Securities Fraud

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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

Judge Declines to Dismiss Spoofing Charges Against High Frequency Trader

On April 16, the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to dismiss “spoofing” charges against Michael Coscia, a high-frequency commodities futures trader, finding that the indictment was...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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Department of Justice unsealed criminal charges against a U.K. trader who is alleged to have contributed to the flash crash almost five years ago. The trader is alleged to have manipulated the market for certain...more

A Further Harbinger on the Application of SLUSA

On March 30, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed claims in a putative class action against New York-based hedge fund manager Philip A. Falcone (“Falcone”), his advisory firm Harbinger...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

“Friends” Who Trade on Inside Information: How United States v. Newman Changes the Law

In unsuccessfully seeking rehearing in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir. 2014), reh’g denied, Nos. 13-1837, 13-1917 (2d Cir. Apr. 3, 2015), the government acknowledged that the Second Circuit’s recent decision in...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

SEC Files Financial Fraud Action Against Japan Based Controller

The Commission filed a financial fraud action against a former senior accounting officer and controller of Molex Japan Co., Ltd., the Japanese based subsidiary of publically traded Molex Inc. The scheme, which took place in...more

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

SEC Files Offering Fraud and Ponzi Scheme Cases

A staple of SEC enforcement in recent years has been offering fraud and Ponzi scheme cases. This week the Commission filed two more of these actions, one an offering fraud targeting military personnel and a second and...more

If at First You Don't Succeed: Fourth Circuit Revives Securities Fraud Claims

The Fourth Circuit recently revived securities fraud claims against a pharmaceutical company, holding that the allegations that the company acted with wrongful intent were sufficient to proceed even under the heightened...more

SEC Files Offering Fraud Action

The Commission filed another offering fraud action tied to the sale of interests in the development of oil and gas wells prior to the recent downturn in the price of oil. Beginning in 2010 the defendants raised about $4.4...more

Insider Trading: Does Payton Begin the Erosion of the Newman Tipping Test?

The Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Newman, 773 F. 3d 438 (2nd Cir. 2014) regarding the personal benefit test in insider trading either radically altered the law or just reaffirmed the Supreme Court’s decision in Dirks...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Liability Under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933

What you need to know: Public companies and practitioners alike have historically relied on the “bespeaks caution” doctrine, meaning that qualifying a statement as a belief was an effective disclaimer that the statement...more

Credit Crunch Digest - February 2015

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on a €15 million fine imposed on ICAP for aiding the manipulating of the Japanese yen Libor; pressure from departing U.S. Attorney General Holder for U.S. prosecutors to bring...more

Supreme Court Decides Omnicare

When an Opinion May Be Considered a Statement of Fact - Overview: On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Omnicare Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, resolving a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Second Circuit rejected a petition for rehearing by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Newman case. There the Court reversed and dismissed the insider trading actions against two traders based on the failure of the court...more

Software Company to Face Suit Over Contract Restructuring

The United States District Court for the Northern District of California sustained a securities fraud complaint alleging that the defendants, a software company and its executives, had defrauded investors by failing to...more

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of...more

Accounting Cases – An SEC Priority, But The Cases Being Filed are Class Actions

Accounting and financial fraud cases are an SEC priority. The cases, however, are being brought by the private bar as class actions. The number of accounting class actions filed last year increased by 47% compared to the...more

SEC Cracks Down on Agreement Requiring In-House Reporting of Fraud Complaint

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced today that it had made good on its prior promises to take a hard look at employment agreements and policies that could be viewed as attempting to keep securities fraud...more

The US Supreme Court Clarifies When Issuers May Be Liable for Opinions Under the Securities Act: Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist....

The US Supreme Court’s decision in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers Dist. Council Constr. Indus. Pension Fund, Slip op., No. 13-435 (Mar. 24, 2015), held that issuers may sometimes be liable under Section 11 of the Securities Act...more

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