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SEC Secures Victory on Fraud Allegations Against Technology Executive

The US District Court for the District of Columbia took the unusual step of granting summary judgment against a technology company executive who the Securities and Exchange Commission accused of various violations of the...more

2014 Insider Trading Annual Review

Overview of Insider Training Law - “Insider trading” is an ambiguous and overinclusive term. Trading by insiders includes both legal and illegal conduct. The legal version occurs when certain corporate insiders –...more

Second Circuit Notes Split with Ninth Circuit Over Whether Failure to Make Adequate Disclosures Under Item 303 of Regulation S-K...

In Stratte-McClure v. Morgan Stanley, No. 13-0627-cv, 2015 WL 136213 (2d Cir. Jan. 12, 2015), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of securities fraud claims against Morgan Stanley...more

Second Circuit Clarifies a Heightened Standard for Insider Trading Convictions

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently held that, in order to convict a tippee for insider trading under Section 10(b) of the Securities Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5, the government must prove beyond a...more

SEC Distances Itself From Janus and Adopts Expansive View of Rule 10b-5(a) and (c)

The SEC recently rendered an opinion in an enforcement action against two persons, John P. Flannery and James D. Hopkins, associated with an investment adviser. In so doing, it sought to limit the Supreme Court’s holding in...more

Second Circuit Raises the Bar for Proving Tippee Liability

Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated the criminal insider trading convictions of two former hedge fund managers, and in doing so, clarified the elements required to prove an insider trading...more

Second Circuit clarifies law of insider trading in reversing convictions of remote tippees

In a significant decision, the Second Circuit has reversed criminal convictions for insider trading and conspiracy to commit insider trading in an appeal following a six-week jury trial in a closely-watched prosecution...more

SEC Announces First-Ever Market Manipulation Case Against High-Frequency Trading Firm

On October 16, 2014, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced a settlement in the amount of US$1 million with Athena Capital Research LLC to resolve claims of market manipulation involving Athena’s use of...more

Loss Causation In A Securities Fraud Case From a Stream of Small Disclosures

A critical element in a Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 securities fraud claim for damages is loss causation. Mandated as a key component of such a claim by the PSLRA, the element provides the essential link between the alleged...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 29

In this issue: - SEC Approves FINRA Rule Limiting Expungement - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief from Certain Ownership and Control Reporting Requirements - CFTC Releases Rule Enforcement Review of ICE...more

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

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