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Municipal Bonds Securities Fraud

SEC Continues Public Finance Enforcement Agenda Two Recent Cases Filed

Just in the last weeks of August, the Public Finance Abuse Unit of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced settlements of securities fraud actions involving a city, an underwriter, a...more

Bond Fraud Trial Shows Need to Scrutinize Municipal Revenue Generation

Ramapo, N.Y., Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence is in the middle of a multi-week trial on two dozen securities fraud charges stemming from municipal bond issuances and accounting practices in Ramapo, a Rockland County...more

Guilty Plea Entered for Municipal Securities Fraud

by Locke Lord LLP on

In an April 2016 Quick Study, we reported the criminal action brought by the U.S. Department of Justice against two former municipal officials of the Town of Ramapo, New York for securities fraud involving the issuance of...more

Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud Trials

The materiality of misrepresentations and omissions in securities fraud litigation is a complex but critical issue. For several reasons, defendants sometimes give this element of a securities claim less at tention than it...more

The SEC Wins First Jury Trial in a Muni Case: SEC v. City of Miami and Michael Boudreaux

In what the SEC called “the first federal jury trial by the SEC against a municipality or one of its officers for violations of the federal securities laws,” a jury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

September 30th Madness dominated this week. The drive for stats was evident as the Commission stacked up cases like cord wood at a pace seldom seen. Twenty-two municipal bond actions were filed in one swoop; an insider...more

SEC Sanctions Senior Executives Of Failed Clearing Broker

On September 17, 2015, the SEC announced charges against several senior executives of Penson Financial Services Inc., once the second-largest clearing broker-dealer in the country, and its parent corporation, Penson...more

SEC Introduces “Control Person” Liability as Enforcement Action Weapon in Claim Against Municipal Officer for Misleading Bond...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently settled the first securities fraud charges brought against a municipal official alleging “control person” status under the federal securities laws. The SEC’s settlement...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

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

Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

SEC charges municipal bond issuer and underwriter with defrauding investors

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a municipal bond issuer with securities fraud for falsely claiming that it was compliant with annual disclosure obligations....more

Miami Is Latest Target of SEC Municipal Market Enforcement Actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently filed an enforcement action in federal court against the City of Miami (City) and its former budget director alleging securities fraud in connection with the City’s 2007...more

SEC Charges City of Harrisburg with Fraud

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On Monday, May 6, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the city of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with securities fraud "for its misleading public statements when its financial condition was deteriorating and...more

SEC Charges Municipal Bond Issuer with Securities Fraud for Misleading Statements on Issuer’s Website

For the first time, the Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a municipality with securities fraud for misleading statements made outside of the municipality's securities disclosure documents....more

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