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2014 SEC and FINRA Enforcement Actions Against Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

The sheer number of enforcement actions brought against broker-dealers and investment advisers makes it challenging to keep up. In this alert, we divide this year’s most important cases against broker-dealers and investment...more

Plaintiff’s Law Firm Steps Up Actions Against Bitcoin-Related Companies: Crypto Currency Exchange and Founder Sued for “Theft” of...

According to a complaint filed in a Florida court, a Cryptsy account holder is claiming that Project Investors, Inc. (dba Cryptsy) and its founder and CEO should be held liable for Bitcoin allegedly stolen from his Cryptsy...more

$193 Million RMBS Suit Against Countrywide Dismissed as Untimely

On January 10, Judge Mariana R. Pfaelzer of the United States District Court for the Central District of California dismissed a $193 million suit brought by mutual fund Asset Management Fund against several Bank of America...more

Credit Rating Agencies’ Opinions Are Not Immune

Recently, U.S. District Judge Shira A. Scheindlin, Southern District of New York, rejected the contentions of Morgan Stanley & Co. Inc. and several ratings agencies, including Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s and Fitch, that credit...more

New York Court of Appeals’ Clarification of the Martin Act Opens Door for Common Law Claims in Securities Cases

The New York Court of Appeals recently held that the Martin Act — New York’s “Blue Sky” law — does not preclude private plaintiffs from pursuing common law claims such as fraud and negligent misrepresentation relating to...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Standard Regarding Knowledge Of Facts That Constitute A Securities Fraud Violation For Purposes Of...

In City of Pontiac General Employees’ Retirement System v. MBIA, Inc., 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 3813 (2d Cir. Feb. 28, 2011), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit delineated the standard needed to asses how...more

New York High Court Exonerates Advisers for Aiding and Abetting Corporate Fraud

The Delaware Supreme Court recently affirmed a judge's order dismissing a derivative action fined against American International Group's outside auditor, PricehouseCoopers. Teacher's Ret. Sys. of La. v. PricehouseCoopers LLP,...more

Online Broker Not Liable for Preventing Investor from Losing Money

On January 4, 2011 the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued unpublished opinion dismissing claims by an investor against online broker TD Ameritrade. In Holland v. TD Ameritrade, Inc., 2011 U.S....more

Structured Finance Litigation Update

Waivers Not Always a Bar to Claims: Judge Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York dealt a blow to defendants in securities fraud cases in an October 29, 2010 decision in King County v. IKB Deutsche Industriebank....more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Section 10(b) Scheme Liability in Absence of Explicit Attribution of Conduct or Statements to Defendant

In Affco Investments 2001 LLC v. Proskauer Rose L.L.P., No. 09-20734, 2010 WL 4226685 (5th Cir. Oct. 27, 2010), the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit held that a law firm which allegedly assisted in...more

Georgia's Take On Holmes V. Grubman

Law360, New York (March 09, 2010) -- On Feb. 8, 2010, the Georgia Supreme Court issued an opinion in response to three certified questions submitted by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, holding that, under...more

Investor Alert: Swindled But Still Liable - An Innocent Ponzi Scheme Investor May Have To Pay Back Funds Received

A Ponzi scheme is a financial fraud that operates by transferring funds received from new investors to previous investors under the fiction that the funds being transferred are profits from a legitimate enterprise. Thus, as...more

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