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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: 87

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/
  • Feb 21

    New in Print

    New in Print
    The following law review articles relating to securities regulation are now available in paper format: Sara Almousa, Comment, Friends with Benefits? Clarifying the Role Relationships Play in Satisfying the Personal Benefit Requirement under…
  • Feb 6

    Reminder: National Business Law Scholars Conference Paper Submissions Due February 17

    Reminder: National Business Law Scholars Conference Paper Submissions Due February 17
    National Business Law Scholars Conference (NBLSC) Thursday & Friday, June 8-9, 2017 Call for Papers The National Business Law Scholars Conference (NBLSC) will be held on Thursday and Friday, June 8-9, 2017, at the University of Utah S.J.…
  • Feb 6

    New in Print

    New in Print
    The following law review articles relating to securities regulation are now available in paper format: S. Burcu Avci, Cindy A. Schipani & H. Nejat Seyhun, Manipulative Games of Gifts by Corporate Executives, 18 U. Pa. J. Bus. L. 1131…
Rank this Week: 98

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Mar 16

    Secondary Sales and An Investor Covenant You Don’t Want To Mi

    Secondary Sales and An Investor Covenant You Don’t Want To Mi
    Dear Readers: This is a post I co-wrote with Joe Wallin, who has published the almost identical post here. If you are investing in early stage companies, there are certain deal terms you want. Most you probably know already: if...
  • Mar 11

    A Gift from Congress to Angel

    A Gift from Congress to Angel
    The picture here was taken by Joe Wallin, who was on a panel with me, Gary Kocher of K&L Gates, Tom Alberg of Madrona Ventures, and Dan Rosen of the Alliance of Angels, talking to the Angel Capital Association's NW...
  • Mar 3

    Looking for Mr. 506(c)

    Looking for Mr. 506(c)
    "On a relative basis, issuances claiming the new Rule 506(c) exemption have accounted for only 2.1% of the reported capital raised pursuant to Rule 506 since becoming effective in September 2014." So reads a key finding of a report,…
Rank this Week: 133

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
  • Feb 23

    SEC Charges Fuel Cell Company with Defrauding Investor

    SEC Charges Fuel Cell Company with Defrauding Investor
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:The SEC charged a California-based penny stock company, along with four corporate officers, with misleading investors about the research, development, and profitability of its purported…
  • Feb 22

    Morgan Stanley to Pay an $8 Million Penalty

    Morgan Stanley to Pay an $8 Million Penalty
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has agreed to pay an $8 million penalty and admit wrongdoing in order to settle charges by the SEC.According to the complaint, the SEC alleged that Morgan Stanley…
  • Feb 21

    New Recommendations by the FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force (Third Series)

    New Recommendations by the FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force (Third Series)
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:This is the third in a series of posts to discuss the 51 recommendations the FINRA Dispute Resolution Task Force (Task Force) has made to the National Arbitration and Mediation Committee…
Rank this Week: 142

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Feb 22

    Guest Post: How Not to Write a Class Action “Reform” Bill

    Guest Post: How Not to Write a Class Action “Reform” Bill
    On February 10, 2017, as I noted in a recent post, Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia introduced a bill in Congress seeking to introduce a number of reforms to class action litigation. In the following guest post, Columbia Law School Professor…
  • Feb 20

    Melbourne

    Melbourne
    The D&O Diary is on assignment in Australia this week, for meetings and for little bit of a look around. The first stop on this sojourn down under was in Melbourne, in the Australian state of Victoria, on the Southeastern quadrant of…
  • Feb 19

    A Closer Look at Securities Litigation Involving Life Sciences Companie

    A Closer Look at Securities Litigation Involving Life Sciences Companie
    As I noted in my survey of 2016 securities class action litigation (here), one of the factors contributing to the rise in securities litigation last year was the volume of litigation filed against companies in the life sciences sector.…
Rank this Week: 147

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Feb 23

    Some proxy access proposals meet with success, while others fail

    Some proxy access proposals meet with success, while others fail
    By Jacquelyn LumbJohn Chevedden was successful in gaining inclusion in multiple companies’ proxy materials of his proposal asking the boards to take the necessary steps to allow up to 50 shareholders to aggregate their shares for the…
  • Feb 22

    Supremes won't hear petition on ‘same price’ test to rebut reliance presumption

    Supremes won't hear petition on ‘same price’ test to rebut reliance presumption
    By Rodney F. Tonkovic, J.D.The Supreme Court has denied certiorari for a petition asking that it clarify the proper way to rebut the presumption of reliance. The petition maintained that the proper way to rebut the presumption of reliance is…
  • Feb 21

    Promissory notes with repayment option were not securitie

    Promissory notes with repayment option were not securitie
    By John M. Jascob, J.D., LL.M.Promissory notes issued to a single investor in connection with a real estate development scheme did not constitute securities under the California Corporate Securities Law. The California Court of Appeal found…
Rank this Week: 150

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: 152

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: 272

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

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

    Whistleblowers: Language for Severance Agreement

    Whistleblowers: Language for Severance Agreement
    As we’ve noted in several prior blogs, in recent months, the SEC’s Division of Enforcement has made a cottage industry out of going after companies with provisions in their standard severance agreements that it…
  • Feb 22

    GCs as Whistleblowers? SOX Trumps Attorney-Client Privilege in Retaliation Case

    GCs as Whistleblowers? SOX Trumps Attorney-Client Privilege in Retaliation Case
    This Baker Donelson memo discusses Wadler v. Bio-Rad Laboratories – a recent whistleblower retaliation case in which a jury awarded a former general counsel $8 million. This case is particularly interesting because…
  • Feb 21

    Earnings Calls: Technical Difficulties – Please Stand By. . .

    Earnings Calls: Technical Difficulties – Please Stand By. . .
    Last week, I blogged about problems retail investors have had with the use of company websites to distribute earnings releases.  Here’s a different type of problem – technical snafus on the earnings call…
Rank this Week: 294

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/
  • Feb 23

    Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments Fined $3.4 Million

    Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments Fined $3.4 Million
    Financial Advisor Gopi Vungarala sells $190 million in non-traded REITs and BDCs to Native American Tribe According to FINRA, Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments will pay close to $3.4 million in restitution to a Native American tribe. The…
  • Feb 22

    AARP Reports Common Traits of Investment Fraud Target

    AARP Reports Common Traits of Investment Fraud Target
    AARP Fraud Watch Network Campaign Survey Identifies Investment Fraud Targets According to a recent AARP survey, investment fraud targets typically exhibit an unusually high degree of confidence in unregulated investments. They also tend to…
  • Feb 21

    FINRA Awards $9 Million to Puerto Rican Municipal Bond Investor

    FINRA Awards $9 Million to Puerto Rican Municipal Bond Investor
    Concerned about investment losses in Puerto Rican municipal bonds? Have you suffered losses investing in Puerto Rican municipal bonds? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses by filing a FINRA arbitration claim…
Rank this Week: 332

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: 335

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/
  • Feb 23

    Court Finds Promissory Notes Are Not Securitie

    Court Finds Promissory Notes Are Not Securitie
    Yesterday’s post concerned the Court of Appeal’s decision in People v. Black, 2017 Cal. App. LEXIS 130 (Cal. App. 6th Dist. Feb. 16, 2017).  The case involved the criminal prosecution of an individual for making false…
  • Feb 22

    Silver Hills Doesn’t Mute Howey

    Silver Hills Doesn’t Mute Howey
    Anyone who has studied securities regulation since 1946 should be familiar with the U.S. Supreme Court’s definition of a “security” as enunciated by Justice Frank Murphy in S.E.C. v. Howey Co., 328 U.S. 293…
  • Feb 21

    What Do You Know? Bill Proposes To Eliminate Scienter

    What Do You Know? Bill Proposes To Eliminate Scienter
    Corporations Code Section 25401 is California’s basic securities antifraud statute: It is unlawful for any person to offer or sell a security in this state, or to buy or offer to buy a security in this state, by means of any written or…
Rank this Week: 369

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: 451

Securities Lawyer 101

Securities Lawyer 101

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

https://www.securitieslawyer101.com/blog/
  • Jan 1

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101
    Going Public Lawyer  Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Going public is a big step for any company.  The process of “going public” is complex and at times precarious.  While going public offers many benefits it also comes…
  • Jan 1

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101
      Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Going public is a big step for any company.  The process of “going public” is complex and at times precarious.  While going public offers many benefits it also comes with risks and…
  • Jan 23

    SEC Final Judgment Entered Against Graduate Leverage

    SEC Final Judgment Entered Against Graduate Leverage
    Going Public LawyerOn December 23, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts entered final judgments against Graduate Leverage, LLC, GL Capital Partners, LLC, GL Investment Services, LLC, Taft Financial…
Rank this Week: 473

Canadian Securities Law Online

Canadian Securities Law Online

Covers Canadian securities law topics, including disclosures, corporate governance, mergers, registration and compliance. By Stikeman Elliott.

http://www.canadiansecuritieslaw.com/
  • Feb 23

    ASC plans to explore the creation and implementation of a whistleblower program

    ASC plans to explore the creation and implementation of a whistleblower program
    Julien Robitaille-Rodriguez -  A whistleblower program may be part of a comprehensive compliance and enforcement regime that the Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) recently proposed as part of its three-year Strategic Plan (the…
  • Feb 21

    Expectations for cyber security risk disclosure published by CSA

    Expectations for cyber security risk disclosure published by CSA
    Vanessa Coiteux and Jérémie Ste-Marie -  The results of the Canadian Securities Administrators’ (CSA) review of the cyber security risk disclosure of S&P/TSX Composite issuers were recently reported by the…
  • Jan 20

    Regulations for CBCA's New Diversity, Majority Voting and Notice-for-Access Provisions Released

    Regulations for CBCA's New Diversity, Majority Voting and Notice-for-Access Provisions Released
    Laura Levine and Alethea Au -  The Government of Canada has released proposed regulations to accompany the proposed amendments to the Canada Business Corporations Act under Bill C-25 (discussed here). These proposed regulations add…
Rank this Week: 490

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/
  • Feb 16

    SEC News - Stolen Funds, Ponzi Scheme, Overbilling Client

    SEC News - Stolen Funds, Ponzi Scheme, Overbilling Client
    Financial Adviser Charged With Stealing From Client AccountsAn investment adviser representative has been charged with stealing approximately $5 million from client accounts by initiating unauthorized wire transfers and issuing checks to…
  • Feb 1

    SEC News - Impeding Whistleblowers, Accounting Failures, Misuse of EB-5 Investment

    SEC News - Impeding Whistleblowers, Accounting Failures, Misuse of EB-5 Investment
    Financial Company Charged With Improper Accounting and Impeding WhistleblowersSeattle-based financial services company HomeStreet Inc. has agreed to pay a $500,000 penalty to settle charges that it conducted improper hedge accounting and…
  • Jan 31

    SEC News - Internalization, Miscalculations, and FCPA Violation

    SEC News - Internalization, Miscalculations, and FCPA Violation
    Citadel Securities Paying $22 Million for Misleading Clients About Pricing TradesThe SEC’s order finds that Citadel Execution Services suggested to its broker-dealer clients that upon receiving retail orders they forwarded from their…
Rank this Week: 499

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: 509

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/
  • Feb 3

    A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

    A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court
    The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims The Plaintiff made a claim against some of the Defendants for aiding…
  • Jan 18

    Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.

    Arbitration Provision Which Completely Prohibited Any Discovery Enforced By NC Business court.
    I don't draft arbitration provisions in agreements, but if I did I would not draft one like the one in Taggart v. Physicians Pharmacy Alliance, Inc.  Not because it turned out to be unenforceable, but because it was found to be…
  • Jan 12

    NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer

    NC Business Court Revokes Pro Hac Vice Admission Of Out Of State Lawyer
    Judge McGuire came down pretty hard on a Florida attorney admitted pro hac vice (meaning "for this one particular occasion") by another Superior Court Judge, in McCarthy v. Hampton, 2016NCBC 4.  He revoked the lawyer's admission and…
Rank this Week: 514

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Feb 16

    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to Pay $8M Penalty

    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney to Pay $8M Penalty
    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney has agreed to pay an $8 million penalty and admit wrongdoing to settle SEC charges that the firm made unsuitable recommendations about single inverse exchange traded fund (“ ETF”)  investments to…
  • Feb 13

    Variable Annuity Rider

    Variable Annuity Rider
    One of the most common investments sold by financial advisors to investors is the Variable Annuity (VA). These products are often sold because they pay among the highest commissions to the advisor. In recent years, we have seen many cases…
  • Feb 6

    Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Barry Connell Arrested for Stealing more than $5 million from Client Account

    Morgan Stanley Financial Advisor Barry Connell Arrested for Stealing more than $5 million from Client Account
    On January 3, 2017, Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and William F. Sweeney Jr., the Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation…
Rank this Week: 537

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/
  • Feb 23

    Activism: Wachtell on Hedge Funds & Other Activist

    Activism: Wachtell on Hedge Funds & Other Activist
    Wachtell Lipton recently published its annual memo on dealing with hedge funds & other activists. Although assets managed by activist hedge funds declined somewhat in 2016, there are still more than 100 hedge funds currently engaged…
  • Feb 22

    Doing the Right Thing: M&A & The Limits of Contract Right

    Doing the Right Thing: M&A & The Limits of Contract Right
    This article from Prof. Lawrence Cunningham makes a point that most M&A lawyers probably would agree with – there are often very important parts of a business deal that can’t be completely reduced to…
  • Feb 21

    Antitrust: FTC Merger Remedy Study

    Antitrust: FTC Merger Remedy Study
    This Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer memo addresses the findings of the FTC’s Merger Remedy Study.  Here’s the intro: On February 3, 2017, the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) released the findings of its…
Rank this Week: 586

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Jan 27

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    SEC Charges Wisconsin Man With $10.4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A Wisconsin man was charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission with operating a Ponzi scheme that took in more than $10 million from at least 122 investors.  Loren Holzhueter, 69, was the subject of an emergency enforcement action…
  • Jan 26

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Ohio CPA Gets 21 Years For Role In $40 Million Ponzi Scheme
    An Ohio man was sentenced to serve twenty-one years in federal prison for his role in funnelling investors to the massive "Black Diamond" Ponzi scheme that ultimately duped over 400 investors out of at least $40 million.  Jonathan…
  • Jan 26

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Plead Guilty To $100 Million ATM Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men have entered guilty pleas to operating a massive Ponzi scheme that allegedly caused losses of over $100 million to victims who thought they were investing in a profitable ATM leasing operation.  Joel Barry Gillis, 74,…
Rank this Week: 690

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/
  • Nov 29

    Can a FINRA Securities Arbitration Award be Appealed?

    Can a FINRA Securities Arbitration Award be Appealed?
    Yes, technically, but in reality, no.  Under the law, a FINRA securities arbitration award can be appealed, but practically speaking, arbitration awards are rarely changed when appealed.   Indeed, under the Federal Arbitration…
  • Nov 28

    What Are the Key Differences Between Arbitrating an Investor Case Before FINRA and Suing in Court?

    What Are the Key Differences Between Arbitrating an Investor Case Before FINRA and Suing in Court?
    An investor who is abused by his or her securities broker cannot sue in court.  Instead, the investor must sue the broker or the brokerage firm in arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, otherwise known as…
  • Nov 3

    Managing Finances After the Death of a Loved One

    Managing Finances After the Death of a Loved One
    In September 2016, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation issued a Consumer Alert titled “Managing Finances After the Death of a Loved One.”   The alert makes a number of helpful recommendations to take following the…
Rank this Week: 752

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Sep 27

    Business Cases to Watch on U.S. Supreme Court’s Docket

    Business Cases to Watch on U.S. Supreme Court’s Docket
    September also means the end of summer break for the U.S. Supreme Court. When the justices return to the bench for the October 2016 Term, they will consider a number of key commercial law issues. This post offers a brief summary of several…
  • Aug 17

    Are Employee Breaks Mandated by New Jersey Law?

    Are Employee Breaks Mandated by New Jersey Law?
    Are you required to provide employee breaks? Both employers and employees alike are often surprised to learn that federal employment laws do not require employers to set specific intervals or even make time for employees to take work breaks…
  • Aug 2

    SEC Adopts New Rules for Administrative Proceeding

    SEC Adopts New Rules for Administrative Proceeding
    What You Need to Know about the SEC’s New Rules for Administrative Proceedings The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted several amendments to its rules of practice governing administrative proceedings. According to…
Rank this Week: 786

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • Jan 5

    Anecdotal Evidence of Strong Investor Appetite in 2017

    Anecdotal Evidence of Strong Investor Appetite in 2017
    Hedge funds to be attractive investments in new year? By: Bart Mallon Over the past couple of years hedge funds have seemingly taken a back seat to private equity, which has seen a significant amount of attention and inflows from…
  • Jan 4

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon EOY Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon EOY Update
    www.colefrieman.com January 4, 2016 Clients, Friends, Associates:While the holiday season is a cause for celebration and reflection, it is also the busiest time of the year for most investment managers.  Year-end administrative upkeep…
  • Jul 22

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon 2016 Second Quarter Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon 2016 Second Quarter Update
     www.colefrieman.com July 22, 2016 Clients and Friends: We hope that this message finds you well and that you are enjoying the first months of summer. As we move into the third quarter, we would like to provide you with a brief overview…
Rank this Week: 793

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/
  • Mar 30

    Overstock.com Hatchet Man Judd Bagley's Downward Spiral: Junkie, Confessed Criminal, Admitted Adulterer

    Overstock.com Hatchet Man Judd Bagley's Downward Spiral: Junkie, Confessed Criminal, Admitted Adulterer
    In the years that I’ve written extensively about Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK), I have always been amazed about its bizarre CEO Patrick Byrne and the gang of misfits he has surrounded himself with. By far, the worst was a real loser…
  • Feb 5

    Crook vs. Crook: Why Former Congressman Michael Grimm is a Dumb Crook

    Crook vs. Crook: Why Former Congressman Michael Grimm is a Dumb Crook
    In my first segment of a series of Op-ed articles about white-collar crime on CNBC, I examine the case of former Republican Congressman Michael Grimm who recently pleaded guilty to income tax evasion and awaits sentencing on June 8, 2015.New…
  • Dec 31

    White Collar Fraud List of Blog Posts for 2014

    White Collar Fraud List of Blog Posts for 2014
    December 19, 2014: Cleveland.com - Crazy Eddie CFO shares how companies trick auditors and fleece investors: Plain Dealing, by Sheryl HarrisDecember 3, 2014: Going Concern - Ex-Crazy Eddie CFO's 10 Tips for Advancing Your Accounting Career by…
Rank this Week: 843

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Feb 10

    Compare and Contrast

    Compare and Contrast
    NERA Economic Consulting and Cornerstone Research have released their respective 2016 annual reports on federal securities class action filings.  As usual, the different methodologies employed by the two organizations have led to…
  • Jan 30

    Transparently Aspirational

    Transparently Aspirational
    Can shareholders bring a claim for securities fraud when a corporate official violates the company’s code of conduct after publicly touting the business’s high standards for ethics and compliance?  According to the U.S. Court…
  • Jan 22

    Pipe Dream

    Pipe Dream
    The federal securities laws have statutes of repose that bar a suit after a fixed number of years from the time the defendant acts in some way.  There is an appellate split, however, over whether the existence of a class ……
Rank this Week: 927

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/
  • Feb 7

    FTC revises HSR and interlocking directorate threshold

    FTC revises HSR and interlocking directorate threshold
    The Federal Trade Commission has announced annual filing threshold revisions under the Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Antitrust Improvements Act that set new antitrust reporting standards. Jay Levine, our colleague at Antitrust Law Source, provides…
  • Jan 23

    SEC enforces rules regarding use of non-GAAP measures and undisclosed perk

    SEC enforces rules regarding use of non-GAAP measures and undisclosed perk
    Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) made good on its promises to enforce violations of its non-GAAP financial measure disclosure rules. MDC Partners agreed to pay a $1.5 million dollar penalty to settle the SEC’s…
  • Dec 9

    Supreme Court affirms family insider trading conviction

    Supreme Court affirms family insider trading conviction
    On Tuesday, The United States Supreme Court unanimously affirmed an insider trading conviction by finding that inside information exchanged between relatives violates federal security laws. The case is Salman v. United States. The decision…
Rank this Week: 979

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/
Rank this Week: 1016

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
Rank this Week: 1041

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/
Rank this Week: 1044

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/
  • Feb 13

    We've Moved. Great Content Still - But at New Site!

    We've Moved. Great Content Still - But at New Site!
    Posts here at BDLawBlog.com have been infrequent of late. We've been working to roll out a new online presence for The Beck Law Firm, LLC, that incorporates our blog. After more than seven years here, and more than 500 posts,...
  • Jan 7

    SEC Affirms FINRA Sanctions for Broker Taking Client Info. to New Firm

    SEC Affirms FINRA Sanctions for Broker Taking Client Info. to New Firm
    On December 15, 2014, the SEC affirmed a FINRA disciplinary action finding that a broker violated Conduct Rule 2110 when that broker downloaded certain confidential and nonpublic customer information for more than 2000 clients of his former…
  • Dec 19

    Lessons learned from putting on "the Suit."

    Lessons learned from putting on "the Suit."
    Every now and then I use my blog to share with you things not necessarily related to the law, or to our practice areas of financial markets law, estate planning or business law. Today's one of those days, and I...
Rank this Week: 1126

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: 1163

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: 1166

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/
  • Dec 31

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor
    Reject aggressive salespeople. Don't feel pressured to act quickly. Give yourself time to do your homework. Don't be afraid to say "no." Request to be put on the "do not call" list. Ask questions. Ask what licenses the salesperson has. Get…
  • Dec 31

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor

    A Securities Lawyer's Top 10 Tips for Senior Investor
    Reject aggressive salespeople. Don't feel pressured to act quickly. Give yourself time to do your homework. Don't be afraid to say "no." Request to be put on the "do not call" list. Ask questions. Ask what licenses the salesperson has. Get…
  • Nov 10

    Investor Alert: Magnum Hunter Resources to be Delisted

    Investor Alert: Magnum Hunter Resources to be Delisted
    Today, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) announced their decision to proceed with delisting Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE: MHR). Trading in MHR's common stock will be suspended immediately causing irreparable harm to many main…
Rank this Week: 1221

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 1252

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • Jan 31

    Jesus Rodriguez: Received Resolved or Pending Customer Dispute

    Jesus Rodriguez: Received Resolved or Pending Customer Dispute
    Publicly available records published by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 26, 2017 indicate that Florida-based IMS Securities broker Jesus Rodriguez has received resolved or pending pending customer disputes.…
  • Jan 31

    Jean Paul Skovronck: One Pending Customer Complaint

    Jean Paul Skovronck: One Pending Customer Complaint
    Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 26, 2017 indicate that New York-based Alexander Capital broker Jean Paul Skovronck has been named in a pending customer dispute. Fitapelli…
  • Jan 31

    Christian Webb Terminated From LPL Financial

    Christian Webb Terminated From LPL Financial
    Publicly available records provided by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) on January 26, 2017 indicate that former Texas-based LPL Financial broker/adviser Christian Webb has been terminated from LPL Financial and is…
Rank this Week: 1285

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

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

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
  • Feb 15

    Ed Raleigh Publishes Mail and Wire Fraud Article

    Ed Raleigh Publishes Mail and Wire Fraud Article
    Our colleague Ed Raleigh in our DC office has published an insightful article on Mail and Wire Fraud in the ABA’s Criminal Justice Magazine.  We invite you to read it.  Continue Reading…
  • Feb 15

    Ed Raleigh Publishes Mail and Wire Fraud Article

    Ed Raleigh Publishes Mail and Wire Fraud Article
    Our colleague, Ed Raleigh, in our DC Office has published an insightful article on Mail and Wire Fraud in the ABA’s Criminal Justice Magazine.  Here is the link for your…
  • Feb 13

    SEC’s Exam Deficiencie

    SEC’s Exam Deficiencie
    The SEC recently released its findings relating to exams of investment advisers.  https://www.sec.gov/ocie/Article/risk-alert-5-most-frequent-ia-compliance-topics.pdf. In particular, the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and…
Rank this Week: 1293

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
  • Feb 16

    BREAKING FAKE NEWS: THE FIDUCIARY DUTY RULE IS DEAD!!

    BREAKING FAKE NEWS: THE FIDUCIARY DUTY RULE IS DEAD!!
    BREAKING FAKE NEWS: THE FIDUCIARY DUTY RULE IS DEAD!!By Aegis J. Frumento, Partner, Stern Tannenbaum & BellOf all the tempests in all the teapots of all the world, none perturbs me less than the fiduciary responsibility of securities…
  • Feb 13

    Investment Adviser Charged With Fake Withdrawals and Forgerie

    Investment Adviser Charged With Fake Withdrawals and Forgerie
    The thing about financial fraud is that it often victimizes more than the man or woman whose pockets have been picked. The con artist often harms multiple parties other than the apparent victim: an employer, a business, those responsible for…
  • Feb 10

    FINRA Expungement Arbitration Is A Tale Told By An Idiot

    FINRA Expungement Arbitration Is A Tale Told By An Idiot
    Today's BrokeAndBroker.com Blog covers another expungement case. Frankly, there's not that much to tell: the Claimant advisor is angered by the blot on his record concerning what he feels is a baseless customer complaint. A somewhat…
Rank this Week: 1350

Startup Law Blog

Startup Law Blog

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

http://www.startuplawblog.com/
  • Sep 17

    Chip-and-PIN (EMV) Credit Card Liability Shift is Oct. 1: Are You Ready?

    Chip-and-PIN (EMV) Credit Card Liability Shift is Oct. 1: Are You Ready?
    October 1 is right around the corner. Merchants, retailers, hotels and restaurants: are you ready for what’s in your customers’ wallets? Starting next month, the payment card industry’s transition to chip-and-PIN (also known…
  • Apr 27

    Join Us at Pacific Rim M&A Institute This Wednesday

    Join Us at Pacific Rim M&A Institute This Wednesday
    Please join us for the Pacific Rim M&A Institute’s next session. This quarter’s program features Port of Seattle CEO, Ted J. Fick, who will discuss how the Port contributes to our region’s economy. We look forward to…
  • Dec 18

    Revenue Lending

    Revenue Lending
    I recently had the chance to sit down with BJ Lackland, the CEO of Lighter Capital, to talk about life, revenue loans, and Lighter Capital. Below is a transcript of most of our talk. – JW: BJ, what’s the first … Continue…
Rank this Week: 1404

ComplianceAsia News

ComplianceAsia News

Provides information for compliance professionals dealing with issues in financial regulation with a focus on the Asian region.

http://www.compliance.asia/
  • Feb 6

    WSJ report highlights significant concerns about the nature of global AML system

    WSJ report highlights significant concerns about the nature of global AML system
    Finally there is some reporting about the dirty little secret of global AML enforcement - it might not work.  The following was reported in the Wall Street Journal today and we recommend you read the full article: The Morning Risk…
  • Oct 27

    New FATF announcements regarding the progress various countries are making on AML CFT

    New FATF announcements regarding the progress various countries are making on AML CFT
    On Friday the SFC sent around a circular to licensed firms with details of a number of additions to the AML sanctions regime and this included advice from the FATF that some countries were not doing enough to improve their AML CFT…
  • Oct 23

    Mary Jo White sets out her views on the role of compliance

    Mary Jo White sets out her views on the role of compliance
    SEC Chair, Mary Jo White, recently spoke to an industry association in the United States and talked about the importance of the rule of compliance officers.  Here is the speech: Remarks at National Society of Compliance Professionals…
Rank this Week: 1655

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • Feb 13

    Broker Investigation: Customer Complaints Against Scott Palmer

    Broker Investigation: Customer Complaints Against Scott Palmer
    The securities lawyers of Gana LLP are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against broker Scott Palmer (Palmer). According to BrokerCheck records, Palmer is subject to at least five…
  • Feb 13

    Advisor Robert Estevez Subject to Multiple Regulatory Action

    Advisor Robert Estevez Subject to Multiple Regulatory Action
    The securities lawyers of Gana LLP are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) against broker Robert Estevez (Estevez). According to BrokerCheck records there are at least 9…
  • Feb 10

    Michael Spears Subject to Claims Over Non-Traded REIT

    Michael Spears Subject to Claims Over Non-Traded REIT
    Our investment attorneys are investigating customer complaints filed with The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against Michael Spears (Spears) currently associated with IMS Securities, Inc. alleging negligence, failure to…
Rank this Week: 1660

Proxyland

Proxyland

Covers corporate governance.

http://proxyland.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 6

    One Blog Closes, Another Open

    One Blog Closes, Another Open
    Big news, dear readers.
  • Feb 17

    Stimulus Plan Attacks Executive Compensation: Stay Tuned

    Stimulus Plan Attacks Executive Compensation: Stay Tuned
    Everyone knows about the freaky fireball that plummeted through the Texas sky last weekend. In an unrelated development, a fireball suddenly appeared in the skies over Proxyland on Friday. That one, however, has been identified: it’s Title…
  • Feb 11

    Geithner's Financial Stability Plan, Or Whatever

    Geithner's Financial Stability Plan, Or Whatever
    C’mon now, everyone. Cheer up. At least Tim Geithner is easier on the eyes than Hank Paulson, whose face seemed to have the words “we’re all gonna die” written on it no matter what he was saying.
Rank this Week: 1673

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

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

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
  • Oct 13

    Former NEXT Financial Broker Douglas P. Simanski Barred for Alleged Theft

    Former NEXT Financial Broker Douglas P. Simanski Barred for Alleged Theft
      Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) records indicate that Douglas P. Simanski (Simanski), a former stockbroker who was associated with NEXT Financial Group, has been permanently barred from the brokerage…
  • Oct 13

    Platinum Partners Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny

    Platinum Partners Hedge Funds Under Scrutiny
    Platinum Partners LP Funds are under scrutiny after federal agents reportedly raided the funds’ New York offices in July 2016.  Hedge fund entities sponsored by Platinum Partners include the Platinum Partners Value Arbitrage Funds,…
  • Oct 13

    FINRA Fines Investors Capital Over Unit Investment Trust Sale

    FINRA Fines Investors Capital Over Unit Investment Trust Sale
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently fined Investors Capital Corporation $250,000 over the sale of unit investment trusts (UITs).  Investors Capital did not admit or deny the allegations leading to the fine, but…
Rank this Week: 1727

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: 1773

Dividends and Preferences

Dividends and Preferences

Musings on Venture Capital, Technology and Entrepreneurship. By Hank J. Heyming.

http://www.dividendsandpreferences.com/
  • Jan 24

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective

    Microsoft/Skype -- Putting Things into Perspective
    {EAV:984c4a016f17013d} Microsoft acquires Skype! Largest Microsoft acquisition ever!! Facebook jilted!!! Google jilted!!!! Wait, Facebook wins through Microsoft!!!!! Wait, Microsoft overpaid by $4 billion with a B!!!!!! OMG Google just…
  • May 10

    Nerd Chic

    Nerd Chic
    Lately, I've noticed a new twist to the typical ebb and flow of the fashion wars.  It occurred to me that, for perhaps the first time in my lifetime, it is cool right now to be a nerd.
  • Apr 25

    Out and About

    Out and About
    Hey folks -- I'm getting ready to head down to the RTP area for the annual CED Venture Conference.  This year it is in downtown Raleigh, instead of Pinehurst, and looks to be bigger and better than ever. So, if anyone happens to be in the…
Rank this Week: 1777