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Supreme Court Likely To Decide Whether To Hear SEC ALJ Issue This Term

As the U.S. Supreme Court commenced a new term last week, one issue of substantial interest to many readers of this blog is whether the Court will address the constitutionality of the Securities & Exchange Commission’s use of...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Three Securities Cases

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Three securities cases are on the docket as the new Supreme Court Term opens on the first Monday of October. A fourth significant action is pending certiorari....more

Fifth Circuit Joins Tenth Circuit, Holding that Federal ALJs are Subject to Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution

On September 7, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit granted a stay of a Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) order, following a hearing conducted by an agency administrative law judge (ALJ), assessing a...more

5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

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In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

SEC ALJs Before the Supreme Court: Will the Court Take The Issue?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The validity of the SEC ALJs’ under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause is a critical issue the Supreme Court is considering for addition to its docket this term which will begin on the first Monday in October. Petition...more

Funds Talk: August 2017 - D.C. Circuit Decision Creates Split on SEC’s Use of Administrative Law Judges

On June 26, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel that determined that Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative...more

Lucia appeals D.C. Circuit ruling to Supreme Court

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 21, 2017, an investment adviser sought review by the Supreme Court of the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in Lucia that allowed to stand a district court decision holding that SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are...more

SEC Sustains Dismissal of Wells Fargo Insider Trading Case

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The rash of lawsuits challenging the SEC’s venue selection decisions may ultimately end with the Supreme Court reviewing the propriety of the retention process for Commission ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause...more

En banc D.C. Circuit Split Leaves Intact Panel Ruling That SEC ALJs Are Not Inferior Officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia, which held...more

Circuit Split Cries Out for Supreme Court Review - Have SEC ALJs been operating contrary to the U.S. Constitution?

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals’ earlier decision in Lucia v. SEC that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges (ALJs) are employees who are not subject to the Appointments...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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The Supreme Court concluded that the three year limitation period for bringing suits based on Section 11 of the Securities Act is a statute of repose – it cannot be extended. The High Court also agreed to hear next term a...more

In Split 5-to-5 Decision, En Banc D.C. Circuit Denies Petition for Review in Lucia v. SEC

On June 26, 2017, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit that determined that SEC administrative law judges...more

D.C. Circuit Considers Reversal of Earlier Decision and May Declare SEC Administrative Law Judges Inferior Officers Subject to...

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Wednesday, May 24, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, sitting en banc, heard arguments in Raymond J. Lucia Cos. v. SEC, a case in which it is tasked with deciding whether the...more

SEC Stays ALJ Cases Subject to 10th Circuit Review

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On Monday, May 22, the SEC stayed all its administrative proceedings assigned to an ALJ in which a Respondent has an option for review by the 10th Circuit. (Securities laws provide appellate review of SEC administrative...more

SEC Enforcement, ALJs and the Appointments Clause – Part II

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the second of two articles reviewing the arguments of the parties in SEC v Raymond J. Lucia Companies, Inc., v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 15-1345 (D.C. Cir. Argument May 24, 2017). In that case the en...more

SEC Enforcement, ALJs and the Appointments Clause

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The future of the SEC’s administrative enforcement process and, in particular its Administrative Law Judges, will be the focus of the D.C. Circuit this week as the Court, sitting en banc to hear oral argument in SEC v Raymond...more

Circuits Split Over Constitutionality of SEC’s Administrative Law Judges

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, in Bandimere v. SEC, recently held that the SEC’s administrative law judges (ALJs) are “inferior officers” whose appointments violate the Appointments Clause of the U.S. Constitution...more

Hold the Phone: SEC Takes One Last Stand Before the Tenth Circuit regarding the Constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law...

Last week, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission filed a petition for rehearing en banc with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, imploring the court to reconsider a divided panel’s ruling on the...more

Trump May Not be the Only Catalyst for Administrative Reform

by Bryan Cave on

In the past few months, there has been a lot of speculation regarding the future of many administrative agencies under Trump’s administration. However, two current cases pending in the D.C. Circuit have the potential to have...more

Court Grants CFPB's Petition for Rehearing in PHH

The D.C. Circuit has vacated its prior order in PHH Corporation v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ordered the matter be reheard en banc. The parties have been specifically asked to address the following issues in...more

D.C. Circuit grants CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in PHH case

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D.C. Circuit has entered an order granting the CFPB’s petition for rehearing en banc in the PHH case.  Because the order was issued per curiam, it does not indicate which of the active judges voted to grant the petition...more

Antennas up, Employers: Are ALJs History?

by Burr & Forman on

The Supreme Court of the United States is, of course, known for landmark decisions affecting the lives of Americans. When we hear "SCOTUS" we think of famous civil rights cases such as Marbury v. Madison, (1803) which...more

2016 Year In Review: Securities Litigation And Regulation

2016 was an active year in securities litigation. In the first half of 2016 alone, plaintiffs filed 119 new federal class action securities cases. It was also a busy year for SEC enforcement proceedings, with a record 868...more

To Be or Not To Be: The SEC Administrative Court — Are They Constitutional or Not

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Seyfarth Synopsis: What, if any, steps the government will take to appeal the Tenth Circuit’s Bandimer’s decision remains to be seen. The government may elect to petition the entire Tenth Circuit to hear the case en banc. Or...more

Tenth Circuit Creates Circuit Split on the Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Law Judges

by BakerHostetler on

On December 27, 2016, a divided panel of the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals found the SEC’s use of administrative law judges (“ALJs”) unconstitutional, setting aside an ALJ’s administrative order finding David F. Bandimere...more

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