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Be Careful What You Say – Or Rather What You Don’t Say – AVEO Pays $4 Million to SEC to Settle Fraud Charges

In March 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a Massachusetts-based biopharmaceutical company, agreed, without admitting or denying the allegations, to pay $4 million to...more

Valuable Information Security Lessons from the Olympus Mortgage vs. Guaranteed Rate Case

Late last month a jury awarded Mount Olympus Mortgage Company (MOMC) more than $25 million for their claims against Guaranteed Rate (Guaranteed), which alleged Guaranteed along with other former employees of MOMC illegally...more

CFPB’s First Data Security Action; Fines Online Platform Dwolla for Alleged Weak Security Practices

On March 2, the CFPB settled its first data security enforcement action against Iowa-based Dwolla Inc. Launched as a startup in 2009, Dwolla is an online payment platform that enables customers to transfer money directly...more

Is the CFPB the New Cop on the Data Security Beat?

On March 2, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) broke new ground (at least for the CFPB) when it released a consent order against Dwolla, Inc. (“Dwolla”), an online payment platform, regarding data...more

FTC Settles with Bitcoin Mining Operation Over Alleged Deceptive Practices

On February 18, the FTC announced that a Kansas-based bitcoin mining operation and two of its operators had agreed to settle allegations that their marketing practices for bitcoin mining machines and services were deceptive,...more

FTC Closing Letter Provides Good Data Security Reminder

Last week, the FTC sent a closing letter to Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“Morgan Stanley”) relating to the agency’s investigation over whether Morgan Stanley engaged in unfair or deceptive acts or practices by failing to...more

SEC Condemns Breach Of Client Confidences While Offering Possible Bounties For Breaches

Yesterday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had “charged a California-based attorney and his wife with insider trading on confidential information obtained from a corporate client.” According to the...more

Issuer Banks’ Claims in Target Data Breach Litigation Survive Motion to Dismiss

Federal District Judge Paul Magnuson has ruled that banks that issued credit and debit cards to customers whose data was stolen in the December 2013 Target data breach could continue to litigate claims against Target for...more

Bitcoin Investment Vehicles Beware – The SEC is Watching

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently charged the co-owner of two Bitcoin-related websites for publicly offering shares in the ventures without registering the securities under the Securities Act of 1933 (the...more

Genzyme First Circuit Decision

In a huge victory for Massachusetts-based biologics manufacturer Genzyme Corporation, the First Circuit Court of Appeals on June 5, 2014 affirmed the District Court’s dismissal of a multi-million dollar shareholder class...more

SEC, Bitcoin and Unregistered Offerings

Bitcoin has been a much discussed item recently. The virtual currency is a digital representation of value that is traded and can serve as a medium of exchange. There are websites that use it. At one time there was a stock...more

New York AG Action Targets Out-Of-State Retail Installment Obligation Finance Companies

On April 30, New York Attorney General (AG) Eric Schneiderman announced that four out-of-state companies alleged to have financed retail installment obligations (RIOs) at rates in excess of the state’s usury cap agreed to...more

SEC Files Another Settled Insider Trading Case

Insider trading continues to be a key priority in the new get tough enforcement era. Last week closed with the filing of an insider trading action centered on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This week begins with...more

Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

SEC Wins Freeze Order Over “Cloud Computing” Pyramid Scheme

The “cloud” is a current focus for investors. There is cloud computing, cloud storage and new firms with cloud services. And the Commission discovered a “cloud” investment program that promised a 100% return in 100 days and...more

Prudential Regulators Announce Coordinated Action Against Technology Service Provider

Recently, the OCC released a formal agreement it entered with the FDIC, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a banking software company to resolve allegations of unsafe and unsound practices relating to the software...more

ASIC puts insider trading under the microscope

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has announced that its new $43.7 million next generation market surveillance system has become operational. The system, known as Market Analysis Intelligence (MAI),...more

Federal District Court Holds Bitcoin Is Money, SEC Can Pursue Bitcoin-Based Securities Charges

On August 6, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas held that the court has subject matter jurisdiction over the SEC’s claims that a Texas man and his company defrauded investors in a Ponzi scheme involving...more

Bitcoin Scheme Worthy of Charles Ponzi

On July 23, 2013 the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") announced it was bringing charges in a Texas federal court against Trendon Shavers for allegedly using a Bitcoin Ponzi scheme to defraud investors between...more

Court Maintains Bitcoin-Related Investment Scheme Is A Security Under The Federal Securities Laws

In response to the SEC’s first civil complaint arising from online virtual currency trading, alleged Bitcoin Ponzi schemer Trendon Shavers recently challenged the district court’s authority to hear the case. ...more

A Tale of Caution: Know Your Intellectual Property Rights

On 17 May, Mrs Justice Asplin delivered a judgment in the Chancery Division of the High Court of Justice. The dispute concerned intellectual property rights in hedge fund computer software that was the "cornerstone of the...more

A PowerPoint Sample for Business Trial Lawyers

The Association of Business Trial Lawyers recently asked Cogent Legal to prepare the graphics for a presentation on mock trials. The panel consisted of some of the best jury consultants in the country exploring the factors...more

The Litigation Graphics Lesson in the "Wealth Inequality in America" Video

I always like to share examples of what I consider powerful graphics to give attorneys ideas on what’s possible to create for use in litigation. This morning, I was struck by a video going viral that describes economic...more

SEC Speaks: Agency Takes Back-To-Basics Approach In Face Of Changing Leadership, Congressional Mandates And New Technologies

The annual “SEC Speaks” conference, in which Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) representatives review the agency’s efforts over the past year and preview the year to come, was held on February 22-23, 2013. A...more

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