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Bond Fraud Trial Shows Need to Scrutinize Municipal Revenue Generation

Ramapo, N.Y., Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence is in the middle of a multi-week trial on two dozen securities fraud charges stemming from municipal bond issuances and accounting practices in Ramapo, a Rockland County...more

A Parallel Universe: Navigating Discovery in Concurrent Civil and Criminal Proceedings

by Ward and Smith, P.A. on

As criminal law has expanded into almost every sector of the American economy, one byproduct is the rise of "parallel proceedings"—lawsuits that proceed concurrently in criminal and civil court based on largely the same...more

"Inside the Courts: An Update from Skadden Securities Litigators - February 2017 / Volume 9 / Issue 1"

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 9, Issue 1), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

"Key Takeaways: Corporate Governance Series — Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters"

On February 2, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Key SEC Financial Reporting, Accounting and Enforcement Matters,” the third installment of our four-part Corporate Governance Series focused on trends in corporate...more

Insider Trading and Related Risks for Executive Branch Employees: Pay Attention to the STOCK Act

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

As a new administration arrives in the nation’s capital amid heightened scrutiny over conflicts between government service and personal business interests, a little-used law — the Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act...more

Supreme Court Will Weigh Insider Trading, Securities Act Class Action Requirements

In its 2016 fall term, the U.S. Supreme Court will have the opportunity to consider two cases involving securities laws, one of which is already on the calendar for oral argument. The cases concern the “personal benefit”...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - August 2016

by Morgan Lewis on

The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and expanded reporting,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Federal Reserve Announces Extension of Conformance Period under Section 13 of the Bank Holding Company Act - On July 7, 2016, the Federal Reserve announced that it will extend until July 21, 2017 the conformance period...more

Left Swinging: Why Mickelson Went Uncharged For Insider Trading

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In Depth - The Securities and Exchange Commission recently revealed details of an insider trading case against a gambler named William Walters, who allegedly engaged in insider trading based on information he obtained...more

For Theranos, Life is Not All Rainbows and Unicorns: Government Conducting Criminal and Civil Investigations of Blood-Testing...

In a memorandum released on April 18, 2016, the private blood-testing company Theranos – once valued at over $9 billion – announced that it is under investigation by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the...more

SEC Describes Recent Efforts to Combat Pyramid Schemes and Affinity Frauds

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Over the past two years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stepped up enforcement actions against pyramid schemes and related affinity frauds. Last week, in a speech at the University of Illinois at Chicago,...more

Deciphering the Regulators’ Statements: Fish & Richardson’s Outlook on Securities Regulation and Enforcement for Year-End 2015 and...

by Fish & Richardson on

In a series of statements over the last several weeks, the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission have sought to clarify the government’s current securities regulation objectives and to provide an...more

"SEC Announces Enforcement Results for Fiscal Year 2015"

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) recently announced its enforcement results for fiscal year 2015. The release touted high-impact and first-of their-kind actions, as well as an increase in the number and...more

Insider Trading Post-Newman: The Supreme Court Implicitly Raises the Bar

by Alston & Bird on

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Court dealt the Department of Justice a rare defeat in its prosecution of insider trading cases by denying certiorari of the Second Circuit’s opinion inUnited States v. Newman. The DOJ, and in...more

Will the “Yates Memo” Impact Maryland State Prosecutions?

by Pessin Katz Law, P.A. on

“SEC. 3. (a) The Attorney General shall: (1) Prosecute and defend on the part of the State all cases pending in the Appellate Courts of the State, in the Supreme Court of the United States or the inferior Federal Courts,...more

The Impact of Newman on SEC Enforcement: Part V

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the fifth and concluding segment of a five part series discussing the impact of the Second Circuit’s ruling in Newman on SEC insider trading cases. Analysis - The impact of Newman on the SEC and the DOJ may...more

The First, First Circuit Court to Opine on a Newman Challenge

by Foley Hoag LLP on

And the Insider Trading Charges Stick - On May 12, 2015, in United States v. Douglas Parigian, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Casper became the first judge in the First Circuit to opine on a challenge to insider...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed and insider trading case in tandem with the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office against a father and son based on repeated trades in advance of deal announcements even after FINRA initiated an investigation...more

Investment Professional Charged with Fraud, Self-Dealing by SEC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC charged another investment professional with fraud and self-dealing. SEC v. Ahmed, Civil Action No. 3:15-cv-00675 (D. Conn. Filed May 5, 2015). Defendant Iftikar Ahmed is an investment professional who was a partner...more

SEC Files Another Market Crisis Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The market crisis of the last decade seems to have a never ending dribble of cases. The SEC filed another this week, naming four former officers of Wilmington Trust Company as defendants. SEC v. Gibson (D.Del. Filed May 6,...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2015

In This Issue: - Main Article: ..Insider Trading After United States v. Newman, the Second Circuit’s Landmark Decision Limiting Liability of Downstream Recipients of Insider Information - Noted With...more

Father-Daughter Conclude Settlement With SEC

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC concluded its litigation with a father – daughter combination that solicited investors to purchase promissory notes based on representations that there would be risk free returns from forex trading. There were no...more

FCA Fines Individual For Committing Market Abuse Based On Information Provided By A Third Party

by Allen & Overy LLP on

We consider here the FCA's enforcement action against Kenneth Carver for committing market abuse (insider dealing) in breach of section 118(2) of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) when purchasing shares on...more

CIO Sentenced for Insider Trading

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

David Riley, formerly the Chief Information Officer of Foundry Networks, Inc. was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison and pay a $50,000 fine based on insider trading charges. He was found guilty by a jury following a 13...more

DOJ Charges A Futures Trader With Contributing To The Flash Crash

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Almost five years ago the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped about 600 points in five minutes, creating chaos in the markets and huge losses for many. The market debacle became known as the flash crash. The causes were...more

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