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SEC Obtains Asset Freeze of Turks and Caicos Company Conducting Ponzi Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission has obtained an emergency asset freeze of a Turks and Caicos company that allegedly ran a Ponzi scheme in Florida. According to the SEC’s complaint, between November 2004 and May 2014,...more

Securities Fraud: When Pennies Count

Most securities fraud cases involve significant thefts from individual victims, like the alleged $64 billion Ponzi scheme run by Bernie Madoff. However, some cases show that fraudulent conduct involving small amounts of money...more

Popular Frauds - protect your organization

One Fraud... Two Fraud... Three Fraud... No organization wants to wake up to find themselves suddenly the center of unexpected liability or unwelcome scrutiny due to fraud. Fraud costs organizations more if it's...more

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...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 Oil and PR Firms And Their Executives With Fraud

An energy company, its CEO and the firm’s public relations adviser and its president were named in a fraud action by the SEC centered on false representations concerning oil reserves for a property in Columbia. The...more

Jury Convicts Investment Adviser on Multiple Counts of Fraud

James Tagliaferri, the former President of TAG Virgin Islands, a registered investment adviser, was found guilty by a jury of one count of investment adviser fraud, six counts of violating the Travel Act, one count of...more

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Fraud Index Released-Startling Findings - A survey of more than 1,400 organizations worldwide revealed startling 4th quarter results on fraud trends for 2013. The Fraud Reporting Percentage (FRP), which measures fraud...more

DOJ Shifts Stance on False Statements Prosecutions - A Change That Could Have a Major Impact on Future White Collar...

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently adopted a more defense-friendly position on criminal prosecutions under a commonly used federal charging statute, Section 1001. This statute makes it a crime to "knowingly and...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 20

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Fee-Shifting Bylaw - FINRA Proposes Changes to FINRA Rules 7410 and 2121 - CFTC Staff Announces Streamlined No-Action Relief Process for Certain...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 16, 2014)

The Commission got split decisions in court this week. It prevailed in one high profile trial, obtaining a jury verdict in its favor. It lost a significant summary judgment motion regarding the statute of limitations...more

Three Company Founders Settle SEC Insider Trading Case

Most insider trading cases center on news about a corporate event such as an acquisition or an earnings announcement that has not become public. In SEC v. Lawson, Civil Action No. 3:14-cv-02157 (N.D. Cal. Filed May 12, 2014)...more

SEC Charges Five Co-Conspirators in Reverse Merger Scheme

On May 5, the Securities and Exchange Commission brought charges in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey against a Toronto-based consultant and four associates for running a scheme to illegally reap millions...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending May 2, 2014)

Chair Mary Jo White testified before Congress this week. Her testimony focused on the budget, reviewing the recent work of the agency. The Commission brought a series of civil injunctive and administrative proceedings this...more

White Collar Watch - March 2014

In This Issue: - SEC at odds with Siemens over whether whistleblower protections extend to employees who report wrongdoing directly to their companies - Fourth Circuit decision tolling False Claims Act statute...more

Zimmermann: Dewey Charges Send 'Warning' To Struggling Law Firms [Video]

Mar. 12, 2014 (Mimesis Law) -- Kent Zimmermann, consultant at the Zeughauser Group, talks with Lee Pacchia about the recent spate of charges filed against former leaders of defunct law firm Dewey & LeBoeuf and what they mean...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

Business Litigation Report -- January 2014

In This Issue - Firm News: ..Quinn Emanuel Arbitration Practitioners Recognized in Global Arbitration Review’s “International Who’s Who of Commercial Arbitration” ..Quinn Emanuel Expands International White...more

Class Certification Denied? Courts Denied Class Certification in Fewer Than 24 Securities Actions since 2002; Halliburton...

There is no shortage of arguments from the defense bar in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund (No. 13-317), a Supreme Court case that may be the most significant securities decision to come out of the Court in decades. At issue...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (The week ending January 24, 2014)

The insider trading trial of former SAC Capital employee Matthew Martoma continued this week. The SEC filed one new administrative proceeding this week as Washington, D.C. and much of the East coast was blanketed with snow...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – January 13, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

Weekly Recap Ethics News and Trends – January 20, 2014

Public servants with the utmost integrity also need to be aware of what is happening ethically around the state. In today’s climate, every public agency’s image is impacted by the missteps or misconduct of others. Below...more

SEC Announces National Exam Program Priorities

The SEC National Examination Program announced its 2012 examination priorities. Those priorities are selected by senior staff from the National Exam Program’s offices along with senior SEC staff from the various Divisions and...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 1 • January 2014 (Global)

Invariably, the end of a calendar year brings “year-in-review” retrospectives on topics both major and mundane. Similarly, the start of a new calendar year is always accompanied by predictions and forecasts for the ensuing 12...more

Seventh Circuit Remands to Correct a “Thoroughly Botched” Sentencing for a Fraudulent Commodity Pool Operator

In a case illustrating the complexity of sentencing white collar crimes, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court ordered the resentencing of a commodity pool operator where the district court made a “cascade of...more

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