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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed on summary judgment in an action against a broker which alleged he misappropriated client funds. The agency also filed actions centered on: an audit failure; the EB-5 immigration program; undisclosed...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit upheld SEC Rule 10b-5-2 which defines certain types of relationships as the predicate for insider trading. In reaching its conclusion the Court rejected an argument that an insider trading claim must be...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 15, 2014)

The Commission prevailed in two litigated actions. In one the agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on misrepresentations made by an investment adviser who sought to move his book of business to a new...more

SEC Can’t Pass On Pot Stock Puffery

Corporations facing federal securities suits can sometimes avoid liability by claiming that their forward-looking statements were so vague or indefinite that they could not have affected the company’s stock price and are...more

Microcap Fraud: An FBI Controlled Shell Company

Five men came together to plan the manipulation of an over-the-counter traded shell. What they did not know was that the shell was controlled by the FBI. SEC v. Affa, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-12959 (D. Mass. Filed July 11,...more

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

The unblemished record of the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office in insider trading cases came to an end this week with the acquittal of Rengan Rajaratnam, brother of the convicted Galleon Fund founder. This is the first loss...more

The Benefits of Cooperation

Enforcement officials frequently emphasize the benefits of cooperation. The cases involving former Credit Suisse Managing Director David Higgs illustrate the point. U. S. v. Higgs, 1:12-cr-00088 (S.D.N.Y. Plea February 1,...more

Notes From The 2114 Securities Law Conference

Courtesy of Professor Emmett Brown, I recently attended the 2114 Securities Law Conference and I must say that I was heartened by what I heard there and then. Here are some of my notes from the conference...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending June 20, 2014)

High speed trading and conflict of interest in the market place were the topics of the week. Two Senate committees held hearings on the issues which were the focus of the Michael Lewis book Flash Boys and its claim that the...more

Criminal Exposure for Securities Fraud Expanded in the Fourth Circuit, Rejecting Janus for Criminal Matters

Last month, in Prousalis v. Moore (May 7, 2014), a criminal securities fraud case, the Fourth Circuit held that the Supreme Court’s interpretation of Rule 10b-5(b) in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders...more

Eleventh Circuit Upholds Convictions in “Pump-and-Dump” Stock Fraud Scheme

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit recently upheld convictions for defendants who engaged in an illegal pump-and-dump stock manipulation scheme. Defendants, who participated with seven others in a conspiracy to...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 23, 2014)

SEC Chair Mary Jo White indicated in comments this week that the agency plans to make greater use of Exchange Section 20(b) in the future. That section generally provides for imposing liability on those who cause another to...more

Fourth Circuit Declines to Extend Janus to Criminal Cases

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently affirmed the dismissal of a lawyer’s habeas petition, finding that Janus Capital Group Inc. v. First Derivative Traders, a US Supreme Court case...more

SEC Enters Into First NPA With An Individual

In 2010, the SEC implemented a Cooperation Initiative designed to encourage individuals and companies to cooperate with SEC investigations. See SEC Announces Initiative to Encourage Individuals and Companies to Cooperate and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 9, 2014)

The Commission issued an order which stayed the small segment of its controversial conflict mineral rule which the Court of Appeals concluded violated the First Amendment. The order does not impact the bulk of the rule. This...more

WKSI Waivers: More Guidance and Not Everyone Agrees

As we discussed here, on March 12, 2014, the Division of Corporation Finance of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revised its previous guidance on granting waivers to well-known seasoned issuers (WKSIs) to continue...more

Red Notice Newsletter

Last month in anticorruption news, one of the world’s largest IT companies agrees to pay a nine-digit settlement to U.S. authorities related to bribes paid in Mexico and Eastern Europe; a Japanese commodities trader agrees to...more

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

IM Pleads Guilty After Bilking Institutions, Others Out of Billions

The investment manager and principal of WG Trading Company, LP and WG Trading Investors, Stephen Walsh, pleaded guilty to two counts of securities fraud. In entering the plea Mr. Walsh agreed to forfeit $50,743,779 which...more

Federal Prosecutors Face Difficult Questioning in Second Circuit over Standard for Insider Trading Liability

On April 22, 2014, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments in an appeal by two former hedge fund traders, Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson, of their convictions for insider trading. On appeal, counsel for...more

SEC Enters into First Non-Prosecution Agreement with an Individual

One of the main questions I get from potential insider trading defendants is some variation of Well, what are we looking at here? That is, if the SEC is able to prove its case, what could the consequences be? Unfortunately,...more

SEC Settles Five Insider Trading Actions, Cooperation Key

The Commission filed two groups of settled insider trading actions centered on the merger of eBay, Inc. with Pennsylvania based e-commerce company GSI Commerce, Inc., announced on March 28, 2011. The first group traces to...more

Québec Court’s Decision on Insider Tipping Restrictions

On April 7, 2014, the Bureau de décision et de révision (BDR), which is the administrative tribunal that has jurisdiction under the Québec Securities Act, dismissed a claim by the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) for an...more

Anti-Corruption Digest - April 2014

Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. Anti-corruption enforcement crosses boundaries like no other, so keeping up to date is more important than ever. In this digest, we draw together news of...more

Are High Frequency Traders Playing Fast and Loose With the Rules?

When high frequency trading (HFT) first crept into the public consciousness, it related to primarily to the question of whether rapid, computer driven trading posed risks to the safety and stability of the trading markets. ...more

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