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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

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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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

DeCoster Rehearing Denied—Food and Beverage Company Executives Face Risks of Prosecution as Responsible Corporate Officers

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

A recent Eighth Circuit decision that two corporate officers must serve jail time for failing to prevent the distribution of contaminated eggs despite the fact that they did not know the eggs were infected reaffirms...more

Supreme Court Revisits Insider-Trading Liability

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Salman reaffirms Dirks and holds that a “gift” of inside information to a trading relative or friend continues to meet the personal-benefit requirement. The Salman Prosecution - In 2011, Bassam Yacoub Salman was...more

The Supreme Court Reaffirms Dirks in Salman

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On December 6th, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its first major decision on insider trading in over 20 years, and affirmed the conviction of Bassam Salman for violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of...more

Supreme Court Affirms That Pecuniary Benefit Not Required For Family Member Tips, But Declines to Address What Constitutes a...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued a unanimous, but narrow, ruling in Salman v. United States, regarding criminal tipper/tippee liability for insider trading, which the Supreme Court had not significantly...more

What is a personal benefit? US Supreme Court issues major insider trading decision - key takeaways

by DLA Piper on

On December 6th, Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in more than two decades, Salman v. United States. The decision clarified uncertainty in insider trading prosecutions that arose...more

Government Prevails in Significant Insider Trading Case

On December 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued one of its most significant rulings on insider trading in recent years. In its ruling in Salman v. United States, the Supreme Court unanimously upheld Bassam Yacoub Salman’s...more

Supreme Court Opens Pathway To Increased Insider Trading Prosecutions

On Dec. 6, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its much-awaited decision in Salman v. United States, upholding a “friends and family” insider-trading conviction and effectively overruling the Second Circuit’s decision in...more

Significant Swiss ruling handed down on privilege in anti-money laundering investigations

by White & Case LLP on

In a recent judgment, the Swiss Federal Tribunal has ruled that, where a financial institution delegates its investigation and reporting obligations under the Swiss Anti-Money Laundering Act ("AMLA") to external counsel,...more

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