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This Week In Securities Litigation

In a week that began with a focus on the election and ended with the commemoration of veterans day, the SEC brought a series of actions including: one that centered on the sale of unregistered securities in the form of binary...more

Law Enforcement Thwarts Sovereign Freeman

Copyrighting their names, “signing” with red thumbprints – we’ve seen some unusual court filings from unique individuals. But one person has apparently gone too far. It can be incredibly frustrating for a lender when a...more

Supreme Court Considers the Necessary Intent for Bank Fraud

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral argument (on October 4) in Shaw v. U.S., a case that will allow the Justices to decide whether proving a scheme to defraud a bank in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1344(1) requires proving...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

As the government fiscal year draws to an end, the Commission filed a series of enforcement actions. Those included two insider trading cases, an action alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions, another against a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the two weeks spanning the Labor Day weekend, the Commission continued bring cases arising from its inspection program. Two new actions alleging inadequate procedures regarding the disclosure of additional trading away...more

Missing Millions, An Armored Car Conspiracy, And A Fraudulent Connecticut Insurance Application

In determining whether or not to provide insurance to a particular applicant, one thing that insurance companies typically rely on is the insurance application submitted by the prospective insured. The application is designed...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2016

Eye on the Supreme Court—Corruption and Fraud Edition - Why it matters: This session, the Supreme Court has undertaken the review of numerous cases that raise thorny issues arising in the white collar context. In our...more

Mens Rea in Bank Fraud? U.S. Supreme Court to Decide

In April the U.S. Supreme Court announced its plan to take a new case involving the relevance of intent in bank fraud. In the fall the Supreme Court will rule in Shaw v. United States whether prosecutors are required to prove...more

Bank Fraud Statute Returns to Supreme Court

Does the federal bank fraud statute require proof of an intent to deceive a bank as well as cheat it out of some of its funds? What happened - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to answer this question in Shaw v....more

Tackling a Panamanian Money Laundering Organization: OFAC Sanctions the Waked Money Laundering Organization, Colombia Arrests the...

OFAC Sanctions - On May 5, 2016, the U.S. Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced sanctions against 77 entities and individuals associated with the Waked Money Laundering Organization...more

Supreme Court To Resolve Circuit Split Over Bank Fraud Statute

On Monday April 25, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in United States v. Shaw, a closely watched case out of the Ninth Circuit addressing the bank fraud statute, 18 U.S.C. § 1344. That statute has two subsections,...more

Financial Conduct Authority Bans Trader for LIBOR-Related Misconduct Based on US Criminal Conviction

The Financial Conduct Authority issued a final notice against Michael Rose Curtler prohibiting him from performing any function in relation to any regulated activity carried on by a UK authorized firm. This final notice arose...more

Developer Facing 230-Year Sentence Illustrates Necessity of Full and Accurate Disclosure

Demonstrating the importance of full and accurate disclosure, a Chicago commercial real estate developer faces a maximum sentence of 230 years in prison for misrepresenting his company’s finances. After a two-week trial, on...more

Wendy’s Investigating Possible Credit Card Breach; Industry Watchers Weigh In On Renewed Call For Federal Action To Protect...

Fast-food chain Wendy’s announced recently that it has been investigating claims of a possible credit card breach at some restaurant locations following reports from banking industry sources of unusual payment activity and a...more

SEC Partially Settles Another Market Crisis Banking Fraud Action

While the market crisis ended years ago, the SEC continues to bring cases relating to the period. Now the Commission has filed a partially settled case against eleven executives of Superior Bank and its holding company based...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The DOJ reiterated its Yates policy this week under which cooperation credit is conditioned on furnishing the Department with the identity of individuals involved in corporate wrongdoing. Officials also noted that part of...more

SEC Prevails on Summary Judgment in Prime Bank Fraud Action

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment in an action against Brett Cooper and his related companies centered on three fraudulent schemes. SEC v. Cooper, Civil Action No. 1:13-cv-05781 (D.N.J. ). The first, according to the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on two summary judgment motions. One centered on a manipulation action. The other was against an attorney who facilitated a prime bank fraud. The Commission also filed: An action against UBS tied to its...more

SEC Wins Summary Judgment In Two Fraud Actions

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment motions in two fraud actions. One is a pump-and-dump manipulation scheme. The other is a prime bank fraud. First, SEC v. Farmer, Civil Action No. 4:14-cv-02345 (S.D. Tx. Filed August 14,...more

New York Court Narrowly Construes “Final Judgment” Language In Fraud Exclusion: Does Your D&O Policy Protect You Through An...

The New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department’s June 23 decision in Dupree v. Scottsdale Ins. Co., Case No. 653412-11, highlights the importance of negotiating favorable language in a fraud exclusion, a...more

Sixth Circuit Changes Course on Proof Required to Show Protected Whistleblower Activity Under SOX

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who engage in “protected activity.” To engage in protected activity under SOX, the whistleblower must provide information to the Securities...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 23

In This Issue: - Meeting of the SEC Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies - FINRA Requests Comment on a Proposed Rule to Require Delivery of an Educational Communication to Customers of a Transferring...more

DOJ Announces Two More ‘Operation Choke Point’ Settlements

With the recent announcement by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it had settled separate lawsuits against two small banks charged with facilitating consumer fraud through their relationships with third-party payment...more

California Lawyer 2015 Roundtable Series: White-Collar Defense

The latest developments in white-collar criminal law include a gamechanging decision on insider trading, new sentencing guidelines for fraud convictions, more options for filing charges under the bank fraud statutes, and a...more

Two Criminal Investment Fund Fraud Actions

Despite massive publicity and numerous cases by enforcement authorities, investment fund fraud actions continue to be a staple of the SEC, CFTC and the DOJ. In case after case investors are convinced to part with their hard...more

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