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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/
  • Aug 28

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 2)

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 2)
    We are discussing some of the issues raised by Peter Henning in his DealBook column, The S.E.C.’s Use of the ‘Rocket Docket’ Is Challenged.   In any event, the limits on discovery, the fact that ALJ decisions are…
  • Aug 26

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 1)

    The SEC and Administrative Proceedings (Part 1)
    Peter Henning wrote an interesting piece over at DealBook on the SEC's use of administrative proceedings in place of actions in federal district court.  See The S.E.C.’s Use of the ‘Rocket Docket’ Is Challenged.…
  • Aug 26

    Morrison, the Second Circuit, and the Reverse Effects Test: ParkCentral Global Hub Limited v. Porsche Automobile Holdings (Part 2)

    Morrison, the Second Circuit, and the Reverse Effects Test: ParkCentral Global Hub Limited v. Porsche Automobile Holdings (Part 2)
    We are discussing the Second Circuit's decision in ParkCentral Global Hub Limited v. Porsche Automobile Holdings, a case that effectively created a "reverse effects test" that was contrary to the Supreme Court's analysis…
Rank this Week: 38

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/
  • Oct 29

    Who Is Adolf Berle, Jr. And Why Is Vice Chancellor Laster Quoting Him?

    Who Is Adolf Berle, Jr. And Why Is Vice Chancellor Laster Quoting Him?
    Adolf A. Berle, Jr. wrote Corporate Powers as Powers in Trust more than four score years ago, but Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster cited the article yesterday as if the Harvard Law Review had published it last…
  • Oct 28

    The Proper Purpose Of Discovery In Derivative Suit

    The Proper Purpose Of Discovery In Derivative Suit
    A plaintiff holding less than 2000 shares files a derivative suit against a corporation’s current or former directors and officers.  The trial court finds the complaint to be internally inconsistent and that regulatory filings…
  • Oct 27

    Should The SEC Ask What Would Blackstone Do?

    Should The SEC Ask What Would Blackstone Do?
    The Securities and Exchange Commission recently trumpeted its enforcement successes for its 2014 fiscal year.  For an agency dedicated to full disclosure, there were some notable omissions, including: A California federal jury verdict…
Rank this Week: 108

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: 144

Financial Counsel

Financial Counsel

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

http://financialcounselblog.com
  • Oct 28

    Massachusetts Fines LPL Financial for Faulty Variable Annuities Switche

    Massachusetts Fines LPL Financial for Faulty Variable Annuities Switche
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Massachusetts securities regulators have fined LPL Financial for oversight failure associated with its sales of variable annuities. LPL agreed to…
  • Oct 24

    Former Wells Fargo Compliance Officer Charged With Unauthorized Document Alteration

    Former Wells Fargo Compliance Officer Charged With Unauthorized Document Alteration
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: The SEC announced an enforcement action against a former Wells Fargo Advisors compliance officer for altering documents without authorization during an investigation…
  • Oct 22

    Former TD Executive Indicted in Connection with Florida Ponzi Scheme

    Former TD Executive Indicted in Connection with Florida Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Frank Spinosa, a former regional vice president of TD Bank, has been charged for his involvement in jailed attorney Scott Rothstein’s $1.4 billion…
Rank this Week: 201

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: 202

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…
  • Oct 21

    By: SEC Releases Regulation A Proposal

    By: SEC Releases Regulation A Proposal
    […] 416-8956, by email at info@securitieslawyer101.com or visit www.jobact101.com.   This securities law blog post is provided as a general informational service to clients and friends…
  • Oct 14

    By: Transparency in Direct Public Offerings | Ghotala Bank

    By: Transparency in Direct Public Offerings | Ghotala Bank
    […] as a general informational service to clients and friends of Hamilton & Associates Law Group Securities Law Blog and should not be construed as, and does not constitute, legal and compliance advice on any […]
Rank this Week: 233

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/
  • Oct 29

    Donald Overbey Sentenced to Prison

    Donald Overbey Sentenced to Prison
    Have you suffered losses in investments made through Donald Overbey? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help. According to the Chicago-Sun Times, former Illinois broker, Donald Overbey, was accused of defrauding more than 30 clients…
  • Oct 28

    Noah Myers Accused of “Cherry-Picking”

    Noah Myers Accused of “Cherry-Picking”
    According to the New Haven Register, a former Connecticut investment advisor pled guilty to one count of securities fraud in connection with a “cherry-picking” scheme. Noah Myers’ alleged scheme cost investors more than $2…
  • Oct 24

    Ismail Elmas Accused of Stealing from Seniors and Widow

    Ismail Elmas Accused of Stealing from Seniors and Widow
    According to the New Haven Register, Ismail Elmas plead guilty to one count of wire fraud in connection with an alleged scheme that solicited investment offerings from seniors and widows. Beginning in 2012, Ismail Elmas allegedly raised over…
Rank this Week: 235

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: 334

Securities Arbitration Blog

Securities Arbitration Blog

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

http://www.securitiesarbitrations.com
  • Jun 10

    Pittsburgh Area Stockbroker Patricia S. Miller Alleged to Have Stolen Millions from Customer

    Pittsburgh Area Stockbroker Patricia S. Miller Alleged to Have Stolen Millions from Customer
    andnbsp;Hairdressor, Marcy Salandra went to her stockbrokerandrsquo;s office at Investors Capital Corporation in McMurray Pennsylvania to withdraw money to buy a house. andnbsp;However, instead of meeting her broker Patricia S. Miller, she…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 323

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Oct 28

    O.K., So Here’s the First Ebola Outbreak-Related D&O Lawsuit

    O.K., So Here’s the First Ebola Outbreak-Related D&O Lawsuit
    Like everyone else, I have been following the Ebola outbreak news with a mixture of horror and fascination. I never in a million years imagined that I would have occasion to write about the Ebola outbreak on this blog. Perhaps due to a lack…
  • Oct 28

    Perhaps This Really Is the Last Round of Mug Shots?

    Perhaps This Really Is the Last Round of Mug Shots?
    I know I have previously declared (twice now) that we have reached the end of the publication of readers’ mug shots, but the pictures just keep arriving. I have been holding some late arriving pictures on the chance that still others…
  • Oct 27

    Tesco Accounting Scandal Draws Securities Class Action Lawsuit

    Tesco Accounting Scandal Draws Securities Class Action Lawsuit
    When Tesco PLC announced on September 22, 2014 that its previously forecast first-half profit had been overstated by £250 ($408.8 million), the news of the accounting irregularities was “serious,” as Tesco plc’s CEO of…
Rank this Week: 386

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Oct 22

    High-Risk and High-Fee Exposure for Public Employee

    High-Risk and High-Fee Exposure for Public Employee
    A recent New York Times article (“Behind Private Equity’s Curtain,” October 18, 2014), has exposed the all too often insidious relationship between public pension funds and the private equity firms that are entrusted with…
  • Sep 26

    Artificial Inflation in Question for an ETF at Bill Gross’s Firm

    Artificial Inflation in Question for an ETF at Bill Gross’s Firm
    Pacific Investment Management Company is under SEC investigation for possibly artificially boosting the returns of a popular fund aimed at small investors. The heady performance of the ETF raised questions among some of Pimco’s clients…
  • Sep 19

    Nation’s Biggest Pension Fund makes Big Decision

    Nation’s Biggest Pension Fund makes Big Decision
    Concerns that investments are too complicated and expensive, the nation’s largest pension fund, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, will eliminate all of its hedge fund investments over the next year. Overseeing…
Rank this Week: 373

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/
  • Jul 16

    CYNK Latest Wall Street Trap?

    CYNK Latest Wall Street Trap?
    Cynk is a social network company that has no revenue, no assets, and no profits. Until last week, it was the hottest stock on Wall Street, according to a Business Insider report by Hunter Walker and Julia La Roche (July 14, 2014).  Its…
  • Jul 14

    Former LPL Broker Jason Parker Leaves Trail Of Complaint

    Former LPL Broker Jason Parker Leaves Trail Of Complaint
    By law, a broker has to recommend suitable investments. To be considered suitable, an investment should align with the client’s investment objectives. Dumping all client funds into a single foreign stock, despite the client’s low…
  • Jun 13

    Pension Advisers Fall Under Scrutiny

    Pension Advisers Fall Under Scrutiny
    The problem of conflicts of interest for pension advisers attracted Congressional attention, according to a Wall Street Journal article by Dan Fitzpatrick  (June 9, 2014).  U.S. Representative George Miller (D., Calif.) has written…
Rank this Week: 396

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Aug 21

    Ponzi Schemes Remain Prevalent In 2014; Over $1 Billion In New Schemes Uncovered

    Ponzi Schemes Remain Prevalent In 2014; Over $1 Billion In New Schemes Uncovered
    Nearly six years after the word "Ponzi scheme" became a household name thanks to Bernard Madoff, Ponzi schemes continue to proliferate and leave a trail of financial destruction in their wake as demonstrated by newly-compiled data showing…
  • Aug 20

    Former Attorney Gets 10-Year Sentence For $4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Former Attorney Gets 10-Year Sentence For $4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A now-disbarred Minnesota attorney who swindled victims out of more than $4 million in an elaborate Ponzi scheme was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison.  Mark Holt, 45, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Susan…
  • Aug 20

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men will each serve at least a decade in prison for operating a real estate Ponzi scheme that duped victims out of nearly $5 million.  Terrance Brown, of San Jose, California, and Antranik Kabajouzian, of Morgan City,…
Rank this Week: 437

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
  • Oct 27

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Thomas Blair Johnson, Victoria, Minnesota

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Thomas Blair Johnson, Victoria, Minnesota
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Thomas Blair Johnston (CRD #4375657, Victoria, Minnesota). Johnson recently entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent ("AWC") in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $5,000 and…
  • Oct 23

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Regarding AIC Promissory Notes and Stock

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Regarding AIC Promissory Notes and Stock
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding claims regarding AIC promissory notes and stock. In a 2011 complaint filed by the SEC against AIC, Inc., Community Bankers Securities, LLC, and Nicholas D. Skaltsounis, the SEC alleged that…
  • Oct 21

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Reginald "Reggie" Berthiaume, Orlando, Florida

    Sonn|Erez Investigating Claims Involving Reginald "Reggie" Berthiaume, Orlando, Florida
    Sonn|Erez is investigating claims regarding Reginald Maurice Berthiaume Jr. (CRD #2702903, Orlando, Florida) , also known as Reggie Berthiaume. Berthiaume recently entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver, and Consent ("AWC") in which he…
Rank this Week: 530

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Oct 26

    Alan Bennett's anthology of six English poet

    Alan Bennett's anthology of six English poet
    Thanks to a London nephew, I'm reading Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin, an anthology of poems by Hardy, Housman, Betjeman, Auden, MacNeice and Larkin, chosen by the English playwright Alan Bennett, with commentary by Bennett between each presented…
  • Oct 22

    Weight as Volume as Displacement of Space

    Weight as Volume as Displacement of Space
    A brilliant, young sculptor has just arrived in Seattle. Her name is Francesca Lohmann. I saw these pieces at the Vignette gallery this evening on Yale Avenue in Capitol Hill. What a talent. The small-scale "sandbags" (I'll call…
  • Oct 16

    Changing the rules for who is allowed to invest in startup

    Changing the rules for who is allowed to invest in startup
    By now, you've probably heard that the SEC is considering making changes to the accredited investor definition. The definition is important to entrepreneurs, angel investors, and the startups they work on together, because it defines the…
Rank this Week: 567

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: 578

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: 551

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 663

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 29

    Assistant AG Lauds Cybersecurity Planning, Cooperation

    Assistant AG Lauds Cybersecurity Planning, Cooperation
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Amy Leisinger, J.D.In remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Cybersecurity Summit today, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin highlighted the…
  • Oct 28

    Entire Fairness Review Not Triggered Where Investment Firm Was Not Controlling Stockholder

    Entire Fairness Review Not Triggered Where Investment Firm Was Not Controlling Stockholder
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Lene Powell, J.D.The Delaware Chancery court dismissed a shareholder challenge to the merger of two oil and gas companies, finding that entire fairness review was not…
  • Oct 27

    Key Senators Say CFTC Must Work with FERC on Oversight of Energy Market

    Key Senators Say CFTC Must Work with FERC on Oversight of Energy Market
    Three U.S. Senators are profoundly disappointed by the CFTC’s settlement with a former hedge fund trader who sold massive volumes of futures contracts in order to manipulate the price of natural gas and make illicit profits. In a letter…
Rank this Week: 791

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/
Rank this Week: 733

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
Rank this Week: 1032

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Oct 29

    Our New “SEC Enforcement Handbook”

    Our New “SEC Enforcement Handbook”
    Spanking brand new. By popular demand, this comprehensive “SEC Enforcement Handbook” covers a topic that many have requested – what to do if your company – or someone working there – is investigated by the SEC.…
  • Oct 28

    Coming Next Year: SEC Concept Release on Audit Committee

    Coming Next Year: SEC Concept Release on Audit Committee
    For those practicing long enough, you will recall that the commencement of the SEC’s foray into modern corporate governance kicked off a few years before Sarbanes-Oxley – then-Chair Arthur Levitt focused on audit committees in the…
  • Oct 27

    ISS Announces QuickScore 3.0: Verify Your Data by November 14th

    ISS Announces QuickScore 3.0: Verify Your Data by November 14th
    Last week, ISS announced that QuickScore 3.0 will be launched on November 24th for the 2015 proxy season (in other words, that’s the first date the new governance ratings will be included in research reports). Ning Chiu highlights some…
Rank this Week: 967

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

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

http://www.securitieslaw-blog.com/
  • Oct 28

    FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch $6M

    FINRA Fines Merrill Lynch $6M
    FINRA fined two Merrill Lynch units $6 million yesterday for alleged short-selling rule violations, which included letting thousands of orders through their systems that violated emergency bans on ‘naked’ short sales in 2008.…
  • Oct 27

    Tiger Woods’ Charities May Lose $500k Donated By Ponzi Schemer

    Tiger Woods’ Charities May Lose $500k Donated By Ponzi Schemer
    Tiger Woods Foundation Inc. and Tiger Woods Charity Event Corp., charities founded by golfing legend Tiger Woods, may be sued for unknowingly receiving donations acquired from a Ponzi scheme. The organizations received $500,000 in charitable…
  • Oct 24

    Ex-Rothstein Attorney Pleads Guilty To $2.4M Fraud

    Ex-Rothstein Attorney Pleads Guilty To $2.4M Fraud
    David Boden, an ex-Rothstein Rosenfeldt Adler PA attorney pleaded guilty yesterday in a Florida federal court to one count of wire fraud in connection to Scott Rothstein’s $1.2 billion Ponzi scheme. Boden admitted that he played a role…
Rank this Week: 847

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • Oct 26

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Third Quarter Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Third Quarter Update
    www.colefrieman.com October 23, 2014 Clients and Friends: It has already been a busy fourth quarter, but we would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief overview of some of the legal, business and regulatory updates from…
  • Oct 6

    Hedge Fund Events October 2014

    Hedge Fund Events October 2014
    The following are various hedge fund events happening this month. Please email us if you would like us to add your event to this list. **** Date: October 1, 2014 Sponsor: iGlobal Forum Event: Global REIT Summit 2014 Location: New York, NY…
  • Sep 5

    Hedge Fund Events September 2014

    Hedge Fund Events September 2014
    The following are various hedge fund events happening this month. Please email us if you would like us to add your event to this list. **** Date: September 8, 2014 Sponsor: NYSSA Event: Russian and Central & Eastern European Capital…
Rank this Week: 958

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

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

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
Rank this Week: 881

White Collar Fraud

White Collar Fraud

Covers white collar crime, securities fraud, the accounting profession, internal controls and Sarbanes-Oxley. By Sam E. Antar.

http://whitecollarfraud.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 8

    Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Remain Even After $50 Million Impairment Charge

    Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Remain Even After $50 Million Impairment Charge
    On July 22, 2014, I warned investors that Utah-based multi-level marketing company Nu Skin Enterprises' (NYSE: NUS) surging inventory levels might lead it "to recognize a material impairment charge against inventory in a future period." On…
  • Aug 4

    Why Nu Skin Must Come Clean on Troubling Inventory Red Flag

    Why Nu Skin Must Come Clean on Troubling Inventory Red Flag
    Co-authored by Sam E. Antar and Zachary PrenskyThis coming Wednesday morning, Utah based multi-level marketing company Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS) is scheduled to report its second quarter earnings. In its Q1 2014 10-Q report issued in…
  • Jul 22

    Do Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Spell Trouble Ahead?

    Do Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Spell Trouble Ahead?
    Last Friday morning, a comment posted on Twitter by Marc Cohodes about Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS), a Utah based multi-level marketing company, caught my curiosity. Cohodes is a legendary short-seller with an excellent track record and…
Rank this Week: 1000

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: 934

About Broker Fraud Blog

About Broker Fraud Blog

Covers compliance rules, duty of disclosure, elder abuse and fraud. By the Hayes Law Firm.

http://aboutbrokerfraud.typepad.com/about_broker_fraud_blog/
  • Dec 6

    SEC Freeze Assets in Alleged Diamond-Themed Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Freeze Assets in Alleged Diamond-Themed Ponzi Scheme
    The SEC alleges that Richard Dalton and Universal Consulting Resources LLC (UCR) raised approximately $17 million from investors for two fraudulent offerings. The programs were generally referred to as the “Trading Program” and the…
  • Sep 28

    Arbitrators Award Ten Times Amount of Investment in Auction Rate Securities Case

    Arbitrators Award Ten Times Amount of Investment in Auction Rate Securities Case
    Last month an arbitration panel ordered the investment firm USB financial to pay over $80 million in consequential investments to Kajeet, Inc., a company who markets cellphones for kids. Kajeet’s award fell short of the $110 million…
  • Aug 30

    Raymond James Must Buy Back Auction Rate Securitie

    Raymond James Must Buy Back Auction Rate Securitie
    A Texas couple got some great news last week from the FINRA arbitration panel that ruled on their claim. The panel ruled that the Raymond James Financial Inc. and broker Larry Milton must buy back some $925,000 worth of auction…
Rank this Week: 953

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…
  • Oct 23

    SEC to Reject BlackRock Inc. Proposal for Nontransparent Exchange-Traded Fund

    SEC to Reject BlackRock Inc. Proposal for Nontransparent Exchange-Traded Fund
    In a preliminary ruling, The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said it expects to reject BlackRock Inc.’s (BLK) proposal to put out a nontransparent exchange-traded fund. BlackRock sought permission to sell the ETF from the…
  • Oct 22

    SEC, Federal Reserve, HUD Approve Laxer Mortgage-Lending Rule

    SEC, Federal Reserve, HUD Approve Laxer Mortgage-Lending Rule
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the Office of the Comptroller of the…
Rank this Week: 1087

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Oct 29

    Voting Leave: Are Employers Required to Grant Employees Time Off to Cast Their Ballots?

    Voting Leave: Are Employers Required to Grant Employees Time Off to Cast Their Ballots?
    Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2014. While most employees are able to cast their ballots outside of their working hours, some may need to take time off to vote. State law dictates whether employers need to provide employees time off to…
  • Oct 28

    Driverless Cars: Balancing the Risks vs. the Reward

    Driverless Cars: Balancing the Risks vs. the Reward
    Audi recently made headlines when its driverless car reached speeds of nearly 150 miles per hour. Google also unveiled its latest iteration of the self-driving car this past summer. Unlike prior designs, which retained steering wheels,…
  • Oct 27

    Is the President Liable for Trademark Infringement?

    Is the President Liable for Trademark Infringement?
    A Kentucky company recently filed a lawsuit alleging that the Obama Administration is liable for trademark infringement. The dispute centers on the Department of Treasury’s planned launch of a government-sponsored retirement savings…
Rank this Week: 1469

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
  • Oct 23

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com
    Stockbroker, Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory JobsEmployment Page BrokeAndBroker.com Jobs...
  • Oct 23

    Gifts And Loans From Customers Get Broker Fined And Suspended

    Gifts And Loans From Customers Get Broker Fined And Suspended
    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…
  • Oct 21

    FINRA Getting Personal With Taxi And Meal Reimbursement

    FINRA Getting Personal With Taxi And Meal Reimbursement
    They got a name for it: padding the old expense account. The way I see it, whenever some misconduct has an acronym or generally accepted term, it means that the no-no is fairly widespread. Not widespread as in everyone. Not widespread as in…
Rank this Week: 1385

BD Law Blog

BD Law Blog

Features news, updates and thoughts regarding broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation and legal and compliance issues. By the Beck Law Firm, LLC.

http://www.bdlawblog.com/
  • Oct 21

    Restrictive Covenants in Georgia: A Tale of the Calendar

    Restrictive Covenants in Georgia: A Tale of the Calendar
    Prior to May 11, 2011, the law in Georgia tended to favor former employees of a business when a dispute arose about the enforceability of restrictive covenants such as covenants not to compete, covenants for non-solicitation, etc. If one…
  • Oct 15

    A Milestone, I suppose. 500 posts.

    A Milestone, I suppose. 500 posts.
    I didn't notice it, but when I hit the publish button on the post immediately before this one today, I published the 500th post here on BDLawBlog.com. 500 posts in a little over seven years. I doubt that most of...
  • Oct 15

    FINRA Cautions Firms on Confidentiality Provisions In Settlement Agreements and Arbitration Discovery Stipulation

    FINRA Cautions Firms on Confidentiality Provisions In Settlement Agreements and Arbitration Discovery Stipulation
    FINRA recently issued Regulatory Notice 14-40, cautioning broker-dealer firms (and associated persons) against including overly restrictive confidentiality language in both settlement agreements and in arbitration discovery stipulations.…
Rank this Week: 1175

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. By Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.

http://www.fedseclaw.com/
  • Oct 10

    “The Bandits’ Club” gets its due

    “The Bandits’ Club” gets its due
    Our colleagues at Antitrust Law Source posted an interesting update about probable charges alleging that traders at approximately a dozen global banks – including Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays, and USB – fixed the…
  • Oct 7

    Supreme Court refuses to review FCPA challenge

    Supreme Court refuses to review FCPA challenge
    By W. Kelly Johnson The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review the first Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) case appealed to the highest Court. The appeal sought to limit the scope of the FCPA by narrowing the law’s definition…
  • Sep 18

    Whistleblowers wanted; Holder seeks increased compensation for financial crime informant

    Whistleblowers wanted; Holder seeks increased compensation for financial crime informant
    By W. Kelly Johnson In the first major public comment about white collar crime in more than a year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) called for an increase in compensation for whistleblowers under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery…
Rank this Week: 1183

Securities Attorney Law Blog

Securities Attorney Law Blog

Reviews Federal Securities Fraud Litigation, Arbitration, Whistleblower Claims & Derivative Lawsuits. By Jay Eng.

http://securitiesattorneys.us/
Rank this Week: 1441

Wall Street Investment Fraud…

Wall Street Investment Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers Ponzi schemes, investment fraud, and other scams. By The Doss Firm.

http://www.wallstreetinvestmentfraudlawyer.com/
  • Jan 13

    STIFEL NICOLAUS AND CENTURY SECURITIES CONSENT TO FINES OVER IMPROPER SALES OF LEVERAGED AND INVERSE ETFS

    STIFEL NICOLAUS AND CENTURY SECURITIES CONSENT TO FINES OVER IMPROPER SALES OF LEVERAGED AND INVERSE ETFS
    According to a recent news release, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has fined Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated and an affiliate $550,000 ordered them to pay approximately $475,000 in restitution to 65 customers…
  • Jan 9

    J. P. Morgan Chase Avoids Criminal Prosecution for Hosting Madoff Fraud

    J. P. Morgan Chase Avoids Criminal Prosecution for Hosting Madoff Fraud
    Banking giant J. P. Morgan Chase has reached a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution for its role in the Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme. According to the prosecutors, J. P. Morgan, which had custody of Madoff accounts,…
  • Jan 9

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS

    FINRA IDENTIFIES AREAS OF CONCERN FOR INVESTORS
    Each year, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) publishes a letter to the financial services industry identifying its regulatory and examination priorities. FINRA is the industry's "self-regulatory organization," which is…
Rank this Week: 1149

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

Covers business, health care, intellectual property and media law.

http://pkjlawblog.wordpress.com/
  • Feb 2

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On
    If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans permanently traumatized by the government’s highly lauded, but horribly executed, loan modification program, take heart.  I’m here to tell you that there’s another government…
  • Oct 27

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    The Lincoln Lawyer
    Before Abraham Lincoln became our greatest president, he was a great corporate lawyer.  And before he was a corporate lawyer, he was a brilliant trial lawyer. In the 1840s, Lincoln represented a Revolutionary War widow who had been bilked…
  • Oct 22

    Cornell Scores in Forum Case

    Cornell Scores in Forum Case
    PKJ’s Timothy Cornell scored a significant victory Friday, when U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns dismissed a multimillion case against an Internet company, finding that the plaintiff was bound by his contract’s forum selection…
Rank this Week: 1368

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Covers securities industry compliance and enforcement issues. By Fox Rothschild LLP.

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
  • Oct 29

    Is the SEC that good? SEC Wins Every Administrative Case

    Is the SEC that good? SEC Wins Every Administrative Case
    In what is sure to add more “fuel to the fire,” it was recently reported that the SEC has won every case brought in its administrative courts over the last year.  The SEC has not been so successful with its federal…
  • Oct 28

    Forget Including A Bar Of Whistleblower Tips In Settlement Agreement

    Forget Including A Bar Of Whistleblower Tips In Settlement Agreement
    FINRA recently warned that firms could face disciplinary action if they enter into settlement agreements that bar customers or former employees from reporting wrongdoing at the firm.  Although FINRA recognized that confidentiality…
  • Oct 27

    Personal Email For Firm Business – Don’t Do That

    Personal Email For Firm Business – Don’t Do That
    As firm clients demand more and more access to their registered representatives, member firms must do more to make sure that their brokers do not run afoul of the firm communication written supervisory procedures.  One firm recently…
Rank this Week: 1704

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/
  • Oct 29

    Transcript: “The Art of Negotiation”

    Transcript: “The Art of Negotiation”
    We have posted the transcript for the recent webcast: “The Art of Negotiation.”
  • Oct 28

    Fee-Shifting Bylaws: Will The SEC Get Involved?

    Fee-Shifting Bylaws: Will The SEC Get Involved?
    In her blog, Cooley’s Cydney Posner notes how Professors John Coffee and Larry Hamermesh recently testified at the SEC’s recent Investor Advisory Committee meeting about whether the SEC should get involved in the debate over…
  • Oct 27

    KKR Financial: Preference for Business Judgment Review Whenever Possible

    KKR Financial: Preference for Business Judgment Review Whenever Possible
    In our “Minority Holders” Practice Area, we have posted a bunch of memos on the new KKR Financial opinion, including this one from Fried Frank, summarized below: In KKR Financial Holdings LLC Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware…
Rank this Week: 2183

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: 1491

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Oct 24

    Middle Ground

    Middle Ground
    How to evaluate corporate scienter continues to be an unresolved issue in securities litigation.  Some courts, notably the Fifth Circuit (and arguably the Eleventh Circuit), have taken the position that a court can only “look…
  • Oct 10

    Confirmatory Information

    Confirmatory Information
    In its Halliburton II decision, the Supreme Court held that a securities fraud defendant can overcome the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance at the class certification stage of a case “through evidence that the…
  • Oct 3

    Duties to Disclose

    Duties to Disclose
    Item 303 of Regulation S-K requires issuers to disclose known trends or uncertainties “reasonably likely” to have a material effect on operations, capital, and liquidity.  Plaintiffs often contend that if the disclosure…
Rank this Week: 2105

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/
  • Oct 22

    Is Dodd-Frank Responsible For Market Volatility?

    Is Dodd-Frank Responsible For Market Volatility?
    Last week’s market gyrations sparked questions about whether bank regulations implemented after the 2008 financial crisis exacerbated price declines by limiting the ability of Wall Street banks to make markets.Read More - Did Bank Rules…
  • Oct 17

    Customer Hit with $80,000 in Respondents' Attorney's Fee

    Customer Hit with $80,000 in Respondents' Attorney's Fee
    It is not often that a public customer is forced to pay a respondent's attorneys fees, but in a recent FINRA arbitration, that is exactly what happened.According to the description in the FINRA arbitration award it appears that a public…
  • Oct 16

    Third Party Bene is Not a Customer for Arbitration Purpose

    Third Party Bene is Not a Customer for Arbitration Purpose
    A FINRA arbitration panel has dismissed a $32 million claim because the claimant was not a customer of the brokerage firms, and did not have an account with the Respondents.The Claimant had alleged that he was an undisclosed third-party…
Rank this Week: 2181

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Oct 7

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill
    Last June, shares of Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) doubled in the space of a week, spurred on by a mysterious network of social-media touters who later deleted their posts or shut down their accounts…
  • Jun 17

    Telestone Technologies revisited: SEC letters reveal doubts about revenues and receivable

    Telestone Technologies revisited: SEC letters reveal doubts about revenues and receivable
    Recently released letters between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Telestone Technologies Corp. (Pink Sheets: TSTC) show that regulators have significant concerns about the Chinese wireless communication company’s reported…
  • Jun 3

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection
    A Chinese businessman who figures into a fraud case involving Guanwei Recycling Corp. (Nasdaq: GPRC) also has an intriguing connection to Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI), whose shares were allegedly manipulated by the same group.…
Rank this Week: 2192

Stock Market Loss

Stock Market Loss

Covers misconduct by brokerage firms or financial advisors. By Hermann, Cahn & Schneider, LLP.

http://www.stockmarketloss.com/news/
  • Sep 26

    Not Quite Investments: Binary Options Are Purely A Gamble

    Not Quite Investments: Binary Options Are Purely A Gamble
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss The Ohio Division of Securities recently initiated an administrative action against an online binary options platform operating from the United Kingdom. The Division alleges that Vault…
  • Jul 28

    VARIABLE LIFE INSURANCE ALERT!

    VARIABLE LIFE INSURANCE ALERT!
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss The lawyers of stockmarketloss.com, a practice group of Cleveland, OH law firm Hermann, Cahn & Schneider LLC, are receiving a growing number of inquiries from victims of variable…
  • Jul 24

    Why Do Variable Life Insurance Policies Fail?

    Why Do Variable Life Insurance Policies Fail?
    This article was originally posted on Stock Market Loss Purchasers of Variable Life and Variable Universal Life Insurance Policies often don’t understand that the values of the sub-account investments determine the sustainability of the…
Rank this Week: 1855

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 6

    New FINRA Rule Limits usage of Expungement Requests in Arbitration

    New FINRA Rule Limits usage of Expungement Requests in Arbitration
    The SEC has approved FINRA Rule 2081 that would disallow brokers from conditioning settlement of a customer dispute on a customer’s consent to the broker’s request for expungment from the Central Registration Depository…
  • Aug 12

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?
    Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or blogs have become popular mechanisms for companies to communicate with the public. Social media allows companies to communicate with clients and prospective clients, market their services,…
  • Aug 1

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?
    A customary practice in the securities industry is for financial advisors to receive a transition bonus above and beyond an advisor’s standard commission compensation upon joining to a new firm. The bonus amount is usually determined…
Rank this Week: 1952

California Securities Fraud Lawyer…

California Securities Fraud Lawyer Blog

Covers securities regulation, fiduciaries, and securities disputes news and updates. Published By Alcala Law Firm.

http://www.californiasecuritiesfraudlawyerblog.com/
  • May 1

    March - April 2014 Disciplinary Action

    March - April 2014 Disciplinary Action
    William Jeffrey Austin (WBB Securitiies, Redlands, California) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 30 business days. The…
  • Apr 24

    Update: Charles Schwab to Allow Customer Class Action

    Update: Charles Schwab to Allow Customer Class Action
    Today, Charles Schwab agreed to end a long standing dispute over their customer's right to participate in securities class action lawsuits. In a settlement reached with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Charles Schwab…
  • Mar 24

    Regulators Fine LPL Financial LLC $950,000 Over Unsuitable Alternative Investments Sale

    Regulators Fine LPL Financial LLC $950,000 Over Unsuitable Alternative Investments Sale
    Today, LPL Financial LLC reached a settlement with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) over the firm's failure to adequately supervise the sale of non-traded REITs and other risky alternative investments. LPL's settlement…
Rank this Week: 1914