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Split Commission Can't Reverse Insider-Trading Dismissal

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Trader Joseph Ruggieri finally prevailed last week, when SEC Commissioners Stein and Piwowar split on whether Enforcement proved his four trades (in 2010-2011) were made on inside information....more

SEC and U.S. Attorney’s Office Bring Action Against Promoter of Bitcoin Store, Inc.

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On June 30, 2017, the SEC and the U.S. Attorney brought parallel civil and criminal fraud charges against Renwick Haddow, the owner of an unregistered broker-dealer entity named InCrowd Equity Inc., and two corporate entities...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Recently installed Chairman Jay Clayton delivered his first remarks this week, outlining his views for moving forward. The Chairman emphasized IPOs, market structure, assessing the impact and cost of regulations and cyber...more

Insider Trading, Research on Evading Detection Yields SEC, DOJ Charges

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Trying to cover-up illegal conduct can, and usually does, make the situation worse. A research engineer who used material non-public information obtained from his attorney wife to trade in advance of two acquisitions while...more

New SEC Chair Announces Guiding Principles

In remarks before the Economic Club of New York, new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton discussed eight guiding principles: Principle #1: The SEC’s mission is our touchstone. Investors and capital markets will suffer if the SEC...more

SEC Charges Boiler Room Operators With Fraud

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Since the price of oil declined from its once lofty numbers the oil industry has suffered. Yet those engaged in offerings securities supposedly to fund oil firms do not seem to have been impacted....more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

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REGULATORY UPDATE - Department of Labor (“DOL”) Fiduciary Rule Partially Goes into Effect - On June 9, 2017, after a near two month delay, the DOL’s controversial Fiduciary Rule (“the Rule”) became partially effective....more

Bridging the Week - July 2017

Trading Firm and Individual Trader Settle CFTC Allegations of Engaging in Wash Sales to Obtain Exchange Fee Rebates: Rosenthal Collins Capital Markets LLC (now named DV Trading LLC), a proprietary trading firm, settled...more

11th Circuit Rejects SEC Finding That Misstatements Are Material Despite Disclaimers

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“Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants” according to Justice Lewis Brandeis. That theme has long been one of the pillars of federal securities regulation....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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In a holiday shortened week the Commission filed four actions: One arose from the failure of an adviser who arranged a transaction between two managed funds to honor the terms promised to one fund; a second charged the sister...more

Anti-Corruption Digest - July 2017

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Welcome to Dorsey & Whitney’s monthly Anti-Corruption Digest. The Digest puts material regarding anti-corruption enforcement from around the world at your fingertips, keeping you ahead of critical events that impact global...more

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

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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

FCPA Digest - July 2017 - Recent Trends and Patterns in the Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

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Shearman & Sterling’s bi-annual Trends & Patterns in FCPA Enforcement report provides insightful analysis of recent enforcement trends and patterns in the US, the UK and elsewhere, as well as helpful guidance on emerging best...more

SEC Injunction Not Time-Barred – In This Case

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In Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529)(June 5, 2017) the Supreme Court held that the five year statute of limitations in Section 2462 of Title 28 applies to SEC claims for disgorgement because they are a penalty within the meaning of...more

Red Notice Newsletter - June 2017

ANTICORRUPTION DEVELOPMENTS - Linde Group Receives DOJ Declination Pursuant to FCPA Pilot Program - On June 16, 2017, German based chemical and gas company Linde Group’s American affiliates, Linde North America Inc....more

En banc D.C. Circuit split leaves intact the 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

Supreme Court Deals Blow to SEC By Applying Five-Year Statute of Limitations to Disgorgement Remedies in SEC Enforcement Actions

On June 5, 2017 the Supreme Court dealt a significant setback to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by limiting its power to extract ill-gotten profits from securities laws violators....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

Effective FCPA Compliance Programs: Building a Compliance Defense

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The classic 1957 American mystery film “Three Faces of Eve,” about a woman with multiple personalities, may well describe the approach taken by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Disgorgement Constitutes a Penalty – How Far Will the Argument Go?

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On June 5, 2017, Justice Sotomayor delivered the unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. SEC, 2017 U.S. LEXIS 3557 (June 5, 2017), holding that disgorgement collected by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) constitutes a...more

Kokesh May Lead to Lower Monetary Sanctions in SEC Enforcement Proceedings

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Kokesh v. SEC provides the defense bar with significant ammunition to argue for lower monetary sanctions in securities enforcement matters pending in federal district courts. In...more

Implications of the Supreme Court's Kokesh Decision

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Earlier this month, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously in Kokesh v. SEC that a claim for disgorgement arising from the violation of federal securities law constitutes a “penalty” for purposes of the general statute of...more

Learn from History or Repeat It: FCPA 2016 in Review

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We have never seen, and may well never see again, a year of FCPA corporate enforcements as we did in 2016. Combined, the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) initiated 27 corporate...more

Faulty New Computer System Results in SEC Bringing MD&A Related Charges

The SEC recently brought charges against the CEO and CFO of UTi Worldwide Inc. in a settled enforcement proceeding. The Company was engaged in multinational freight forwarding and logistics operations. In connection with its...more

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