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Gabelli v. SEC: The Supreme Court Limits the Statute of Limitations for SEC Actions

In a recent unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) has five years from the date when an alleged fraud begins – not from the date when the SEC uncovers the fraud – to...more

Supreme Court Denies SEC Extra Time to Bring Enforcement Actions for Civil Penalties

The US Supreme Court recently held that the Securities and Exchange Commission has five years from the date an alleged fraud occurs, not from the date of its discovery, to bring an enforcement action for civil penalties....more

Supreme Court Update: Two Securities Law Decisions This Week, and Another to Come

The United States Supreme Court has taken a keen interest in the securities arena this current term, agreeing to hear at least three cases (of only approximately 70 in total). This week, the Supreme Court announced decisions...more

Supreme Court Knocks Out Last Prop of OSHA Rule on Statute of Limitations

On February 27, 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States in Gabelli v. SEC unanimously disapproved of the so-called discovery rule for postponing the running of a statute of limitations when a federal government agency...more

Supreme Court Rules SEC Has Five Years to Seek Penalties

In an important decision, the Supreme Court held that the SEC has five years from when a fraud occurred to file an action to seek civil penalties. Although the ruling was limited to civil penalties, the decision might prompt...more

Supreme Court Adopts Strict Interpretation of the Statute of Limitations for SEC Civil Penalty Enforcement Actions

On February 27, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously adopted a strict interpretation of the five-year period in which the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) may seek to impose a civil penalty on a...more

Supreme Court: Statute of Limitations in SEC Fraud Cases Begins to Run When Fraud Occurs, not When Discovered

The Supreme Court today ruled that in an SEC action to recover civil penalties, the five-year statute of limitations begins to run when fraud occurs, not when it is discovered. The Court held in Gabelli et al. v. Securities...more

"Supreme Court Rejects Discovery Rule on Statute of Limitations for SEC Civil Penalty Enforcement Actions"

Gabelli v. Sec. & Exch. Comm'n, No. 11-1274 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013) - In a unanimous opinion authored by Chief Justice Roberts, the U.S. Supreme Court today held that the five-year limitations period that governs SEC...more

Death and Taxes? Recent Supreme Court Arguments in Gabelli v. SEC Concerning a General Statute of Limitations for Civil Fines May...

On January 8, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Gabelli v. S.E.C., 133 S. Ct. 97 (2012) on the question: By when must the government initiate an action to enforce a civil fine, penalty, or...more

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