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The SEC, Insider Trading and Prosecutorial Obligations

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Proving a close personal relationship between a corporate insider and a trader can be key to establishing illegal tipping. The relationship can support a claim by the SEC or the DOJ that the inside information was transmitted...more

Changing the Game, Again: Supreme Court Could Limit SEC’s Authority to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the Supreme Court heard argument regarding whether the SEC’s actions to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations for “any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture.”...more

Utah District Court Limits Reach Of Morrison By Holding That Section 10(b) Of The Exchange Act And Section 17(a) Of The Securities...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) motion for a preliminary injunction in a securities fraud case against Traffic Monsoon, LLC, an...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Putative Class Action, Holding That Claims Are Precluded By SLUSA

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 1, 2017, District Judge John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action against brokerage firm E*TRADE Financial Corporation and E*TRADE...more

Enforcement Sweep Snares Issuers for Paid Stock Promotions

The SEC announced enforcement actions against 27 individuals and entities behind various alleged stock promotion schemes that left investors with the impression they were reading independent, unbiased analyses on investing...more

Gambler Walters Loses in DOJ Insider Trading Trial

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

William “Billy” Walters rolled the dice against the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office and lost in a high profile insider trading case. U.S. v. Davis, No. 1:16-cr-00338 (S.D.N.Y. Verdict April 7, 2017). Mr. Walters, a well...more

Understanding the New DOJ Compliance Guidance: Part 2 – Autonomy, Resources, and Staffing

This is the second in a series of posts where we will explore critical elements of a successful compliance program. In February, the Department of Justice’s Fraud Section offered a new perspective on what the government...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

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The feud between Big Billy Gross and his former firm, Pimco, over BBG’s 2014 ouster is officially finished. The terms weren’t officially disclosed, but both sides noted that “any proceeds from the suit will be donated to...more

"Key Takeaways: Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions"

On March 8, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Lessons Learned From Tax-Related Whistleblower Litigation and Shareholder Actions.” The Skadden panelists were tax partners Nathaniel Carden and Armando Gomez, and litigation...more

SEC Proposes Amendments to Rule 15c2-12 to Expand Municipal Securities Disclosures

On March 1, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published for comment proposed amendments to Rule 15c2-12 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (Exchange Act) that would expand the list of events triggering...more

Securities Law Recidivist Pleads Guilty in Offering Fraud Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission and the DOJ have recently brought a number of securities fraud cases in which a key person in the misconduct concealed a prior criminal conviction for securities related offenses from investors. Another case in...more

SEC's Securities Fraud Lawsuit Against Texas Attorney General Dismissed For Second Time Over Lack Of Duty To Investors

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 2, 2017, Judge Amos Mazzant III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dismissed an amended complaint filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) against the...more

SEC Announces Expedited Program to Vacate pre-Dodd Frank Collateral Bars from Non-Associated Industries

by Bracewell LLP on

On January 17, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit vacated in part a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed a collateral bar against Gregory Bartko, the former CEO and chief compliance...more

Ninth Circuit Says Ethics Policies Are “Inherently Aspirational,” and Violations Don’t Support Securities Fraud Claims, in Retail...

A senior officer’s violations of a corporation’s code of conduct do not give rise to a claim for violation of the federal securities laws—even where the corporation (including the officer himself) has touted the company’s...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Alleged Violations of Aspirational Corporate Conduct Standards Are Insufficient to State a Claim for...

In Retail Wholesale & Department Store Union Local 338 Retirement Fund v. Hewlett-Packard Co., 2017 U.S. App. LEXIS 955 (9th Cir. Jan. 19, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit addressed for the...more

SEC Drops Market Crisis Case When Faced With Retrial

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The Commission dropped an action against two senior executives of Thornburg Mortgage, Inc. rather than retry the market crisis era case. In the initial trial a jury found in favor of the two executives on a number of counts...more

SEC Charges BD, COO With Failing to File SARs

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has long focused on microcap fraud by, among other things, bringing manipulation actions centered on penny stocks. OCIE and FINRA have also issued guidance for compliance departments on red flags to watch for...more

Top 10 SEC Enforcement Highlights of 2016

by BakerHostetler on

This is the third year we are providing our annual Top Ten list of Enforcement Highlights. This time, it occurs towards the end of the tenure of SEC Chair Mary Jo White. Sullivan & Cromwell corporate securities and capital...more

2016 – A Bad Year For Bad Guys in Energy

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Let’s look back at a cavalcade of crooks, criminals and miscreants who met up with justice in 2016. We do it to be reminded of the others who will be lurking in the 2017 shadows....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

8 years after returning as CEO, Starbucks’ Howard Schultz is again planning to step down, turning over the barista apron to current president and COO Kevin Johnson. Schultz will continue to work on Sbux social issues and the...more

First Circuit Affirms Tough Standard for Alleging Securities Fraud; Revives One Claim Against Local Drug Maker

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

On November 28, 2016, the First Circuit upheld the dismissal of all but one of the class action securities fraud claims against Cambridge, MA drug company, ARIAD Pharmaceuticals, Inc., reaffirming the exacting pleading...more

"Inside the Courts: An Update from Skadden Securities Litigators"

We are pleased to present Inside the Courts (Volume 8, Issue 4), Skadden’s securities litigation newsletter. This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between...more

SEC Seeks Record Penalty Against Former Miami Budget Director - $450,000 Penalty Sought After Former Official Found Guilty of...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After a federal jury found the City of Miami's (City) former budget director guilty of defrauding investors in connection with a 2009 bond offering, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is seeking a record...more

SEC, USAO Charge Film Producer With Fraud

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission brought a fraud action against a movie producer who is alleged to have misappropriated client funds in two complex transactions. SEC v. Bergstein, Civil Action No. 1:16-cv-08701 (S.D.N.Y. Filed Nov. 9, 2016)....more

So Who Wants Senior Clients

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In its never-ending effort to thwart senior investor fraud, FINRA recently proposed a new rule to the SEC. This proposal would require member firms to obtain the name of a trusted contact person for the customer’s account....more

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