Securities Fraud Enforcement Actions

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SEC Files Another Fraud Action Based on EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program is supposed to provide a path to a permanent green card. The program was designed to create that path for foreign national who invest specified sums in the U.S. that create jobs – a win win for everyone....more

SEC Brings First Major Cyber Insider Trading Case Against International Hacking Ring

In an action that emphasizes the agency’s commitment to cybersecurity, the SEC recently charged 32 defendants with violations of the federal antifraud laws and corresponding SEC rules, stemming from an alleged $100 million...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 21, 2015)

The Commission filed a settled FCPA action this week centered on hiring relatives of foreign officials tied to a sovereign wealth fund. In addition, the agency filed two actions involving Citigroup – one based on the market...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC issued its final Dodd-Frank pay ratio rules this week by a 3-2 vote. It also issued its final registration rules for Security-Based Swap Dealers and Major Security-Based swap participants. More questions were...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Government requested that the Supreme Court overturn U.S. v. Newman, the Second Circuit’s decision on tipping and the personal benefit test. Previously, the Second Circuit had declined a request to either rehear the case...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR–CHINA STOCK MARKET CRASH, TRADE, IP/PATENT, SECURITIES

Since the last blog post focused on trade policy and trade and customs issues, with extensive coverage of the Trade Promotion Authority fight in the US Congress, after addressing the trade area briefly, this blog post plays...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed three actions following-up on its settled proceeding against Oppenheimer for selling millions of shares of unregistered penny stocks. Each individual settled with the agency. In addition, the Commission brought...more

SEC Charges Three For Six Microcap Fraud Manipulations

Microcap fraud has been a priority of SEC Enforcement since at least the formation of the Microcap Task Force about two years ago. The Commission has brought a series of cases focused largely on pump-and-dump schemes....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce published a report containing a series of recommendations regarding the SEC’s Enforcement program. Several recommendations focused on the use of administrative proceedings, including one which...more

CFTC Sues Chinese Citizen Accused of Executing Fraudulent Money Pass Trades

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission recently sued Chinese citizen Yumin Li, for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA). The CFTC accused Ms. Li of fraudulently accessing her employer’s futures account to transfer...more

SEC Files Microcap Fraud Action Charging Thirty-Four Defendants

Microcap fraud has been a priority for SEC Enforcement at least since the creation of the Microcap Fraud Task Force two years ago. The cases typically focus on market manipulation claims of shell companies and pump-and–dump...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Ninth Circuit upheld a conviction for illegal tipping, following Dirks but raising doubt regarding its adherence to Newman in an opinion authored by Judge Rakoff, sitting by designation. The Commission filed settled...more

SEC Files Another Offering Fraud Case

Offering fraud has long been a staple of SEC enforcement. SEC v. Baldwin, Civil Action No. 2:15-cv-00458 (D. UT. Filed June 25, 2015) is one such action, centered on the acquisition of two defaulted loans, collateralized by...more

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

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

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

SEC Files Offering Fraud Action Against Radio Show Hosts

The SEC filed another offering fraud action, a staple of Enforcement. This action centers on two recidivist radio talk show hosts selling interest in life settlements based on enhancements of their investment credentials,...more

Father-Daughter Conclude Settlement With SEC

The SEC concluded its litigation with a father – daughter combination that solicited investors to purchase promissory notes based on representations that there would be risk free returns from forex trading. There were no...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC announced its first whistleblower award in a retaliation case this week. The agency also brought an insider trading case, an action against an investment adviser, its general counsel and auditor based on a conflict, a...more

SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Investment Program

The Commission initiated an action centered on the misuse of offering proceeds tied to farm loans. The defendants include an investment adviser, a financial planner and an attorney. SEC v. Veros Partners, Inc., Civil Action...more

SEC Files Two Offering Fraud Actions Tied To A Horse Farm

The Commission filed two settled offering fraud actions centered in part around an entity engaged in the purchase and sale of thoroughbred horses called Raintree Racing. A second involved an offering of interests in a real...more

SEC Pursues Another Fractional Interest Company

On April 7, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed a complaint in the United States District Court for the Central District of California against Pacific West Capital Group, Inc., its owner, and the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Microcap fraud, misappropriation by investment advisers and offering fraud cases were the focus of SEC enforcement this week. The Commission filed a microcap fraud action centered on blank check companies involving ten...more

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