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5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

by Burr & Forman on

In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

Duka Beats Fraud Charge in SEC Administrative Court

Barbara Duka was an employee of Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services. The SEC contended that Duka loosened S&P’s methodology for rating commercial mortgage-backed securities to help the company generate ratings business from...more

SEC Inspector General Concludes Acting Chairman Piwowar’s Actions Were Lawful

In an investigation conducted at the request of four Senators, the SEC Inspector General concluded “we do not find that Commissioner Piwowar’s actions as Acting Chairman violated any of the laws currently governing the SEC...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews suggests that the devil is definitely in the details in Sempra Energy’s apparent winning bid for Oncor. Control of the company, for example, isn’t as simple as it might seem....more

ICI Requests Delay and Re-Examination of Liquidity Risk Management and Reporting Modernization Rules

by Dechert LLP on

In a letter to U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton, the Investment Company Institute (ICI) formally requested a delay and re-examination of certain elements of Rule 22e-4 under the Investment...more

Court Decision May Slow SEC Approval of SRO Rules

The SEC must generally approve rules and rule changes by self-regulatory organizations, which are referred to as SROs. According to this SEC web page, there are 37 active SROs. The volume of rule filings submitted for...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - D.C. Circuit Decision Creates Split on SEC’s Use of Administrative Law Judges

On June 26, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel that determined that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative...more

Split Commission Can't Reverse Insider-Trading Dismissal

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Trader Joseph Ruggieri finally prevailed last week, when SEC Commissioners Stein and Piwowar split on whether Enforcement proved his four trades (in 2010-2011) were made on inside information....more

Chairman Clayton Sets New SEC Agenda

On Wednesday July 12, 2017, in his first public speech as Chairman of the SEC, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton laid out a set of eight priorities that will guide his SEC Chairmanship. He said his priorities are consistent with and...more

SEC Commissioner Supports Mandatory Shareholder Arbitration

Reuters is reporting that SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar urged IPO companies to request relief from the SEC to include mandatory arbitration provisions for shareholder disputes. Commissioner Piwowar apparently made the...more

En banc D.C. Circuit Split Leaves Intact Panel Ruling That SEC ALJs Are Not Inferior Officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia, which held...more

En banc D.C. Circuit split leaves intact the panel ruling that SEC ALJs are not inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia which held...more

Circuit Split Cries Out for Supreme Court Review - Have SEC ALJs been operating contrary to the U.S. Constitution?

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals’ earlier decision in Lucia v. SEC that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges (ALJs) are employees who are not subject to the Appointments...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Second Quarter 2017: U.S. CFTC Takes Steps to Modernize Rules and Operations and to Reduce...

by Dechert LLP on

Against a backdrop of changing markets, rapidly evolving technology and increased jurisdiction, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – the regulatory agency with responsibility for oversight of the U.S....more

Supreme Court Deals Blow to SEC By Applying Five-Year Statute of Limitations to Disgorgement Remedies in SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 5, 2017 the Supreme Court dealt a significant setback to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by limiting its power to extract ill-gotten profits from securities laws violators....more

In Split 5-to-5 Decision, En Banc D.C. Circuit Denies Petition for Review in Lucia v. SEC

On June 26, 2017, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit that determined that SEC administrative law judges...more

SEC Charges Chief Compliance Officer with AML Violations

The SEC announced that John David Telfer, the former chief compliance officer and anti-money laundering (AML) officer of a registered broker-dealer, agreed to a securities industry bar to settle charges in a pending...more

Financial CHOICE Act Would Complicate the Choices in Bringing and Defending Against SEC Cases

Legislation passed by the U.S. House of Representatives threatens to shake up the Securities and Exchange Commission’s enforcement program in a historic manner....more

SEC’s Negotiating Power Curbed - U.S. Supreme Court holds disgorgement subject to a five-year statute of limitations

Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court resolved a circuit split among the Tenth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals by holding that because disgorgement in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement action...more

In Two Unanimous Rulings, U.S. Supreme Court Limits Penalties in SEC Enforcement and Criminal Actions

In a pair of decisions issued on June 5, the Supreme Court sharply curtailed the scope of financial sanctions available in civil securities enforcement and criminal drug trafficking cases. In addition to the results, which...more

Supreme Court Provides New Leverage for Defendants in SEC Enforcement Actions

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

For many years, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sought both civil monetary penalties and disgorgement of unlawful gains from those alleged to have violated federal securities laws. While civil monetary...more

Supreme Court Limits SEC Disgorgement Orders With Five-Year Statute of Limitations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court resolved a split among the federal circuit courts by unanimously holding that disgorgement collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission is subject to...more

Supreme Court Limits SEC Disgorgement Orders to a Five-Year Statute of Limitations

by Hogan Lovells on

Recently, the Supreme Court unanimously held in Kokesh v. SEC that disgorgement orders in enforcement actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission are subject to the same five-year statute of limitations as monetary...more

Supreme Court Limits SEC Disgorgement to Five Years

by LeClairRyan on

In a unanimous decision handed down on June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court has imposed what in many cases may be a substantial limitation on the amount of disgorgement the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) may seek as...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Limits the SEC’s Ability to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the United State Supreme Court finally resolved a circuit split and unanimously held that SEC actions seeking to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations on civil fines, penalties...more

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