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Shawe v. Elting, No. 423, 2016 (Del. Feb. 13, 2017) (Seitz, J.)

In this split decision, a 4-1 majority of the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s post-trial decision to appoint a custodian under Delaware’s custodian statute to sell TransPerfect Global, Inc....more

"Inside the Courts: An Update from Skadden Securities Litigators - February 2017 / Volume 9 / Issue 1"

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 9, Issue 1), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

Judge Orders Status Report in Conflict Minerals Case

The conflict minerals case was remanded to the United Stated District Court for the District of Columbia for further proceedings. Judge Jackson has ordered the parties to file a joint status report, on or before March 10,...more

What’s Next Under the Congressional Review Act?

As we reported, the House and Senate have passed a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act disapproving the SEC Resource Extraction Rule and that President Trump was expected to sign the legislation that...more

SEC Calls for Comments on Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation and Guidance

On January 31, 2017, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, issued two statements calling for comments on the SEC’s enforcement of the conflict minerals reporting requirements of...more

Court Dismisses Claims Against Investment Firm For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

In Happy vs. Tanner, Tanner sued Retire Happy for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, conversion, negligence, promissory estoppel, quantum meruit, and violation of the Texas Securities Act arising...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Dismissal of Madoff "Winner's" ERISA Claim

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case in which a pension fund, a "net winner" in the Madoff Ponzi scheme, filed an ERISA action against its investment adviser seeking to recover "lost opportunity"...more

Constitutionality of SEC Judges Questioned

Among the many provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act were some that gave the SEC greater ability to hear cases and levy punishments in internal administrative courts without resort to ordinary federal courts. These provisions...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

To Be or Not To Be: The SEC Administrative Court — Are They Constitutional or Not

Seyfarth Synopsis: What, if any, steps the government will take to appeal the Tenth Circuit’s Bandimer’s decision remains to be seen. The government may elect to petition the entire Tenth Circuit to hear the case en banc. Or...more

Tenth Circuit Creates Circuit Split on the Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law Judges

On December 27, 2016, a divided panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals found the SEC’s use of administrative law judges (“ALJs”) unconstitutional, setting aside an ALJ’s administrative order finding David F. Bandimere...more

Tenth Circuit Decision in Bandimere v. SEC Creates Circuit Split on Question Whether the SEC’s Procedure for Appointing...

On December 27, 2016, in Bandimere v. SEC, the Tenth Circuit held that SEC administrative law judges (ALJs), who preside over the agency’s civil administrative proceedings, are “inferior officers” within the meaning of the...more

The Tenth Circuit Rules SEC Administrative Judges Are Unconstitutional, Setting Up Potential Supreme Court Review

The constitutionality of the SEC’s in-house administrative proceedings is in doubt following the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Bandimere v. SEC. In Bandimere, a three-judge panel held, by a 2-1 decision, that SEC...more

Not So Fast: The Tenth Circuit Creates a Split by Denying the Constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law Judges

Just before the clock struck 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit weighed in on the constitutionality of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC” or “Commission”) administrative...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017

Jon Corzine Agrees to US $5 Million Fine and Registration Ban to Settle CFTC Charges Related to Collapse of MF Global; Edith O’Brien to Pay US $500,000: Jon Corzine agreed to resolve charges brought by the Commodity Futures...more

Tenth Circuit Decision Finds Against the SEC and Creates a Circuit Split on the Constitutionality of the Commission’s ALJs

In the final days of 2016, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit denounced the constitutional authority of the five administrative law judges (“ALJs”) who preside over contested administrative proceedings brought by...more

Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals Finds SEC’s Process for Designating Administrative Law Judges to be Defective, Causing Split with...

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit on December 27, 2016, in Bandimere v. SEC, found the Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) used by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to hear its administrative...more

Tenth Circuit ruling on constitutionality of SEC administrative judges: implications for CFPB

Just before year-end, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, in Bandimere v. United States Securities and Exchange Commission, set aside an SEC decision finding the petitioner liable for violating various securities...more

This Week In Securities Litigation - Holiday Edition

Questions regarding the validity of SEC ALJs continue to be a key focus for SEC enforcement. The Tenth Circuit concluded that the retention of SEC ALJs violated the Constitution’s Appointment Clause, setting up a potential...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - January 2017

January 2017 - The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and...more

Appellate Court Decision Casts New Doubts Regarding SEC Administrative Actions

A recent federal appellate decision casts new doubt on the SEC’s practice of using its own administrative law judges (ALJs) to hear actions brought by the SEC Enforcement Division. In a decision late last month, the U.S....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

Lynn Tilton’s very public spat with the SEC over the agency’s in-house court system may be heading to the Supreme Court, thanks in part to a recent 10th Circuit opinion last week that created a Circuit split over the...more

Circuits Split - Tenth Holds SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

The Tenth Circuit recently held that the SEC’s in-house judges are “inferior officers” hired in violation of Article II’s Appointment Clauses, creating a split with the D.C. Circuit over the issue. The Tenth Circuit held...more

10th Circuit Holds SEC ALJs Are Holding Office Unconstitutionally

In March 2015, I posed the following question: But if you were hailed before an unconstitutional tribunal with the ostensible authority to fine you and bar you from working, would you want a “real” court to step in and...more

10th Circuit Finds SEC Administrative Proceedings are Unconstitutional

The Appointments Clause of the US Constitution requires that “inferior officers” be appointed by the President, department heads or courts of law. SEC administrative law judges, or ALJs, are not appointed by the SEC – they...more

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