Times Wang is an Associate at Cohen Milstein and a member of the Securities Litigation & Investor Protection practice group.
Mr. Wang joined Cohen Milstein in 2014 from a top-tier litigation firm in California. He is interested in bringing cases that promote integrity in the marketplace.
Mr. Wang is currently litigating the following notable matters:
- Yahoo! Human Rights Fund Litigation: Mr. Wang represents Chinese dissidents in a case alleging that Yahoo! Inc. and others breached their duties as trustees of a $17.3 million charitable trust meant to benefit persons imprisoned in China for exercising their freedom of expression online, resulting in at least $13 million of the trust being squandered. Mr. Wang is the lead attorney on the case, which is pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. A New York Times story about the case is available here.
- Tower Research Capital: Mr. Wang represents Korean traders in a market manipulation case against Tower Research Capital, a New York high-frequency trading firm. Mr. Wang was the principal drafter of much of the winning appellate briefs in a successful appeal to the Second Circuit, which raised novel questions about the application of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, 561 U.S. 247 (2010) to electronic exchanges.
- Miller Energy/KPMG: Mr. Wang represents shareholders in a case alleging that KPMG conducted sham audits of Miller Energy Resources, Inc., grossly inflating the value of Miller Energy’s Alaskan oil & gas assets, and enabling Miller Energy to perpetuate a years-long fraud that ultimately resulted in Miller Energy’s bankruptcy, as well as SEC charges. Mr. Wang was the principal drafter of significant portions of the operative pleadings and briefs, and is also leading a parallel effort to obtain relevant documents from the SEC through FOIA. The case is pending in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.
His successes include:
- NovaStar MBS Litigation: $165 million settlement. Mr. Wang was a key member of the Cohen Milstein team in this billion-dollar case. Mr. Wang took the depositions of senior investment bankers and mortgage executives, including of individual defendants, obtaining key testimony. Mr. Wang also supervised fact and expert discovery, and developed important legal and factual theories for advancing the case. The case alleged that NovaStar, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Wachovia, and Deutsche Bank dumped mortgage-backed securities on investors by falsely representing that those securities met certain underwriting criteria, when the truth was that the securities did not meet those standards at all.
- Harman Industries International Inc. Securities Litigation: $28.25 million settlement. Mr. Wang was the main associate on the Cohen Milstein team in this class action. Mr. Wang was the principal drafter of the briefs in a successful appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, as well as of the briefs successfully opposing defendants’ petitions for rehearing and certiorari. Mr. Wang was then instrumental in advancing the case after it was remanded to the lower court, and played a leading role in fact and expert discovery, class-certification briefing, and depositions, including by taking the deposition of defendants’ class-certification expert. The D.C. Circuit’s ruling was a significant win for investors, and clarified that defendants cannot escape liability under the “safe harbor” for “forward-looking statements” in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 if their warnings fail to apprise investors of important risks that exist at the time the forward-looking statements are made.
- BP Securities Litigation: $175 million settlement. Cohen Milstein was co-lead counsel in the litigation, which settled on the eve of trial. Mr. Wang joined the litigation team at a critical moment, briefing numerous case-dispositive issues in connection with summary judgment.
In 2018, Mr. Wang was selected to the Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer Rising Stars list.
Mr. Wang has devoted significant effort to advancing human rights in the U.S. and abroad, including by litigating cases seeking to protect Constitutional rights and to preserve funding for human rights causes, as well as by taking on numerous human rights projects during his time at the NYU School of Law. Mr. Wang’s op-eds on the topic have been published in The Washington Post, “For Obama and China, a Human-Rights Opportunity,” November 13, 2009, and The Globe & Mail, “When Trudeau Visits China, Spare a Thought for My Father,” August 26, 2016 , and his work on the Yahoo! Human Rights Fund Litigation and on domestic human rights violations have been reported on by the New York Times, Forbes, and the Los Angeles Times.
He earned his J.D., cum laude, from New York University School of Law in 2011, where, in addition to his human rights work, he served as Articles Editor for the Annual Survey of American Law. He earned his B.A. in East Asian Studies, with Great Distinction, from McGill University in 2007.
Mr. Wang is conversational in Mandarin and French.
Mr. Wang serves on the board of Lobbyists4Good, a startup nonprofit focused on enabling ordinary Americans to amplify their voice in Washington, D.C., using crowdfunded lobbying.