Ponzi Scheme

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SEC Seeks to Bring Down Ponzi Scheme Selling Life Settlements

On November 10, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in the Northern District of Georgia against James Torchia and the companies under his control alleging that Torchia is running a Ponzi...more

SEC Brings Actions Against Ponzi Schemer, Client

Ponzi scheme cases have, of course, become a staple of SEC enforcement since the discovery of Madoff’s unprecedented scheme. While there seems to be a virtually endless number of these cases centered on the preverbal “to good...more

Case Summaries: Expired Appeals

Clark v. Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta (Complaints Inquiry Committee), 2015 ABCA 271, concluding that an appeal of disciplinary findings to the Court of Appeal should not be restored after it was deemed...more

New Jersey Resident Charged with Securities and Wire Fraud

On October 1, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York filed a complaint against New Jersey fund manager William J. Wells charging him with running a “Ponzi” scheme which raised over $1.5 million from...more

Bitcoin Week in Review 09.19.15 – 09.25.15

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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission responded to critics of its administrative proceedings this week, proposing changes to the Rules of Practice which govern them. If adopted the new rules would modify the time period within which the actions...more

Just How Scary is the SEC? “Fear” Not Sufficient Grounds to Duck Administrative Subpoena

A witness testifying under oath before the SEC recently refused to answer any questions directed to him, not because of any privilege, but rather — as he said, sixty-eight different times – because he was “scared” and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

ESMA Final Report on Technical Advice on Delegated Acts Required Under the CSDR - On August 5, 2015, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published its final report (ESMA/2015/1219) setting out technical...more

Golf Channel to Get a Mulligan?

In a surprise move, the Fifth Circuit vacated its recent, controversial Golf Channel opinion, potentially giving the Golf Channel a second chance in a case that seemed lost. As I discussed in my previous post, the Fifth...more

SEC Brings Complaint in $68 Million Affinity Fraud Scheme

On July 6, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint in connection with a $68 million affinity fraud scheme allegedly orchestrated by Bingqing Yang, through her wholly owned management companies, Luca...more

Standing in the Shoes or Freeing Evil Zombies? The Public Policy of Applying the In Pari Delicto Defense to Actions Brought by a...

In pari delicto is an equitable defense asserted when a defendant claims that a plaintiff is equally at fault for the wrong that has befallen him. The doctrine is “rooted in the common-law notion that a plaintiff’s recovery...more

SEC Files Complaint Against U.S. Company for Ponzi Scheme - Includes EB-5 Investors

On Monday July 6, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") charged Luca International Group, LLC, a San Francisco area oil and gas company, and its affiliated companies ("Luca") and certain of its executives,...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Fund Operators and Finders

The Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission” or “SEC”) has become increasingly active in enforcing alleged violations of U.S. securities laws arising under the EB-5 Immigrant Investor visa program. EB-5...more

$5.9 Million in Payments to Golf Channel Declared Out of Bounds

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a decision that should make defendants in Ponzi cases shiver in their boots. The court said that the defendant, the Golf Channel, had to return nearly $6 million and that it...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2015 #3

No Policy? No Problem, The First Circuit Rules In A Coverage Dispute - Why it matters: This case addresses the standard for pleading a missing insurance policy where the alleged insured, a private educational...more

Insurance Recovery Law - June 2015 #2

No Policy? No Problem, The First Circuit Rules In A Coverage Dispute - Why it matters: This case addresses the standard for pleading a missing insurance policy where the alleged insured, a private educational...more

The Road Ahead for TransVantage Solutions, Inc.

The Chapter 7 Trustee appointed in the TransVantage Solutions, Inc. bankruptcy case ground the gears of the nation’s trucking industry this past April when he filed over 500 adversary complaints against common carriers,...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Clawback From Unsuspecting Recipient of Funds Under Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently upheld the grant of summary judgment for the receiver of a business that was alleged to have participated in a Ponzi scheme, finding that the clawback of funds was...more

Fore! Ponzi Scheme Lands The Golf Channel In The Rough

Receivers handling Ponzi schemes and fraud cases are familiar with the concept of suing the “winners” in the scheme to recover transfers made to them in excess of their investment. Such suits are based on the theory that the...more

Credit Crunch Digest - May 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on the nearly $6 billion Forex settlement between the big banks and various regulatory agencies; a judgment against RBS and Nomura in a mortgage-backed securities lawsuit brought...more

Second Circuit Narrows Scope of SLUSA Preclusion

In In re Kingate Management Ltd. Litigation, No. 11-1397, 2015 U.S. App. LEXIS 6725 (2d Cir. Apr. 23, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that in order for the Securities Litigation Uniform...more

Two Recent Decisions Potentially Expand Fraudulent Transfer Exposure in Ponzi Schemes

Two recent decisions from the Fifth Circuit and Eighth Circuit could expand the fraudulent transfer exposure of unknowing third parties that provide goods, services, or funding to companies operating Ponzi...more

Insurance Recovery Law - May 2015

California Appellate Court: All Claims “Arising From” Ponzi Scheme Are Precluded - Why it matters: Concluding that any claims related to a Ponzi scheme—even if they involved different investors, investments, or...more

The SEC Criticizes One of Its Own

Even with the SEC’s home-court advantage in bringing enforcement actions in its administrative court rather than in federal court, the SEC will still criticize its own administrative law judges (“ALJ”) when an ALJ’s decision...more

California Court Upholds Exclusion in Policy Application

In Crown Capital Securities, L.P. v. Endurance American Specialty Ins. Co., 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 305, the California Court of Appeal had the opportunity to consider a denial of coverage based on an exclusion stated in the...more

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