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Federal Court Grants Full Civil Trial to FERC Enforcement Target

The decision will likely affect the strategies of enforcement targets in electric market manipulation cases. For the first time, a federal district judge has held that a review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s...more

Equity Trust Notches a Rare Defense Win in SEC Administrative Proceedings

On June 27, 2016, SEC Administrative Law Judge Carol Fox Foelak dismissed the Division of Enforcement’s charges against IRA custodian Equity Trust Company in connection with the company’s processing of investments marketed by...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission chose to appeal the decision in Hill v. SEC in which the Court held that the manner in which SEC Administrative Law Judges are retained violates the Appointment Clause of the Constitution. While the Court...more

Can Comments By a Federal Employee Result in a Taking Requiring Compensation Under the Fifth Amendment?

It depends. A recent decision out of the Federal Circuit tackled this very issue, and the court’s decision strongly suggests that a taking could arise under the right circumstances. (Filler v. U.S. (Fed. Cir. Mar. 10, 2015)...more

Gabelli v. SEC,

Brief Of The CATO Institute As Amicus Curiae In Support Of Petitioners U.S. Supreme Court

Statutes of limitations exist for good reason: Over time, evidence can be corrupted or disappear, memories fade, and companies dispose of records. Moreover, people want to get on with their lives and not have legal battles...more

Bulldog II: SJC Eliminates First Amendment Challenge to Securities Violations Found by the Massachusetts Securities Division

A decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (“SJC”) on September 22, 2011, lays to rest the Secretary of the Commonwealth’s finding that a hedge fund manager, Bulldog Investors General Partnership (“Bulldog”), and...more

Tenth Circuit Rules That Title Insurers Did Not Violate Antitrust Laws Even If They Allegedly Conspired to Bribe the State...

On April 26, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit affirmed, on the basis of the filed rate doctrine and other grounds, a lower court’s decision to dismiss putative class claims asserted against Insurer...more

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