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Southern District Of New York Allows Putative Securities Fraud Class Action To Proceed Against Company That Pleaded Guilty To FCPA...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 19, 2017, Judge Andrew L. Carter, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York allowed a putative securities fraud class action to proceed against VEON Ltd. (“VEON”), a...more

Second Circuit Reverses Itself on Insider Trading

by Bryan Cave on

Stock traders who thought they could trade freely on gifts of inside information so long as the givers were not their close friends should rethink their strategy. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit this week...more

Government Dismisses All Charges In Benjamin Wey Securities Fraud Case After U.S. District Judge Suppresses All Evidence Obtained...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 8, 2017, the Government moved to dismiss all charges against Benjamin Wey, the CEO of New York Global Group charged with securities fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. United States District Court...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds First Spoofing Conviction Against High-Frequency Trader

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On August 7, 2017, the Seventh Circuit upheld the conviction of Michael Coscia, founder of Panther Energy Trading LLC, for a market manipulation tactic known as “spoofing,” under Section 6c(a)(5)(C) and 13(a)(2) of the...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds First-Ever “Spoofing” Conviction

On August 8, 2017, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously upheld the first-ever criminal conviction of a New Jersey futures trader for the manipulative trading practice known as...more

Texts and Message Apps Are Changing Internal Investigations

It almost goes without saying that these days not all pertinent business-related communications can be found on corporate email servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, some of the most...more

Between Bridges: Federal Appeals Court Upholds Conviction and Sentencing of First Person Criminally Charged for Spoofing Under...

Yesterday, Michael Coscia’s criminal conviction and sentencing for spoofing was unanimously upheld by a three-judge Federal Court of Appeals panel in Chicago, Illinois....more

Personal Jurisdiction: A New Battlefront in Corporate Criminal Cases

by Jones Day on

The U.S. Supreme Court in recent years has been steadfast in cabining the authority of state courts to assert personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants in civil cases. In 2017, the Court has continued this trend on...more

Use of Text Messaging Should Change the Nature of Evidence Gathering in Internal Investigations

It doesn’t take a millennial to know that these days not all pertinent business-related communications are to be found on corporate e-mail servers. As we have increasingly seen in recent internal investigations, the most...more

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case

by Carlton Fields on

Severe and sustained drought conditions in Florida have sparked large wildfires across the state. With thousands of acres that have already burned, and more than 100 active wildfires, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently...more

Former Bond Trader Jesse Litvak Sentenced To Two Years' Imprisonment After High-Profile Re-Trial In Securities Fraud Case

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 26, 2017, Judge Janet C. Hall of the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut sentenced Jesse Litvak, a former bond trader, to two years’ imprisonment, a $2 million fine, and three years’...more

"Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege, Work-Product Protection During Internal Investigations"

When companies conduct investigations that remain strictly internal, maintaining confidentiality is straightforward. But many investigations are conducted in cooperation with U.S. government regulators, who expect companies...more

"DOJ and SEC Cooperation Policies"

Whereas the privilege and work-product doctrine generally require confidentiality, cooperation with the government often necessitates disclosure. The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)...more

False Statements By Money Managers Support California Commodity Law Convictions

by Allen Matkins on

In 1990, California enacted the California Commodity Law, Stats. 1990, Ch. 969, Corp. Code § 29500 et seq. Although this law hasn’t attracted the attention of legal writers, it has some very sharp teeth, as illustrated by...more

Criminal Conviction Of De Facto Officer Does Not Preclude D&O Coverage

by Allen Matkins on

After a two week trial in 2013, a jury convicted Mitchell J. Stein, a lawyer, of mail, wire, and securities fraud based on evidence that he fabricated press releases and purchase orders to inflate the stock price of his...more

The Supreme Court - April, 2017

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The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in two cases today: McLane Co. v. EEOC, No. 15-1248: Damiana Ochoa filed a discrimination charge against petitioner McLane Co. when she was terminated after...more

California Appellate Court Holds D&O Insurer Must Pay Cost of Insured’s Appeal Despite Criminal Conviction

In Stein v. Axis Ins. Co., No. B265069, 2017 Cal. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1628 (Ct. App. Mar. 8, 2017), the Second District California Court of Appeal had occasion to consider whether a criminal conviction is a “final adjudication”...more

Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Securities Case

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear another securities case this week. Leidos, Inc. v. Indiana Public Retirement System, No. 16-581. The only other securities action currently on the High Court’s docket is Kokesh v. Securities...more

Southern District Of New York Finds That Government Leaks Do Not Warrant Dismissal Of Insider Trading Charges Against Billy...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 1, 2017, Judge P. Kevin Castel of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied professional gambler William “Billy” Walters’ motion to dismiss his indictment on charges of insider...more

Supreme Court of Canada Denies Jury Trials for Securities Act Offences

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In two recent decisions, R v Peers, 2017 SCC 13 and R v Aitkens, 2017 SCC 14, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) held that those accused of securities law offences do not have the right to a trial by jury....more

Insider Trading Conviction Upheld by First Circuit

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Salman v. U.S., 136 S.C. 899 (2016) presented issues regarding the personal benefit test and gifting in the context of an insider trading tipping case. Ultimately the High Court focused on the question of gifting material...more

From New York and Delaware Courts, a Double Blow of Bad News for Sergey Aleynikov

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

Sergey Aleynikov, a former computer programmer at Goldman, Sachs & Co., has been on a legal roller coaster for the past few years. In the span of few days, that roller coaster plummeted steeply—twice. First, on January...more

Fourth Circuit Holds that the False Claims Act Does Not Expand Common Law Corporate Successor Liability

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Bunk v. Gov’t Logistics N.V., 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 20481, 842 F.3d 261 (4th Cir. 2016), the Fourth Circuit addressed a successor corporation’s liability for a predecessor corporation’s liabilities...more

Jury Verdict in Declined Civil FCA Action Need Not Bar Criminal Prosecution for Same Conduct

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The qui tam provisions of the False Claims Act allow private citizens to file FCA claims on behalf of the government. The government may elect to intervene in the action—or it may not. The United States District Court for...more

Hiding Behind the Privilege – A Cloak or a Dagger?

by Michael Volkov on

CCOs face many challenges in their jobs. One area that is difficult but usually can be solved with common sense is where to draw the line on attorney-client privilege issues. As a practicing attorney, I can attest to the...more

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