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Three Point Shot - September 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

On August 25th, 2017, in a convincing knockout, a federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed dozens of lawsuits against Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather alleging Pacquiao's concealed shoulder injury impacted the quality of...more

What’s the current landscape for CFTC cryptocurrency regulation?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

As cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin enter the mainstream, entrepreneurs are exploring business models that may depend on compliance with regulatory constraints. This short article summarizes the cryptocurrency regulatory...more

Wild West No Longer: The SEC Brings Enforcement Actions Against Two Initial Coin Offerings

Ending months of speculation about when regulators would wade into the world of Bitcoin and other digital currencies, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) recently brought its first enforcement actions against...more

Bridging the Week - September 2017 #3

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

FCM Agrees to Pay US $2.5 Million CFTC Fine for Relying on Affiliate’s Purportedly Misleading Analysis of Block Trades for a CME Group Investigation: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated agreed to pay a fine of...more

Second Circuit Demonstrates the Difficulties in Withdrawing a Guilty Plea and Challenging a Below-Guidelines Sentence

In United States v. Rivernider, 13-4865, the Court (Livingston, J., Lynch, J. and Rakoff, D.J., sitting by designation) affirmed the judgment entered by the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut...more

CFTC and the Bitcoin Give and Take

by Goodwin on

Recently, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) granted LedgerX, LLC, registration as a derivatives clearing organization (“DCO”) under the Commodity Exchange Act, and with it, the right to clear fully...more

CFTC Files Its First Anti-Fraud Enforcement Action Involving Bitcoin

The CFTC filed a federal civil enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against Defendants Nicholas Gelfman, of Brooklyn, New York, and Gelfman Blueprint, Inc. (GBI), a New York...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed another in a series of actions against an investment adviser who put wrap fee program clients into more expensive mutual fund shares that benefited the adviser and disadvantaged the client. Two more...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber has picked a new CEO. Word emerged late yesterday that the board selected current Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi to take the helm. Khosrowshahi beat out high-powered execs like Jeff Immelt and Meg Whitman in assuming...more

Second Circuit Affirms Bankruptcy Court’s Nullification of Chapter 15 Debtor’s Sale of Claim Due to Woefully Inadequate Price

by Jones Day on

In the March/April 2013 edition of the Business Restructuring Review, we reported on an opinion by the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York concluding that a chapter 15 debtor’s sale of claims against...more

The “Pharma Bro” Trial—Who Really Won?

After a five-week trial, a jury of five men and seven women convicted notorious pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli of securities fraud on August 4, 2017. Shkreli had been charged with two counts of securities fraud,...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Cause for Denial of Criminal Justice Act Funds

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which an indigent defendant sought to obtain Criminal Justice Act (CJA) funds to retain an expert. The court denied the defendant access to CJA funds because the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission took the relatively unusual step of issuing an Exchange Act Section 21(a) report of an investigation last week. The report addressed the question of whether tokens issued by a firm using blockchain technology...more

No Fiduciary Duty Between Lead and Participants

by Bryan Cave on

A recent decision out of federal court arising out of litigation involving a Ponzi scheme has reinforced the principle that the lead in a loan participation does not owe a fiduciary duty to participants. The case of Finn v....more

Third-Party Injunction Precludes Securities Claims Against Alleged Madoff Co-Conspirators

On January 24, 2017, victims of Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme lost their appeal of a bankruptcy court decision barring them from suing an alleged Madoff co-conspirator because of a third-party injunction contained in a...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Even as the administration is mulling over withdrawing from the Paris Climate Accord, Exxon Mobil’s shareholders have voted to demand a more detailed accounting of the climate change policy risks facing the company—an...more

Blockchain Week in Review – April 2017 #2

by Perkins Coie on

Below is a summary of some of the significant legal and regulatory actions that occurred over the past week. This alert is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all such developments, but rather a selection of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Late last week, financial services company Raymond James agreed to resolve allegations of conspiring with the owner of several VT ski resorts (and others) in a Ponzi scheme targeting foreign investors through the EB-5...more

We Know What You Really Meant: Utah Court Holds that SEC Can Bring Extraterritorial Enforcement Action Based on Conduct or Effects...

A federal court in Utah recently held that the Securities and Exchange Commission may bring an enforcement action based on allegedly foreign securities transactions involving non-U.S. residents if sufficient conduct occurred...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - March 2017

DOJ's New Guidance for Evaluating Corporate Compliance Programs - Why it matters: On February 8, 2017, the DOJ released, to little fanfare, a new guidance document entitled "Evaluation of Corporate Compliance Programs."...more

The World in US Courts: Orrick's Quarterly Review of Decisions Applying US Law to Global Business and Cross-Border Activities

Alien Tort Statute (ATS)/Political Question Doctrine/Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act (FSIA)/ Act of State Doctrine - District Court Dismisses ATS Claim Where Alleged Conduct in US was not Directly Linked to Injuries...more

Chris Lazarini Discusses Dismissal of Madoff "Winner's" ERISA Claim

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case in which a pension fund, a "net winner" in the Madoff Ponzi scheme, filed an ERISA action against its investment adviser seeking to recover "lost opportunity"...more

SEC: Plan to Invest in Hamilton Tickets a Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

People are always searching for the next great thing; the next great innovation; the next great adventure; and the next great investment. Often it is the search for that safe, sure thing return; the one where the investment...more

Ohio Federal Court Rules That Bank is Not Liable Under Ohio Securities Act for Providing Ordinary Banking Services to Customers...

by Reed Smith on

In a January 10, 2017 decision, United States District Judge Thomas M. Rose in the Southern District of Ohio ruled that plaintiffs, who claimed to be investors in a Ponzi scheme operated by customers of PNC Bank, failed to...more

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

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