Securities Fraud

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SEC Sanctions Hedge Fund Advisory Firm For Improper Valuations of Illiquid Securities

Returning to an enforcement priority repeatedly articulated over the years, the SEC recently imposed sanctions on a registered investment advisory firm and two principals arising out of an alleged scheme to inflate the...more

SEC Files It's First Robocop Cherry Picking Action

When the SEC announced it financial fraud task force and a related data initiative to facilitate the identification of situations where the company “cooked the books,” many dubbed the data program “Robocop.” While the SEC may...more

A Year Later: The Impact of Halliburton II Is Still Developing

In June 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc. (“Halliburton II”), a putative class action in which Halliburton investors alleged that the company made misrepresentations...more

Massachusetts Federal Jury Convicts Amateur Golfer for Insider Trading

A federal jury in the District of Massachusetts recently convicted Eric McPhail of securities fraud — one of the first criminal insider trading convictions since the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s decision in...more

Ontario Expands Scope of Prohibited Insider Trading

The Ontario government has amended Ontario’s Securities Act (Act) to expand the scope of prohibited insider trading and enhance the record-keeping requirements imposed upon capital market participants in the province. This...more

Former Qualcomm Executive Sentenced For Insider Trading

Jing Wang, a former Qualcomm Inc. Executive Vice President began by constructing a cover-up. Then he engaged in insider trading, using inside information taken from his employer. The scheme failed. Mr. Wang has been sentenced...more

Whistleblowing: An Employer’s Guide To Global Compliance

In This Issue: - Foreword - A Summary Across Five Continents - Law and Sanctions - The Legislative Framework: Whistleblower Protections Across the Globe - Global Differences: The Cultural...more

California Brokers Plead Guilty to Insider Trading of Ardea Biosciences, Inc. Stock

On June 9, Chad Wiegand and Akis Eracleous, two San-Diego based brokers, pled guilty in California district court to trading in Ardea Biosciences, Inc. stock with inside information. Mr. Wiegand and Mr. Eracleous,...more

Sixth Circuit Changes Course on Proof Required to Show Protected Whistleblower Activity Under SOX

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) provides anti-retaliation protection to whistleblowers who engage in “protected activity.” To engage in protected activity under SOX, the whistleblower must provide information to the Securities...more

SEC Settles Another Insider Trading Case Tied To Brocade Deal

The acquisition of Foundry Networks, Inc., a networking hardware company, by Brocade Communications System, Inc., a technology company specializing in data and storage networking products, announced on July 21, 2008, has...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The question of forum selection by the SEC was a key issue this week. While to date suits challenging the SEC’s right to bring an action as an administrative proceeding rather than in federal court have had little success –...more

Blog: A Hug Before They Both Exit: Commissioners Aguilar And Gallagher Present Joint Recommendations For New Transfer Agent Rules

Here’s a novel pairing: SEC Commissioners Aguilar and Gallagher, both of whom are scheduled to leave their posts at the SEC, issued a joint statement on June 11th about the need to modernize the SEC’s transfer agent rules,...more

Pleading Standard Saves SEC’s Insider-Trading Case

A federal judge in the Southern District of New York recently sustained the SEC’s insider-trading complaint against two alleged tippees, holding that, under the pleading standard applicable to a motion to dismiss, the SEC...more

Second Circuit Dismisses Suit Over FBI’s Wiretapping of Marital Conversations in Securities Fraud Investigation

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) wiretapping played an important role in the wide-ranging insider trading investigation and subsequent trials of Galleon Group LLC principals and traders. During his criminal prosecution,...more

Tariff Compliance Is Not Enough: FERC Imposes Nearly Thirty-Five Million Dollars in Penalties and Disgorgement against Powhatan...

On May 29, 2015, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) issued an Order against Powhatan Energy Fund, LLC and its trading partners, Dr. Houlihan Chen, HEEP Fund, LLC and CU Fund, Inc. (together, “Powhatan”). FERC...more

Inside the Courts - An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - May 2015 / Volume 7 / Issue 2

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court: ..Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Indus. Pension Fund, 135 S. Ct. 1318 (4th Cir. Mar. 16, 2015) - Auditor Liability: ..In re Advanced Battery Techs.,...more

Bridging the Week - June 2015

Non-Recognition of US CCPs as Subject to Equivalent Regulation May Require European-Based Funds to Restrict Trading in US Centrally Cleared Derivatives - An opinion by the European Securities and Markets Authority...more

I’ve said too much/I haven’t said enough: Eleventh Circuit law on the duty to correct prior representations in light of the Ninth...

On May 15, the Ninth Circuit declined to recognize a duty to correct prior representations under §§ 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, affirming the Northern District of California’s dismissal of a...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 21

In This Issue: - Form BE-10 Filing Deadline Extended - Delaware Supreme Court Holds That Plaintiffs Must Specifically Plead Non-Exculpated Claims Against Disinterested Directors in Transaction Under Entire...more

Seventh Circuit Reverses $2.46 Billion Judgment in Securities-Fraud Class Action

The Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit last week reversed a $2.46 billion judgment in a long-running securities-fraud class action against Household International and granted a new trial on limited issues. The opinion...more

US China Trade War — TPA Passes Senate–Developments in Trade, Customs, IP/337, Antitrust and Securities

The major trade issue is Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the Trans Pacific Partnership. On May 22, 2015, after another close cloture vote, the TPA bill passed the Senate by a majority vote of 62 to 37 votes. The...more

Life Partners, Et Al. V. Arnold Et Al.; Texas Supreme Court Confirms Fractionalized Life Settlement Interests Sold To Texas...

The ruling – On May 8, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court, in Life Partners, Inc., et al. v. Michael Arnold, et al., case number 14-1022, unanimously affirmed two Texas state appellate court decisions and concluded that...more

Dismissal Of Securities Fraud Class Action Against Yahoo! Affirmed By Ninth Circuit

On May 15, 2015, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities fraud class action against Yahoo! In re: Yahoo! Inc. Sec. Litig., No. 11-cv-02732 (9th Cir. May 15, 2015). In 2011,...more

Must the "Maker" of a False Statement have "Ultimate Authority" over that Statement to be Subject to Liability for Securities...

This case involved a civil enforcement action by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) against certain public relations companies and their principals, alleging violations of—among other things—Section 17(a) of the...more

Assembly Committee Seeks To Fix Securities Fraud Statute

Readers of this blog will know be familiar with my criticism of the 2013 amendment of California’s basic securities fraud statute, Corporations Code Section 25401. See California Creates Complete Chaos By Rewriting...more

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