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Court Finds SEC Administrative Proceeding Constitutional

Section 929P(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act provides that the SEC’s authority in administrative penalty proceedings is “coextensive” with its authority to seek penalties in federal court. The plaintiff in Bebo v SEC argued the...more

The Marx Brothers Mirror Scene: Absurdity and Comments by a SEC Commissioner

I continue my Marx Brothers’ themed week by today looking at what I and many others believe to be their most cherished routine: the Mirror Scene. Danny Leigh, in his article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “Souped-up...more

The Power of the Press Release II: A Suggestion For Heightened Scrutiny of Governmental Prosecutorial Pre-trial Public...

In Russell G. Ryan’s recent thoughtful article in the Wall Street Journal entitled “Get the SEC Out Of The PR Business,” he raised several issues that resonate well beyond the practices of the SEC and into the world of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

FCPA enforcement was the focus this first week of the new year. The DOJ brought FCPA and Travel Act charges against an individual alleged to have repeatedly bribed an official of the European Bank of Reconstruction and...more

SEC Use of Administrative Proceedings Challenged Again

The SEC was granted authority in the Dodd-Frank Act to initiate administrative proceedings against non-regulated persons. In those proceedings the full range of remedies are available – a cease-and-desist order, disgorgement,...more

There’s No Place Like Home: SEC Increasingly Uses Administrative Proceedings

Stung by adverse court rulings in some of its enforcement cases, the SEC is bringing more of those cases in its own forum—an SEC administrative proceeding. ...more

Another Constitutional Challenge to SEC Administrative Forum

The drumbeats of discontent grow louder against the SEC’s more frequent use of its internal administrative forum for enforcement cases. I wrote about the current spate of Constitutional challenges to the agency’s forum in an...more

New York Federal Court Holds SEC’s FCPA Enforcement Theory “Far Too Attenuated” For Jurisdiction

On February 19, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York held that the SEC’s allegations of personal jurisdiction over a former CEO of Siemens’ Argentinian subsidiary – a German citizen with no direct...more

Limiting The FCPA’s Reach — Squaring Two Recent Decisions

You can always count on the FCPA paparazzi. When things are quiet in the FCPA world, they will take a mountain and turn it into a molehill. They have nothing better to write about; they have nothing better to focus on then...more

Californians Like To Whistle While They Work

California Ranked No. 1! The staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission recently released the 2012 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. It turns out that California leads the other states in...more

Lawyers Ask Federal Court to Strike Down Sarbanes Oxley 304 Clawbacks as Applied to Innocent Executive

On July 13, 2012, two defendants in an SEC enforcement action moved to dismiss the SEC's complaint, in part on the grounds that Section 304 of SOX was unconstitutional as applied to them. According to the complaint, the SEC...more

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