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SEC Charges Colorado Woman and Her Two Companies with Offering Fraud

On August 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a complaint against Heidi Ann Gamer and two companies under her control, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC and Gamer Media Partners Corp. The SEC alleged that between...more

SEC – USAO Charge IR Executive With Insider Trading

The SEC may be developing theme based insider trading cases. In recent weeks the agency brought two insider trading actions centered on golfing friends. SEC v. O’Neill, Civil Action No. 1:14-cv-13381 (D. Mass. Filed August...more

Profits Do Not Always Equal Disgorgement

Judge Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York recently rejected the SEC’s attempt to seek disgorgement of almost $500,000,000 from Samuel Wyly and Donald R. Miller Jr., the Independent Executor of the Will and Estate...more

District Court Considers Prior SEC Complaint Evidence to Establish Scienter Under PSLRA

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently denied a defendant’s motion to dismiss a securities fraud class action, accepting as sufficient factual allegations of scienter that were drawn from a...more

SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements

On August 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy issued an Investor Alert to assist investors in identifying potentially fraudulent private placements. In the Alert, the Office...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 15, 2014)

The Commission prevailed in two litigated actions. In one the agency secured a favorable jury verdict in an action centered on misrepresentations made by an investment adviser who sought to move his book of business to a new...more

SEC Prevails in Pump and Dump Trial

Following a four day jury trial the SEC prevailed, securing a favorable verdict on its claims against defendant Edward Hayter. See SEC Press Release (Aug. 8, 2014). The action centered on a microcap fraud, a key enforcement...more

Last Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending August 8, 2014)

Last week the SEC brought an action this centered on hidden fees and a series of actions centered on microcap fraud and investment fund fraud. A pump and dump actions was filed centered on the manipulation of six different...more

SEC Can’t Pass On Pot Stock Puffery

Corporations facing federal securities suits can sometimes avoid liability by claiming that their forward-looking statements were so vague or indefinite that they could not have affected the company’s stock price and are...more

SEC Charges Corporate Officers with Fraud Arising from Failure to Disclose Internal Controls Issues and Alleged Misrepresentations...

On July 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) advanced a novel theory of fraud against the former CEO (Marc Sherman) and CFO (Edward Cummings) of Quality Services Group, Inc. (“QSGI”), a Florida-based...more

Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud Claims

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced that Peter Jenson, the former chief operating officer of Harbinger Capital Partners LLC, agreed to pay a $200,000 civil penalty to resolve charges that he aided the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 30

In this issue: - Amendments to FINRA Rule 2210 Regarding Communications With the Public - Smith & Wesson Pays $2 Million to Resolve SEC Charges - Former Chief Operating Officer Settles SEC Fraud...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Bank of England Publishes Statement on Enforcement Action Against Lloyds Bank PLC and Bank of Scotland PLC - On July 28, the Bank of England published a statement on Financial Conduct Authority enforcement action...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 25, 2014)

The Commission issued its long discussed rules reforming money markets this week, requiring that institutional prime money market funds have a floating NAV. The vote was 3-2....more

SEC Efforts To Compel SIPIC Coverage For Stanford Victims Rejected

The D.C. Circuit rejected efforts by the SEC to compel the Securities Investor Protection Corporation to liquidate a broker-dealer that was part of the Stanford Ponzi scheme empire. The investors had purchased CDs from an...more

SEC Continues to Focus on Microcap Fraud

Microcap fraud is a continuing enforcement priority for the SEC. Last week, for example, the Commission brought an action centered on what would have been a pump and dump scheme but for the fact that the shell company was...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending July 3, 2014)

In a holiday shortened week, dark pools were again a focus for regulators. This week FINRA sanctioned Goldman Sachs in connection with the operation of its dark pool....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 26

In this issue: - Delaware Fee-Shifting Legislation Delayed - SEC Orders Securities Exchanges and FINRA to Develop Tick Size Pilot Plan - CFTC Extends Relief to FCMs from Certain Commingling...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending June 27, 2014)

The Supreme Court handed down its much anticipated decision in Halliburton. While the Court declined to overrule Basic and its presumption of reliance based on the fraud-on-the-market theory, it did alter existing practice....more

The Benefits of Cooperation

Enforcement officials frequently emphasize the benefits of cooperation. The cases involving former Credit Suisse Managing Director David Higgs illustrate the point. U. S. v. Higgs, 1:12-cr-00088 (S.D.N.Y. Plea February 1,...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

SEC Obtains Freeze Order Against Recidivist And His Entities

The Commission brought an action against a securities law recidivist and his entities who had raised about $22 million in a fraudulent investment scheme. When the action was filed a temporary freeze order was obtained. Later...more

Second Circuit Clarifies Standard For Reviewing Enforcement Agency Consent Judgments

On June 4, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated and remanded a district court’s decision to reject a proposed settlement between the SEC and a financial institution in a securities fraud suit. SEC v....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 24

In this issue: - Commissioner Kara M. Stein Calls for More Stringent Net Capital Requirements for Broker Dealers - US Marshals Service Announces Auction of Silk Road Bitcoins - Investment Adviser Accused...more

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