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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…
  • Jul 30

    By: Lawyers start mining the Medicare data for clues to fraud Big Online News | Big Online New

    By: Lawyers start mining the Medicare data for clues to fraud Big Online News | Big Online New
    […] fun’: Lawyers mining Medicare data for fraud after unprecedented document dump Securities Lawyer101 l Securities Law Blog l Hamilton & Associates Medtronic settles whistleblower lawsuit for $9.9MFlorida Doctors are…
  • Feb 26

    George Theodule Sentenced to 150 Month

    George Theodule Sentenced to 150 Month
    On February 26, 2014, the FBI announced George Louis Theodule, 52, a former resident of Wellington, Florida was sentenced to 150 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release. Theodule previously pled guilty to wire…
Rank this Week: 30

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/
Rank this Week: 54

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/
  • Aug 1

    Donna Tucker charged by SEC for allegedly running Ponzi scheme

    Donna Tucker charged by SEC for allegedly running Ponzi scheme
    According to reports, the Securities and Exchange Commission charged a former UBS broker for allegedly defrauding several elderly clients as part of a five-year Ponzi scheme. The SEC claims Donna Tucker misappropriated more than $730,000…
  • Aug 1

    Recovery of Staffing Group Investment Losse

    Recovery of Staffing Group Investment Losse
    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Matthew Bell was indicted on charges of securities fraud in connection with an alleged $300 million market manipulation scheme in four publicly traded companies. According to…
  • Aug 1

    Recovery of StarStream Investment Losse

    Recovery of StarStream Investment Losse
    According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Matthew Bell was indicted on charges of securities fraud in connection with an alleged $300 million market manipulation scheme in four publicly traded companies. According to…
Rank this Week: 110

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Jul 24

    Second Florida Cop Sentenced For Rothstein Tie

    Second Florida Cop Sentenced For Rothstein Tie
    A former Broward County detective was sentenced to serve a year and a day in federal prison for his role in carrying out a wrongful arrest of a south Florida woman at the direction of convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.  Jeff Poole,…
  • Jul 23

    TelexFree Founders Indicted On Fraud Charge

    TelexFree Founders Indicted On Fraud Charge
    A Massachusetts grand jury indicted TelexFree co-founders James Merrill and Carlos Wanzeler on multiple fraud charges in what authorities have alleged was a massive Pyramid/Ponzi scheme that may have defrauded victims out of hundreds of…
  • Jul 21

    Florida Cop Gets 5-Year Sentence For Rothstein Ties, Including Illegal Arrest

    Florida Cop Gets 5-Year Sentence For Rothstein Ties, Including Illegal Arrest
    "Mr. Benjamin, while wearing the cloak of BSO authority, engineered the arrest and incarceration of an innocent citizen.  This was done purely for financial gain. This conduct is deplorable — it is unconscionable." - U.S. District…
Rank this Week: 161

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
  • Jul 29

    Pennsylvania Broker Charged In Ponzi Scheme

    Pennsylvania Broker Charged In Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Patricia S. Miller, a Pennsylvania broker, was charged with conducting a massive Ponzi scheme. Miller allegedly used her position as a trusted financial adviser, as…
  • Jul 28

    Seattle Broker Pleads Guilty to Ponzi Scheme

    Seattle Broker Pleads Guilty to Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Dennis Daugs Jr., who was the managing director of a Seattle advisory firm, Lakeside Capital Management, used assets from the portfolio of a senior citizen client to…
  • Jul 23

    Former Broker Barred from Security Industry Due to Sale of Alternative Investment

    Former Broker Barred from Security Industry Due to Sale of Alternative Investment
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Robert Christian Acri, a broker formerly with World Equity Group Inc., was barred from the securities industry. Acri allegedly was involved in the sale of…
Rank this Week: 165

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: 199

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: 228

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Aug 1

    Whistleblower Bounties: A Good Idea? UK Regulators Say No

    Whistleblower Bounties: A Good Idea? UK Regulators Say No
    When Congress passed the Dodd-Frank Act four years ago, one of the legislation’s signature features was the creation of potentially massive bounties for whistleblowers that reported financial fraud to the SEC. The possibility of…
  • Aug 1

    Second Circuit Vacates Dismissal of JinkoSolar Securities Suit

    Second Circuit Vacates Dismissal of JinkoSolar Securities Suit
    In an interesting July 31, 2014 opinion (here), the Second Circuit vacated the dismissal of the securities class action lawsuit that had been filed against JinkoSolar Holdings Co. Ltd, and certain of its directors and officers, as well as…
  • Jul 31

    Reps and Warranties Insurance: Coverage for Diminution in Value Claim

    Reps and Warranties Insurance: Coverage for Diminution in Value Claim
    The purchase of reps and warranties insurance is an increasingly common part of mergers and acquisitions transactions. However, a frequently recurring question with respect to this type of insurance is how it will respond if a claim arises…
Rank this Week: 248

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 253

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: 283

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: 286

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Jul 25

    Leveraged and Inverse Exchange-Traded Funds are a Ticking Bomb!

    Leveraged and Inverse Exchange-Traded Funds are a Ticking Bomb!
    Leveraged ETFs are designed to provide investors with a certain percentage return over the movement of a market over the span of a day. Inverse funds are supposed to move in the opposite direction of a specific index, to provide protection…
  • Jul 23

    Nontraded Real-Estate Investments mean Risky Busine

    Nontraded Real-Estate Investments mean Risky Busine
    Nontraded REITs have been growing in popularity lately. Through June of this year, nontraded REITs have raised $8.8 billion. These real-estate investment trusts are similar to their public counterparts, which trade like stocks and allow…
  • Jul 18

    Attorney Mark Maddox named to FINRA’s Arbitrartion Task Force

    Attorney Mark Maddox named to FINRA’s Arbitrartion Task Force
    We are proud to share that Attorney Mark Maddox will be part of FINRA’s new arbitration task force. Click this link for details: http://www.finra.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2014/P554192The post Attorney Mark Maddox named to FINRA’s…
Rank this Week: 300

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/
  • Aug 1

    As Samuel Goldwyn Reportedly Said: “Include Me Out”

    As Samuel Goldwyn Reportedly Said: “Include Me Out”
    A lawyer aims at precision that can never be achieved because of the bluntness of his tool – language.  Consider the word “including”.  Is it a term of enlargement or limitation?  It is a term of enlargment…
  • Jul 31

    Delaware Likes Garner/California Not So Much

    Delaware Likes Garner/California Not So Much
    In 1970, Richard Nixon was president, the 26th Amendment was still not part of the Constitution, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its opinion in Garner v. Wolfinbarger, 430 F.2d 1093 (5th Cir. 1970).  In that case, Judge…
  • Jul 30

    I Find More Confusion On Tallying Vote

    I Find More Confusion On Tallying Vote
    I recently came across the following vote tally in Item 5.07 of Form 8-K: 73,197,209 votes for (28.9% of the voted shares) 177,776,280 votes against (70.2% of the voted shares) 2,113,797 abstentions (0.8% of the voted shares) 26,725,569…
Rank this Week: 303

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/
  • Jul 22

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand
    In Branin v. Stein Roe Inv. Counsel, LLC, C.A. 8481-VCN, 2014 WL 2961084 (Del. Ch. June 30, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a vested right to indemnification may not be rescinded by a subsequent amendment to the governing…
  • Jul 15

    Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?

    Is Your Out-of-State LLC “Doing Business” in California?
    Individuals and entities, including those from outside California, who invest in or do business through an out-of-state limited liability company (“LLC”) may be surprised to find out that they have filing obligations and tax…
  • Jul 7

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement
    In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed $285…
Rank this Week: 304

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
Rank this Week: 327

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: 367

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 31

    SEC Whistleblower Banks $400K+ Award

    SEC Whistleblower Banks $400K+ Award
    By Amy Leisinger, J.D.The SEC today announced an award of more than $400,000 for a whistleblower who reported a fraud to the SEC after the company failed to address the issue. According to the Commission, the whistleblower provided the…
  • Jul 30

    House Leader Asks NY Fed for FSOC SIFI Designation Data

    House Leader Asks NY Fed for FSOC SIFI Designation Data
    Rep. Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Chair of the House Capital Markets Subcommittee, has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to share information that it has provided to the Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC) related to the process of…
  • Jul 30

    Bi-Partisan House Bill Would Enhance Cybersecurity at Office of Financial Research

    Bi-Partisan House Bill Would Enhance Cybersecurity at Office of Financial Research
    Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-FL) have introduced  legislation to improve transparency and increase accountability at the Office of Financial Research created by the Dodd-Frank Act. The Office of Financial Research…
Rank this Week: 421

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
  • Jul 30

    JP Morgan Wins Federal Appeal Over FINRA Arbitration

    JP Morgan Wins Federal Appeal Over FINRA Arbitration
    In July 2007, Jeffrey B. McDonald and his wife Shelli A. McDonald opened an investment account with J.P. Morgan Chase Bank (the “Bank”) and its affiliate brokerage firm J.P. Morgan Securities (“JPMS”). Each account was…
  • Jul 29

    Fidelity Employees Caught In Expense Scam

    Fidelity Employees Caught In Expense Scam
    Sometimes it's strictly business. Sometimes it is personal. The thing is, when you're submitting a reimbursement request to your employer and claiming that the expense is strictly business, you better make sure that you can back it…
  • Jul 29

    Raymond James Settlement Is Elusive Victory For Former Employee

    Raymond James Settlement Is Elusive Victory For Former Employee
    Winston Churchill sagely observed that the "problems of victory are more agreeable than those of defeat, but they are no less difficult." Speak to enough lawyers and their clients, and you will find many voices of concurrence with that…
Rank this Week: 478

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: 510

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • Aug 1

    FINRA Sanctions Michael Wurdinger and Anil Vazirani Over GWG Debenture Sale

    FINRA Sanctions Michael Wurdinger and Anil Vazirani Over GWG Debenture Sale
    The law offices of Gana LLP are investigating claims concerning allegations made by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) that Michael Wurdinger (Wurdinger), from approximately February 2012, to February 2013, Wurdinger failed…
  • Jul 31

    James Applewhite Fined Over Allegations of Unauthorized Discretionary Trading

    James Applewhite Fined Over Allegations of Unauthorized Discretionary Trading
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned financial advisor James Applewhite (Applewhite) concerning allegations that from about January 2010, through October 2012, Applewhite exercised discretion by effecting…
  • Jul 29

    James Bracey Barred Over Allegations of Taking Loans from Customer

    James Bracey Barred Over Allegations of Taking Loans from Customer
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred from the financial industry broker James Bracey (Bracey) concerning allegations that in or about February 2008, Bracey, received a $175,000 loan from a customer without notifying…
Rank this Week: 529

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…
  • Jul 30

    Deutsche Bank, UBS Being Probed Over Dark Pools & High-Frequency Trading, While An Investor Sue Barclay

    Deutsche Bank, UBS Being Probed Over Dark Pools & High-Frequency Trading, While An Investor Sue Barclay
    Deutsche Bank AG (DB) and UBS AG (UBS) have disclosed that they are cooperating with regulators investigating dark pool trading venues and high frequency trading venues. Currently a number of banks are under investigation. UBS says that…
  • Jul 30

    JPMorgan Expands Disclosures for Private-Banking Client

    JPMorgan Expands Disclosures for Private-Banking Client
    According to The Wall Street Journal, J.P. Morgan Chase (JPM) is now articulating more clearly the difference between outside products and its own offerings to private-banking clients, as well as letting them know how much of their monies…
Rank this Week: 565

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • Aug 1

    Investigation: Barred UBS Wealth Management Broker Donna Tucker

    Investigation: Barred UBS Wealth Management Broker Donna Tucker
    The investment fraud law firm Fitapelli Kurta is investigating complaints against barred UBS Wealth Management broker Donna Tucker who was employed by UBS from November 2011 until April 2013. According to her FINRA BrokerCheck Report, Donna…
  • Jul 31

    Investigation: Tom Puentes of Morgan Stanley

    Investigation: Tom Puentes of Morgan Stanley
    The securities fraud and investment recovery firm Fitapelli Kurta is investigating claims against Morgan Stanley Smith Barney broker Tom Puentes.  Tom Puentes works out of Morgan Stanley’s branch office located in Oxnard,…
  • Jul 29

    Sale of Blue Ridge Investments and Argyle Securities by Vincent Christopher or Thomas Gilleland

    Sale of Blue Ridge Investments and Argyle Securities by Vincent Christopher or Thomas Gilleland
    Fitapelli Kurta is investigating customer complaints related to the sale of interests in Blue Ridge Securities and Argyle Energy by Source Capital Group brokers, Vincent Christopher and Thomas Gilleland.   Vincent Christopher and…
Rank this Week: 557

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

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

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
  • Jul 30

    New York Brokerage Firm Newport Coast Securities, Representatives Charged with $1 Million Churning Violation

    New York Brokerage Firm Newport Coast Securities, Representatives Charged with $1 Million Churning Violation
    FINRA has filed charges against five stockbrokers formerly employed by Newport Coast Securities Inc., as well as the firm itself and two supervisors, alleging that the firm excessively traded customer accounts for the purpose of generating…
  • Jun 23

    Investor Files FINRA Arbitration Claim Against First Allied Regarding Private Equitie

    Investor Files FINRA Arbitration Claim Against First Allied Regarding Private Equitie
    Stockbroker arbitration lawyers are looking into accusations made against First Allied Securities, Inc. and broker Rami Yahalom regarding risky investments in AE Luxtera Investments II, LLC, a private technology start-up company. According to…
  • Jun 18

    FINRA Bars Wade James Lawrence from Financial Industry

    FINRA Bars Wade James Lawrence from Financial Industry
    Recently, Wade James Lawrence was barred from the financial industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Investors’ rights lawyers are exploring accusations made against Lawrence regarding misappropriation of funds…
Rank this Week: 577

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

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

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
Rank this Week: 607

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Aug 1

    Marathon Bombing Survivor Gives Business a Lesson in Disability Law

    Marathon Bombing Survivor Gives Business a Lesson in Disability Law
    T.J. Maxx recently made headlines when a Boston Marathon bombing victim was told that she could not shop with her service dog. The incident highlights the importance of training workers to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act…
  • Jul 31

    EPA Moving Forward on SIP Calls to Prevent Excess Emissions During Periods of Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction

    EPA Moving Forward on SIP Calls to Prevent Excess Emissions During Periods of Startup, Shutdown, and Malfunction
    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is moving forward on new rules that will require certain industrial facilities across the United States that emit hazardous pollutants to comply with the Clean Air Act’s rules commonly known as…
  • Jul 30

    New York Passes Intern Legislation: Is New Jersey Next?

    New York Passes Intern Legislation: Is New Jersey Next?
    While interns were once considered “free” labor, they now increasingly come to the workplace with a host of legal obligations. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently signed legislation that amends the New York Human Rights Law to…
Rank this Week: 675

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/
  • Jul 31

    Whistleblower Gets $400,000

    Whistleblower Gets $400,000
    A Whistleblower who reported a fraud to the SEC after the company failed to address the issue internally has been given $400,000 for his efforts as part of the SEC's whistleblower program.That program rewards high-quality, original…
  • Jul 31

    SEC Charges Smith & Wesson With FCPA Violation

    SEC Charges Smith & Wesson With FCPA Violation
    Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation has been charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when employees and representatives of the U.S.-based parent company authorized and made improper payments to foreign officials…
  • Jul 30

    SEC Charges Florida-Based Transfer Agent and Owner with Defrauding Investor

    SEC Charges Florida-Based Transfer Agent and Owner with Defrauding Investor
    The SEC announced it has charged a Florida-based transfer agent and its owner with defrauding investors by using aggressive boiler room tactics to peddle worthless securities with promises of high returns or discounted prices. Transfer…
Rank this Week: 683

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Jun 25

    Where I've been

    Where I've been
    Friends, I want to thank you for all the support you've given this blog over the past three or four years. It's been a good run. Two or three years ago, I started blogging every day, and that was the...
  • Jun 18

    The world is not totally fucked up: Exhibit A

    The world is not totally fucked up: Exhibit A
    Here is Exhibit A for the proposition that the world is not, in fact, totally and completely fucked up: sculpture being readied, as we speak, at Jefferson Park in Seattle. What's more, this public art is to be "skateable." I...
  • May 20

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it
    Time again to safeguard the current accredited investor standard.
Rank this Week: 669

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/
  • Jul 24

    SEC adopts money market fund reform

    SEC adopts money market fund reform
    By Robert J. Tannous On July 23, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it adopted amendments to the rules governing money market mutual funds. Read a copy of the final rules. These amendments complete some…
  • Jul 15

    Should entrepreneurs care about crowdfunding? It depends on the crowd.

    Should entrepreneurs care about crowdfunding? It depends on the crowd.
    By Jack J. Gravelle It has been more than two years since the JOBS Act was passed and almost nine months since the SEC proposed crowdfunding rules — but still no final rules. Should entrepreneurs care? Probably not. The proposed SEC…
  • Jul 14

    Citigroup’s $7 billion settlement allows them to “focus on the future”

    Citigroup’s $7 billion settlement allows them to “focus on the future”
    By W. Kelly Johnson U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Citigroup announced today that Citigroup will pay $7 billion to settle a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into allegations that it defrauded investors by selling shoddy…
Rank this Week: 728

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/
  • 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…
  • Jul 16

    Indicted Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was bribed by Overstock.com too

    Indicted Former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff was bribed by Overstock.com too
    My experience in dealing with former Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff goes way back. On October 30, 2007, Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) paid him $5,000 purportedly as a "campaign contribution." Two weeks later, Overstock.com issued a press…
  • Jul 8

    A Felon’s View of White-Collar Crime - Why Society is Very Vulnerable to Fraud

    A Felon’s View of White-Collar Crime - Why Society is Very Vulnerable to Fraud
    White-collar crime is more brutal than violent crime. The actions of one or a few corrupt public officials and corrupt businessmen can affect the livelihoods of thousands, even millions of people. Fraudsters use a combination of persuasion…
Rank this Week: 779

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Aug 1

    American Meat Institute and the Conflict Minerals Rule

    American Meat Institute and the Conflict Minerals Rule
    First off, I am not changing the focus of this blog to meat and meat by-products, although that would be a pretty interesting blog come to think of it. Earlier this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued…
  • Jul 31

    Cybersecurity: Implementing the Framework

    Cybersecurity: Implementing the Framework
    There has certainly been no shortage of attention paid to cybersecurity issues over the past couple of years, and one thorny issue that has plagued lawmakers and others is how to you compel companies to improve their cybersecurity efforts…
  • Jul 30

    Chamber Releases Disclosure Effectiveness Recommendation

    Chamber Releases Disclosure Effectiveness Recommendation
    Yesterday, the U.S, Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness released a set of recommendations for the SEC as the agency considers how to make disclosure more effective.  The report contains both near-term…
Rank this Week: 814

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/
  • Jul 18

    An Important Tip On Appealing A Decision From The NC Business Court

    An Important Tip On Appealing A Decision From The NC Business Court
    The Business Court is electronic.  Paper copies of documents are not filed with the Business Court.  So when you e-file a Notice of Appeal, is that sufficient for purposes of Rule 3 of the NC Rules of Appellate Procedure? Let's look…
  • Jul 8

    Pro Se Defendant Wins Trial On Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Business Court

    Pro Se Defendant Wins Trial On Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Business Court
    When I was a young pup preparing to go to court against the uncommon adversary who was proceeding without a lawyer, I would joke that "I hope I don't lose."  Luckily, I never did. But the Plaintiff in Seraph Garrison, LLC v. Garrison,…
  • Jul 3

    Business Court Refuses To Admit University Of Maryland's Lawyers On A Pro Hac Basi

    Business Court Refuses To Admit University Of Maryland's Lawyers On A Pro Hac Basi
    The lawsuit filed by the Atlantic Coast Conference against the University of Maryland continues to percolate in the North Carolina Business Court.  But the University will have to proceed without its chosen attorneys, as the Court last…
Rank this Week: 975

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • Aug 1

    Hedge Fund Events August 2014

    Hedge Fund Events August 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. **** August 4-5, 2014 Sponsor: InVida Events Event: Ship Energy Management in Practice Location:…
  • Jul 18

    New IA Rules in Washington State

    New IA Rules in Washington State
    Amendments to Investment Adviser Rules in Washington State Washington State Department of Financial Institutions has amended the rules governing the registration and activities of investment advisers set forth in Chapter 460-24A WAC.…
  • Jul 18

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Second Quarter Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Second Quarter Update
    COLE-FRIEMAN & MALLON LLP www.colefrieman.com July 10, 2014 FATCA Transitional Period. The IRS and U.S. Treasury Department issued a notice (the “Notice”) announcing that calendar years 2014 and 2015 will…
Rank this Week: 1015

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: 1097

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
  • Aug 1

    Are We Coming Up On A "Sweet Spot" for SEC Whistleblowers?

    Are We Coming Up On A "Sweet Spot" for SEC Whistleblowers?
    In only three years, the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program, which promises cash rewards for those whose tips lead to a successful investigation by the SEC, has yielded more than 6,500 tips according to a recent article in the Wall Street…
  • May 9

    Bitcoin Update: Alerts and Guidance Issued by the SEC, FINRA and IRS

    Bitcoin Update: Alerts and Guidance Issued by the SEC, FINRA and IRS
    It's Buyer Beware, according to guidance and alerts issued recently by the SEC, FINRA and IRS concerning risks inherent in Bitcoin. Bitcoin is described by all three offices as a decentralized, peer-to-peer virtual currency that can be used…
  • Apr 25

    Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships Can Be Extremely Risky Investment

    Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships Can Be Extremely Risky Investment
    Much has been made in the recent months about supposed growth in the oil and gas markets, including speculation, such as the recent article on www.forbes.com that increasing demand will be preceded by increased investment in infrastructure…
Rank this Week: 1192

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: 1151

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Covers stockbroker fraud.

http://stockbrokerlaw.com/tim-oconnors-blog
  • Jul 31

    Tenants-in-Common Investments: An Accident Waiting to Happen

    Tenants-in-Common Investments: An Accident Waiting to Happen
    The most common form of tenancy-in-common interests involves ownership interests in real property, with two or more persons possessing undivided interests in the property. Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code codified permissible…
  • Jul 21

    New York State Deferred Compensation Plan Beneficiary Designation

    New York State Deferred Compensation Plan Beneficiary Designation
    The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan is presently administered through Nationwide, and curiously, beneficiary designation forms must be mailed to an address in Ohio, not New York State. The New York State Deferred Compensation Plan…
  • Jun 30

    FINRA Investor Alert: IRA Rollover Tip

    FINRA Investor Alert: IRA Rollover Tip
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an investor alert entitled The IRA Rollover: Ten Tips to Making Sound Decision. As many Americans face the decision to either keep their retirement nest egg with a former employer…
Rank this Week: 1257

Cady Bar the Door

Cady Bar the Door

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

http://www.secmiscellany.com
  • Jul 28

    Guns and More Guns: SEC Hits Smith & Wesson for FCPA Violation

    Guns and More Guns: SEC Hits Smith & Wesson for FCPA Violation
    One thing the SEC likes to do is bring cases with a lot of deterrent value.  That is, cases that it hopes will scare other people and companies into complying with the law.  Often that means cases with large price tags…
  • Jul 20

    Foreign Pink Sheets Companies and the FCPA

    Foreign Pink Sheets Companies and the FCPA
    Penny stock companies have been much in the news recently.  They can be tough entities for law enforcement to look into given that their officers and directors are often not inclined to cooperate with government investigations. …
  • Jul 14

    Three Thoughts about FINRA’s Weird Japanese Insider Trading Case

    Three Thoughts about FINRA’s Weird Japanese Insider Trading Case
    One of the things you’re not supposed to do if you’re in the securities business – or any business, really – is buy and sell securities on the basis of material, nonpublic information in breach of a duty not to do…
Rank this Week: 1346

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: 1326

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: 1318

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

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

http://www.securitieslaw-blog.com/
  • Jul 31

    Florida Man Charged With Securities Fraud In Alabama For Gold Scheme

    Florida Man Charged With Securities Fraud In Alabama For Gold Scheme
    Gregory James Botolino of St. Augustine, Florida was arrested earlier this month in Florida and is being charged in Madison County, Alabama with securities fraud by employing a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud and conspiracy to commit…
  • Jul 30

    FINRA Charges NY Broker-Dealer With Churning

    FINRA Charges NY Broker-Dealer With Churning
    On Monday, FINRA charged a New York broker-dealer, as well as a number of current and past registered representatives, with churning customer accounts and other illicit actions the resulted in significant losses to retirees and other…
  • Jul 29

    UBS Ordered To Post €1.1B Bail Amidst Money Laundering Investigation

    UBS Ordered To Post €1.1B Bail Amidst Money Laundering Investigation
    UBS AG is being formally investigated for money laundering by French officials, who ordered the bank to post €1.1 billion ($1.49 billion) bail amidst a growing investigation into claims that it assisted high-profile clients evade French…
Rank this Week: 1454

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/
  • Jul 25

    Sample Reps & Warranties: Conflict Mineral

    Sample Reps & Warranties: Conflict Mineral
    Recently, we got the question from a member who was marking up a definitive agreement for the purchase of target company – a manufacturer of metal products – whom they believed to be utilizing conflict minerals. The member asked…
  • Jul 24

    Examples of Social Media in M&A Transaction

    Examples of Social Media in M&A Transaction
    In his blog, Stinson Leonard Street’s Steve Quinlivan provides examples from 4 recent deals that used social media…
  • Jul 23

    Exclusive Forum Bylaws: California State Court Follows Delaware

    Exclusive Forum Bylaws: California State Court Follows Delaware
    Here’s news excerpted from this Ropes & Gray newsletter: State and federal courts in California have gone different directions on whether to follow Delaware’s lead in enforcing forum selection provisions in bylaws. In 2011,…
Rank this Week: 1384

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

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

http://www.businesslawpost.com
  • Jul 22

    Should Startups Have Boards of Directors?

    Should Startups Have Boards of Directors?
    All corporations are required to have a board of directors by law. LLCs are not. However, an LLC can be structured so as to have a board of managers (some even refer to managers as directors). At formation, founders become the sole…
  • Jul 19

    The SEC Will Likely Update its Definition of “Accredited Investors” Very Soon

    The SEC Will Likely Update its Definition of “Accredited Investors” Very Soon
    Most of the startup capital comes from accredited investors through investments made in reliance upon Rule 506 of Regulation D.  According to a study by the University of New Hampshire’s Center for Venture Research, in 2013, almost…
  • Jul 11

    How to Verify That Your Investor is Accredited - The SEC Provides New Explanations Regarding Rule 506(c) Offering

    How to Verify That Your Investor is Accredited - The SEC Provides New Explanations Regarding Rule 506(c) Offering
    On July 3, 2014 (right on my birthday), the SEC issued six compliance and disclosure interpretations (“CD&Is”) regarding the use of verification methods for determining whether a prospective investor is accredited. First, a…
Rank this Week: 1377

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: 1361

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: 1368

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • 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…
  • Jul 29

    Calculating Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damage

    Calculating Breach of Fiduciary Duty Damage
    According to a variety of authorities including the SEC, the much-debated fiduciary duty for registered investment advisers and their representatives includes a subset of responsibilities[1].  Common sense would, or should tell you that…
  • Mar 28

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference
    Most of us have at least a “street-level” understanding of defamation. Individuals that hear or read damaging false statements about themselves or their business typically think: “I need to find a defamation lawyer.”…
Rank this Week: 1599