale of municipal bonds to be subject to liability as “issuers,” they could have 10 drafted an additional exception. They did not. Plaintiffs’ argument that PVEC-LLC 11 should be treated as a “de facto issuer” is rejected. Plaintiffs have failed to raise any issue 12 of material fact that Treliving was a controlling person under Illinois law. As such, 13 Treliving’s Motion for Summary Judgment on this claim is granted. 14 V. Negligent Misrepresentation 15 Under Arizona law, negligent misrepresentation occurs when a person “fails to 16 exercise reasonable care and competence in obtaining or communicating information and 17 thereby, in the course of his business or employment, provides false information for the 18 guidance of others.” PLM Tax Certificate Program 1191–92, L.P. v. Schweikert, 216 19 Ariz. 47, 50, 162 P.3d 1267, 1270 (Ct. App. 2007). The recipients of the information 20 must incur damages due to their justifiable reliance on the false information. Id. In 21 addition, the defendant must have owed a duty to the injured party. Id. A defendant can 22 be held liable for negligent misrepresentation if it discloses some facts but negligently 23 omits others, and the omission creates a misleading or false impression. Hill v. Jones, 151 24 Ariz. 81, 84–85, 725 P.2d 1115, 1118–19 (Ct. App. 1986). As stated in this Court’s Order 25 of November 4, 2010, Plaintiffs’ negligent misrepresentation claim is limited to 26 statements in the OS that create “the misleading impression that Bondholders would have 27 a ‘first lien’ upon certain TPT Revenues that were pledged for debt servicing.” (Docs. 28 212 at 69.) - 12 - 1 Treliving sets forth evidence that he “neither participated in drafting nor did he 2 have knowledge of the Official Statements.” (Doc. 574 at 15.) As discussed above in 3 Section II, Treliving testified at his deposition that he did not review or comment on any 4 documents associated with the Bond offering or other financing of the Event Center and 5 that he never discussed or approved the OS relating to the Bonds. (Doc. 575-1 at 72:2–12, 6 73:6–21.) There is no evidence in the record that he either provided false information or 7 negligently omitted information, thereby creating a false impression. Treliving has met 8 his summary judgment burden. 9 Plaintiffs do not address the negligent misrepresentation claim at all in their 10 Response. As such, they have failed to overcome Treliving’s showing of lack of any 11 genuine issue of material fact. Treliving’s Motion for Summary Judgment on the 12 negligent misrepresentation claim is granted. 13 CONCLUSION 14 Plaintiffs have shown that a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether 15 Treliving was a control person of Global under both Section 20(a) of the Exchange Act 16 and § 44-1991 of the Arizona Securities Act. However, Plaintiffs have failed to establish 17 any fact issue as to Treliving’s liability under the Illinois Securities Law or Arizona’s 18 common-law negligent misrepresentation claim. As such, Treliving’s Motion for 19 Summary Judgment is denied as to the Section 20(a) and § 44-1991 claims, but granted 20 as to the Illinois Securities Law and negligent misrepresentation claims. 21 22 23 IT IS THEREFORE ORDERED that Defendant James W. Treliving’s Motion for Summary Judgment (Doc. 574) is GRANTED IN PART and DENIED IN PART. Dated this 1st day of March, 2013. 24 25 26 27 28 - 13 -

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