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Chris Lazarini Discusses Pro Rata Distribution of Assets in Receiver Case

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Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini discussed a case involving the repercussions of the multi-billion dollar Ponzi scheme of Thomas Petters related to the management of the Stewardship Credit Arbitrage Fund, LLC...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s focus on retail investors is reflected in cases filed this week. One involved the manipulation of securities prices by gaining unauthorized access to retail accounts and then trading securities....more

Lorenzo's a Schemer, Not a Maker; Dissent Blasts SEC ("Not Fair," "Stinks")

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Cut, paste and forward ? just as the boss instructed. But Lorenzo’s email to two clients was misleading, so the SEC filed an enforcement action. The ALJ held Lorenzo liable for violating anti-fraud provisions and imposed a...more

Corporate E-Note - September 2017

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Global companies must safeguard confidential, proprietary information and trade secrets—not just from cybercriminals, “hacktivists,” cyberterrorists, and competitors—but from former employees. Too often, terminated or...more

The New Supreme Court Term: Three Securities Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Three securities cases are on the docket as the new Supreme Court Term opens on the first Monday of October. A fourth significant action is pending certiorari....more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

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Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

A New and Important Development in Insider Trading Law

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

In a case likely to have ongoing ramifications, the Second Circuit recently upheld the conviction of Matthew Martoma, a former portfolio manager for Stephen Cohen’s SAC Capital. In so doing, the court clarified, at least for...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

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Four criminal securities cases moved to or toward resolution over the past week. The jury in the Martin Shkreli trial returned a verdict of guilty on three counts and not guilty on five others at the end of last week....more

2017 Mid-Year Securities Litigation and Enforcement Highlights

by BakerHostetler on

Welcome to the 2017 Mid-Year Report from the BakerHostetler Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Practice Team. The purpose of this report is to provide a periodic survey – in addition to our Practice Team...more

Mandatory Arbitration of Securities Disclosure Disputes Is a Bad Idea—For Defendants

SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar recently said that the SEC is open to allowing companies that are going public to provide for mandatory shareholder arbitration in their corporate charters. Piwowar’s remarks have prompted a...more

Under Delaware Law, the Occurrence of Alleged Illegal Conduct at a Company Is Not Enough to Plead Demand Futility Sufficient to...

In a shareholder derivative action, to survive a motion to dismiss for failure to plead facts showing demand futility, a derivative plaintiff must plead particularized facts showing either actual involvement by a majority of...more

Regulatory Update and Recent SEC Enforcement Actions

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REGULATORY UPDATE - Department of Labor (“DOL”) Fiduciary Rule Partially Goes into Effect - On June 9, 2017, after a near two month delay, the DOL’s controversial Fiduciary Rule (“the Rule”) became partially effective....more

En banc D.C. Circuit Split Leaves Intact Panel Ruling That SEC ALJs Are Not Inferior Officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia, which held...more

Report Shows 2016 Record-Setting Year for Class Action and SEC Settlements

Last week, proxy advisory firm Institutional Shareholders Services (“ISS”) published its semi-annual report of the top 100 U.S. securities class action settlements and top 50 SEC settlements of all time, as of December 31,...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week In Review

Financial Industry Developments - Fee Rate Advisory #3 for Fiscal Year 2017 - On May 31, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission ("Commission") announced that starting July 4, 2017, the fee rates applicable to most...more

Supreme Limits:  Kokesh v. SEC Imposes a 5-Year Limit on Disgorgement Claims

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that claims by the Securities and Exchange Commission seeking disgorgement must be commenced within five years of accrual. The ruling, which resolved a circuit split,...more

The Supreme Court Reins in the SEC Further on Its Time to Pursue Enforcement Remedies

by BakerHostetler on

On June 5, the United States Supreme Court unanimously decided in Kokesh v. SEC[1] that when the Securities and Exchange Commission (the SEC or the Commission) seeks the disgorgement of ill-gotten gains that a defendant...more

U.S. Supreme Court Significantly Limits SEC's Power to Recover Disgorgement

by Jones Day on

On June 5, 2017, in an unanimous ruling in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, the United States Supreme Court significantly limited the breadth of the Securities and Exchange Commission's primary enforcement tool. The Court held that...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Limits the SEC’s Ability to Seek Disgorgement

This week, the United State Supreme Court finally resolved a circuit split and unanimously held that SEC actions seeking to disgorge ill-gotten gains are subject to a five-year statute of limitations on civil fines, penalties...more

U.S. Supreme Court Rules Time Limits Apply to SEC Disgorgement Orders

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A unanimous United States Supreme Court held Monday, in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, that the five-year statute of limitations under 28 U.S.C. § 2462 applies to disgorgement sought by the Securities and...more

SCOTUS Limits SEC Disgorgement Remedies

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously held that SEC disgorgement remedies used as punitive sanctions for violating federal securities laws constitute civil penalties and are subject to the five-year statute of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

New Chairman Jay Clayton began at the agency this week. There are now three Commissioners, at least until early June when the term of another Commissioner expires. ...more

Financial Regulators Take Note: The Supreme Court’s Newest Member is a Tough Taskmaster

On April 10, 2017, Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as the Supreme Court’s 113th justice. While his experience on the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals with cases involving financial regulation may be limited, certain of his decisions...more

Corporate E-Note - March 2017

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Burr & Forman recently defended the contract manufacturer XYMOGEN, Inc. in a federal jury trial involving a $16,000,000 lost profits claim by a disgruntled former customer. Please see full E-Note below for more...more

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