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Bridging the Week - November 2014 #4

Broker-Dealer and Two Senior Officers Fined US $2.5 Million for Market Access Violations - Wedbush Securities Inc. and two senior officers resolved an enforcement action previously filed against them during June 2014...more

SEC’s Authority to Interpret the Securities Laws Comes Under Fire in Criminal Enforcement

A recent statement by Justice Antonin Scalia accompanying the Supreme Court’s denial of certiorari in a criminal insider trading case raises fundamental questions about how the courts interpret the federal securities laws and...more

SEC Files Settled Insider Trading Case In District Court

After bringing a series of insider trading cases as administrative proceedings in recent weeks, the Commission returned to its more traditional approach. The agency filed settled insider trading charges against a CEO and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another settled FCPA action this week. The proceeding named two U.S. citizens living abroad as Respondents. The DOJ issued an Opinion discussing successor liability....more

Scalia & Thomas Look to Take on SEC’s Insider-Trading Theory

In an unusual three-page concurrence to a November 10 cert denial, Justice Scalia (joined by Justice Thomas) virtually called for a case that would subject the SEC’s insider-trading interpretations to scrutiny. Because courts...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Supreme Court Justices Scalia and Thomas indicated that the High Court may at some point consider a question regarding the application of insider trading law in criminal cases and the deference due, if any, to the...more

SEC Charges Ex-Compliance Officer with Altering Documents

Government regulators have been increasingly willing to hold individuals personally liable for their role in compliance failures. Therefore, it is no surprise that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently brought...more

Raj Rajaratnam Appeals $92 Million Civil Fine to Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Convicted investment fund founder Raj Rajaratnam filed an appeal of his Securities and Exchange Commission case in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that the district court improperly sought...more

SEC Charges Former Pharmaceutical Executive and Close Friend With Insider Trading

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently charged a former pharmaceutical company executive and his longtime friend with insider trading, alleging that the friend generated more than $1 million in illicit profits by...more

SEC Brings Its Sixth Insider Trading Action As An Administrative Proceeding Since September

The SEC is clearly bringing more cases as administrative proceedings. To be sure, many of its “broken windows” actions are brought in that forum. At the same time, it is brining other cases which are traditionally brought as...more

SEC Obtains Over $4 Billion for Securities Violations in 2014

Following the end of its fiscal year on September 30, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported that FY 2014 was notable not only for the record number of enforcement actions filed, but for the wide range of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

This week the SEC and the DOJ filed a settled FCPA action. The disgorgement paid by the issuer put the case at number ten on the list for the largest such amounts paid in an SEC FCPA case....more

SEC Files Another Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Action

The SEC continued what appears to be a growing trend of bringing insider trading cases as administrative proceedings. Since the beginning of September the Commission has filed at least four insider trading actions as...more

Wolst v. Monster Beverage Corp., C.A. No. 9154-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 3, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery entered judgment against a stockholder seeking books and records related to the denial of her demand that Monster Beverage Corporation bring litigation related to alleged insider...more

SEC Announces Record Number of Enforcement Actions in FY 2014

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided a summary of its enforcement activities for its fiscal year 2014 (ending in September). The SEC announced that it brought a record 755 enforcement actions and...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

The SEC’s Carter’s, Inc. Investigation Yields Another Insider Trading Case

Carter’s, Inc. is the investigation that just keeps on generating cases. The investigation has yielded seven SEC actions charging insider trading and financial fraud. Hedge fund manager Stephen Slawson became the eight person...more

SEC – USAO Charge Trader In Analyst Insider Trading Case

Earlier this month the SEC brought an insider trading case against Zachary Zwerko, a financial analyst at a pharmaceutical company identified only as Pharma Co. SEC v. Zwerko, Civil Action No. CV 8181 (S.D.N.Y. Filed Oct. 10,...more

Should The SEC Ask What Would Blackstone Do?

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently trumpeted its enforcement successes for its 2014 fiscal year. For an agency dedicated to full disclosure, there were some notable omissions, including...more

Rengan Rajaratnam Settlement Exposes Weak Point in SEC’s Newish Admissions Policy

You remember Rengan Rajaratnam, right? He broke the S.D.N.Y.’s long streak of insider trading victories when a jury acquitted him in July. I wondered what the effect on his case with the SEC would be. Would he settle? ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Rengan Rajaratnam settled his insider trading case with the SEC this week, consenting to the entry of a permanent injunction and agreeing to pay disgorgement, prejudgment interest, a civil penalty and to be barred from the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #4

Editor’s Note: Bank Regulators Again Looking at Incentive Compensation and Excessive Risks. Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo and New York Federal Reserve President William Dudley spoke on October 20 at a...more

Delaware Chancery Rejects Books and Records Demand as Time-Barred

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently found that a shareholder’s demand for books and records was time-barred, as the alleged basis for a derivative action occurred nearly seven years ago and thus was well beyond any...more

Does SEC Gain an Advantage Bringing Insider Trading Cases in Home Court?

Following the loss of two high-profile insider trading cases, the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) is hoping to improve its chances in future actions by taking advantage of expanded administrative powers under the...more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #3

High-Frequency Trading Firm Pays US $1 Million for Serving Too Much “Gravy” on the Close From June to December 2009 - Athena Capital Research, LLC, a New York City-based high-frequency trading firm, settled charges...more

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