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Omnicare Decision Clarifies Grounds for Section 11 Liability

The Supreme Court holds that section 11 liability does not attach to a statement of opinion merely because the opinion is objectively false. On March 24, the US Supreme Court issued its highly anticipated decision in...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 6 • March 2015 (Global)

OSC Investor Advisory Panel annual report. The Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) Investor Advisory Panel submitted its 2013-14 annual report. The report summarizes the Panel’s current activities and priorities as well...more

SEC Obtains Freeze Order In Microcap Manipulation Action

Microcap fraud is an on-going enforcement priority of the Commission. In SEC v. Craven, Civil Action No. 15-cv-1820 (S.D.N.Y. Filed March 11, 2015), the Commission brought a manipulation action against a father and son team,...more

SEC Awards $500K to Company Officer Whistleblower

On Monday, March 2, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it will award between $475,000 and $575,000 to a corporate officer who reported “high quality, original information” about a securities fraud....more

SEC Charges Tipping Without A Newman – Dirks Personal Benefit

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan is trying to have the Second Circuit’s decision in U.S. v. Newman, No. 13-1837, 13-1917 (2nd Cir. Decided December 10, 2014 ) reheard and reversed. In seeking that rehearing the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Four SEC Commissioners addressed the annual SEC Speaks Conference, reviewing recent agency initiatives and tracing potential paths for the future. The SEC also brought another FCPA action, a misappropriation case and an...more

In Ordering Disgorgement in SEC Cases, Courts Have Discretion, but Not That Much Discretion

When defendants argue in federal court against the SEC’s calculation of a disgorgement figure, they hear a lot of this: “A district court has broad discretion to order disgorgement of profits obtained through...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission resolved its actions against the PRC based affiliates of five major accounting firms for failure to produce audit work papers. The settlement contains a series of procedures designed to facilitate production in...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

CFOs Agree to Sarb-Ox Clawback

Two former CFOs have agreed to return nearly a half-million dollars in bonuses and stock sale profits they received while their Silicon Valley software company, Saba Software, was committing accounting fraud. While...more

Two Criminal Investment Fund Fraud Actions

Despite massive publicity and numerous cases by enforcement authorities, investment fund fraud actions continue to be a staple of the SEC, CFTC and the DOJ. In case after case investors are convinced to part with their hard...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The DOJ’s settlement with S&P for $1.4 billion, coupled with admissions of fact, made headlines this week. The settlement was joined by 19 states and the District of Columbia. The DOJ and the states will essentially split the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC settled another action this week based on admissions of fact and that the Federal securities laws were filed, this time involving Oppenheimer. The action was based on the fact that the firm permitted an off-shore and...more

Federal Prosecutors Charge Canadian Trader in “Layering” Scheme

The US Attorney for the District of New Jersey recently filed criminal securities and wire fraud charges against a Canadian man, Aleksandr Milrud, alleging that he engaged in a fraudulent scheme to manipulate the stock...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

SEC Files Prime Bank Fraud and Offering Fraud Actions as Administrative Proceedings

The trend of selecting administrative proceedings rather than Federal court by the SEC appears to be continuing. Since last September, for example, the SEC has filed at least seven insider trading cases as administrative...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC named ratings giant Standard & Poor’s in three actions this week and one of its senior executives in another. The firm settled all three actions, admitting to a series of facts but not violations of the law in one...more

Bridging the Week - January 2015 #3

Cybersecurity, Potential Equity Order Routing Conflicts and AML Among the Top Examination Priorities for SEC in 2015 - The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations...more

Tipper in Serial Insider Trading Ring Indicted

Criminal insider trading charges were filed against the former managing clerk of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, Steven Metro. U.S. v. Metro (D. N.J. Jan. 15, 2015). Mr. Metro was indicted by a grand jury on one count of...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 2

In this issue: - New Law Aligns Clearing and Margin Exceptions for Swaps - CFTC Staff Extends No-Action Relief to Certain Reporting Counterparties Masking Identifying Information Pursuant to Non-US Law -...more

SEC Examination Priorities in 2015 to Focus on Transparency Issues and the Early Detection of Potential Fraudulent or Other...

On January 13, 2015, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced its 2015 examination priorities for investment advisers, broker-dealers and transfer agents. These priorities emphasize the...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought cases related to HFT this week, but not against those traders. One action involved the operations of one of the largest dark pools. A second involved two exchanges. Each action involved specific types...more

SEC Inspection Staff Uncovers A Possible Fraud

The SEC claims that an individual that controlled several entities including an investment fund created phony consumer loans to funnel investor cash to his faltering financial operations rather than investing the money in...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Holiday wrap-up edition)

Through the holidays (Dec. 19 – 31, 2014) the Department of Justice and the SEC continued to file securities enforcement actions. The Department brought an FCPA case which is now number two on the top ten list for amounts...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions

SEC Looks to Step Up Oversight of the Fund Industry - At a recent conference, Mary Jo White, SEC chairman, announced that the SEC will look to increase its scrutiny of the mutual fund asset management segment to ensure...more

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