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FERC’s Principles-Based Enforcement

You may have noticed the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has received lots of heated criticism over its enforcement of alleged market manipulation and fraudulent behaviors. You may also have noticed FERC has not...more

Sharply Divided Illinois Supreme Court Narrows Circuit Court Jurisdiction Over Pension Board Decisions

In its second significant decision on public employee pensions of the morning, the Illinois Supreme Court has reversed the Appellate Court in The People ex rel. Madigan v. Burge. In an opinion by Justice Anne M. Burke, joined...more

The Second Circuit And The Separation Of Powers: Limiting Judicial Scrutiny Of SEC Settlements

On June 4, 2014, a three-judge panel of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a widely publicized 2011 decision by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff, which rejected a settlement between the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Patience is a Virtue: District Court Suggests that the SEC “Wait and See” Before Seeking Certain No-Admit, No-Deny Settlements

On June 18, 2014, Judge Victor Marrero of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York approved the SEC’s no-admit, no-deny consent decrees in its insider trading case against CR Intrinsic Investors, LLC and...more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

Second Circuit Overturns Lower Court's Refusal to Approve SEC Settlement With Citigroup

In an eagerly anticipated decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the 2011 decision of Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, rejecting a proposed...more

Second Circuit Upholds "Neither Admit Nor Deny"

On June 4, 2014, the United States Circuit Court for the Second Circuit endorsed the Securities and Exchange Commission's practice of settling enforcement cases on a "neither admit nor deny" basis. In its order issued in SEC...more

Second Circuit Vacates Judge Rakoff’s Order Refusing to Approve Citigroup “Neither Admit Nor Deny” Settlement

On June 6, 2014, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals vacated Judge Rakoff’s order refusing to approve a settlement between the SEC and Citigroup in which Citigroup neither admitted nor denied the agency’s allegations. See SEC...more

SEC Brings Settled Administrative Proceedings Against NYSE Relating to Informational Advantages, Electronic Trading and Other...

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) on May 1, 2014 announced a settlement (Settlement) with the New York Stock Exchange LLC and certain of its affiliates (collectively, the NYSE), addressing a variety...more

SEC Names Recidivist, Claimed Country Music Fund Raiser, In Fraud Order

The Commission directed the institution of an administrative proceeding charging recidivist Stanley Jonathan Fortenberry, an unregistered fund adviser, with fraud in connection with the operation of a fund supposedly tied to...more

Fund Principal Partially Resolves Administrative Charges

A principal of an investment adviser partially settled a previously filed administrative proceeding which centers on claims that he and another Respondent improperly advised their clients to invest in off-shore funds without...more

Insider Trading Investigations: What To Watch for in 2014

Christopher Clark is a partner at Latham & Watkins where he represents public companies, alternative investment entities such as hedge funds, and individuals in both criminal and civil investigations involving state and...more

SEC Settles with Portfolio Manager of Private Equity Fund of Funds Over Undisclosed Valuation Practice That Inflated Fund...

The SEC settled public administrative proceedings against a portfolio manager (the “Portfolio Manager”) over misrepresentations he made or caused to be made to prospective and existing investors in the private equity fund of...more

"The CFTC’s Fraud-Based Manipulation Authority Raises Questions"

In October 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission used enforcement powers it gained under the Dodd-Frank Act in an order finding that a major financial institution recklessly employed manipulative devices in trading...more

FERC Requests that U.S. District Court Affirm Penalties for Market Manipulation

On October 1, 2013, we reported here that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued orders on August 29, 2013, assessing civil penalties against, and requiring disgorgement of profits by, Lincoln Paper and...more

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Limitation Period for Secondary Proceedings in Securities Enforcement Context

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently provided clarity on the limitation period applicable to “secondary proceedings” in the securities enforcement context. Subject to a few exceptions, these proceedings, brought in the...more

City Not Required to Provide a Defense to Former Administrative Officer Accused of Looting City’s Coffers

The City of Bell (“City”) sued Robert Rizzo (“Rizzo”), its former chief administrative officer, for restitution after he allegedly looted the City’s coffers. Rizzo, who also faced criminal charges, asserted that the City was...more

Third-Party Risk Management: Busting Myths and Telling Truths

A presentation for the American Conference Institute's 12th National Forum on Residential Mortgage Litigation & Regulatory Enforcement examining increased scrutiny by government regulators of third party vendor management...more

Preventive Measures: Avoiding Predatory and Discriminatory Lending Litigation

Slides addressing the management and defense against claims of discriminatory lending and assessing the status of ‘disparate impact’ in Fair Lending litigation and enforcement. ...more

New Hours-of-Service Regulations Effective Today, July 1, 2013

Legal Alert: The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that new federal regulations designed to reduce truck driver fatigue took full effect today, July 1, 2013. ...more

SEC Fraud Charges against Harrisburg, Pa., Have Implications for Secondary Market Disclosures

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (the City), with misleading investors about its financial health in the annual State of the City Address, as well as in its...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - April 2013

Editor's Overview - The importance of clear and unambiguous plan language cannot be overstated. The Second Circuit recently applied this well-established principle to conclude that a plan's administrative claims process must...more

FDIC Obtains Jury Verdict And Settlement In Separate Actions In California District Court Against Former Bank Officers And...

On December 7, the FDIC, as receiver of a failed bank, obtained a jury verdict in its favor in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California against a group of former bank officers. FDIC v. Van Dellen, No....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - January 4, 2013

In this issue: - CII Submits Rule 10b5-1 Rulemaking Petition to the SEC - ISS Publishes Updated FAQs for its Proxy Voting Policies - CFTC Issues Final Order on Cross-Border Swaps - CFTC Issues No-Action...more

CFTC Announces Second Spoofing Action Against Commodity Traders

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) recently announced its second enforcement action against a commodity trader for engaging in the manipulative scheme called “spoofing.” U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

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