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SEC and CFTC Issue Joint Statement on Virtual Currency Enforcement Actions

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The following joint statement was issued this last week from the Enforcement Directors of the Securities Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

U.S. Courts Of Appeals For The Eighth And Ninth Circuits Each Rules That SLUSA Precludes Alleged Violations Of State Laws Based On...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 29, 2017 and January 9, 2018, respectively, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit each affirmed district court dismissals of...more

Second Circuit Vacates Class Certification Order And Reaffirms Standard For Defendants To Rebut The Basic Presumption Of Reliance

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated a district court order certifying a securities fraud class action brought by purchasers of common stock in The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc....more

Seventh Circuit Affirms Grant of Summary Judgment on Terminated CEO’s SOX And DFA Claims

Last week, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals held that a terminated CEO’s complaints about his board of directors’ managerial decisions did not qualify as protected whistleblowing under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Qualifiers of Control Person Liability under Exchange Act §20(a)

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case involving alleged violations of federal and state securities laws and state common law in an alleged scheme to defraud customers and investors in several...more

2017 Year in Review: Securities Litigation and Regulation

The securities litigation and regulatory landscape in 2017 defies simple categorization. Plaintiffs filed 226 new federal class actions in the first half of 2017, more than double the average rate over the last 20 years, and...more

The Future of Financial Crime and Enforcement is Cyber-Based

by K&L Gates LLP on

On November 8, 2017, federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York indicted Joseph P. Willner—a securities trader from Pennsylvania—for securities fraud, money laundering, and associated conspiracy charges related...more

2017’s Bad Guys in Energy

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Once again we look back at the continuing cavalcade of crooks, criminals, miscreants and, to put it kindly, morons the less intellectually gifted, who met justice face-to-face in 2017. This year’s class includes a preacher,...more

SEC Alerts On Initial Coin Offerings Are The Two Most Popular For 2017 (3 Of The Top 10 Overall)

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The SEC Office of Investor Education and Advocacy recently issued a bulletin listing its 10 most popular Investor Alerts and Bulletins for 2017. Numbers 1 (Initial Coin Offerings) and 2 (Public Companies Making ICO-related...more

SEC Chairman Issues Major Statement on Cryptocurrency and ICOs

by Dechert LLP on

On December 11, 2017, SEC Chairman Clayton issued an important public statement outlining his views on cryptocurrencies and ICOs. In his statement, Chairman Clayton provided a clearer view of the SEC’s stance and offered the...more

SEC Claims Promoters Conducted Repeated, Fraudulent Offerings

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A key focus of SEC Enforcement, according to the Commission’s recent publication about the Division, is retail investors. While the agency has always sought to protect the individual investor and has an investor advocate, a...more

Jury Finds Pastor, Wife Guilty In Offering Fraud Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

A staple of SEC Enforcement has been offering fraud actions. The Commission has brought a seemingly endless stream of these actions. While each scheme is different typically the cases center on promises of a safe investment...more

SeaWorld Shareholders See Red After World Sees Blackfish

by Carlton Fields on

A California District Court granted certification to a group of SeaWorld investors in a shareholder securities fraud case following the release of the documentary “Blackfish.” ...more

Court Denies Class Certification In Putative Class Action Against Fiber Optic Technology Company Where Defendants Successfully...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 5, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of California denied class certification in a putative securities fraud class action against Finisar Corporation (“Finisar”), a technology...more

Securities Fraud Action Based Upon DeVry University's Representations About Graduate Employment Rates Was Dismissed Because...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On December 6, 2017, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois dismissed a securities fraud lawsuit brought against DeVry Education Group, Inc. and several of its executives (“DeVry”), with leave...more

Former Mayor Charged by SEC and DOJ with Securities Fraud and Pay-to-Play Scheme

by Bracewell LLP on

On December 1, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois charging David Webb, Jr. (“Webb”), mayor of Markham, Illinois from...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Breakingviews on Broadcom’s threat to Qualcomm’s board in the form of a slate of 11 director nominees for the company it has, so far, unsuccessfully attempted to purchase....more

SEC Files Charges in PlexCoin ICO

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On December 4, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced that it has filed charges against two individuals for their roles in the initial coin offering (“ICO”) of PlexCoin Tokens. The SEC charged...more

SEC Files Emergency Action to Halt Alleged ICO Scam

by Perkins Coie on

On Friday, December 1, 2017, the SEC filed an emergency action in federal district court in Brooklyn alleging that Dominic Lacroix and Sabrina Paradis-Roger, both from Quebec, Canada, raised approximately $15 million in a...more

The Numbers Don’t Lie: The SEC Pursues a More Streamlined Enforcement Agenda

One of the most eye-catching items in the recently released 2017 Annual Report of the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or the Commission) is the significant decline in enforcement activity...more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Bitcoin surged to over $11,000 yesterday before falling 20% later in the day, prompting this look from the Journal at the widespread lure of Bitcoin mania....more

Inside the Courts – An Update From Skadden Securities Litigators - November 2017/ Volume 9 / Issue 4

This quarter’s issue includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected cases principally decided between August 2017 and October 2017....more

The 9th Circuit Rejects Securities Class Action Premised on Businesses’ Complaints About Yelp’s Practices

• The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a securities fraud claim alleging that Yelp fraudulently inflated its stock price by misleading investors about its practices concerning the business...more

Former Municipal Official in the Spotlight as SEC Files Complaint Charging Securities Fraud and DOJ Files Superseding Indictment...

by Bracewell LLP on

On November 21, 2017, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a complaint charging Oyster Bay, New York (the “Town”), along with its former Supervisor and Chief Executive Officer, John Venditto, with...more

Second Circuit Affirms Class Certification Holding that Direct Evidence of Price Impact is Not Always Necessary to Demonstrate...

In Waggoner v. Barclays PLC, No. 16-1912 (2d Cir. Nov. 6, 2017), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in a Rule 10b-5 securities fraud action, affirmed the district court’s order granting class...more

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