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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: 55

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…
  • Jan 1

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101

    Going Public Blog l Securities Lawyer 101
    Going Public LawyerGoing 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 quantities of…
  • 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…
Rank this Week: 89

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • May 22

    House Committee Approves 13 Capital Formation Bill

    House Committee Approves 13 Capital Formation Bill
    By John M. Jascob, J.D.The House Financial Services Committee voted Wednesday night to approve 13 bills designed to create jobs by stimulating capital formation by Main Street businesses. The Committee approved seven of the bills by unanimous…
  • May 21

    SEC Proposes New Disclosure by Investment Companies and Investment Adviser

    SEC Proposes New Disclosure by Investment Companies and Investment Adviser
    By Jacquelyn LumbThe SEC commissioners yesterday unanimously approved proposals to increase the transparency and modernize the reporting requirements for investment companies and investment advisers. In opening remarks, Chair Mary Jo White…
  • May 20

    House Panel Hears from Financial Industry on Cybersecurity

    House Panel Hears from Financial Industry on Cybersecurity
    By Mark S. Nelson, J.D. The House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit heard from representatives of the financial services industry today regarding cybersecurity preparedness.…
Rank this Week: 95

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
  • May 22

    Financial Advisor to Stars Pleads Guilty to Perpetrating Multiple Ponzi Scheme

    Financial Advisor to Stars Pleads Guilty to Perpetrating Multiple Ponzi Scheme
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:Troy Stratos, a self-described entertainment entrepreneur and globe-trotting businessman, pleaded guilty in California to four counts of wire fraud and two counts of money laundering. The…
  • May 21

    SEC Launches Inquiring into JPMorgan’s Fund Sale

    SEC Launches Inquiring into JPMorgan’s Fund Sale
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law LLC:JP Morgan Chase & Co. is under investigation by the SEC and other regulators regarding the manner in which it sells its own mutual funds and other proprietary products.The SEC’s…
  • May 20

    New Obligation: Continuity Plan Required At Investment Advisory Firm

    New Obligation: Continuity Plan Required At Investment Advisory Firm
    The North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) has developed a model rule outlining policies that investment advisers should have in place to respond to natural disasters or the death or incapacitation of an executive.The…
Rank this Week: 171

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/
  • May 11

    Anderson on Insider Trading

    Anderson on Insider Trading
    John P. Anderson has posted Solving the Paradox of Insider Trading Compliance on SSRN with the following abstract: Regulators demand the impossible when they require issuers to design and implement an effective insider trading compliance…
  • May 11

    Koehler on the FCPA

    Koehler on the FCPA
    Mike Koehler has posted Ten Seldom Discussed Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Facts that You Need to Know on SSRN with the following abstract: Much is written about the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. However, amid the clutter of enforcement…
  • May 11

    New in Print

    New in Print
    The following law review articles relating to securities regulation are now available in paper format: Aaron S. Davidowitz, Note, Abandoning the 'Mosaic Theory': Why the 'Mosaic Theory' of Securities Analysis Constitutes Illegal Insider…
Rank this Week: 233

The White Law Group's Securities…

The White Law Group's Securities Fraud Blog

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

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

    Recovery of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III Losse

    Recovery of Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III Losse
    Have you suffered investment losses in Griffin-American Healthcare REIT III? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration. The White Law Group is investigating potential securities…
  • May 22

    Recovery of Steadfast Income REIT Losse

    Recovery of Steadfast Income REIT Losse
    Have you suffered investment losses in Steadfast Income REIT? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration. The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud…
  • May 22

    Recovery of Landmark Apartment Trust Investment Losse

    Recovery of Landmark Apartment Trust Investment Losse
    Have you suffered investment losses in Landmark Apartment Trust? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help you recover your losses through FINRA arbitration. The White Law Group is investigating potential securities fraud claims…
Rank this Week: 279

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • May 20

    Guest Post: Courts Uphold California Privacy Claims Despite Vague Allegations: Opening The Litigation Floodgates?

    Guest Post: Courts Uphold California Privacy Claims Despite Vague Allegations: Opening The Litigation Floodgates?
    Among the many concerns that arise whenever unauthorized appropriation or use of consumer data occurs is the possible violation of the consumers’ privacy that the access may represent. In numerous cases, aggrieved parties have tried to…
  • May 19

    The Anti-Corruption Enforcement Problem

    The Anti-Corruption Enforcement Problem
    For many years, the U.S. was the only country actively seeking to use its laws to fight corruption. However, more recently, a number of other countries have enacted their own anti-bribery laws while other countries have become more active in…
  • May 18

    D&O Insurance: The Major Shareholder Exclusion

    D&O Insurance: The Major Shareholder Exclusion
    An exclusion sometimes found in D&O insurance policies precludes coverage for claims made by shareholders who have a specified percentage of ownership in the insured company. This type of exclusion is called a Major Shareholder Exclusion…
Rank this Week: 288

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Feb 4

    Trick Play: Memorabilia company peddled Patriots, Seahawks gear with forged player autograph

    Trick Play: Memorabilia company peddled Patriots, Seahawks gear with forged player autograph
      Just days after the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots claimed their spots in Super Bowl XLIX, a memorabilia company called The Highland Mint contacted customers with a tantalizing list of autographed collectibles. Highland…
  • Dec 31

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: Where are the Go-Karts?

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: Where are the Go-Karts?
    When the global economy collapsed in the fall of 2008, the sharp drop in consumer spending threw the power sports industry into a steep decline. Sales of motorcycles, go-karts and all-terrain vehicles each plunged by 30 percent or more,…
  • Oct 7

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

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill
    Last June, shares of Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) doubled in the space of a week, spurred on by a mysterious network of social-media touters who later deleted their posts or shut down their accounts…
Rank this Week: 297

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: 301

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/
  • May 22

    Nationwide to Pay $8M Over Variable Annuity Pricing Violation

    Nationwide to Pay $8M Over Variable Annuity Pricing Violation
    Nationwide Life Insurance Co. has ben ordered to pay an $8 million penalty to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for purposely delaying variable annuity and life insurance policy orders and that this led to company’s failure to…
  • May 20

    UBS Must Pay Investor $1M for Puerto Rico Bond Fund Portfolio

    UBS Must Pay Investor $1M for Puerto Rico Bond Fund Portfolio
    A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Panel (“FINRA”) has ordered UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico and UBS Wealth Management (collectively “UBS”) to pay a client from Puerto Rico $1 million to repurchase…
  • May 18

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 401K Lawsuit, Gives Investors More Protection

    U.S. Supreme Court Rules on 401K Lawsuit, Gives Investors More Protection
    The nation’s highest court has just made it easier for workers to sue their 401k plans for charging excessive fees for investments. The case is Tibble v. Edison International, and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously for the…
Rank this Week: 331

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/
  • May 22

    What The Legislature Doesn’t Know About Bees Could Fill A Blog

    What The Legislature Doesn’t Know About Bees Could Fill A Blog
    As a once and future beekeeper, I’m bemused by the California legislature’s inept efforts to legislate apiculture.  Section 29414 of the California Food & Agricultural Code, for example, defines…
  • May 21

    California’s Other Investment Adviser Law

    California’s Other Investment Adviser Law
    California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 defines and provides for the comprehensive regulation of most, but not all, investment advisers.  Some investment advisers are subject to an entirely different law found in the…
  • May 20

    Assembly Committee Seeks To Fix Securities Fraud Statute

    Assembly Committee Seeks To Fix Securities Fraud Statute
    Readers of this blog will know be familiar with my criticism of the 2013 amendment of California’s basic securities fraud statute, Corporations Code Section 25401.  See California Creates Complete Chaos By Rewriting Anti-Fraud…
Rank this Week: 369

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • May 21

    Wells Fargo broker Marcus Joseph Debaise: 16 customer complaint

    Wells Fargo broker Marcus Joseph Debaise: 16 customer complaint
    Former Wells Fargo Advisor stockbroker, Marcus Joseph Debaise has received 16 customer complaints since 2011, according to his BrokerCheck Report. The post Wells Fargo broker Marcus Joseph Debaise: 16 customer complaints appeared first on…
  • May 21

    Sanchez Wealth Management CEO, Jon G. Sanchez: Complaint

    Sanchez Wealth Management CEO, Jon G. Sanchez: Complaint
    Sanchez Wealth Management CEO, Jon G. Sanchez, has two pending customer complaints, according to his FINRA BrokerCheck Report. The post Sanchez Wealth Management CEO, Jon G. Sanchez: Complaints appeared first on Stock Fraud News &…
  • May 21

    Morgan Stanley broker, Paul W. Shoemaker, faces two pending complaint

    Morgan Stanley broker, Paul W. Shoemaker, faces two pending complaint
    Morgan Stanley broker, Paul W. Shoemaker, of Salt Lake City, Utah has two customer initiated complaints, both of which are pending arbitration with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). One complaint, filed May 20, 2014,…
Rank this Week: 447

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

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

    Attorney Mark Maddox Quoted in IBJ Article

    Attorney Mark Maddox Quoted in IBJ Article
    Checkout the article Attorney Mark Maddox was quoted in below. http://www.ibj.com/articles/53113-sec-suit-firm-hid-mounting-losses?utm_source=this-week-in-ibj&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_campaign=2015-05-09 The post Attorney Mark Maddox…
  • May 8

    LPL Ordered to Pay 10M in Fines & 1.7M in Restitution

    LPL Ordered to Pay 10M in Fines & 1.7M in Restitution
    LPL Financial LLC facing 11.7M in sanctions by FINRA for widespread supervisory failures related to complex product sales, trade surveillance, and trade confirmations delivery. Supervisory failures include the sales of non-traditional…
  • May 7

    Colorado Merrill Lynch Brokers Terminated by Bank of America

    Colorado Merrill Lynch Brokers Terminated by Bank of America
    Our firm will be looking into investor complaints against Joseph Yanofsky and Brooke Clements and the Yanofsky Group as a result of their termination from Bank of America Merrill Lynch.…
Rank this Week: 429

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: 471

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/
  • May 12

    SEC Sues Retirement Planners who Sold Life Settlement

    SEC Sues Retirement Planners who Sold Life Settlement
    According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), it has filed suit against a Texas retirement planning firm and its principals in connection with their practices in the sales of life settlement investments.  The…
  • May 6

    LPL Financial Sanctioned for Supervisory Failure

    LPL Financial Sanctioned for Supervisory Failure
    According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), it has entered into a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) with brokerage firm LPL Financial LLC for supervisory failures in a number of…
  • May 1

    FINRA Fines RBC for Reverse Convertibles Sale

    FINRA Fines RBC for Reverse Convertibles Sale
    According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), RBC Capital Markets, LLC (“RBC”) has agreed to a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (“AWC”) concerning its sales of complex reverse…
Rank this Week: 508

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/
  • May 22

    World’s top banks plead guilty to gaming foreign-currency market

    World’s top banks plead guilty to gaming foreign-currency market
    Scandal roiled the banking industry Wednesday as four of the world’s largest banks — Citigroup, JPMorgan Chase, Barclays and Royal Bank of Scotland — pleaded guilty to federal antitrust violations for conspiring to…
  • Apr 30

    SEC votes to propose executive compensation rule

    SEC votes to propose executive compensation rule
    On April 29, 2015, pursuant to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted 3 to 2 to approve a proposed amendment to executive compensation rules in Item 402…
  • Apr 3

    U.S. Supreme Court clarifies liability for opinions in registration statement

    U.S. Supreme Court clarifies liability for opinions in registration statement
    Opinions in registration statements continue to be one of the most commonly litigated items under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 (“Section 11”). On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers…
Rank this Week: 517

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
Rank this Week: 554

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/
  • May 22

    SEC News - FCPA Violations and Fraud

    SEC News - FCPA Violations and Fraud
    SEC Charges BHP Billiton With Violating FCPA at Olympic GamesGlobal resources company BHP Billiton has been charged with violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) when it sponsored the attendance of foreign government officials at…
  • May 19

    The Securities and Exchange Commission…

    The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged a father and son in New York with conducting a serial insider trading scheme involving tips of key nonpublic information in coded e-mail messages disguised as discussions about…
  • May 18

    SEC News - False Claims, Fraud, Insider Trading

    SEC News - False Claims, Fraud, Insider Trading
    SEC Sues Retirement Planners for Making False Claims to InvestorsA self-described retirement planning firm and its principals have been charged with falsely telling customers that interests in life settlements they offered and sold were…
Rank this Week: 583

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Feb 20

    First Cherry Blossom

    First Cherry Blossom
    Wet and temperate in Seattle this morning. And look, Spring!
  • Feb 9

    Lark & Environ

    Lark & Environ
    Interesting stuff going on at, let's call it 10th and Seneca, about a half block east of Broadway off Madison. Lark has recently moved there, and, based on one dinner experience at the new location, is as good or better...
  • Jan 25

    One Thousand Things Worth Knowing

    One Thousand Things Worth Knowing
    This weekend I've read Paul Muldoon's newly published collection of poems, "One Thousand Things Worth Knowing." (The dust jacket sports a very pleasing design by the ubiquitous Quemadura, a brilliant designer and a kind man I will…
Rank this Week: 647

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/
  • May 20

    What Activist Investors Can Learn from Trian & DuPont

    What Activist Investors Can Learn from Trian & DuPont
    A few days ago, I blogged about these law firm memos describing the end result of Trian’s attempt on DuPont. Here’s an excerpt of this blog from “The Activist Investor” looking at it from the activist’s…
  • May 19

    Cornerstone: No Automatic Disloyalty Inference” for Disinterested Directors in Controller Transaction

    Cornerstone: No Automatic Disloyalty Inference” for Disinterested Directors in Controller Transaction
    Here’s an excerpt from this Fried Frank memo (also see these other memos about the case): In a move consistent with the Delaware courts’ recent general inclination for early dismissal of M&A-related litigation, the Delaware…
  • May 18

    DuPont Announces Victory in Trian Proxy Fight

    DuPont Announces Victory in Trian Proxy Fight
    Here’s the news from this Sullivan & Cromwell memo (also see this Jones Day memo): On May 13, 2015, E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, a major chemical company with a market cap of approximately $68 billion, defeated a proxy…
Rank this Week: 724

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/
  • May 19

    NC Business Court Gives Full Faith And Credit To LegalZoom's California Class Action Settlement

    NC Business Court Gives Full Faith And Credit To LegalZoom's California Class Action Settlement
    There are probably some of you who lie awake at night wondering whether Leagalzoom's offering of do it yourself lawyering products will be found to be the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) in North Carolina. For those few of you, that…
  • May 15

    Two Claims You May Not Want To Make In North Carolina

    Two Claims You May Not Want To Make In North Carolina
    I said yesterday that there was too much in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2015 NCBC 47 for just one post, so here are the rest of the key points from the case.  They involve two claims you might not want to bother to make in North…
  • May 14

    Trade Secret Plaintiff Avoids Dismissal, Gets Discovery

    Trade Secret Plaintiff Avoids Dismissal, Gets Discovery
    One of the most interesting Business Court decisions of last year was Judge Bledsoe's opinion in DSM Dyneema, LLC v. Thagard, 2014 NCBC 50, in which he held that the Plaintiff, which was suing for misappropriation of trade secrets,was barred…
Rank this Week: 741

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • May 19

    Wells Fargo Broker Aaron Parthemer Barred Over Private Securities Sale

    Wells Fargo Broker Aaron Parthemer Barred Over Private Securities Sale
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) barred broker Aaron Parthemer (Parthemer) concerning allegations that Parthemer engaged in private securities transactions – also known as “selling away.” FINRA alleged…
  • May 19

    Gana LLP Investigates Investor Losses in BPZ Energy

    Gana LLP Investigates Investor Losses in BPZ Energy
    The law offices of Gana LLP are currently investigating investors who have suffered losses in in now bankrupt oil and gas company, BPZ Resources, Inc. (BPZ Resources) (Stock Symbols: BPZRQ and BPZ)  BPZ Resources is an independent oil…
  • May 19

    SEC Warns That Retail Investors May Not Understand the Risks of Complex Investment

    SEC Warns That Retail Investors May Not Understand the Risks of Complex Investment
    On April 14, 2015, Luis Aguilar, Commissioner to the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), gave a speech before the North American Securities Administrators Association (“NASAA”), stating that the SEC is looking…
Rank this Week: 722

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: 726

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/
  • May 22

    "Say-on-pay": back in the spotlight this proxy season

    "Say-on-pay": back in the spotlight this proxy season
    Katy Pitch - If you’ve been reading the business news lately it’s hard to miss the renewed focus on the “say-on-pay” resolution at annual corporate meetings in Canada. These advisory resolutions, which ask shareholders…
  • May 22

    Start-up crowdfunding prospectus and registration exemption adopted by certain CSA member

    Start-up crowdfunding prospectus and registration exemption adopted by certain CSA member
    Vincent Laurin - As discussed in a post last week, the securities regulators of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia (the "Participating Jurisdictions") have implemented registration and prospectus…
  • May 22

    TSX proposes a new order type: Long Life order

    TSX proposes a new order type: Long Life order
    A new order type is being proposed to address concerns with market quality caused by high frequency trading.  The objective of the proposed Long Life order is to improve execution quality for certain retail and institutional investors…
Rank this Week: 777

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…
  • Sep 8

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

    Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Remain Even After $50 Million Impairment Charge
    On July 22, 2014, I warned investors that Utah-based multi-level marketing company Nu Skin Enterprises' (NYSE: NUS) surging inventory levels might lead it "to recognize a material impairment charge against inventory in a future period." On…
Rank this Week: 792

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 888

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/
  • May 18

    Nomura & Royal Bank of Scotland Must Pay $806M in Mortgage-Backed Securities Case

    Nomura & Royal Bank of Scotland Must Pay $806M in Mortgage-Backed Securities Case
    Nomura Holdings (NMR) and Royal Bank of Scotland group Plc (RBS) must pay $806 million in the mortgage-backed securities lawsuit filed against them by the Federal Housing Finance Agency. $779.4 million will go to mortgage lender Freddie Mac…
  • May 15

    Barclays Also Likely to Be Fined For Libor Settlement Breach

    Barclays Also Likely to Be Fined For Libor Settlement Breach
    Bloomberg says that according to sources familiar with the matter, in addition to the penalty that Barclays Plc (BCS) is expected to pay to resolve the U.S. Justice Department’s case for interest currency benchmark rigging, the bank…
  • May 13

    Goldman Sachs Must Pay National Australia Bank $100M in Mortgage Fraud Case

    Goldman Sachs Must Pay National Australia Bank $100M in Mortgage Fraud Case
    A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) arbitration panel recently ordered Goldman Sachs Inc. (“Goldman”) to pay $80 million in compensatory damages plus millions more in interest to National Australia Bank…
Rank this Week: 900

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: 987

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
Rank this Week: 1097

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: 1089

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: 1167

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: 1271

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

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

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
  • May 14

    What Does The “E” In Email Mean Redux

    What Does The “E” In Email Mean Redux
    I recently blogged about the meaning of the “E” in email.  For a further discussion of the dangers associated with email, you can listen to this podcast.  The moral to the story is think long and hard before you hit that…
  • May 11

    So You Think That You Really Know Your Customer

    So You Think That You Really Know Your Customer
    If the recent National Senior Investor Initiative of the SEC and FINRA taught us anything, it was the tremendous importance to know your customers. This takes on more significance when you are working with seniors. You may ask why does…
  • May 4

    So What Does The SEC Think About Cybersecurity

    So What Does The SEC Think About Cybersecurity
    At the end of last month, the SEC provided a guidance update on cybersecurity for registered investment companies and registered investment advisors. This guidance is equally instructive for broker-dealers and registered representatives.…
Rank this Week: 1369

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Recover Investment Losses Blog

Covers investment scams, broker fraud and broker negligence. By Rex Securities Law.

http://blog.rexsecuritieslaw.com
  • Apr 23

    ForceField Energy Stock Trading Suspended-CEO Arrested for Securities Fraud

    ForceField Energy Stock Trading Suspended-CEO Arrested for Securities Fraud
    April 21, 2015- The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) suspended trading in the securities of ForceField Energy, Inc. (FNRG)  until May 5th due to concerns about the adequacy and accuracy of information available to investors in…
  • Apr 23

    Former D’Hanis State Bank President Indicted for Fraud & Embezzlement

    Former D’Hanis State Bank President Indicted for Fraud & Embezzlement
    April 17, 2015- San Antonio, Texas The FBI announced that Laurie Mayfield (aka Laurie H. Scott), 54, of Fredericksburg, Texas, was indicted for bank fraud and embezzlement. According to the release, Mayfield , formerly president of…
  • Apr 23

    Houston Broker Suspended for Trading Account Without Client’s Permission

    Houston Broker Suspended for Trading Account Without Client’s Permission
    April 8, 2015- Austin, Texas The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) suspended Bruce William Schoendorf, an investment adviser of Hurwitz Associates,  for ten days for exercising discretion in a client account in violation of a…
Rank this Week: 1394

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • May 22

    Is Your Start-Up Ready to Hire Employees? Here Are Some Employment Contract Basic

    Is Your Start-Up Ready to Hire Employees? Here Are Some Employment Contract Basic
    Once your startup is ready to hire employees, it is important to do it right. A written employment contract is recommendable to establish and structure the legal relationship when it you start to hire employees. If artfully drawn, the…
  • May 21

    Is Poor Contract Management Hurting Your Bottom Line?

    Is Poor Contract Management Hurting Your Bottom Line?
    From client contracts to employment agreements to leases, even small businesses can have hundreds if not thousands of contracts. Thanks to technology, a lot of contract management is done digitally. However, many contracts are still prepared,…
  • May 20

    ABC Test Revives Sleepy’s Wage and Hour Suit

    ABC Test Revives Sleepy’s Wage and Hour Suit
    Earlier this year, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the “ABC test” should apply to determine whether a worker is an “independent contractor” for the purposes of the New Jersey Wage Payment Law and the New Jersey…
Rank this Week: 1472

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Covers stockbroker fraud.

http://stockbrokerlaw.com/tim-oconnors-blog
  • May 21

    The New York State Department of Financial Services - Life Insurance Resource Center

    The New York State Department of Financial Services - Life Insurance Resource Center
    The New York State Department of Financial Services maintains a Life Insurance Resource Center on its website designed to inform New York State residents of the various life insurance-related products being sold in New York State. These…
  • May 18

    Reverse Convertibles – Risky Investments Plagued with Losse

    Reverse Convertibles – Risky Investments Plagued with Losse
    A number of brokerage firms have sold reverse exchangeable securities, also known as reverse convertibles, to retail investors. These structured products, promising high yields, are often difficult for the average investor to understand and…
  • May 15

    Are You Interested in Being An SEC Whistleblower?

    Are You Interested in Being An SEC Whistleblower?
    The Office of the Whistleblower of the Securities and Exchange Commission (hereafter “SEC”) established a whistleblower program on July 21, 2010 as a part of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act signed by…
Rank this Week: 1542

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: 1536

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

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

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
Rank this Week: 1531

Stock Attorneys Blog

Stock Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.stockattorneysblog.com/
  • Aug 18

    LPL Financial Fraught with Allegations of Supervisory Failure

    LPL Financial Fraught with Allegations of Supervisory Failure
    Advisor Independence Achilles Heel for Gigantic Investment Organization LPL Financial is one of the nation’s largest broker/dealer investment firms, yet it is not an investment firm in the traditional sense. Whereas most investment…
  • Aug 12

    Total Wealth Management Sanctions Kickback

    Total Wealth Management Sanctions Kickback
    Top Executives Foster Flagrant Fraud Practices It goes without saying that there is a lot of money to be made in the investment industry. Even when investment firms and advisors follow the rules that govern the industry, they stand to earn…
  • Aug 4

    U.S. Attorney’s Office Files Parallel Action in Response to Previous CFTC Fraud Charge

    U.S. Attorney’s Office Files Parallel Action in Response to Previous CFTC Fraud Charge
    The types of investments that one can invest in are nearly as diverse as the brokers who trade them and the investors who invest in them. One such investment practice is commodity futures pools. This type of investment is a private…
Rank this Week: 1681

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: 1803

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: 1682

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

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

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

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On
    If you are one of the hundreds of thousands of Americans permanently traumatized by the government’s highly lauded, but horribly executed, loan modification program, take heart.  I’m here to tell you that there’s another government…
  • Feb 2

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On

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

    The Lincoln Lawyer

    The Lincoln Lawyer
    Before Abraham Lincoln became our greatest president, he was a great corporate lawyer.  And before he was a corporate lawyer, he was a brilliant trial lawyer. In the 1840s, Lincoln represented a Revolutionary War widow who had been bilked…
Rank this Week: 1629

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: 1718

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 1964

Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Securities Fraud Attorney Blog

Covers securities fraud, and other areas of securities law and banking and finance law. By Rich, Intelisano & Katz, LLP.

http://www.securitiesfraudattorneyblog.com/
  • May 22

    FINRA’s Regulatory Arm Announces Strengthening of Sanction Guidelines for Fraudulent Conduct by Broker

    FINRA’s Regulatory Arm Announces Strengthening of Sanction Guidelines for Fraudulent Conduct by Broker
    In a move intended to emphasize that FINRA’s ultimate mandate is to protect investors, the SRO’s National Adjudicatory Council last week issued newly-revised Sanction Guidelines including tougher ranges of recommended punishments…
  • May 8

    FINRA Fines LPL for Failure to Supervise on Complex Product

    FINRA Fines LPL for Failure to Supervise on Complex Product
    What are non-traditional exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs)? Why are independent broker dealers selling these complex products without proper supervision? FINRA wants to know and just slammed…
  • May 1

    Liability of Commercial Banks for Investment Advisor Fraud

    Liability of Commercial Banks for Investment Advisor Fraud
    An increasing issue in investment fraud cases is the liability of commercial banks for aiding and abetting fraud by an investment advisory firm that engages in fraud and then goes defunct. Such firms typically house their investment…
Rank this Week: 1872