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Market Manipulation Enforcement Actions

"Southern District Decision Highlights Challenges for Private Litigants Pursuing Manipulation Claims Under the CEA"

The U.S. District Court in the Southern District of New York recently dismissed a class action lawsuit alleging that Total, S.A., Total Gas & Power North America, Inc., and Total Gas & Power Limited (collectively, “Total”)...more

Acting (and Potentially Permanent) CFTC Chairman Warns of “Aggressive and Assertive Enforcement Action by the CFTC Under the Trump...

In remarks before the International Futures Industry Conference, Acting Chairman J. Christopher Giancarlo—who was just nominated by President Trump to be permanent Chairman—talked about the future of the Commodity Futures...more

SEC Charges Trader, Broker In Spoofing – Cross-Market Manipulation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s latest market manipulation action centers on a foreign trading firm with an undisclosed owner and a U.S. broker-dealer where the undisclosed owner was imbedded as a registered representative, facilitating the...more

As Agency Enforcement Efforts Mount, CFTC Prohibits Private Lawsuits Against RTOs/ISOs for Market Manipulation

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Incidents of alleged fraud and market manipulation in the energy markets increasingly have received the attention of federal agency enforcement efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the...more

"Skadden Energy Law Handbook: Fourth Edition (November 2016)"

Skadden’s Energy Regulation and Litigation Group is pleased to provide the fourth edition of the Skadden Energy Law Handbook, which includes a summary of recent developments. The handbook contains 16 chapters covering a broad...more

Three Dozen States Sue Makers of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications for Antitrust

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With opioid abuse continuing to dominate national headlines, manufacturers of opioid overdose medications are facing intense scrutiny over pricing practices that threaten (or those perceived as threatening) public...more

Do Not Pass Go: FERC Administrative Proceedings Remain First Stop for Market Manipulation Claims under the Natural Gas Act

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

Fraud and energy market manipulation have remained priorities of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Office of Enforcement (OE) over the past several years. The agency has ramped up its investigative efforts, reporting...more

Recent FERC Settlements Demonstrate Agency’s Continued Pursuit of Individual Trader Liability—But Also Include Rare Downward...

Key Points - - FERC continues to focus on “related-position” manipulation cases—this time involving bidweek trading to influence the value of related financial positions. - FERC aggressively pursues market...more

SEC Overrules Its Own Administrative Law Judge to Clear Customer of Fraud Charges

In a rare reversal of its own administrative law judge in the Matter of optionsXpress, the full Securities and Exchange Commission unanimously held that the SEC’s Enforcement Division had not met its burden of proof that the...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - August 2016

by Morgan Lewis on

The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and expanded reporting,...more

FERC Civil Penalties May Be Subject to Full Judicial Review

by Reed Smith on

A Federal District Court recently held that a proposed civil penalty assessed by FERC was subject to a full trial de novo where the respondent elects to forego a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge, a matter of first...more

Federal Court Grants Full Civil Trial to FERC Enforcement Target

by Morgan Lewis on

The decision will likely affect the strategies of enforcement targets in electric market manipulation cases. For the first time, a federal district judge has held that a review of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s...more

FERC v. Maxim Power Corp. - Court Rejects FERC's Interpretation of Penalty Review Procedures; Respondents To Have Their Day In...

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In a July 21, 2016 order, a federal district court for the first time in a FERC enforcement matter held that review of an assessed civil penalty pursuant to Section 31(d)(3) of the Federal Power Act (“FPA”) entails an...more

After Favorable LIBOR Ruling from the Second Circuit, Investors Now Allege Anticompetitive SIBOR Manipulation

On July 5, 2016, investors filed a federal class action in the Southern District of New York alleging defendant banks had manipulated the Singapore Interbank Offered Rate (SIBOR) “and/or” Singapore Swap Offer Rate (SOR)...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

A putative class action filed last week is accusing 25 prominent banks—including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays—of “conspiring to rig the market for securities” sold by the US Treasury in their roles as primary...more

FERC Issues Order Assessing Civil Penalties Against ETRACOM

On Friday, June 17, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (the “Commission”) issued an Order Assessing Civil Penalties against ETRACOM LLC (“ETRACOM”) and ETRACOM’s founding member and majority owner, Michael...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

FERC assesses Coaltrain penalties

by PretiFlaherty on

U.S. energy regulators have issued an order assessing $38 million in civil penalties for alleged energy market manipulation, plus disgorgement of unjust profits. The case involves Coaltrain Energy, L.P., two of its...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

In a holiday shortened week the Commission brought actions centered on: a transfer agent and one of its owners who conducted a fraudulent offering for another company and then sold unregistered shares into the market; a...more

Autorité des marchés financiers Securities Enforcement Trends and What’s Ahead for 2016

Securities enforcement activities in Canada are overseen by several agencies, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

SEC Complaint: How To Create A Manipulation Vehicle

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Microcap fraud has long been a focus of SEC enforcement. Many of the cases start with a public shell followed by a reverse merger in which the promoters end up with large portions of the stock. The transaction culminated with...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission prevailed at trial in a market manipulation case. The trial followed a series of settlements and a grant of summary judgment in the Commission’s favor as to one defendant. The remaining defendant, a former NFL...more

Long-Awaited Decision is a Mixed Result for Litigants Battling FERC Enforcement Actions in Federal Court

Individuals and organizations litigating the imposition of civil penalties by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC” or “Commission”) under its anti-manipulation authority in federal court received another opinion...more

FERC approves Berkshire Power settlement

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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

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