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SEC Introduces “Control Person” Liability as Enforcement Action Weapon in Claim Against Municipal Officer for Misleading Bond...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled the first securities fraud charges brought against a municipal official alleging “control person” status under the federal securities laws. The SEC’s settlement...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

SEC Charges City Mayor as a Control Person in Allen Park, Michigan, Enforcement Action

Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park, Michigan (City), and two of its former officials—the former City Mayor and former City Administrator. It is the...more

Karl Rove's Efforts to "Buy" Courts Harmed America, Says Legendary Attorney [Video]

Oct. 8, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Fred Levin, one of the most successful and controversial plaintiffs lawyers in America, talks with Lee Pacchia about a new book by Josh Young detailing his colorful life and his views on civil...more

Insider Trading Gets Political: Trading on Political Intelligence

Some things are better left unsaid. Especially, it seems, when they involve political intelligence shared by a congressional aide with a lobbyist linked to a political intelligence firm serving Wall Street traders....more

SEC Charges Private Equity Firm with Pay-to-Play Violations

For the first time since passing Rule 206(4)-5, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged a Philadelphia-area private equity firm with violations of the pay-to-play rule. The case concerns contributions made...more

Integrated Private Equity Firms Charged With Failure to Register and Pay-to-Play Violations

The SEC charged two firms with failing to register as investment advisers because their operations were integrated and charged one of the entities with violating pay-to-play rules....more

The SEC v. Congress . . . for the Title

You don’t see this every day. On Friday, the SEC filed a subpoena enforcement action seeking production of documents from the House Ways and Means Committee and documents and testimony from one of its staff members, Brian...more

North Carolina Abusive Patent Assertions Act (H1032) Makes Its Way Through General Assembly

The 2013 General Assembly convened its 2014 Regular Session on Wednesday, May 14, 2014 with the introduction of House Bill 1032 The Abusive Patent Assertions Act by primary sponsor Representative Tom Murry (Rep). The Bill...more

City Not Liable For Mayor's Alleged Improper Conduct

Gong v. City of Rosemead (May 20, 2014, B247601) -- Cal.App.4th --, a Court of Appeal declined to hold the City of Rosemead ("City") liable for the alleged tortious conduct of former mayor and City Council member John Tran...more

RTP Legislator Takes on Patent Abuse

Representative Tom Murry, who is a lawyer and a pharmacist and represents the RTP-commuting folks in western Wake County and lives between the Triangle's 3 research institutions, is trying to discourage bad-faith claims of...more

Congress Members Urge Department of Education to Amend Rules Governing Banking Practices on College Campuses

In a continued effort by federal and state legislators to curb alleged abuse by financial institutions on college campuses, several members of Congress sent a letter to the Department of Education expressing their support for...more

Pending Patent Legislation—Round Two of Patent Reform

The U.S. Congress is once again poised to enact a new round of patents reforms. It is important to know the potential impact the legislation could have on your intellectual property portfolio and to be prepared to act....more

Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Newberry Station: Political Contributions vs. Political Realities

Political contributions and developer-politician interaction are facts of life in the development community. And it makes sense too – developers bring many benefits to communities, such as housing, work space, shopping, and...more

The STOCK Act and the Political Intelligence Industry: No Easy Answers

Investors who hire political intelligence firms to collect information from government sources should take notice of the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge (STOCK) Act, according to panelists at a recent American Bar...more

Leave Denied: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford Avoids Date with SCC

The Mayor of Toronto has one less thing to worry about. This morning the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal from the Divisional Court’s decision in Magder v. Ford, 2012 ONSC 6929, a decision that kept Mayor...more

Spitzer "Disappointed" in Wall Street's Regulators [Video]

June 19 (Bloomberg Law) -- Eliot Spitzer, former Governor and Attorney General for the State of New York, talks with Bloomberg Law's Lee Pacchia about the so-called revolving door between the public and private spheres. While...more

PRIME Act: New Legislation to Curb Health Care Fraud

The United States Senate and House of Representatives recently introduced bipartisan legislation designed to reduce fraud, waste, and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The legislation, entitled “Preventing and...more

The Stock Act, Political Intelligence, and Traps for the Unwary

Last year, Congress wrote and President Obama signed into law the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act of 2012 (the STOCK Act). When the law was enacted, Members of Congress, their staffs, and Executive Branch...more

The SEC Action Against the City of Harrisburg: Lessons for Other Municipalities

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") recently announced that it has charged the City of Harrisburg with violations of various anti-fraud provisions of federal securities laws in connection with the resource recovery...more

Harrisburg Charged With Securities Fraud - Securities and Exchange Commission Says City Made Misleading Financial Statements

The inclusion of the public statements of an elected official in allegations of securities fraud could change the traditional relationship between the politicians and their constituency versus issuers and the bond market....more

The Cahill Prosecution In Massachusetts: Vagueness Is Still A Problem After Skilling

Vagueness is a common problem in white-collar criminal cases. In many instances the line between legal and illegal conduct is blurry at best. This means that someone could face prosecution, a damaged reputation, loss of...more

Obama Administration Solicits Public Help in Preventing Foreign Trade Secret Theft

On Tuesday, the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator, Victoria Espinel, published a notice in the Federal Register "requesting any recommendations for legislative changes that would enhance enforcement against,...more

Alabama Legislative Update – Week 6: Legislators Focus on Education, Tort Reform and Health Care

In a week that was dominated by events surrounding the Alabama Accountability Act, several significant pieces of legislation still moved through – or died in – the State House....more

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