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This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 2, 2014)

Chair Mary Jo White testified before Congress this week. Her testimony focused on the budget, reviewing the recent work of the agency. The Commission brought a series of civil injunctive and administrative proceedings this...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

SEC Settles Spoofing, Unregistered Broker Charges

High speed trading and its impact on the markets is the topic de jour. Author Michael Lewis claims the markets are “rigged,” a statement which no doubt will help sell his latest book centered on high speed trading. Now the...more

Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc.: Assessing Possible Modifications To Basic And The Fraud-On-The-Market Theory

Securities class action lawsuits have long been a fact of life for public companies traded on a U.S. exchange. Since 1997, plaintiffs have filed more than 3,200 securities fraud lawsuits that have resulted in approximately...more

How To Make A Claim Against The Madoff Victim Fund And Other Information

The Madoff Victim Fund, or MVF, is the vehicle that the United States Department of Justice, or DOJ, will use to distribute more than $4 billion in assets forfeited to the United States to victims of the crimes involving...more

SEC Announces Additional Whistleblower Award Based on Assets Seized by Justice Department

After awarding the second-ever whistleblower bounty award pursuant to Section 922 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank) in connection with SEC v. Andrey C. Hicks and Locust Offshore...more

Order for Insider Trader to Pay $10.2 Million in Restitution to Morgan Stanley Affirmed

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the lower court’s order directing Joseph Skowron III, a convicted insider trader and former portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, to pay his former employer $10.2...more

Concerned About NSA Snooping? Perhaps You Should Be More Concerned About The DOJ And SEC

In 2008, Rajat Gupta made a handful of short phone calls to his friend Raj Rajaratnam. The information that Gupta conveyed to Rajaratnam in those phone calls is now likely to cost Gupta millions of dollars, two years in...more

The Floodgates are Open: Second Whistleblower Award Sparks Speculation Over What's Next

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued an order awarding three whistleblower awards to tipsters who helped the SEC with its enforcement action against Locust Offshore Management, LLC and its CEO Andrey...more

Federal Authorities Announce FCPA Action, First SEC Non-Prosecution Agreement

On April 22, the DOJ and the SEC announced parallel actions against a clothing company to resolve allegations that a subsidiary of the company paid bribes to Argentine officials over a several-year period to obtain improper...more

The Importance Of Anti-Corruption Compliance Remediation

When you catch someone (e.g. a child, friend or business associate) in the wrong, it is interesting to watch their reactions. (Notice I left out spouse or relationship partner – we all know our spouse or relationship partner...more

Internal Investigation Fees Awarded To Goldman Sachs

On Monday, February 25, Goldman Sachs won its bid to force former director Rajat K. Gupta to pay legal fees it incurred while investigating Gupta’s insider trading activities. In October 2012, Gupta was sentenced to two years...more

An Independent Corporate Monitor's Perspective on Pre-Trial Diversion/Government Settlement Agreeements

Pre-Trial diversion or settlement agreements have been increasingly used as a tool by government agencies as a means of resolving corporate liability for misconduct or fraud perpetrated by an organization's employees,...more

Insider Trading Defendant’s Decision to Take the Stand Doesn’t Prevent Conviction

In electing to testify in his own defense at his federal criminal trial for insider trading, hedge fund operator Doug Whitman made a decision that no other defendants in similar recent prosecutions had chosen. He was still...more

Appeals Court Casts Doubt on Acceptability of ‘Obey-the Law’ Injunctions

We recently blogged about the recent decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Goble, 2012 WL 1918819 (11th Cir. May 29, 2012). There, we discussed the appeals...more

E.D.N.Y. Judge Highlights SEC’s Limited Enforcement Powers

In November 2009, a federal jury in Brooklyn acquitted Ralph Cioffi and Matthew Tannin of securities fraud charges arising from the failure of their hedge fund at Bear Stearns. The case was noteworthy because it was one of...more

Proposed Bill to Allow Private Enforcement of the FCPA

We have received several inquires regarding H.R. 3531, a bill that was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives to amend the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") to permit private suits against certain...more

Lessons from the Options Backdating Scandal: The Archeology of Compensation Litigation By Stuart L. Gasner

Originally published in Executive Counsel, December 2011/January 2012. If litigating a lawsuit about compensation issues is a lot like doing a "dig" at an archeological site, the options back-dating scandal was a...more

Court Slaps Down Section 25400 Market Manipulation Claim Against Convicted Felon

Corporations Code Section 25400 is California’s anti-market manipulation statute. The statute copied clauses (1) through (5) of Section 9(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and declares unlawful specified actions...more

IBM Pays $10 Million to Settle Long-Running Corruption Probe

After a seven-year investigation, IBM settled SEC charges that IBM had violated internal controls and books and records provisions of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. IBM agreed to disgorge $5.3 million and to pay a $2...more

Arizona Federal District Court Holds That Securities & Exchange Commission Need Not Allege Wrongdoing On The Part Of CEO When...

In Securities & Exchange Commission v. Jenkins, No. CV-09-1510-PHX-GMS, 2010 WL 2347020 (D. Ariz. Jun. 9, 2010), the United States District Court for the District of Arizona held that the responsibility of a CEO under Section...more

Securities Litigation Alert: The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act: The Next Corporate Scandal?

As the stock option backdating cases wind down, what will be the next corporate scandal to gain widespread notoriety? It is always difficult to predict what alleged misdeeds will be front page news in the coming years, but...more

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