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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: 45

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
      Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Going public is a big step for any company.  The process of “going public” is complex and at times precarious.  While going public offers many benefits it also comes with risks and…
  • Nov 20

    SEC Suspends Trading in Ebola Ticker

    SEC Suspends Trading in Ebola Ticker
    Going Public LawyerThe Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) suspended trading in four companies that claim to be developing products or services in response to the Ebola outbreak, citing a lack of publicly available…
Rank this Week: 61

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: 160

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

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

    LPL Financial/ VALIC Financial Advisors broker, Jodie Linn Miller suspended and fined for selling Tri-Med Securitie

    LPL Financial/ VALIC Financial Advisors broker, Jodie Linn Miller suspended and fined for selling Tri-Med Securitie
    The securities fraud law firm, Fitapelli Kurta is investigating claims against LPL Financial and VALIC Financial Advisors, as well as former LPL Financial and VALIC Financial Advisors broker, Jodie Linn Miller in relation to offerings of…
  • Nov 19

    Stock fraud attorneys investigate ICON Leasing Fund Eleven and Twelve

    Stock fraud attorneys investigate ICON Leasing Fund Eleven and Twelve
    The securities fraud law firm, Fitapelli Kurta is investigating claims against broker-dealer firms like NFP Securities and WFG Investments, as well as any other broker-dealer firm that recommended ICON Leasing Fund Eleven and Twelve to…
  • Nov 18

    Stock Fraud attorneys investigate Virtus AlphaSector Fund

    Stock Fraud attorneys investigate Virtus AlphaSector Fund
    The securities fraud law firm, Fitapelli Kurta, is investigating claims against brokers and broker-dealer firms, such as Raymond James Financial and RBC Wealth Management, who offered or sold Virtus Alpha Sector Funds to investors The post…
Rank this Week: 164

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/
  • Nov 18

    Puerto Rico’s Prepa Sees 219% Rise in Overdue Accounts With At Least $1.75 Billion Owed

    Puerto Rico’s Prepa Sees 219% Rise in Overdue Accounts With At Least $1.75 Billion Owed
    Puerto Rico’s Electrical Power Authority, also known as PREPA, is experiencing a surge in overdue accounts. According to a report from an FTI Consulting subsidiary, since 2012, the U.S. territory’s electrical authority has seen a…
  • Nov 17

    SEC Wants $602M Fund Set Up for Victims of SAC Capital’s Insider Trading

    SEC Wants $602M Fund Set Up for Victims of SAC Capital’s Insider Trading
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is asking a district judge to authorize a fair fund to pay back people shareholders who didn't participate in an insider trading scam involving shares of Wyeth LLC and Elan Corp. PLC. The regulator…
  • Nov 13

    Citigroup, Bank of America Are Selling Soured Home Loans, Sources tell Bloomberg

    Citigroup, Bank of America Are Selling Soured Home Loans, Sources tell Bloomberg
    According to Bloomberg.com, sources are telling them that Citigroup (C) and Bank of America (BAC) are selling soured U.S. mortgages to satisfy the demand from investment firms that are raising the prices. For example, say the individuals who…
Rank this Week: 189

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
  • Nov 20

    UBS Pays $1.68 Million to Settle Some Puerto Rico Bonds Loss Claim

    UBS Pays $1.68 Million to Settle Some Puerto Rico Bonds Loss Claim
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: UBS has agreed to compensate $1.681 million to 34 Puerto Rico-based investors for their losses in investments in their municipal bond closed ended…
  • Nov 20

    In Downturn, Brokerage Recruitments Remain Firm

    In Downturn, Brokerage Recruitments Remain Firm
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: According to a report from Mark Elzweig Company, Ltd., even though the stock market has caught a cold recently, the recruitment of big producers still remains…
  • Nov 18

    Indianapolis Financial Advisor Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud

    Indianapolis Financial Advisor Pleads Guilty to Investment Fraud
    From the Desk of Jim Eccleston at Eccleston Law Offices: Kevin James, an independent financial advisor in Indianapolis, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for orchestrating an investment fraud.  Kevin…
Rank this Week: 200

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/
  • Nov 21

    Do Some Companies Already Have Fee-Shifting Provisions (And Not Know It)?

    Do Some Companies Already Have Fee-Shifting Provisions (And Not Know It)?
    A lot of folks these days are arguing and writing about fee-shifting bylaws as if they were some kind of novel and sudden irruption, like Athena bursting from Zeus’ skull.  This overlooks the existence of…
  • Nov 20

    Will The Courts Stop Deferring To SEC Interpretations?

    Will The Courts Stop Deferring To SEC Interpretations?
    In 1984, the U.S. Supreme Court announced a foundational principle of administrative law.  When a court reviews an agency’s construction of a statute that it administers, the court should: Ascertain whether the statute is…
  • Nov 19

    When California Copied Rule 10b-5 Did It Shut The State Courthouse Door To Securities Fraud Suits?

    When California Copied Rule 10b-5 Did It Shut The State Courthouse Door To Securities Fraud Suits?
    Section 27 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 provides: “The district courts of the United States . . . shall have exclusive jurisdiction of violations of [the Exchange Act] or the rules and regulations thereunder, and of all…
Rank this Week: 296

Institutional Investor Securities…

Institutional Investor Securities Blog

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

http://www.institutionalinvestorsecuritiesblog.com/
Rank this Week: 308

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: 316

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

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

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
Rank this Week: 358

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Oct 7

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

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

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

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

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

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection
    A Chinese businessman who figures into a fraud case involving Guanwei Recycling Corp. (Nasdaq: GPRC) also has an intriguing connection to Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI), whose shares were allegedly manipulated by the same group.…
Rank this Week: 367

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/
  • Nov 19

    Travis Wetzel Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud

    Travis Wetzel Pleads Guilty to Wire Fraud
    According to the States Attorney for the District of Maryland, a former LPL broker, Travis Wetzel, pled guilty to wire fraud and money laundering in a scheme that defrauded an elderly client. According to the plea agreement, between July…
  • Nov 12

    Massachusetts Regulator Investigates Realty Capital Securities’ REIT Sale

    Massachusetts Regulator Investigates Realty Capital Securities’ REIT Sale
    According to InvestmentNews, Massachusetts secretary, William Galvin, is investigating how Realty Capital Securities sold nontraded REITs. Mr. Galvin’s office includes the Massachusetts securities division and is specifically looking at…
  • Nov 11

    Investigation involving City Capital Corporation

    Investigation involving City Capital Corporation
    Have you suffered investment losses in City Capital Corporation? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help by filing a claim against the broker dealer that sold you the investment. The SEC recently filed a complaint against the CEO of…
Rank this Week: 386

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: 391

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
  • Nov 21

    Do Increased Investor Risks Lurk Behind the SEC’s Revisiting of the Accredited Investor Definition Part II

    Do Increased Investor Risks Lurk Behind the SEC’s Revisiting of the Accredited Investor Definition Part II
    This article continues to opine on an InvestmentNews article, describing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) revisiting the accredited investor standard that determines who is eligible to invest in private placements. It is…
  • Nov 20

    Accredited Investor Definition Revisited By SEC Part I

    Accredited Investor Definition Revisited By SEC Part I
    According to an InvestmentNews article, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), for the first time in 32 years, is revisiting the idea of who should qualify as an accredited investor to be eligible to invest in private placements. The…
  • Nov 19

    SEC Rejects Bids by Funds to List Nontransparent ETF

    SEC Rejects Bids by Funds to List Nontransparent ETF
    In a rare move of true consumer protection, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) denied applications by fund managers BlackRock Inc. and Precidian Investments to offer nontransparent exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to investors by…
Rank this Week: 435

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: 484

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: 442

SEC Lawyers Blog

SEC Lawyers Blog

Covers stock fraud. By Sonn & Erez, PLC.

http://www.seclawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 530

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Nov 21

    Commissioner Bowen Seeks Input on New Market Risk Advisory Committee

    Commissioner Bowen Seeks Input on New Market Risk Advisory Committee
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Lene Powell, J.D.CFTC Commissioner Sharon Bowen put out a call for comment on the composition and priorities of a new committee looking at market risk, as well as nominations…
  • Nov 20

    Senator Blumenthal Urges SEC to Require Disclosure of Fee-Shifting Provisions in Company By-law

    Senator Blumenthal Urges SEC to Require Disclosure of Fee-Shifting Provisions in Company By-law
    Senator Richard Blumenthal (D Conn) called on the SEC to protect a key check on corporate malfeasance, namely, private citizen suits. Specifically, in a letter to SEC Chair Mary Jo White, the Senator asked the SEC to investigate Alibaba Group…
  • Nov 19

    Oregon Proposes Crowdfunding Rule

    Oregon Proposes Crowdfunding Rule
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Jay Fishman, J.D.The Oregon Finance and Corporate Securities Division recently proposed crowdfunding rules to help small businesses raise capital. The “Oregon…
Rank this Week: 581

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/
  • Nov 21

    Five Ways Fraudsters Trick Investor

    Five Ways Fraudsters Trick Investor
    "People fall for fraud because fraudsters are that good with special effects. It seems that real,"Michael Hendon, a representative from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.At a recent securities law summit, government representatives…
  • Nov 20

    Let Us Know - Ebola Related Scam

    Let Us Know - Ebola Related Scam
    While there have been a significant number of deaths from Ebola, the "outbreak" seemed to be largely a news story scam, at least in the United States.It is therefore hard to believe that a serious investor would even consider an investment in…
  • Nov 20

    SEC Press Release

    SEC Press Release
    India-Based Operators Charged for High-Yield Investment Scheme Using Social MediaCharges have been announced against two India-based operators of an alleged high-yield investment scheme seeking to exploit investors through pervasive social…
Rank this Week: 580

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/
  • Nov 21

    DOJ Clarifies Successor Liability for Foreign Acquisition

    DOJ Clarifies Successor Liability for Foreign Acquisition
    Here’s news from this blog by Akin Gump’s Nicole Sprinzen & Jennifer Hildebrand (there’s memos posted on this development in our “FCPA” Practice Area): Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)…
  • Nov 20

    Study on Deal Litigation: Size Matter

    Study on Deal Litigation: Size Matter
    As noted in this Akin Gump blog: The AG Deal Diary team found that “The Structure of Stockholder Litigation: When Do the Merits Matter?” authored by Minor Myers (Assistant Professor at Brooklyn Law School) and Charles Korsmo…
  • Nov 19

    SEC & FASB Issue Guidance on Pushdown Accounting

    SEC & FASB Issue Guidance on Pushdown Accounting
    Yesterday, the SEC’s Office of the Chief Accountant & Corp Fin jointly released Staff Accounting Bulletin #15 to rescind portions of the interpretive guidance included in its SAB Series for what’s known as pushdown accounting.…
Rank this Week: 585

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: 582

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: 576

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Nov 21

    SEC: Number of Whistleblower Reports Continues to Increase

    SEC: Number of Whistleblower Reports Continues to Increase
    The number of whistleblower reports to the SEC increased again in the latest fiscal year, according to the annual report of the SEC whistleblower office. The report, which the SEC is required by the Dodd-Frank Act to provide to Congress…
  • Nov 21

    Notes from the Advisen European D&O Insights Conference in London

    Notes from the Advisen European D&O Insights Conference in London
    The D&O Diary was in London this week to attend and participate in the Advisen European Insights Conference, which took place on Wednesday at the Willis Building, located conveniently across Lime Street from the Lloyd’s Building.…
  • Nov 18

    Paris Note

    Paris Note
    The D&O Diary is on assignment in Europe this week, with the first stop this past weekend in Paris for a field inspection of our junior-year study-abroad student’s scholarly and living arrangements. Our short weekend visit in the…
Rank this Week: 715

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Nov 21

    Does Your Company Need Key Person Insurance?

    Does Your Company Need Key Person Insurance?
    Would your business be able to survive if one of its partners or top executives died suddenly? If you are unsure, you may want to look into “key person” insurance. While the idea may seem morbid, taking out life insurance and/or…
  • Nov 20

    FINRA Warns Firms Against Using Settlement Agreements to Muzzle Whistleblower

    FINRA Warns Firms Against Using Settlement Agreements to Muzzle Whistleblower
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently issued a regulatory notice regarding the use of confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements. It specifically reminds firms that FINRA Rule 2010 prohibits provisions that…
  • Nov 19

    Home Court Advantage: SEC’s Reliance on Administrative Procedures Drawing Criticism

    Home Court Advantage: SEC’s Reliance on Administrative Procedures Drawing Criticism
    Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has gained greater authority to bring enforcement actions via administrative proceedings. However, the SEC’s increased use…
Rank this Week: 731

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

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

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
Rank this Week: 775

White Collar Fraud

White Collar Fraud

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

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

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

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

    Why Nu Skin Must Come Clean on Troubling Inventory Red Flag

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

    Do Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Spell Trouble Ahead?

    Do Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Spell Trouble Ahead?
    Last Friday morning, a comment posted on Twitter by Marc Cohodes about Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS), a Utah based multi-level marketing company, caught my curiosity. Cohodes is a legendary short-seller with an excellent track record and…
Rank this Week: 747

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Nov 16

    ACA Webinar on Accredited Investor Definition and Established Angel Group Certification

    ACA Webinar on Accredited Investor Definition and Established Angel Group Certification
    I've just listened to an archived recording of an excellent webinar presented by the Angel Capital Association last week (I had intended to listen in real time, but got pulled away): ACA Webinar on Accredited Investor Definition and…
  • Nov 4

    A Sestina About Copyright

    A Sestina About Copyright
    Sestinas are all about copyright!
  • Oct 26

    Alan Bennett's anthology of six English poet

    Alan Bennett's anthology of six English poet
    Thanks to a London nephew, I'm reading Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin, an anthology of poems by Hardy, Housman, Betjeman, Auden, MacNeice and Larkin, chosen by the English playwright Alan Bennett, with commentary by Bennett between each presented…
Rank this Week: 792

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

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

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

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

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

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

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men will each serve at least a decade in prison for operating a real estate Ponzi scheme that duped victims out of nearly $5 million.  Terrance Brown, of San Jose, California, and Antranik Kabajouzian, of Morgan City,…
Rank this Week: 914

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/
Rank this Week: 1035

Federal Securities Law Blog

Federal Securities Law Blog

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

http://www.fedseclaw.com/
  • Oct 10

    “The Bandits’ Club” gets its due

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

    Supreme Court refuses to review FCPA challenge

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

    Whistleblowers wanted; Holder seeks increased compensation for financial crime informant

    Whistleblowers wanted; Holder seeks increased compensation for financial crime informant
    By W. Kelly Johnson In the first major public comment about white collar crime in more than a year, the Department of Justice (DOJ) called for an increase in compensation for whistleblowers under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery…
Rank this Week: 949

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Nov 21

    Studies: Bridging Company/Investor Sustainability Gap

    Studies: Bridging Company/Investor Sustainability Gap
    The largest studies of CEOs and investors to date on sustainability reveal consensus on the value of sustainability generally, but a huge disconnect in CEOs’ and investors’ views on certain fundamental aspects…
  • Nov 20

    Proxy Access: Will the Whole Foods No-Action Request Maim Private Ordering?

    Proxy Access: Will the Whole Foods No-Action Request Maim Private Ordering?
    Proxy access is back to being red hot. So hot that I just calendared this webcast in a few weeks: “Proxy Access: A New World of Private Ordering.” Why is it hot? Some pension funds are frustrated because it’s been three…
  • Nov 19

    Conflict Minerals: Panel Rehearing Granted on 1st Amendment Issues!

    Conflict Minerals: Panel Rehearing Granted on 1st Amendment Issues!
    As noted by Cooley’s Cydney Posner in this blog, the DC Circuit court of Appeals has granted the petitions of the SEC and Amnesty International for a panel rehearing (and the motion of Amnesty to file a supplemental brief) in connection…
Rank this Week: 1447

Cady Bar the Door

Cady Bar the Door

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

http://www.secmiscellany.com
  • Nov 19

    Michael Garcia Now Just Taunting FIFA

    Michael Garcia Now Just Taunting FIFA
    And I say that in the most complimentary way.  If you haven’t been following this story, here’s a quick recap:  FIFA awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar, respectively.  This raised eyebrows, as…
  • Nov 12

    Proposed “Fair Fund” for CR Intrinsic Case Stirs Dustup among SEC’s Commissioner

    Proposed “Fair Fund” for CR Intrinsic Case Stirs Dustup among SEC’s Commissioner
    In the right kind of enforcement action, the SEC can take the money it’s generated and set up what’s called a Fair Fund to redistribute that money to harmed investors.  But what is the right kind of case?  This procedure…
  • Nov 10

    SEC and FINRA Issue Risk Alert on Penny Stock Companie

    SEC and FINRA Issue Risk Alert on Penny Stock Companie
    I’m not your legal advisor.  And I’m definitely not your investment adviser.  But the first rule of penny stock companies should be: do not invest in penny stock companies.  I mean, does that seem like a smart thing…
Rank this Week: 1522

May Law, PC Blog

May Law, PC Blog

Covers investment law, securities laws the requirements of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

http://www.maylawpc.net/category/blog/
  • Nov 14

    The Top 5 Financial Crimes of the 21st Century

    The Top 5 Financial Crimes of the 21st Century
    At a time when violent crime rates are reaching historic lows, a different kind of criminal was getting filthy rich by fleecing others in America. Instead of…
  • Sep 25

    When Brokers Should Call a FINRA Defense Attorney

    When Brokers Should Call a FINRA Defense Attorney
    According to the results of a recent Gallup poll, stockbrokers rank along with members of Congress, car salesmen, and marketing executives as the least-trusted professionals in America.…
  • Sep 24

    The Arbitration Process, Start to Finish

    The Arbitration Process, Start to Finish
    Because nearly all brokerage customer agreements contain an arbitration clause, it is often the only option open to aggrieved investors. But what actually occurs in these proceedings…
Rank this Week: 1571

Stock Broker Attorney Blog

Stock Broker Attorney Blog

Covers current investigations, opinions and industry news relating to securities arbitration, investment fraud, stockbroker or brokerage firm misconduct. By Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty & Proctor, P.A.

http://www.stockbrokerattorney.com/blog
  • Nov 12

    Private Equity Performance Probed by SEC

    Private Equity Performance Probed by SEC
    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is questioning how private equity firms report average net returns, also known as the net internal rate of return (IRR), for past funds in their marketing materials for new funds to…
  • Nov 6

    What is a Breach of Fiduciary Duty?

    What is a Breach of Fiduciary Duty?
    When you use a financial advisor or broker to invest in the stock market, you are putting your trust in that individual to act in your interest and for your benefit. When that investment professional fails to conduct themselves with integrity…
  • Oct 29

    Terminated Merrill Lynch Employees May File a Wrongful Termination Case

    Terminated Merrill Lynch Employees May File a Wrongful Termination Case
    Last month Merrill Lynch terminated two of its advisors, James Goetz and Stephen Brown, for "conduct related to not disclosing outside business activities and participation in private securities transactions involving clients," according to…
Rank this Week: 1339

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/
  • Nov 11

    The Basics of Rule 2510 - Discretionary Account

    The Basics of Rule 2510 - Discretionary Account
    NASD Rule 2510 governs discretionary accounts. It details how discretionary accounts are to be established and also sets forth the requirements for the use of time and price discretion. In this short video, Joel Beck provides an overview of…
  • Nov 10

    The Basics of Rule 3050 - Outside Accounts for Stockbrokers & Associated Person

    The Basics of Rule 3050 - Outside Accounts for Stockbrokers & Associated Person
    NASD Rule 3050 governs transactions by or for associated persons and it requires associated persons of a FINRA-member broker-dealer to disclose their outside securities accounts to their firm, and to disclose their status as an associated…
  • Oct 21

    Restrictive Covenants in Georgia: A Tale of the Calendar

    Restrictive Covenants in Georgia: A Tale of the Calendar
    Prior to May 11, 2011, the law in Georgia tended to favor former employees of a business when a dispute arose about the enforceability of restrictive covenants such as covenants not to compete, covenants for non-solicitation, etc. If one…
Rank this Week: 1400

Andrew Abramowitz, PLLC

Andrew Abramowitz, PLLC

News, advice, and trends from the corporate law world.

http://aalegalnyc.com/blog/
  • Nov 7

    SEC Crackdown on Undisclosed Unregistered Offering

    SEC Crackdown on Undisclosed Unregistered Offering
    I blogged recently about an SEC crackdown on failure to make required filings under Sections 13 and 16 of the Exchange Act, and continuing with that theme, the SEC recently announced a enforcement program against several public companies for…
  • Oct 22

    Virtual Law Office

    Virtual Law Office
    I live in the quaint seaside town of Port Washington, Long Island (at least, it’s as quaint as is possible 20 miles from Manhattan). Local residents have, in the past year or so, been much more likely to see me around town running…
  • Oct 21

    Interesting Reads for the Week of Oct 20

    Interesting Reads for the Week of Oct 20
    Some interesting legal reads for the week of October 20, 2014: DealBook on a trend in private equity to open investments to individual investors, not just institutional investors, though there are still relatively high minimum investments and…
Rank this Week: 1534

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

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

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Third Quarter Update

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

    Hedge Fund Events October 2014

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

    Hedge Fund Events September 2014

    Hedge Fund Events September 2014
    The following are various hedge fund events happening this month. Please email us if you would like us to add your event to this list. **** Date: September 8, 2014 Sponsor: NYSSA Event: Russian and Central & Eastern European Capital…
Rank this Week: 1258

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

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

http://www.businesslawpost.com
  • Oct 6

    CPOs Can Now Engage in General Solicitation

    CPOs Can Now Engage in General Solicitation
    The big legal news in September was that the staff at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) published an exemptive letter No. 14-116 (available here) that allows certain commodity pool operators (CPOs) to engage in general…
  • Aug 22

    New Seed Financing Documents (500 Startups and Y Combinator)

    New Seed Financing Documents (500 Startups and Y Combinator)
    The startup industry keeps on coming up with new innovative solutions to seed financing.  The latest trend is convertible equity.  Two startup venture funds and incubators, 500 Startups and Y Combinator, recently released their…
  • Aug 22

    Unregistered IPOs of Bitcoin Companies Do Not Go Unnoticed By the SEC

    Unregistered IPOs of Bitcoin Companies Do Not Go Unnoticed By the SEC
    As I previously discussed in my blog here, the SEC does not have a mandate to regulate Bitcoin. Not unless it is used in a securities offering, especially in an unregistered initial public offering conducted over the Internet in violation of…
Rank this Week: 1316

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: 1592

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: 1265

Securities Litigation and…

Securities Litigation and Regulatory Enforcement Blog

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

http://blogs.orrick.com/securities-litigation/
Rank this Week: 2213

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

http://www.investorprotection.com/blog
  • Nov 20

    Military Pensions Target of Lending Scheme

    Military Pensions Target of Lending Scheme
    Concern about a new lending practice targeting the military is worrying federal auditors and veterans. Military pensioners are offered money up front in exchange for signing over monthly benefits for a period of time, with few strings…
  • Nov 17

    Emerging Investor Threats for 2015

    Emerging Investor Threats for 2015
    New products in classic schemes such as, binary options, marijuana-related businesses, stream-of-income investments, and digital currency sure to face investors this coming year. William Beatty, NASAA President and Washington Securities…
  • Nov 17

    Are you in a “Hot Spot” for Troubled-Brokers?

    Are you in a “Hot Spot” for Troubled-Brokers?
    Last week we posted a blog titled Elderly Primary Target for Troubled Brokers. Within that blog it discussed parts of the United States that are “Hot Spots”, where these brokers with troubled regulatory records tend to cluster,…
Rank this Week: 1632

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

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

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
Rank this Week: 2184

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: 2123

Securities Mining Law

Securities Mining Law

Covers securities law affecting the mining industry in Canada.

http://www.securitiesmininglaw.com/
  • Nov 5

    Mining seminar

    Mining seminar
    Please join Dentons’ Mining Group at the Terminal City Club on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, as we discuss the following topics: “Tax pitfalls and planning for the mining sector,” presented by Anne Calverley, Partner (Dentons…
  • Oct 31

    INFONEX – MD&A for mining (2014)

    INFONEX – MD&A for mining (2014)
    INFONEX – MD&A for mining (2014) from Dentons …
  • Oct 17

    Relaunching the Northern Plan

    Relaunching the Northern Plan
    The Northern Plan will focus on the integrated and coherent development of the area covered by the Northern Plan which includes all of Québec located north of the 49th degree of north latitude and north of the St. Lawrence River and…
Rank this Week: 2252