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Judge Denied Bank of America’s Motion to Dismiss $850M Mortgage Fraud Case

Last week, Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina denied Bank of America’s motion to dismiss the Security and Exchange Commission’s claims against it in SEC v....more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 11, 2014)

Former hedge fund giant SAC Capital was sentenced this week. This concluded one of the most prominent insider trading cases. Under the terms of the sentence SAC Capital will no longer accept public funds....more

SEC Files Settled Financial Fraud Actions

The SEC filed financial fraud actions against drug store giant CVS Caremark Corporation and its Retail Controller, Laird Daniels, CPA. CVS was charged with “intentional misconduct” based on alleged violations of Exchange Act...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

Why Do People Commit Securities Fraud? SEC Speech Probes for Answers

One of the most vexing questions in securities enforcement – and in life more generally – is “why do otherwise good people end up doing bad things?”. Why do once promising professionals risk their careers, integrity and...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 17, 2014

On March 12, the Honorable Katharine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York ordered Fabrice Tourre, a former Goldman Sachs trader convicted of violation of federal securities...more

SEC Scrutinizing Contractual Impediments to Whistleblower Complaints

Sean McKessy (“McKessy”), the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) whistleblower chief, cautioned in-house attorneys who draft contracts incentivizing employees to report securities fraud complaints in-house rather...more

Jefferies Settles Market Crisis Failure To Supervise Actions With SEC/USAO

Registered broker-dealer Jefferies LLC resolved failure to supervise charges tied to the market crisis with the SEC and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. The Commission settled with the broker in an...more

Halliburton Oral Argument: The Fraud-On-The-Market Theory Is “Basic”Ally A Sore Thumb

On March 5, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Halliburton v. The Erica P. John Fund. As discussed in previous blog posts, the United States Supreme Court agreed to consider Petitioner Halliburton’s argument to modify...more

US Securities Litigation and Enforcement

CD: Could you outline some of the key trends you are seeing in securities litigation and enforcement? Has the volume of class actions in this area increased in recent years? Jeff E. Butler: One important new...more

SEC Charges Securities Law Recidivist In Fraudulent Trading Scheme

The Commission filed another action against a securities law recidivist, this time centered on a fraudulent trading and investment program. SEC v. Lee, Civil Action No. 14CV0347 (S.D. Cal. Filed Feb. 13, 2014). James...more

SEC Files Settled Fraud Action Against Assistant to Adviser

An assistant to an unregistered investment adviser settled fraud charges based on billings tied to false profits. The charges stem from efforts by the adviser to conceal trading losses from firm clients. In the Matter of...more

SDNY Rejects SEC’s Proposed Alternative Service For Two Chinese Nationals

On January 30, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York denied the SEC’s motion for an order authorizing alternative means of service for two Chinese nationals residing in the People’s Republic of China....more

SDNY Grants SEC’s Final Summary Judgment Claim in Securities and Investment Advisor Fraud Case

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the Securities and Exchange Commission summary judgment on its one outstanding securities fraud claim against Alberto Vilar and Gary Tanaka, co-founders of...more

SEC Prevails Following Two Week Jury Trial

The SEC prevailed in a jury trial against hedge fund manager Marlon Quan and his entities in a case tied to the massive Petters Ponzi scheme. Mr. Quan and Acorn Capital Group, LLC and Stewardship Investment Advisors, LLC...more

SEC Not Kidding about Subpoena Enforcement Actions, Obtains Coronati’s Arrest

Here’s one of the questions I get from some individual clients when they receive subpoenas from the SEC: Could I get arrested over this? Well, no. First things first – The SEC has civil authority, not criminal authority. ...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending February 7, 2014)

Matthew Martoma was convicted of insider trading by a Manhattan jury. That jury found him guilty of one count of conspiracy and two counts of securities fraud. The convictions continues the unbroken string of victories in...more

A Compilation of Enforcement and Non-Enforcement Actions - 02/03/14

SEC Initiates Enforcement Action Against Hedge Fund Adviser - The SEC initiated an administrative proceeding on January 8, 2014 against Patrick G. Rooney (“Rooney”), the sole owner and managing partner of Solaris...more

"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP...more

California Lawyer 2014 Roundtable Series: Securities

Executive Summary - In private securities litigation, all eyes are on the U.S. Supreme Court hearing set for March on Halliburton Co.’s appeal challenging the longstanding fraud on-the-market doctrine, which underlies...more

SEC Collects Record $3.4 Billion in 2013 Enforcement Actions

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it levied a record $3.4 billion in sanctions in its fiscal year 2013 ending September 30, 2013. This is an increase of 10% from the previous year, augmented by a...more

Federal Courts Take Divergent Approaches to Jury Trials for Whistleblower Plaintiffs Under Dodd-Frank and Sarbanes-Oxley

A recurring question under the federal whistleblower laws is whether plaintiffs suing their employers for retaliation have the right to a jury trial. The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act1 appears...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 10, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital official Matthew Martoma opened this week in Manhattan with jury selection. The SEC announced the resignation of George Canellos, Co-director of the Division of Enforcement....more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending December 20, 2013)

Michael Steinberg, formerly of SAC Capital, was found guilty of insider trading by a jury. The verdict preserved the unblemished record of the US Attorney’s Office in Manhattan which has prevailed in each of the insider...more

Public Officials, Financial Disclosure And A New Era Of Liability

The Securities and Exchange Commission is making it clear: Government leaders who issue misleading financial information are putting themselves at risk. Several recent actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

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