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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

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

Venture Perspectives: Third Quarter 2014

New England Outlook - Quarterly Review of Seed, Series A and Series B/Later Round Financings - Included in this Issue: .. Activity Level of New England Transactions: Q3 2013 -Q3 2014 - All Rounds .....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

European Commission Publishes Report on the Exercise of the Power to Adopt Delegated Acts Conferred on the Commission by...

On April 13, 2015, the European Commission published a Report to the Council and the European Parliament on the exercise of the power to adopt delegated acts conferred on the Commission pursuant to Directive 2003/71/EC of the...more

Crowdfunding Gets Local: What Entrepreneurs and Start-Ups Need to Know to Capitalize on Exemptions for Intrastate Crowdfunding in...

Many entrepreneurs and start-up companies are looking for innovative ways to raise money without the red tape of the securities laws. Crowdfunding is often touted as the solution to this dilemma. In its simplest terms,...more

Opportunities and Risks in Municipal Underwritings and Derivatives

In the current economic climate, opportunities are expanding significantly for municipal underwriters and derivatives specialists as states and municipalities across the country clamor to pay for infrastructure and services,...more

Garnishing Non-Cash Proceeds from Sale of a Homestead

Cash proceeds obtained from the sale of a homestead property receive protection from creditors’ claims, provided the funds are not commingled with other assets and are intended in good faith to be reinvested in a new...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Class Action Alleging That RBS Mislead Investors About RMBS Exposure

On April 15, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative investor class action against the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS). The plaintiffs had brought claims under Sections 10(b)...more

Trends in Securities Litigation Influenced by Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Securities Exchange Act Claims - Data from a National Economic Research Associates, Inc. study, Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2014 Full-Year Review, demonstrates that filings alleging securities...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 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

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC filed another FCPA action, this time against the company that financed a “world tour” as part of the bribes paid by employees to secure business. Previously, the Commission filed an action against the employees. ...more

The Financial Report - Volume 4, No. 7 • April 2015 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed to amend SEC Rule 15b9-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which exempts certain broker-dealers from membership in a...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

At the State Level, Is a Fixed-Index Annuity?

The so-called Harkin Amendment to the Dodd-Frank Act was intended to keep fixed-index annuities outside the SEC’s jurisdiction. But the issue remains unsettled on the state level. For example, an Illinois state court recently...more

European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) Adopted its Report on Securities Financing Transactions

The European Parliament’s Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) adopted its report on securities financing transactions (SFTs). This document reflects ECON’s final position on measures to monitor the build-up of...more

Supreme Court Holds That Issuers Can Be Liable for Omitting Material Facts From Statements of Opinion in Omnicare Case

In its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, released yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held that a securities issuer’s statement of opinion in a registration statement,...more

FINRA Announces $1.5 Million Sanction Against Broker-Dealer and Bars President for Fraud

On March 12, FINRA announced an order requiring a New York-based broker-dealer to pay over $1 million in restitution and $500,000 in fines for alleged fraud in sales of a private placement offering. According to the Order,...more

Rating Agency Developments

Moody’s released its approach to rating securities backed by wireless towers....more

Federal Reserve Board Proposes to Include Legal Entity Identifiers in Certain Banking Organization Reporting

One difficulty encountered by national banking authorities during the course of the 2008 global financial crisis was identifying the ultimate parent for the trades made by various subsidiaries of dealers. To assist in...more

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