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It Matters Who’s the Plaintiff: Janus and Stoneridge May Not Help Against The SEC, but Monterosso Shouldn’t Apply as...

The SEC recently made the unusual move of asking the Eleventh Circuit to publish its previously-unpublished per curiam decision in SEC v. Monterosso, 2014 WL 2922670 (11th Cir. June 30, 2014). The decision was not merely a...more

Investment Adviser Accused of $8.8 Million Fraud by SEC

On June 3, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed an emergency enforcement action in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York against Scott Valente, an investment adviser, alleging that he used his...more

What’s The Opposite Of Rubber Stamping A Settlement? Meet Judge Kane In SEC v. Van Gilder.

Judge John L. Kane of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado is uninterested in oxymoronic gimmicks, that much is clear. In a fiery April 24, 2014 opinion, Judge Kane rejected settlements between the...more

Co-Owner of an Unregistered New Jersey Brokerage Firm Settles “Spoofing” Charges

The SEC filed a settled administrative proceeding against an owner of a New Jersey based brokerage firm for engaging in an illegal “layering” or “spoofing” scheme that resulted in unlawful profits of almost $1 million. See...more

Securities Class Action Filings Up In 2013, But Could The Supreme Court Burst Their Bubble In 2014?

Last week, NERA Economic Consulting released its annual report, “Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2013 Full-Year Review.” The report showed that in 2013, there were increases in both the number of federal...more

Supreme Court To Reconsider Theory Underlying Modern Securities Class Actions

Last month, the Supreme Court agreed to reconsider the “fraud-on-the-market” presumption, an underpinning of class-action securities litigation for the last 25 years. The Court’s decision to grant certiorari in Halliburton...more

The Mark Cuban Verdict – A Takeaway

If you are a fan of sports, the reality television show Shark Tank or the nuances of insider trading laws (no doubt the smallest of these three fanbases), then you probably followed with some interest the SEC’s four-year...more

Financial Fraud Law Report: October 2013 - Insider Trading in Mutual Funds: Do Traditional Theories Apply?

A federal court of appeals recently held out the possibility that insider trading prohibitions — at least under the classic theory — do not apply to mutual fund redemptions. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh...more

Second Circuit Applies Morrison to Criminal Prosecution Under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5

In United States v. Vilar, Case Nos. 10-521(L), 10-580(CON), 10-4639(CON), 2013 WL 4608948 (2d Cir. Aug. 30, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange...more

Die Verwandlung: How The Legislature Likely Raised The Bar On Securities Fraud Actions

With the availability of a private cause of action under SEC Rule 10b-5, is there any reason to include a cause of action under California Corporations Code Sections 25401 and 25501? Until the most recent legislative...more

Securities Fraud Claims Against CommScope Dismissed

The US District Court for the Western District of North Carolina dismissed a shareholder securities fraud claim against CommScope, Inc. and its officers, holding that the company’s alleged misrepresentations constituted...more

Why You Should Revisit The Terms Of Your Corporate Insider Trading Policy In Light Of Increased Public And SEC Scrutiny

Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 prohibit the employment of manipulative and deceptive devices in connection with the purchase or sale of securities, including transacting in securities “on...more

Time Is Money: Second Circuit Vacates SEC’s $38 Million Fine Against Hedge Fund Pentagon Capital Management

On August 8, 2013, the Second Circuit vacated the SEC’s $38 million fine against hedge fund Pentagon Capital Management PLC, holding that the Supreme Court’s decision in Gabelli v. SEC required the case to be remanded for...more

2013 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

Table of Contents - I. Supreme Court Case Review (October 2012 Term) II. Rule 10b-5 Cases III. Investment Adviser and Hedge Fund Cases IV. Settlements V. Commodities and Futures Litigation and...more

Three Thoughts about Steve Cohen’s Failure-to-Supervise Case

Stanley Sporkin — former SEC Enforcement Director, CIA general counsel, and federal judge – likes to say that an SEC staff attorney ought to be just as happy closing an investigation as one is bringing a public enforcement...more

Section 17(a) of the Securities Act of 1933: Unanswered Questions

In recent years, the Securities and Exchange Commission has increasingly relied on Section 17(a) of the 1933 Securities Act. Indeed, many of the cases the SEC has brought in the wake of the recent financial crisis have been...more

Do Trades Made Pursuant To 10b5-1 Plans Still Offer A Defense To Insider Trading?

Rule 10b5-1, enacted in August 2000, codified the SEC’s position that trading while in possession of material non-public information is sufficient to establish liability for insider trading....more

Second Circuit Holds that Allegations of Direct Fraudulent Representations Are Necessary for Market Manipulation Claims Under...

In Fezzani v. Bear, Stearns & Co., Inc., No. 09-4414-cv, 2013 WL 1876534 (2d Cir. May 7, 2013), a 2-1 majority of a panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that plaintiffs’ failure to plead...more

City of Harrisburg Settles With SEC on Rule 10b-5 Violations

Recently, the SEC settled with the City of Harrisburg (City) over violations of Rule 10b-5 in connection with material misstatements and omissions made by the City in its public statements and financial information, during a...more

Best Laid Plans Gone Awry: Practices for Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans

Rule 10b5-1 trading plans are in the limelight due to investigations initiated by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the SEC into possible abuses by corporate executives of such plans. Now, more than ever, companies and their boards...more

DOJ and SEC Scrutinize Potential Misuse of Rule 10b5-1 Trading Plans by Corporate Directors Affiliated with Investment Advisers

Over the past four years, the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) have focused on insider trading involving private funds as one of their key targets in the fight against...more

The SEC Says Cities (And City Officials!) Must Obey Securities Laws, Too

Yesterday the SEC filed an Order Instituting Cease and Desist Proceedings against the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for violations of Rule 10b-5. The City consented to entry of a Cease and Desist Order....more

Making A Statement: The Two Faces Of Janus In The SDNY

Almost two years after the Supreme Court issued its momentous decision in Janus Capital Group, Inc. v. First Derivative Traders, 131 S. Ct. 2296 (2011), lower courts continue to reach significantly different conclusions...more

SEC Warns Public Officials About Potential Liability

The SEC instituted a settled cease-and-desist proceeding against the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania for its violations of Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act (“Exchange Act”) and Rule 10b-5. ...more

In The SDNY, Hindsight Is No Substitute For Red Flags When Alleging Scienter

On April 8, 2013, Judge Shira A. Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York granted auditor Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu CPA’s (“DTTC”) motion to dismiss a shareholder class action, finding that plaintiffs failed to...more

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