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A Ponzi Scheme Where One Investor Directly Paid Another

In the typical Ponzi scheme unscrupulous individuals induce investors to part with their cash based on a series of misrepresentations about the proposed investment. The investor money is then in part misappropriated and in...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.22.16

EU financial watchdog ESMA has fined rating agency Fitch Ratings Ltd. $1.5 million for reportedly violating the EU’s rules for rating agencies relating to the 12-hour requirement, internal controls, and unauthorized...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.18.16

William Ackman’s multi-year effort to expose Herbalife as a Ponzi scheme (and make good on his massive short of its stock) saw something of a moral victory last week, with the FTC imposing big-time sanctions ($200 million in...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.15.16

A nasty May jobs report and fears about China’s markets have probably done in any plans the Fed had to raise rates in June [though maybe it shouldn’t wait much longer]. Here are the 5 things we should be watching when the...more

The Financial Report - Volume 5, No. 11 • June 2016 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - A few years ago, David Blass, then Chief Counsel of the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, created a stir when he said in a speech that private fund advisers should be concerned about some...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms District Court’s Decision That Bankruptcy Court Did Not Abuse Its Discretion In Denying Motion To Compel...

This appeal is from an order by a district court in California, affirming a bankruptcy court’s denial of a motion to compel arbitration in a Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee’s adversary proceeding, in which the trustee sought...more

Eleventh Circuit Rules Disgorgement No Different Than Forfeiture, Barring SEC From Seeking Ill-Gotten Gains Outside Five-Year...

A three judge panel in the Eleventh Circuit issued a ruling last Thursday in Securities and Exchange Commission v. Barry Graham et al., Case No. 14-13562, holding—contrary to several other circuits—that the remedy of...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.31.16

A lawsuit over an alleged Ponzi scheme involving a fund pushed by MetLife agents is raising hard questions for the insurance giant over the reaches of corporate liability...more

New York Court Dismisses Defamation Suit Under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act

On May 2, 2016, the New York Supreme Court for the County of Westchester granted defendant Seeking Alpha, Inc.’s motion to dismiss plaintiff Mark Nordlicht’s (“Plaintiff”) defamation complaint in the case styled as Nordlicht...more

Golf Channel Finds the Fairway in Fraudulent Transfer Litigation – Good News for Vendors in Ponzi Scheme Cases

In some good news for commercial vendors, the Supreme Court of Texas recently ruled that payments for ordinary services provided to an insolvent customer are not recoverable as fraudulent transfers, even if the customer turns...more

$6.5M Fine for Persistent BSA/AML Failures: Prelude to OCC's Announcement of Tougher Enforcement Environment

Why it matters - A $6.5 million civil money penalty imposed against a $1.57 billion Florida bank for persistent anti-money laundering (AML) and Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) deficiencies provided an appropriate back drop for...more

SEC Describes Recent Efforts to Combat Pyramid Schemes and Affinity Frauds

Over the past two years, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has stepped up enforcement actions against pyramid schemes and related affinity frauds. Last week, in a speech at the University of Illinois at Chicago,...more

Do Fidelity Policies Issued to Individual Partners Provide Coverage for Theft of Partnership Earnings?

The Eighth Circuit is set to decide this question in 3M Company, et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., et al., Appeal No. 15-3495. The answer will likely determine whether a blanket crime policy...more

To submit or not to submit – questions of jurisdiction

This appeal arose out of the litigation fallout from the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. In the appeal, the Privy Council considered whether, at common law, an agreement to submit to jurisdiction must be express or whether it...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.8.16

Friday’s jobs report was disappointing as compared to the month earlier, but it contained news of a half a percentage point increase in average hourly earnings that pleased some economists who have been worrying about...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 2.2.16

News has emerged from China that online finance company Ezubao, a purported peer-to-peer lender, was running a Ponzi scheme that “bilked investors out of more than $7.6 billion, spent lavishly on gifts and salaries and buried...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.8.16

Some broader perspective on the latest round of plunging Chinese markets, namely, the harsh disruption of what had been touted by President Xi Jinping mere weeks ago as “a new era of economic management [with] policy...more

The SEC Files Another Action Based on ZeeksRewards

ZeeksRewards is the case that just keeps on giving. The multi-level pyramid and Ponzi scheme has generated two prior SEC enforcement actions. One involved the company, Rex Ventures Group, LLC, and its principal, Paul Burks....more

Bridging the Week - December 2015

CFTC Brings First Insider Trading-Type Enforcement Action Based on New Anti-Manipulation Authority: Last week the Commodity Futures Trading Commission brought and settled its first enforcement action sounding in the...more

SEC Prevails in Trial of Ponzi Scheme Case

While Ponzi scheme cases have become a staple of SEC Enforcement in recent years, most settle. Last week the SEC prevailed in one of the few that proceeded to trial. SEC v. National Note of Utah, Civil Action No....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

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

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