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SEC Sanctions Audit Firm, Partner Tied to Custody Rule

Custody Rule cases are rapidly becoming a staple of SEC enforcement. Rule 206(4)-2 requires registered investment advisers with custody of client funds or securities to implement certain controls to protect those assets....more

SEC Affirms Sanctions on Stanford’s CCO

The SEC recently affirmed its ALJ’s ruling barring Alan Stanford’s former CCO from the industry and ordering monetary penalties of $260,000 together with $591,992 in disgorgement. The Commission held the CCO approved false...more

Forex Investment Scheme Results in Criminal Charges

Investment fund fraud and Ponzi schemes have become a staple of SEC enforcement. The investment fraud schemes often cross from securities into other areas such as the currency markets. In such instances either the CFTC or the...more

SEC Settles With Apple Stock Day Trader

Apple stock is well known and popular among investors. It is also attractive to fraudsters who focus on the high tech giant’s shares for schemes. One scheme, for example, brought down New York brokerage Rochdale Securities...more

Never Say Never, And Other Lessons from Kanye

We didn’t comment when Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards. And we’ve stayed silent during his other controversies. But when Kanye gets sued over false advertising, we can stay silent no longer....more

SEC Prevails At Trial Over Former Professional Athlete

Sometimes is does not pay to be the last man standing – particularly in a Commission enforcement action. Such was the fate of former NFL player and Olympic athlete Willie Gault. SEC v. Heart Tronics, Inc., Case No....more

PHH Mortgage Attacks the CFPB: Will the Bureau Become a Commission?

On April 12, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit heard arguments in PHH Mortgage’s appeal of a $109,000,000 disgorgement order by the CFPB. The CFPB found PHH had illegally referred consumers to mortgage insurers...more

D.C. Circuit Appears Poised to Overturn First CFPB Enforcement Action to Reach the Court: Five Key Takeaways From Yesterday’s Oral...

Major financial firms almost never litigate with their regulators. As a result, regulators often take aggressive enforcement positions with little fear of judicial scrutiny. That’s been especially true for the Consumer...more

D.C. Circuit Judge Expresses Concern That CFPB Concentrates “Huge Power” in Single Director

Yesterday’s oral argument in the CFPB v. PHH Corporation appeal included sharp questioning about the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) single-director structure, which the parties agreed...more

Former Texas AG, Computer Company Charged by SEC With Fraud

A former Texas Attorney General and state representative combined with others at a computer firm to promote the shares of the company which claimed to compete with Dell, Apple and others. About $26 million in stock was sold...more

SEC Charges Biotech Company and Its Officers with Misleading Investors by Failing to Disclose FDA Concerns and Recommendations

On March 29, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against a biotech company and three of its officers for securities fraud. The company has agreed to pay $4 million to resolve the charges...more

DOJ Launches FCPA Pilot Program to Encourage Corporate Voluntary Disclosure and Cooperation

On April 5, 2016, the Fraud Section of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Criminal Division issued an enforcement plan and guidance (the Guidance) laying out three steps it is taking to intensify Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

DOJ Announces One-Year FCPA Enforcement Pilot Program

The U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) Criminal Division yesterday announced that its Fraud Section’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) Unit is conducting a one-year FCPA enforcement pilot program (“Program”). A company...more

EB-5 Program Update – SEC Orders $3.2 Million in Disgorgement Against Unregistered Broker-Dealers

So you want to use the government’s EB-5 Immigrant Investor Program (“EB-5 Program”) to raise cash? Be aware that the SEC will be looking over your shoulder to determine whether you are acting as an unregistered broker-dealer...more

FERC approves Berkshire Power settlement

Federal energy regulators have approved a stipulation and consent agreement under which two companies admit violations of the Federal Power Act and regulations prohibiting energy market manipulation. The case involves...more

Thirteen Observations About the SEC’s Enforcement Program

Over the last two months, the SEC issued two reports that provide useful perspectives on its enforcement program. In February, it issued the combined 136-page “FY 2017 Congressional Justification & FY 2015 Annual Performance...more

SEC Partially Settles Pump-and-Dump Manipulation Case

Pump- and-dump schemes keyed to microcap stocks seem to be the flavor of the week. On Friday the mastermind of an international market manipulation scheme was sentenced to serve 18 years in prison. U.S. v. Gallison,...more

SEC Files Another Insider Trading Administrative Proceeding

The SEC filed another settled insider trading action as an administrative proceeding. The Commission has increasingly been filing insider trading cases in an administrative forum this year. In the Matter of Eric J. Wolff,...more

Tippee of Broker Resolves Insider Trading Charges with SEC

The SEC filed its second action tied to illegal tipping by brokerage firm registered representative Kevin Dowd. The first was SEC v. Dowd, Civil Action No. 3:13-cv-00494 (D. N.J. ) filed in January 2013. The second is SEC v....more

Court Holds that Disgorgement Award for Breach of Fiduciary Duty Was Neither Punitive Nor Excessive and that Exemplary Damages...

A court of appeals recently issued an opinion rejecting a fiduciary’s claims regarding the excessiveness of the trial court’s judgment that awarded disgorgement and exemplary damages. In Swinnea v. ERI Consulting Engineers,...more

SEC Partially Resolves One Action, Concludes Another

The SEC announced the partial resolution of one action last week and the conclusion of another. One centered on the collapse of Dewey & LeBoeuf, LLP. The other concluded an insider trading action involving inside information...more

Pay-to-Play: FINRA Requests SEC Approval of Proposal to Regulate Political Contributions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently published for comments rules proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”) and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (“MSRB”) to regulate...more

SEC Wins Jury Verdict in Insider Trading Case

The SEC prevailed at trial, winning a jury verdict is an unusual insider trading case against a former Capital One Financial Corporation employee. SEC v. Huang, Civil Action No. 15-cv-269 (E.D. Pa. Filed Jan. 22, 2015)....more

SEC Brings Another Insider Trading Administrative Proceeding

The SEC filed another settled insider trading action, charging a corporate executive. The action is not remarkable and is straight forward. What makes it noteworthy, however, is that the case is the fourth insider trading...more

Alert: Top 10 Antitrust Developments and Trends to Watch in 2016

Attention in the US during 2016 will be on the presidential campaign, and the election in November will bring a change in the "antitrust guard" at the top of the DOJ and FTC – even if a Democrat wins – that will drive the...more

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