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Germany-Based Software Company Settles Bribery Case with SEC for $3.7 Million

On February 1, the SEC agreed to a $3.7 million settlement with a Germany-based software company regarding allegations that it violated the FCPA regarding the payment and offer of bribes to senior Panamanian government...more

California-Based Pharmaceutical Company Settles with SEC Regarding FCPA Offenses in China

On February 4, the SEC settled FCPA allegations with a California-based pharmaceutical company with a cease and desist order finding that the company violated the FCPA’s anti-bribery, books and records, and internal controls...more

Preparation for 2015 Fiscal Year-End SEC Filings and 2016 Annual Shareholder Meetings

As our clients and friends know, each year Mintz Levin provides an analysis of the regulatory developments that impact public companies as they prepare for their fiscal year-end filings with the Securities and Exchange...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

Non-Enforcement - FINRA’s Proposed Pay-to-Play Rule Will Impact Investment Advisers - Late last year (December 24, 2015), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) submitted a proposed rule to the U.S....more

Kamala Harris Puts Exxon Under Her Microscope: California AG Reportedly Has Launched Review of Oil Giant’s Statements On Climate...

Students of history know that fighting a two front war is a hazard to be avoided. According to the L.A. Times, however, that is precisely the dilemma that now faces Exxon Mobil: dual investigations from attorneys general on...more

Securities Class Action Suits Increased in 2015

Last year there were more class action suits filed compared to the prior year. The actions were brought largely against companies traded on the two major exchanges in the biotech and healthcare sectors, according to a recent...more

Look for additional data breach class action cases, standing decisions and shareholders’ derivative suits in 2016

2015 was a banner year for data breaches and associated class action litigation. Toward the end of the year, class action cases were filed the same day as the notification. Based upon the data breach fallout in 2015, there is...more

FERC enforcement report cites screenshots, keylogger

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty against Coaltrain Energy, L.P. and six individuals relating to alleged fraudulent transactions in PJM Interconnection...more

Spoofing Is No Joke: Prosecutors Clamp Down on High-Frequency Traders

On November 3, 2015, an Illinois federal jury convicted Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities trader, of six counts of commodities fraud and six counts of spoofing—entering a buy or sell order with the intent to cancel...more

Prosecutors Record First-Ever Conviction for ‘Spoofing’: A New Era of Trading Enforcement

Asset managers and other traders should expect aggressive anti-spoofing enforcement and consider reviewing their trading practices in light of this most recent development. On November 3, 2015, a federal jury in...more

Corporate Investigations & White Collar Defense - October 2015

"Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" Part III - Why it matters: It is time for another installment in our continuing "Wherefore Art Thou Due Process?" coverage into the ongoing constitutional challenges to the SEC's...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&As - On October 16, 2015, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Q&As on the single rulebook, publishing four new questions. The single rulebook Q&As relate to the CRD IV package...more

District Court Rules That Smartphone Passcodes Are Testimonial; Protected by Fifth Amendment

In Securities and Exchange Commission v. Huang, the district court held that the Fifth Amendment protected two former employees against having to disclose their personal passcodes for company-issued smartphones to government...more

Getting Hammered: California Trial Court Finds for E*Trade in Long-Running Misappropriation Case Where Plaintiff Destroyed the...

In a fifteen-year tale of how not to protect your emerging company’s trade secrets when dealing with the big fish, on September 16, 2015, a California trial court denied a company’s bid for royalties for technology...more

A Firewall for the Boardroom: Best Practices to Insulate Directors and Officers From Derivative Lawsuits and Related Regulatory...

Shortly after the massive 2013 Target data breach, shareholders filed four derivative lawsuits against the company’s directors and some of its officers (13 CARE 624, 3/20/15). The shareholders alleged that the defendants had...more

The Supreme Court Addresses Scope of Section 11 Liability for Statements of Opinion

As the Supreme Court recently explained in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (2015), that distinction is significant when it comes to liability under Section 11 of...more

Theratechnologies Inc. V. 12185 Canada Inc: Supreme Court Of Canada Raises The Bar For Obtaining Leave To Bring Secondary Market...

In Theratechnologies inc. v. 12185 Canada inc., the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that requirements that plaintiffs demonstrate that their claims have been brought in good faith and have a reasonable chance of succeeding...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 19

In This Issue: - FINRA's NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability - CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality - CFTC Requests Public...more

District Court Dismisses Securities Class Action Against Electronic Arts

The US District Court for the Northern District of California recently dismissed with prejudice a securities fraud class action against Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA) and its officers, holding that the plaintiffs’ amended...more

First Secondary Market Class Action to Reach SCC Denied Leave

In a decision released on April 17, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) overturned the Québec Court of Appeal’s judgment in Theratechnologies Inc. v. 121851 Canada Inc. (See our July 2013 Blakes Bulletin: Statutory...more

SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations Against Technology Executive

The US District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of granting summary judgment against a technology company executive who the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of various violations of the...more

Bridging the Week - April 2015 #2

IOSCO Seeks Views on Business Continuity and Recovery Planning by Trading Venues and Intermediaries; NYS Warns on Third-Party Service Providers - The International Organization of Securities Commissions issued two...more

Software Company to Face Suit Over Contract Restructuring

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California sustained a securities fraud complaint alleging that the defendants, a software company and its executives, had defrauded investors by failing to...more

Fourth Circuit Sustains Securities Fraud Claim Against Drug Manufacturer

On March 6, the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina had erred in dismissing a class action lawsuit filed under Section 10(b) of the...more

Omnicare: Section 11 Liability and Opinions

The Supreme Court defined the circumstances under which liability can be imposed for opinion statements under Securities Act Section 11. Specifically, the Court held that such liability could be imposed on two theories: One...more

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