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Eighth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claim in So-Called Shadow Insurance Suit

by Carlton Fields on

In Ludwick v. Harbinger Group, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit affirmed the dismissal under the McCarran-Ferguson Act of a federal RICO claim against Fidelity & Guaranty (and its owner and several affiliates)...more

Sylvester Stallone Sues Warner Bros. over Profits from “Demolition Man”

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Sylvester Stallone filed suit against Warner Bros. on April 13th, claiming the studio has fraudulently concealed his share of revenue from the 1993 sci-fi action film, “Demolition Man.” The film starred Stallone as a Los...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

We now know what all of that law-enforcement activity around Caterpillar HQ in past weeks. A government report out this week reveals that investigators are targeting CAT for tax and accounting fraud, though no charges have...more

The “New” Face of Corporate Misconduct

by Michael Volkov on

As we look across the corporate governance landscape and focus on the spikes of corporate scandals, I started to wonder if there was any pattern or trend to the nature of corporate scandals....more

Rolls-Royce Global Enforcement Action: Part I

by Thomas Fox on

When most people across the globe think of Rolls-Royce, one word comes to mind – excellence. Yet that image largely relates to Rolls-Royce Limited, the automobile manufacturer, which was founded in 1909. Just a few years...more

"Hong Kong Regulatory Update - December 2016"

This Hong Kong regulatory update provides a brief overview of the principal Hong Kong regulatory developments in the preceding three months relevant to companies listed or proposed to be listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong...more

Auditor Liability: The Case against PwC

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

At least as far back as the Enron scandal and subsequent enactment of Sarbanes-Oxley, accountants and auditors have been viewed as uniquely positioned to serve a crucial watchdog role. Among their many functions, they...more

Godspeed to John Glenn and Failures at Deloitte

by Thomas Fox on

Last week, I paid tribute to Greg Lake. It turned out that the first full week of December was the final week for several important, if not seminal, figures. So this week I will pay homage to those who have left us, today I...more

In Win for Financial Services Industry, Second Circuit Limits Use of FCA to Enforce Banking Regulations

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In United States ex rel. Bishop v. Wells Fargo & Co., 823 F.3d 35 (2d Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit rejected an attempt to use the False Claims Act (“FCA”) as an enforcement mechanism for banking regulations in the lead-up...more

Two Executives Charged in Valeant Pharmaceuticals Criminal Investigation

by Michael Volkov on

Two executives were charged last week with criminal violations in the Southern District of New York relating to Valeant Pharmaceuticals activities. These charges are the first of more to come in an ongoing investigation...more

A Cautionary Illustration of the Need for Accounting and Compliance Reviews

by Polsinelli on

Embraer SA, Brazil's flagship aerospace manufacturer and a worldwide competitor across various aviation markets, experienced first-hand the scope and reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Embraer agreed to pay...more

Enforcement at the Gates: SEC Action against Big Four Firm and New International Standards Highlight the Role of Accountants as...

In late September 2016, Andrew Ceresney, Director of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), signaled the SEC’s renewed focus on the key role played by audit committee members and external auditors as...more

White-collar crimes: companies could soon be held accountable

by Dentons on

Proposals for a new criminal finance bill will, if implemented, hold company boards criminally responsible for offences such as money-laundering and false accounting committed by their employees. This is a move that is being...more

SEC Position on SOX 304 Clawbacks Adopted by Ninth Circuit

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Under Section 304 of the Sarbanes Oxley Act the Commission can seek to clawback certain discretionary CEO and CFO compensation and trading profits if there is a restatement of the issuer’s financial statements based on...more

Court of Appeal Confirms Judges May Weigh Evidence on Leave Motions in Secondary Market Securities Class Actions

by Dentons on

Summary In Mask v. Silvercorp Metals Inc., the Court of Appeal for Ontario upheld a decision refusing leave to commence an action for secondary market misrepresentation under section 138.8 of the Ontario Securities Act (the...more

SEC Awards Culpable Whistleblower $22 Million

The SEC announced the award of more than $22 million to a whistleblower whose detailed tip and extensive assistance helped the agency halt a well-hidden fraud at the company where the whistleblower worked. The $22...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.31.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Continual rejections worked for Hershey in fending off Mondelez’s takeover bid. The Deal Professor thinks that Tronc faces considerable risks in following the same strategy with Gannett’s repeated overtures....more

DOJ and SEC Collect $22 Million from LAN Airlines for Conduct in Resolving Labor Dispute

by Michael Volkov on

Last week, the Justice Department and the SEC announced parallel FCPA settlements totaling $22 million in fines, penalties and disgorgement against LAN Airlines, a Chile-based airline, for conduct in resolving a labor dispute...more

Employee Embezzlement: 4 Tell-Tale Signs

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Having started as a bookkeeper and worked his way (fifteen years later) to become controller of the Bunz in the Oven family owned business, Swendoll Hugh felt underpaid and under-appreciated by Bertha Bunz and her highly...more

SEC – Phoenix Settle Accounting Errors Action

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Financial reporting cases are a key focus of SEC enforcement. In some instances the actions result from fraudulent schemes such as those where executives falsify the numbers to obtain a bonus. In other instances the actions...more

The SEC’s Return to Accounting Fraud Enforcement

by Michael Volkov on

Just like the ups and downs of the business cycle, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases follow an up and down trend as well. For example, during the financial crisis, SEC enforcement of accounting fraud cases took a back...more

California Federal Court Holds That U.S. Securities Laws Do Not Apply to Unsponsored, Unlisted ADRs

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California held on May 20, 2016 that the federal securities laws do not apply to U.S. transactions in unlisted, unsponsored American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) for a foreign...more

The Demise of Valeant Pharmaceuticals: A Case Study in Rotten Culture and Business Ethics

by Michael Volkov on

Showing my age again, Woody Allen’s Take the Money and Run included a hilarious scene when Woody’s parents wearing Groucho Marx glasses talk about their criminal son (Woody/Virgil Starkwell), his dad exclaimed “He’s rotten,...more

Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter

by Fenwick & West LLP on

SEC Enforcement Trends for 2016 - Welcome to the latest edition of Fenwick and West’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement Newsletter. In this newsletter, we look at SEC enforcement trends for 2016, starting with a...more

Trending in 2016: Financial Fraud Predictions

Financial fraud can destroy shareholder value and seriously damage the reputations of organisations. What will 2016 hold when it comes to trends in financial fraud?...more

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