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The Race to the Bottom

The Race to the Bottom

A faculty-student collaboration on corporate governance. By Professor J. Robert Brown, Jr.

http://www.theracetothebottom.org/
  • Apr 23

    City of Brockton Ret. Sys. v. CVS Caremark Corp: Court Finds Adequate Pleadings by Brockton Upon Remand

    City of Brockton Ret. Sys. v. CVS Caremark Corp: Court Finds Adequate Pleadings by Brockton Upon Remand
    Upon remand from the First Circuit Court of Appeals, the District Court of Rhode Island in City of Brockton Ret. Sys. v. CVS Caremark Corp., 09-cv-554-JL, 2013 WL 6841927 (D.R.I. Dec. 31, 2013), denied CVS Caremark Corporation’s…
  • Apr 22

    The Evolution of Executive Compensation and the Impact of Say on Pay

    The Evolution of Executive Compensation and the Impact of Say on Pay
    The NYT published a pair of pieces on executive compensation. One looked at the amount (a 9% increase in the median) and the other looked at the metrics used to determine the amount. Other articles have suggested that companies use a wide…
  • Apr 21

    Anonymous Whistleblower Awarded $14 Million by the SEC

    Anonymous Whistleblower Awarded $14 Million by the SEC
    On October 1, 2013, the SEC awarded more than $14 million to an anonymous whistleblower whose information led to an enforcement action that recovered substantial investor funds. This was the largest award granted since the whistleblower…
Rank this Week: 58

FinancialCounsel

FinancialCounsel

Features podcasts on compliance, employment and industry intelligence for investment professionals and investment, planning and regulatory intelligence for investors. By James J. Eccleston.

http://financialcounsel.typepad.com/financialcounsel/
  • Apr 22

    How prepared are you?

    How prepared are you?
    This follows the Keyhole route to the Boulder Field, then ascends the North Face of the peak. The player is entitled to know who is his King called before be declares for the vole. He is internationally renowned for the...
  • Apr 22

    怎样奖惩让业务员心服口服

    怎样奖惩让业务员心服口服
  • Apr 21

    大数据时代的到来

    大数据时代的到来
Rank this Week: 93

The White Law Group's Securities…

The White Law Group's Securities Fraud Blog

Covers securities fraud cases, investment fraud practices and securities industry regulations.

http://www.whitesecuritieslaw.com/securities-fraud/blog/
  • Apr 22

    Illinois Forms Securities Fraud Section

    Illinois Forms Securities Fraud Section
    According to a recent report in Crain’s, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois recently created a new section to prosecute securities and commodities fraud. The new fraud section was formed as part of the criminal…
  • Apr 22

    NJ Broker Pleads Guilty to Fraud

    NJ Broker Pleads Guilty to Fraud
    According to FA-mag.com a former New Jersey borker, Randy Schneider recently plead quilty to theft by unlawful taking. Schneider allegedly stole nearly one million dollars from two elderly clients. According to the report, Schneider worked…
  • Apr 17

    DBSI Executives Found Guilty

    DBSI Executives Found Guilty
    According to reports, CEO and president of DBSI, Douglas L. Swenson, was convicted of thirty-four counts of wire fraud and forty-four counts of securities fraud. Three other top DBSI executives were also convicted on multiple fraud charges.…
Rank this Week: 142

Page Perry LLC Blog

Page Perry LLC Blog

Covers securities broker abuses, early retirement scams, elder abuses, subprime mortages, collateralized debt obligations, and annuities.

http://www.pageperry.com/blog/
  • May 23

    SEC Charges Former LPL Advisor With Fraud

    SEC Charges Former LPL Advisor With Fraud
    On May 23, 2013, the SEC charged a former LPL Financial LLC advisor, Blake Richards, with fraud and misappropriating $2 million from at least six clients.  The SEC filed the civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern…
  • May 6

    Wells Fargo Settles Medical Capital Class Action for $105 Million

    Wells Fargo Settles Medical Capital Class Action for $105 Million
    InvestmentNews reports that Wells Fargo & Co. has agreed to pay $105 million in a class action lawsuit brought by investors who purchased Medical Capital notes.  The notes turned out to be a fraudulent medical receivables scheme. The…
  • Apr 23

    Front-End Bonus Payments May Need To Be Disclosed

    Front-End Bonus Payments May Need To Be Disclosed
    If your broker or financial adviser told you he was moving to another brokerage firm and asked you to move your account there, would you want to know if he was being paid thousands or millions of dollars to make the move?  The Financial…
Rank this Week: 264

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Focuses on complliance, corporate governance, disclosure, mergers and tax issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.corporatesecuritieslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 279

Securities Law Prof Blog

Securities Law Prof Blog

Covers securities arbitration, state securities law, court decisions and law review articles. By Eric C. Chaffee.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/securities/
Rank this Week: 310

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 23

    New York State Fines AXA Equitable $20 Million Over Variable Annuity Product

    New York State Fines AXA Equitable $20 Million Over Variable Annuity Product
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on March 17, 2014, that AXA Equitable (AXA) agreed to a consent order to pay a $20 million fine to the New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) for violations relating to certain variable annuity…
  • Apr 22

    Investors in LEAF Limited Partnerships May Have A Investment Claim

    Investors in LEAF Limited Partnerships May Have A Investment Claim
    Some investment advisors have touted alternative investments as safe, stable, high return products.  The truth is, these products are often laden with risks that are not disclosed and discussed with clients.  In addition,…
  • Apr 21

    FINRA Announces UBS Puerto Rico Bond Fund Cases to Move Forward

    FINRA Announces UBS Puerto Rico Bond Fund Cases to Move Forward
    On Monday, April 14, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced that it would lift the hold that it had put on some cases related to the collapse of Puerto Rico Bond Funds. FINRA has been able to expand its pool of…
Rank this Week: 311

California Corporate & Securities…

California Corporate & Securities Law

Covers California securities law, corporate governance, mergers & acquisitions and securities litigation. By Keith Paul Bishop.

http://calcorporatelaw.com/
Rank this Week: 306

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Apr 23

    Glossy Annual Reports: Corp Fin Will No Longer Scan Them, So Why…

    Glossy Annual Reports: Corp Fin Will No Longer Scan Them, So Why…
    Last week, Corp Fin announced that it will no longer scan glossy annual reports into Edgar – thus, meaning they will no longer be available online through the SEC’s website. However, companies are still required to post glossy…
  • Apr 22

    Why I Don’t Like Corp Fin’s New “Legend for Twitter” Guidance

    Why I Don’t Like Corp Fin’s New “Legend for Twitter” Guidance
    Yesterday, Corp Fin issued 2 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations dealing with social media. The first CDI deals with how to affix legends to tweets & other social media communications. The second CDI deals with retweeting or…
  • Apr 21

    18 Cool Things About Spectra Energy’s ’14 Proxy Statement

    18 Cool Things About Spectra Energy’s ’14 Proxy Statement
    In this 2-minute video, there are 18 great ways that Spectra Energy enhances the usability of its 2014 proxy statement (compare to last year’s proxy): Say-on-Pay: 3rd & 4th Failures Over the last week, Cogent Communications Group…
Rank this Week: 389

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

News and commentary on Directors and Officers Liability. By Kevin M. LaCroix.

http://www.dandodiary.com/
Rank this Week: 409

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

Covers securities arbitration, litigation and regulatory news. By Maddox Hargett & Caruso, P.C.

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Apr 11

    Variable Universal & Indexed Universal Life Insurance Policie

    Variable Universal & Indexed Universal Life Insurance Policie
    In an April 4, 2014 article in The Wall Street Journal (“The Great Life-Insurance Temptation”), customers are warned that they “could be in for a shock” as a result of the correlation between specific life insurance…
  • Apr 10

    SEC Is Probing Dealings by Banks and Companies in Loan Securitie

    SEC Is Probing Dealings by Banks and Companies in Loan Securitie
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a Wall Street boom in complicated bond deals. SEC investigators are looking at whether banks and companies are using the bond deals to hide certain risks illegally, said the people close…
  • Apr 2

    SEC Is Probing Dealings by Banks and Companies in Loan Securitie

    SEC Is Probing Dealings by Banks and Companies in Loan Securitie
    On March 24, 2014, an article in The Wall Street Journal (“SEC is Probing Dealings by Banks and Companies in Loan Securities”), disclosed that the Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether a Wall Street boom in…
Rank this Week: 416

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

Covers the right to recover money from dishonest stockbrokers and investment advisers.

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
  • Apr 21

    ETF, ETN Investors Could Recover Losse

    ETF, ETN Investors Could Recover Losse
    Lawyers are investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) issued by Credit Suisse and other full-service brokerage firms. According to Bloomberg,…
  • Apr 16

    Morgan Stanley Customers Could Recover Losses for Unsuitable Puerto Rico Bond Sale

    Morgan Stanley Customers Could Recover Losses for Unsuitable Puerto Rico Bond Sale
    Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating claims on behalf of Morgan Stanley customers who suffered significant losses in Puerto Rico Bonds. The investigation concerns Morgan Stanley sales practices of Puerto Rico bonds and bond…
  • Apr 15

    Pennsylvania Regulators Investigate Non-traded REIT Sale

    Pennsylvania Regulators Investigate Non-traded REIT Sale
    Investment fraud lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of investors who suffered significant losses in non-traded real estate investment trusts, or non-traded REITs, in light of an investigation that is now underway by the…
Rank this Week: 427

Florida Securities Fraud Lawyer…

Florida Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities fraud, investor fraud and Ponzi schemes. By McCabe Rabin, P.A.

http://www.floridasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
Rank this Week: 419

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

Offers investigative reporting aimed at exposing securities fraud. By Chris Carey.

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Mar 28

    SEC probe of Kandi Technologies has risen to a formal investigation

    SEC probe of Kandi Technologies has risen to a formal investigation
    The Securities and Exchange Commission is conducting a formal investigation of Kandi Technologies Corp. (Nasdaq: KNDI), a Chinese company that has been the subject of several Sharesleuth stories. Kandi did not mention the investigation in the…
  • Oct 31

    People behind Twitter suit have history of questionable dealing

    People behind Twitter suit have history of questionable dealing
    The principals of two financial firms that sued Twitter Inc. for $124 million in damages have a history of dealings with questionable companies and questionable partners. Continental Advisors SA and Precedo Capital Group Inc. say Twitter…
  • Sep 23

    Virtual Piggy Inc: Developer of safe payment system for young people has questionable backer

    Virtual Piggy Inc: Developer of safe payment system for young people has questionable backer
    (Editor’s Note: Sharesleuth has taken down the story on Virtual Piggy Inc. (OTCBB: VPIG) that appeared under this headline last Friday. We will publish a revised version shortly.)
Rank this Week: 439

Business Blog

Business Blog

Covers business law, labor & employment, real estate and securities and finance topics. By Scarinci Hollenbeck.

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Apr 23

    False Claims Act Statistics Reveal Robust Enforcement

    False Claims Act Statistics Reveal Robust Enforcement
    The Department of Justice recently released its enforcement statistics under the False Claim Act (FCA), the federal government’s primary civil enforcement tool to recover losses due to false claims for government funds and property…
  • Apr 22

    5 Key Tips for Encouraging Internal Whistleblower

    5 Key Tips for Encouraging Internal Whistleblower
    In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Lawson v. FMR, LLC, whistleblower claims against U.S. companies are likely to rise. As previously discussed, the Court ruled that the whistleblower protections of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act…
  • Apr 21

    Is Your Favorite Brew Really a “Craft” Beer?

    Is Your Favorite Brew Really a “Craft” Beer?
    The number of craft breweries in the United States has skyrocketed in recent years. Most recently, the monks of St. Joseph Abbey, located in a small Massachusetts town, made headlines by introducing the first and only certified Trappist ale…
Rank this Week: 548

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Stock Broker Fraud Blog

Covers broker fraud, investor fraud, marketing timing, and securities fraud. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.stockbrokerfraudblog.com/
Rank this Week: 523

Securities Lawyer 101

Securities Lawyer 101

Covers securities enforcement, securities law and going public matters. By Hamilton & Associates.

http://www.securitieslawyer101.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    Corporate Hijackings 101 l Securities Lawyer 101 Blog

    Corporate Hijackings 101 l Securities Lawyer 101 Blog
    Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Corporate hijackings, also known as corporate identity theft, of public shell companies has been around for more than a decade.  It  is a growing method used by fraudsters to acquire…
  • Feb 26

    George Theodule Sentenced to 150 Month

    George Theodule Sentenced to 150 Month
    On February 26, 2014, the FBI announced George Louis Theodule, 52, a former resident of Wellington, Florida was sentenced to 150 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Theodule previously pled guilty to wire…
  • Feb 26

    SEC Charges Arizona-Based Equity Fund l Securities Lawyer 101

    SEC Charges Arizona-Based Equity Fund l Securities Lawyer 101
    Securities Lawyer 101 Blog On February 26, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced charges against an Arizona-based private equity fund manager and his investment advisory firm for…
Rank this Week: 684

Startup Law Blog

Startup Law Blog

Covers legal and regulatory developments in startup, securities law and regulation. By Joe Wallin.

http://www.startuplawblog.com/
  • Apr 23

    Spain Tech Week

    Spain Tech Week
    As part of the “Spain Tech Week 2014”, the Spanish startup community is converging on Seattle to explore business and investment opportunities. Come to this event and: Meet more than 30 Spanish startups. Network with twenty…
  • Apr 16

    How is corporate M&A strategy developed?

    How is corporate M&A strategy developed?
    How do strategic M&A events germinate? When does the corporate development process for major companies begin? How is corporate strategy developed? Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s inaugural session answers these questions and more.…
  • Apr 1

    Crowdfunding : Key Decisions and Strategie

    Crowdfunding : Key Decisions and Strategie
    Crowdfunding has become a reality in Washington State. This is a great opportunity for startups and entrepreneurs to finally get the funding they need to move forward with the support of many small contributors. But there are still strict SEC…
Rank this Week: 669

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Apr 23

    TelexFree Trustee Says "Compelling Evidence of Fraud," Seeks Appointment Of Independent Trustee

    TelexFree Trustee Says "Compelling Evidence of Fraud," Seeks Appointment Of Independent Trustee
     Given the facts alleged in the SEC Case, TelexFree appears to be engaged in a classic Ponzi scheme. - Tracy Hope Davis, U.S. Trustee  The United States trustee overseeing the bankruptcy cases of TelexFree, LLC, TelexFree,…
  • Apr 22

    TelexFree Seeks Six-Week Extension To File Financial Information

    TelexFree Seeks Six-Week Extension To File Financial Information
    Attorneys for TelexFree have filed a motion seeking court approval for a six-week extension to provide the required supplements to their bankruptcy filing, including financial disclosure statements, summaries of assets, and lists of…
  • Apr 21

    Zeek Receiver Slams Lawyers' Efforts To Redirect Claim Distribution

    Zeek Receiver Slams Lawyers' Efforts To Redirect Claim Distribution
    The court-appointed receiver overseeing efforts to recover funds for victims of the $600 million ZeekRewards Ponzi scheme has again reserved strong words for efforts by certain victims' lawyers to have distributions sent to their law offices,…
Rank this Week: 595

Securities Arbitration Blog

Securities Arbitration Blog

Covers the happenings in the Securities and Investment Fraud Sector. By Guiliano Law Firm.

http://www.securitiesarbitrations.com
  • Apr 18

    Lawyers Tempt Fate Before Second Circuit and No One Likes What They May Get

    Lawyers Tempt Fate Before Second Circuit and No One Likes What They May Get
    Last year, a Connecticut based hedge fund, Turnberry Capital Management LP, filed a FINRA arbitration securities claim against SunTrust Banks, Inc. to recover $13 million it lost in 2007 by investing in mortgage backed securities. However,…
  • Mar 13

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania
    What does a big firm commercial defense lawyer, a banker, a healthcare lobbyist, a parking authority commissioner and an Allegheny parks commissioner all have in common? andnbsp; Apparently, they are all friends of Pennsylvania Governor Tom…
  • Mar 13

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania

    Investment Fraudsters: You have a friend in Pennsylvania
    What does a big firm commercial defense lawyer, a banker, a healthcare lobbyist, a parking authority commissioner and an Allegheny parks commissioner all have in common? andnbsp; Apparently, they are all friends of Governor Tom Corbett…
Rank this Week: 619

Footnoted

Footnoted

Reports on actionable information in SEC filings.

http://www.footnoted.com/
  • Apr 11

    Hertz CFO being paid twice for one job

    Hertz CFO being paid twice for one job
    Hertz' new CFO is being paid twice -- once by Hertz and an even larger "salary" by his former employer, Hilton Worldwide.
  • Apr 7

    Proxy madness: mystery fees at Google

    Proxy madness: mystery fees at Google
    New disclosures in Google's proxy caught our attention and created a bit of a mystery on exactly what the company is paying for.
  • Mar 26

    Advanced Micro Devices execs say game on!

    Advanced Micro Devices execs say game on!
    It's silly season for perks, which means disclosure like the one at AMD which provided Xbox's and PlayStations to their named executives in 2013.
Rank this Week: 664

Institutional Investor Securities…

Institutional Investor Securities Blog

Covers investment fraud involving auction-rate securities, credit rating agencies, hedge funds and mortgage-backed securities. By Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas.

http://www.institutionalinvestorsecuritiesblog.com/
  • Dec 29

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae
    Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) has arrived at a $591 million mortgage settlement with Fannie Mae (FNMA). The arrangement resolves claims that the banking institution sold faulty mortgages to the government run-home loan financier and covers…
  • Apr 16

    Barclays Settles Two Libor-Related Securities Case

    Barclays Settles Two Libor-Related Securities Case
    Barclays (BARC) has just settled two Libor-related securities cases alleging mis-selling related to Libor. In the first lawsuit, filed by Guardian Care Homes over interest swaps worth £70M that were linked to the benchmark interest…
  • Apr 15

    SEC Takes a Closer Look at Municipal Bond

    SEC Takes a Closer Look at Municipal Bond
    The US Securities and Exchange Commission is finally beginning to scrutinize municipal bond issuers. Recent efforts include the opening of investigations into whether certain municipalities misled investors about their financial well-being…
Rank this Week: 703

Stock Attorneys Blog

Stock Attorneys Blog

Covers FINRA arbitration, securities litigation, and stockbroker misconduct. By Blum Law Group.

http://www.stockattorneysblog.com/
Rank this Week: 712

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

Covers corporate law, securities law, intellectual property, and social entrepreneurship. By Arina Shulga.

http://www.businesslawpost.com
  • Apr 17

    Elusive Bitcoin: Regulation of Bitcoin in the U.S. Part II

    Elusive Bitcoin: Regulation of Bitcoin in the U.S. Part II
    Today, I am going to summarize FinCEN’s regulations relating to Bitcoin.The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is an agency within the US Treasure Department. Its mission is to safeguard the financial system from illicit…
  • Apr 16

    Elusive Bitcoin: Regulation of Bitcoin in the U.S. Part I

    Elusive Bitcoin: Regulation of Bitcoin in the U.S. Part I
    The phenomenon of Bitcoin (and virtual currency in general) presents an interesting legal conundrum. It is still not clear for many where does Bitcoin fit within our legal system, and whether and how to regulate it. Today, I would like to…
  • Feb 1

    Could Your Update on LinkedIn Violate a Non-Compete Agreement?

    Could Your Update on LinkedIn Violate a Non-Compete Agreement?
    Today, I am re-posting a blog post of a colleague of mine (with his permission) that I found to be particularly interesting and relevant for those of you who are looking to leave your present employers to start your own businesses or to just…
Rank this Week: 690

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Apr 14

    A Simple Act of Congress to Make Things Better for Startup

    A Simple Act of Congress to Make Things Better for Startup
    My friend Joe Wallin had an idea earlier today, which was, “how can Congress pass a single, simple law, to tell federal agencies to back off the rulemaking?” His idea is borne of the frustration we all feel when Congress...
  • Apr 9

    Another Car2Go story

    Another Car2Go story
    I love this service. A lot of people in Seattle are talking about the politics of ride sharing services. But Car2Go is more like a self-service. Or the loan of hardware, I guess you could say. Because you find a...
  • Apr 2

    Non-accredited crowdfunding: a license to pillage the vulnerable, or democracy in action?

    Non-accredited crowdfunding: a license to pillage the vulnerable, or democracy in action?
    The essential problem with Title III of the JOBS Act is that it doesn't pick sides.
Rank this Week: 775

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
  • Apr 19

    Sample Practices that Create Firm Liability for Customer Investment Losse

    Sample Practices that Create Firm Liability for Customer Investment Losse
    Securities firms and brokers can't always "blame it on the market" when it comes to investor losses. In addition to state and federal securities laws, FINRA rules impose obligations upon securities firms and brokers. In particular, FINRA…
  • Apr 17

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving William Bradford Coolidge (Cordova, Tennessee)

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving William Bradford Coolidge (Cordova, Tennessee)
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding William Bradford Coolidge (CRD #1636957, Cordova, Tennessee), also known as Brad Coolidge and William B. Coolidge. Coolidge recently submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he…
  • Apr 15

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Stefani Ann Bennett (Salmon, Idaho)

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Stefani Ann Bennett (Salmon, Idaho)
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Stefani Ann Bennett (CRD #5890347, Salmon, Idaho). Bennett recently submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which she was barred from association with any FINRA member in any…
Rank this Week: 1086

Federal Securities Law Blog

Federal Securities Law Blog

FedSecLaw.com is devoted to highlighting current issues in securities laws, discussing the ramifications of those issues for today’s businesses, and providing bottom-line takeaways for busy owners, managers, and executives. Published by Porter, Wright,

http://www.fedseclaw.com/
Rank this Week: 900

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • Apr 4

    Client Alert: Surrender Charges & Annuity Churning

    Client Alert: Surrender Charges & Annuity Churning
    Fitapelli Kurta is investigating claims related to surrender charges and other suspicious annuity fees. A surrender charge is a type of sales charge an investor has to pay when he or she sells or withdraws money from…
  • Apr 4

    Investigation: Michael Lombardo, David Lerner Broker

    Investigation: Michael Lombardo, David Lerner Broker
    Fitapelli Kurta is investigating complaints against former David Lerner Associates broker Michael Lombardo, who was terminated by the firm effective March 13, 2014.  Mr. Lombardo was a broker in David Lerner’s Westport, CT branch.…
  • Mar 31

    Investigation: Broker Mark Imbertson of Merrill Lynch

    Investigation: Broker Mark Imbertson of Merrill Lynch
    Fitapelli Kurta is investigating complaints related to Mark E. Imbertsonsale’s sale of risky ETFs while he was registered at Merrill Lynch.  Imbertson first became registered with FINRA in August 1998.  He worked for…
Rank this Week: 1055

Securities Class Action &…

Securities Class Action & Arbitration Law

Covers securities class action litigation and FINRA arbitrations, SEC regulatory developments and FINRA disciplinary decisions. By Jay Eng.

http://securitiesattorneys.us/
Rank this Week: 990

Securities Law Practice Center

Securities Law Practice Center

Covers news, analysis and resources in the securities field. By the Practicing Law Institute (PLI).

http://seclawcenter.pli.edu
  • Apr 5

    Tweet This! SEC Addresses Application of Regulation FD to Social Media

    Tweet This! SEC Addresses Application of Regulation FD to Social Media
    On April 2nd, the SEC issued a report of investigation that makes clear public companies may use social media such as Twitter and Facebook to announce information in compliance with Regulation FD as long as the companies made investors aware…
  • Apr 3

    Simpson Thacher: March Securities Law Alert

    Simpson Thacher: March Securities Law Alert
    We are pleased to share the most recent edition of the Simpson Thacher Securities Law Alert, edited by litigation Partners Jonathan Youngwood, Peter Kazanoff, and Paul Gluckow. The following is a summary of the March 2013 edition of the…
  • Apr 1

    Delaware Court of Chancery Enjoins Board from Resisting Insurgent Director Slate

    Delaware Court of Chancery Enjoins Board from Resisting Insurgent Director Slate
    In Kallick v. SandRidge Energy, Inc. the Delaware Court of Chancery preliminarily enjoined the board of SandRidge Energy, Inc. from impeding a consent solicitation by one of the Company’s largest stockholders to replace the incumbent…
Rank this Week: 1111

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

Features news, commentary and thoughts on the law of the securities markets. By Mark Astarita.

http://seclaw.blogspot.com/
  • Apr 23

    Honolulu Woman Charged with Fraud Through Social Media

    Honolulu Woman Charged with Fraud Through Social Media
    According to the SEC, its investigation found that Keiko Kawamura engaged in two separate fraudulent schemes to raise money from investors while casting herself as an investment and hedge fund expert when in fact she had virtually no prior…
  • Apr 21

    SEC Charges Brokerage Firm Executives in Kickback Scheme to Secure Business of Venezuelan Bank

    SEC Charges Brokerage Firm Executives in Kickback Scheme to Secure Business of Venezuelan Bank
    The Securities and Exchange Commission announced another round of charges in its ongoing case against several individuals involved in a massive kickback scheme to secure the bond trading business of a state-owned Venezuelan bank.The SEC…
  • Apr 20

    Lessons About Handling Money

    Lessons About Handling Money
    I have represented a few professional athletes over the years. Unfortunately, it is after they have lost their wealth, or failed to plan for the end of their professional sports careers. They have either lost their money, or spent it, and are…
Rank this Week: 1438

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

News and comments on securities law. By The Frankowski Firm, LLC

http://www.securitieslaw-blog.com/
  • Apr 21

    SEC Charges San Diego Investment Adviser

    SEC Charges San Diego Investment Adviser
    Last week, the SEC filed charges against a San Diego investment advisory firm called Total Wealth Management, its Chief Executive Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, and an investment adviser representative for misleading investors and…
  • Apr 18

    Agent Sentenced To Five Years In Southern California For Ponzi Scheme

    Agent Sentenced To Five Years In Southern California For Ponzi Scheme
    Michael Zuno Zuniga of Fullerton, California was sentenced to five years in Los Angeles County jail and ordered to pay $1.2 million in restitution for his part in a Ponzi scheme that preyed on senior citizens in the Los Angeles area. The…
  • Apr 16

    Ruling Upcoming On Fiduciary Duty For Broker

    Ruling Upcoming On Fiduciary Duty For Broker
    Should brokers be required to act in the best interest of their clients when providing personalized investment advice, including recommendations about securities, to retail investors? The answer to that question is close to a resolution.…
Rank this Week: 1443

Broke and Broker

Broke and Broker

Covers the Wall Street docket of criminal, civil, regulatory, and arbitration cases. By Bill Singer.

http://brokeandbroker.com/index.php
  • Apr 17

    Customer Loan Earns Stockbroker A Fine And Suspension

    Customer Loan Earns Stockbroker A Fine And Suspension
    Wall Street may be the place where trillions of dollars exchange hands, but it's not the place where a registered person should simply ask a customer for the loan of a few bucks. Which is not to say that a stockbroker can't borrow money from…
  • Apr 17

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com
    Stockbroker, Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory JobsEmployment Page BrokeAndBroker.com Jobs#brokeandbroker ...
  • Apr 16

    Getting The Wall Street Girl To Do It

    Getting The Wall Street Girl To Do It
    For the purpose of proposing a settlement of rule violations alleged by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), without admitting or denying the findings, prior to a regulatory hearing, and without an adjudication of…
Rank this Week: 1451

100 F Street

100 F Street

Covers securities law for growing businesses. By Vanessa Schoenthaler.

http://100fstreet.com/
  • Apr 9

    You Know that Old Adage About a Picture Being Worth a 1,000 Words …

    You Know that Old Adage About a Picture Being Worth a 1,000 Words …
    TweetOr perhaps this post should be entitled: “Lessons in How Not to Preside Over Your Annual Meeting” While I haven’t been following the proxy contest over at Harvard Illinois Bancorp, things seem to have taken an…
  • Apr 8

    The SEC Issues 9 New FAQs Relating to Conflict Mineral Disclosure

    The SEC Issues 9 New FAQs Relating to Conflict Mineral Disclosure
    TweetWith the filing deadline for the first Form SD a little more than a month away (June 2, 2014), yesterday the Division of Corporation Finance issued nine new FAQs providing additional conflict mineral disclosure guidance. This…
  • Mar 17

    CorpFin’s Updated and Refined WKSI Ineligible Issuer Waiver Framework

    CorpFin’s Updated and Refined WKSI Ineligible Issuer Waiver Framework
    TweetOn Wednesday the Division of Corporation Finance issued a revision to its July 2011 statement on well-known seasoned issuer waivers. The original statement was issued to provide guidance on what constitutes “a showing of good…
Rank this Week: 1533

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Reports on judicial decisions of significance to business and shareholders. By Mack Sperling of Brooks Pierce LLP.

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
  • Apr 9

    A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit

    A Million Dollars In Fees For Class Counsel in Wachovia/Wells Fargo Merger Lawsuit
    When I first looked at Judge Murphy's (unpublished) Order in Ehrenhaus v. Baker earlier this month awarding attorneys' fees to the class action attorneys who sued Wachovia and Wells Fargo over their merger in 2008,  I was disappointed,…
  • Apr 8

    Business Court Makes North Carolina Safe For Construction Lawyer

    Business Court Makes North Carolina Safe For Construction Lawyer
    Construction lawyers in North Carolina can breathe a sigh of relief.  On Friday of last week, the Business Court ruled that the service of on-line service provider Lienguard in preparing claims of lien constitutes the unauthorized…
  • Apr 7

    Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency

    Real Estate Agents Need To Be Careful About Disclosing Dual Agency
    Dual agency is a big deal to real estate agents.  It lets them represent both a buyer and a seller in a transaction.  Dual agency was the focal point of the Business Court's opinion last week in BDM Investments v. Lenhil, Inc.,…
Rank this Week: 1225

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference
    Most of us have at least a “street-level” understanding of defamation. Individuals that hear or read damaging false statements about themselves or their business typically think: “I need to find a defamation lawyer.”…
  • Mar 19

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management
    In 1378, the Statute of Scandalum Magnatum granted judges and church officials in England a legal right to compensation if they had been insulted or defamed. The first Common Law defamation action on record was filed in England in 1507. …
  • Mar 12

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List
    Troy Kennedy (Kennedy”) left his position as director and executive officer of a trust and investment company when that company was bought by Central Trust & Investment Company (“CTI”). Kennedy left to found a competing…
Rank this Week: 1260

The Lebrecht Group, APLC Blog

The Lebrecht Group, APLC Blog

Discusses corporate securities law .

http://www.thelebrechtgroup.com/blog/
  • Jul 11

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering
    At long last, the SEC has approved general solicitation in 506 offerings.  I have previously blogged on the subject here and here. It seems each stakeholder group is claiming it as their own victory.  Hedge funds, crowdfunders,…
  • Jun 19

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?
    This week, Fox Business News contributor Tobin Smith was terminated because he violated their policy that “no contributor to FBN [Fox Business Network], nor his/her firm, and/or family members are allowed to accept financial…
  • Jun 6

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?
    This, of course, is a misleading question.  The answer is never.  In case you need some law to back up that conclusion, take a look at the recent case of Robert J. Vitale.  Mr. Vitale was the subject of an SEC enforcement…
Rank this Week: 1152

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Inside Sarbanes Oxley

Covers Sarbanes-Oxley and compliance.

http://insidesarbanesoxley.com/
  • Sep 10

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act

    Whistleblowing – What you need to know about the Dodd-Frank Act
    If your organization isn’t already offering incentives to ferret out inappropriate behaviors, the new Dodd-Frank Act and whistleblowing rewards just might (and could make your company the next public spectacle). Deloitte’s…
  • May 26

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum

    Internal Audit: The Continuous Conundrum
    The department painstakingly went through its inventory of SOX controls to determine which ones could be assessed just by analyzing data in company systems. Then data-analytic scripts were written to allow exceptions to be found. Now, for…
  • May 26

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader

    How to choose the right nonexecutive board leader
    Ever since stock-listing requirements prompted many US companies to name an independent director to serve as the chairman, lead director, or presiding director of the board, these companies have been grappling with what, exactly, this board…
Rank this Week: 1424

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Apr 23

    All The CLE You Could Possibly Want

    All The CLE You Could Possibly Want
    It is not too late to sign up for PLI's Handling a Securities Case 2014: From Investigation to Trial and Everything in Between. The program takes place on Thursday, April 24 in New York and via webcast (and, shortly thereafter,...
  • Apr 11

    Cornerstone Releases Report On Settlement

    Cornerstone Releases Report On Settlement
    Cornerstone Research has released its annual report on securities class action settlements. The notable findings include: (1) There were 67 settlements last year, a 17.5% increase from 2012. The report concludes that the increase is likely…
  • Mar 28

    Shielding From Suspicion

    Shielding From Suspicion
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has issued an opinion - Yates v. Municipal Mortgage & Equity, LLC, 2014 WL 890018 (4th Cir. March 7, 2014) - that clarifies the court's position on several securities fraud issues....
Rank this Week: 2212

Cady Bar the Door

Cady Bar the Door

Provides insight and commentary on SEC enforcement actions. By Brooks Pierce.

http://www.secmiscellany.com
  • Apr 23

    Texas Court of Appeals Has Put Some FCPA Internal Investigations in an Awkward Spot

    Texas Court of Appeals Has Put Some FCPA Internal Investigations in an Awkward Spot
    Given that this case was decided last summer, I can’t quite put the headline in the present tense.  I’m slow to the draw on it, but I think it’s important.  Last July, in Writt v. Shell Oil Co., 409 S.W.3d 59 (Tex.…
  • Apr 17

    SEC Says the Cyber Police Are Coming

    SEC Says the Cyber Police Are Coming
    Pretty soon we’ll all be data privacy lawyers.  The SEC is certainly doing its part to ensure that comes to pass.  Earlier this year the SEC’s Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations announced that its 2014…
  • Apr 10

    Give Me That Old-Time Insider Trading

    Give Me That Old-Time Insider Trading
    Recently I had a question that required me to review Don Langevoort’s comprehensive insider trading treatise.  It got me thinking about the roots of insider trading law.  Specifically, the pre-SEC, pre-10b-5 insider trading…
Rank this Week: 1958

DealLawyers.com Blog

DealLawyers.com Blog

Covers mergers & acquisitions. From editor Broc Romanek, who is also editor of TheCorporateCounsel.net.

http://www.deallawyers.com/Blog/
  • Apr 23

    Another New Paradigm: Corporate & Hedgie Team Up for Hostile Bid

    Another New Paradigm: Corporate & Hedgie Team Up for Hostile Bid
    As noted in the DealBook piece, William Ackman, the well-known hedge fund manager, has teamed up with Valeant, a big health care company, to make a hostile bid for Allergan. Here’s an excerpt from that article: If successful, the joint…
  • Apr 22

    Corp Fin Issues New “Legend for Twitter” & “Retweeting” Guidance

    Corp Fin Issues New “Legend for Twitter” & “Retweeting” Guidance
    Yesterday, Corp Fin issued 2 new Compliance & Disclosure Interpretations dealing with social media. The first CDI deals with how to affix legends to tweets & other social media communications. The second CDI deals with retweeting or…
  • Apr 21

    Transcript: “Rural/Metro and Claims for Aiding & Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty”

    Transcript: “Rural/Metro and Claims for Aiding & Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty”
    We have posted the transcript for our popular webcast: “Rural/Metro and Claims for Aiding & Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty.”
Rank this Week: 2187

Securities Litigation and…

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

Covers SEC investigations, insider trading, derivative actions, white collar defense, and whistleblowers. By Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

http://blogs.orrick.com/securities-litigation/
Rank this Week: 1574

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

Covers business law for entrepreneurs, emerging companies and the investment management industry. By Alexander J. Davie.

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1660

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 2194

Chicago Securities Lawyer Blog

Chicago Securities Lawyer Blog

Covers FINRA and securities fraud. By Thomas F. Burke, P.C.

http://www.chicagosecuritieslawyerblog.com/
  • Apr 17

    You Might Think Twice About Using A Broker Who Failed The Exam To Get His License

    You Might Think Twice About Using A Broker Who Failed The Exam To Get His License
    The Wall Street Journal reported that there are more than 51,500 stockbrokers that have failed, at least once, an exam to obtain a license to sell securities. Additionally, those brokers that failed the exam have worse disciplinary records…
  • Jan 20

    Justice Department Weak on Charging Individuals for White Collar Crime

    Justice Department Weak on Charging Individuals for White Collar Crime
    On Friday, January 17, 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that a University of Virginia law professor's analysis revealed that the Justice Department hadn't charged employees at nearly two thirds of nearly 400 companies that have settled…
  • Jan 20

    The Wolf of Wall Street

    The Wolf of Wall Street
    I have attached an article by Jonathan Weil that everyone shoulld find interesting. 'Wolf of Wall Street' Offspring Never Quite Die Normally it wouldn't be news that a small-fry stock hustler like Christopher F. Veale got busted for…
Rank this Week: 2317