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Securities Lawyer 101

Securities Lawyer 101

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

http://www.securitieslawyer101.com/blog/
  • Sep 10

    Corporate Hijackings 101 l Securities Lawyer 101 Blog

    Corporate Hijackings 101 l Securities Lawyer 101 Blog
    Securities Lawyer 101 Blog Corporate hijackings, also known as corporate identity theft, of public shell companies has been around for more than a decade.  It  is a growing method used by fraudsters to acquire…
  • Feb 26

    George Theodule Sentenced to 150 Month

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

    SEC Charges Arizona-Based Equity Fund l Securities Lawyer 101

    SEC Charges Arizona-Based Equity Fund l Securities Lawyer 101
    Securities Lawyer 101 Blog On February 26, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced charges against an Arizona-based private equity fund manager and his investment advisory firm for…
Rank this Week: 21

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/
  • Jul 25

    Records Requests and the Caremark Standard At Issue in Delaware

    Records Requests and the Caremark Standard At Issue in Delaware
    Flying somewhat below the radar, the on-going case of Indiana Electrical Workers Pension Trust Fund IBEW v. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. may prove to be one worthy of closer consideration. The case stems from the alleged involvement of Wal-Mart in a…
  • Jul 24

    Market Structure Reform and the SEC (Part 1)

    Market Structure Reform and the SEC (Part 1)
    John Coffee has an interesting piece on the Columbia CLS Blue Sky Blog, High Frequency Trading Reform: The Short Term and the Longer Term.   The article highlights two cases, one brought by (but yet to be resolved) N.Y.…
  • Jul 23

    The Affordable Care Act, the DC Circuit, and the SEC

    The Affordable Care Act, the DC Circuit, and the SEC
    Yesterday, two circuit courts issued opposite decisions on the Affordable Care Act. The Fourth Circuit held that individuals could obtain subsidies through the federal healthcare site. The D.C. Circuit, by a vote of 2-1 held the reverse. The…
Rank this Week: 38

Securities Compliance Sentinel

Securities Compliance Sentinel

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

http://securitiescompliancesentinel.foxrothschild.com
  • Jul 25

    Vilar Will Not Hinder U.S. Attorney From Pursuing Global Fraud

    Vilar Will Not Hinder U.S. Attorney From Pursuing Global Fraud
    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has announced that its prosecutors will not be significantly impacted by a recent appellate court decision concluding that Morrison’s proscription against…
  • Jul 24

    Court Remands Dispute Over Expungement of CRD Data

    Court Remands Dispute Over Expungement of CRD Data
    The U.S. District Court for the Central District of California remanded to a California state court a stockbroker’s lawsuit against the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority for expungement of certain allegedly harmful disclosures…
  • Jul 23

    SEC RARELY SEEKS TO POSSESS ELECTRONIC DEVICES

    SEC RARELY SEEKS TO POSSESS ELECTRONIC DEVICES
    SEC staff has been instructed to seek subpoenas for devices such as computer hard drives and cell phones only rarely. In many cases, there could be unintended consequences, such as exposing authorities to other sensitive materials on a device…
Rank this Week: 252

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Corporate Securities Law Blog

Focuses on complliance, corporate governance, disclosure, mergers and tax issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

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

    Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Indemnification Sleight of Hand

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

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

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

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

    Second Circuit Overturns District Court’s Rejection of SEC-Citigroup Fraud Settlement
    In a closely-watched decision involving judicial review of agency settlements, the Unites States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit vacated United States District Court Judge Jed Rakoff’s 2011 order rejecting a proposed $285…
Rank this Week: 282

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/
Rank this Week: 394

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
Rank this Week: 334

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: 335

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/
  • Jul 24

    Raymond James Lawsuit Against Former Employee

    Raymond James Lawsuit Against Former Employee
    According to FA Magazine, Raymond James Financial Services (RJFS) has filed a lawsuit against former broker, Jo Ellen Fisher, for allegedly diverting nearly $1.5 million away from an elderly client’s brokerage account. RJFS accused…
  • Jul 23

    Broker Runs $6 million Hedge Fund

    Broker Runs $6 million Hedge Fund
    Have you suffered investment losses as a result of your dealings with former Sterne Agee Financial Services broker, Dean Mustaphalli? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help recovery some of your losses. According to Investment News,…
  • Jul 22

    New Jersey Broker Allegedly Diverts $900,000 to Personal Bank Account

    New Jersey Broker Allegedly Diverts $900,000 to Personal Bank Account
    Did you suffer investment losses as a result of your dealings with former New Jersey broker, John Montague? If so, The White Law Group may be able to help recoup some of your investment losses. According to a press release from the U.S.…
Rank this Week: 503

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/
  • Jul 17

    Chan, Chan & Ho on Insider Trading Law in Hong Kong

    Chan, Chan & Ho on Insider Trading Law in Hong Kong
    Hon Kiu Chan, Raymond Siu Yeung Chan, and Kong Shan John Ho have posted Enforcement of Insider Trading Law in Hong Kong: What Insights Can We Learn from Recent Convictions? on SSRN with the following abstract: This study analyzes all...
  • Jul 17

    Rapp on SOX and Dodd-Frank

    Rapp on SOX and Dodd-Frank
    Geoffrey Christopher Rapp has posted Are SOX and Dodd-Frank Securities Laws? The Answer is 'Up in the Air' on SSRN with the following abstract: This contribution to the 2013 Instittue for Investor Protection Conference poses and addresses the…
  • Jul 17

    Wang & Sallehu on Available-for-Sale Securities of US Bank

    Wang & Sallehu on Available-for-Sale Securities of US Bank
    Richard Zhe Wang and Menghistu Sallehu have posted The Hidden Message in AFS Securities of US Banks on SSRN with the following abstract: We examine US banks’ use of available-for-sale (“AFS”) securities to smooth their earnings during…
Rank this Week: 494

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

William Carleton, Counselor @ Law

Covers legal and investment issues facing emerging tech companies.

http://www.wac6.com/wac6/
  • Jun 25

    Where I've been

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

    The world is not totally fucked up: Exhibit A

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

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

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it
    Time again to safeguard the current accredited investor standard.
Rank this Week: 411

Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

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

http://sharesleuth.com/
Rank this Week: 496

Institutional Investor Securities…

Institutional Investor Securities Blog

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

http://www.institutionalinvestorsecuritiesblog.com/
  • Dec 29

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae

    Wells Fargo Reaches $591 Million Mortgage Deal with Fannie Mae
    Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) has arrived at a $591 million mortgage settlement with Fannie Mae (FNMA). The arrangement resolves claims that the banking institution sold faulty mortgages to the government run-home loan financier and covers…
  • Jul 18

    Bank of America Settles RMBS Allegations with AIG for $650M

    Bank of America Settles RMBS Allegations with AIG for $650M
    Bank of America Corp. (BAC) has paid American International Group Inc. (AIG) $650 million to settle residential mortgage-backed securities fraud claims. The insurer had originally asked for $10 billion when it filed its RMBS fraud lawsuit in…
  • Jul 17

    Barclays and Deutsche Bank Under Scrutiny Over Barrier Options Transaction

    Barclays and Deutsche Bank Under Scrutiny Over Barrier Options Transaction
    The U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations plans to conduct a hearing over what it believes are abusive transactions made by financial institutions. Bloomberg is reporting that Deutsche Bank AG (DBK), Barclays PLC (BARC), and…
Rank this Week: 677

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 660

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Jul 25

    Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins Testifies: State of the Division’s Rulemaking

    Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins Testifies: State of the Division’s Rulemaking
    Yesterday, Corp Fin Director Keith Higgins delivered this testimony before the House Financial Services Committee’s Capital Markets Subcommittee – talking about the state of the Division, with an emphasis on the status of…
  • Jul 24

    Charts: Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption

    Charts: Intrastate Crowdfunding Exemption
    As the result of a collaborative effort between Ginsberg Jacobs’ Anthony Zeoli, Crowdcheck and Seyfarth Shaw’s Georgia Quinn, here is a comparative summary chart where you can go to compare all of the enacted instrastate…
  • Jul 23

    Shareholder Engagement: Should Directors Be Politicians? 10 Things to Consider

    Shareholder Engagement: Should Directors Be Politicians? 10 Things to Consider
    I know the title of this particular blog sounds sensational – but the opening of this DealBook column by Andrew Ross Sorkin about shareholder engagement is “What if lawmakers never spoke to their constituents?” So let me…
Rank this Week: 655

Representing Investors

Representing Investors

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

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

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

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

    Nontraded Real-Estate Investments mean Risky Busine

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

    Attorney Mark Maddox named to FINRA’s Arbitrartion Task Force

    Attorney Mark Maddox named to FINRA’s Arbitrartion Task Force
    We are proud to share that Attorney Mark Maddox will be part of FINRA’s new arbitration task force. Click this link for details: http://www.finra.org/Newsroom/NewsReleases/2014/P554192The post Attorney Mark Maddox named to FINRA’s…
Rank this Week: 909

The D & O Diary

The D & O Diary

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

http://www.dandodiary.com/
  • Jul 23

    Advisen Releases 2014 First Half Corporate and Securities Litigation Report

    Advisen Releases 2014 First Half Corporate and Securities Litigation Report
    The level of all corporate and securities filings continued to decline in the second quarter of 2014 as filing activity returns to levels that prevailed before the financial crisis, according to the latest quarterly D&O claims activity…
  • Jul 23

    Management Liability Insurance and Immigration Enforcement

    Management Liability Insurance and Immigration Enforcement
    In a May 1, 2014 opinion (here), District of Kansas Judge Sam A. Crow, applying Illinois law, held that neither the EPL insurance coverage part nor the D&O insurance coverage part of a restaurant company’s management liability…
  • Jul 22

    Guest Post: Bylaws and Arbitration

    Guest Post: Bylaws and Arbitration
    For many years, business groups and corporate representatives have tried to reform shareholder litigation through legislation and case law development, with mixed success. However, in more recent years an interesting new initiative has…
Rank this Week: 778

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/
  • Jul 22

    MFDA publishes guidance on use of investor questionnaire

    MFDA publishes guidance on use of investor questionnaire
    Earlier this week, the MFDA released a discussion paper intended to provide guidance on the use by mutual fund dealers of investor questionnaires to assist in the know-your-client process. Among other things, the paper discusses topics such…
  • Jul 18

    CSA intend to publish national rule for clearing agencie

    CSA intend to publish national rule for clearing agencie
    Alix d'Anglejan-Chatillon - The Canadian Securities Administrators yesterday released an update on the proposed local rules designed to set out certain requirements in relation to the application process for seeking recognition as a…
  • Jul 18

    CSA adopt changes to auditor oversight rule

    CSA adopt changes to auditor oversight rule
    The Canadian Securities Administrators yesterday released changes to auditor oversight rules designed to enhance the integrity of financial reporting by reporting issuers by repealing and replacing National Instrument 52-108 Auditor…
Rank this Week: 922

White Collar Fraud

White Collar Fraud

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

http://whitecollarfraud.blogspot.com/
  • Jul 22

    Do Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Spell Trouble Ahead?

    Do Nu Skin Inventory Red Flags Spell Trouble Ahead?
    Last Friday morning, a comment posted on Twitter by Marc Cohodes about Nu Skin Enterprises (NYSE: NUS), a Utah based multi-level marketing company, caught my curiosity. Cohodes is a legendary short-seller with an excellent track record and…
  • Jul 16

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

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

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

    A Felon’s View of White-Collar Crime - Why Society is Very Vulnerable to Fraud
    White-collar crime is more brutal than violent crime. The actions of one or a few corrupt public officials and corrupt businessmen can affect the livelihoods of thousands, even millions of people. Fraudsters use a combination of persuasion…
Rank this Week: 772

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: 812

Stock Attorneys Blog

Stock Attorneys Blog

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

http://www.stockattorneysblog.com/
  • Jul 15

    Oppenheimer Advisor Targets Elderly Widow

    Oppenheimer Advisor Targets Elderly Widow
    With trillions of dollars being manipulated by investment advisors and brokerage firms on a daily or even hourly basis, the magnitude of the influence of financial markets on world economies is nearly incomprehensible. Every developed country…
  • Jul 1

    Barred Investment Advisor Swindles Clients for Nearly $9 Million

    Barred Investment Advisor Swindles Clients for Nearly $9 Million
    Whether it’s stocks, bonds, futures, derivatives, or any other type of security, the process of investing can be quite lucrative. The number of people who have become millionaires as a result their investment practices is incalculable,…
  • Jun 24

    UBS Continues to Face Controversy over Puerto Rico Muni Bond

    UBS Continues to Face Controversy over Puerto Rico Muni Bond
    $5 Million Class Action Just One More Headache for Embattled UBS It is certainly not uncommon to hear about the mishandling of investors’ funds by investment firms. Fraud, whether is it through omission of critical information or…
Rank this Week: 819

InvestorLawyers.net

InvestorLawyers.net

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

http://www.investorlawyers.net/blog/
  • Jun 23

    Investor Files FINRA Arbitration Claim Against First Allied Regarding Private Equitie

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

    FINRA Bars Wade James Lawrence from Financial Industry

    FINRA Bars Wade James Lawrence from Financial Industry
    Recently, Wade James Lawrence was barred from the financial industry by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Investors’ rights lawyers are exploring accusations made against Lawrence regarding misappropriation of funds…
  • Jun 16

    Ameriprise Told to Pay $1.17 Million to Elderly Couple after Unsuitable Real Estate Investment

    Ameriprise Told to Pay $1.17 Million to Elderly Couple after Unsuitable Real Estate Investment
    Investors’ rights lawyers are advising senior investors to stay alert when looking at potential investment opportunities.  Recently,  a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) panel entered an arbitration award in…
Rank this Week: 978

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

New York Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities and investment fraud. By Malecki Law.

http://www.newyorksecuritieslawyersblog.com/
  • May 9

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

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

    Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships Can Be Extremely Risky Investment

    Oil and Gas Limited Partnerships Can Be Extremely Risky Investment
    Much has been made in the recent months about supposed growth in the oil and gas markets, including speculation, such as the recent article on www.forbes.com that increasing demand will be preceded by increased investment in infrastructure…
  • Apr 25

    Is Your Broker Charging You A Fair Commission?

    Is Your Broker Charging You A Fair Commission?
    Is your broker charging you a fair commission? Not surprisingly, many investors do not fully understand how much they are paying in fees and commissions to their broker-dealer, and disparities from firm to firm can be wide and difficult to…
Rank this Week: 599

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: 751

The Lebrecht Group, APLC Blog

The Lebrecht Group, APLC Blog

Discusses corporate securities law .

http://www.thelebrechtgroup.com/blog/
  • Jul 11

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering
    At long last, the SEC has approved general solicitation in 506 offerings.  I have previously blogged on the subject here and here. It seems each stakeholder group is claiming it as their own victory.  Hedge funds, crowdfunders,…
  • Jun 19

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?
    This week, Fox Business News contributor Tobin Smith was terminated because he violated their policy that “no contributor to FBN [Fox Business Network], nor his/her firm, and/or family members are allowed to accept financial…
  • Jun 6

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?
    This, of course, is a misleading question.  The answer is never.  In case you need some law to back up that conclusion, take a look at the recent case of Robert J. Vitale.  Mr. Vitale was the subject of an SEC enforcement…
Rank this Week: 979

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/
Rank this Week: 1740

Business Blog

Business Blog

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

http://www.businesslawnews.com/
  • Jul 25

    Amendments to NY Wage Theft Law Head to Governor’s Desk

    Amendments to NY Wage Theft Law Head to Governor’s Desk
    A bill that would amend New York’s Wage Theft Prevention Act (the “Act”) awaits Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s signature. The changes offer both good news and bad news for New York employers. Originally enacted into law in 2011,…
  • Jul 24

    Should You Be Protecting Your Business Emails from Prying Eyes?

    Should You Be Protecting Your Business Emails from Prying Eyes?
    Would you send an important communication on a postcard? For most businesses, the answer is likely no. Yet companies send unsecured business emails every day, which share many of the same characteristics as postcards. These messages can be…
  • Jul 23

    Will Uber Win the Battle of the Taxi or Succumb to Business Regulation?

    Will Uber Win the Battle of the Taxi or Succumb to Business Regulation?
    Uber records approximately one million ride requests each week and is now valued at an estimated $18.2 billion. Despite its surging popularity with riders, the company continues to face strong resistance from regulators and traditional taxis…
Rank this Week: 1092

Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

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

    Second Florida Cop Sentenced For Rothstein Tie

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

    TelexFree Founders Indicted On Fraud Charge

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

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

    Florida Cop Gets 5-Year Sentence For Rothstein Ties, Including Illegal Arrest
    "Mr. Benjamin, while wearing the cloak of BSO authority, engineered the arrest and incarceration of an innocent citizen.  This was done purely for financial gain. This conduct is deplorable — it is unconscionable." - U.S. District…
Rank this Week: 1828

Broke and Broker

Broke and Broker

Covers the Wall Street docket of criminal, civil, regulatory, and arbitration cases. By Bill Singer.

http://brokeandbroker.com/index.php
  • Jul 24

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW

    BrokeAndBroker.com Blog by Bill Singer WEEK IN REVIEW
    Broker Slips And Counter Punches Public CustomerJuly 25, 2014If you've been a stockbroker long enough, it's likely that some customer will file a lawsuit against you and your firm. Frankly, you may have screwed ...Read OnSchwab Accused Of…
  • Jul 23

    Broker Slips And Counter Punches Public Customer

    Broker Slips And Counter Punches Public Customer
    If you've been a stockbroker long enough, it's likely that some customer will file a lawsuit against you and your firm. Frankly, you may have screwed up and, in all fairness, you should be named as a defendant or respondent. There are times,…
  • Jul 21

    Schwab Accused Of Altering Client Forms In Options Trading Dispute

    Schwab Accused Of Altering Client Forms In Options Trading Dispute
    In a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) Arbitration Statement of Claim filed in May 2013, public customer Claimant Meadows asserted causes of action including breaches of fiduciary duty and contract, negligence, and…
Rank this Week: 1952

Business Law Post

Business Law Post

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

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

    Should Startups Have Boards of Directors?

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

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

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

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

    How to Verify That Your Investor is Accredited - The SEC Provides New Explanations Regarding Rule 506(c) Offering
    On July 3, 2014 (right on my birthday), the SEC issued six compliance and disclosure interpretations (“CD&Is”) regarding the use of verification methods for determining whether a prospective investor is accredited. First, a…
Rank this Week: 1801

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
  • Jul 21

    Bond Prices Plummet for Puerto Rico Power Authority

    Bond Prices Plummet for Puerto Rico Power Authority
    Puerto Rico's power authority bonds dropped from trading at around 55 cents on the dollar to 45 cents on the dollar by the end of June as investors worry about the agency's inability to pay off its bonds and bank loans. The power authority is…
  • Jul 16

    Disciplinary Action Against BlackRock Advisors Recommended by SEC

    Disciplinary Action Against BlackRock Advisors Recommended by SEC
    The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has recommend disciplinary action for possible securities violations, including the failure to disclose conflicts of interest, by BlackRock Advisors.
  • Jul 13

    FINRA seeks to narrow public arbitrator definition

    FINRA seeks to narrow public arbitrator definition
    In an effort to tighten the rules for resolving investor disputes in arbitration, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has proposed a rule to narrow the definition of public arbitrator. Currently, there are 3,555 public…
Rank this Week: 1987

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Tim O'Connor's Blog

Covers stockbroker fraud.

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

    New York State Deferred Compensation Plan Beneficiary Designation

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

    FINRA Investor Alert: IRA Rollover Tip

    FINRA Investor Alert: IRA Rollover Tip
    The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued an investor alert entitled The IRA Rollover: Ten Tips to Making Sound Decision. As many Americans face the decision to either keep their retirement nest egg with a former employer…
  • Jan 6

    Become a FINRA Arbitrator

    Become a FINRA Arbitrator
    The Office of Dispute Resolution of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is currently seeking experienced professionals, citizens, and members of the community to serve as arbitrators on FINRA arbitration panels.  Notably,…
Rank this Week: 1765

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Hedge Fund Law Blog

Covers hedge fund laws and starting a hedge fund.

http://www.hedgefundlawblog.com
  • Jul 18

    New IA Rules in Washington State

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

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Second Quarter Update

    Cole-Frieman & Mallon LLP 2014 Second Quarter Update
    COLE-FRIEMAN & MALLON LLP www.colefrieman.com July 10, 2014 FATCA Transitional Period. The IRS and U.S. Treasury Department issued a notice (the “Notice”) announcing that calendar years 2014 and 2015 will…
  • Jul 1

    Hedge Fund Events July 2014

    Hedge Fund Events July 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: July 2, 2014 Sponsor: exane asset management Event: Education Session No 484 –…
Rank this Week: 1403

Strictly Business

Strictly Business

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

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
  • Jul 7

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 12: Preemptive Right

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 12: Preemptive Right
    This post is the twelfth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior eleven posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation of…
  • Jun 30

    Is it time for the JOBS Act, Part Two?

    Is it time for the JOBS Act, Part Two?
    When the JOBS Act was passed, a lot of people hoped that it would de-regulate startup finance, resulting in a boom of new startups being funded.  Through repealing the ban on general solicitation, allowing online angel investment…
  • Jun 29

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 11: Management and Information Right

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 11: Management and Information Right
    This post is the eleventh in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior ten posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation of the term…
Rank this Week: 2030

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: 1306

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: 1522

Securities Attorney Law Blog

Securities Attorney Law Blog

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

http://securitiesattorneys.us/
Rank this Week: 1853

Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Mar 28

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference

    Defamation v. Tortious Interference
    Most of us have at least a “street-level” understanding of defamation. Individuals that hear or read damaging false statements about themselves or their business typically think: “I need to find a defamation lawyer.”…
  • Mar 19

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management

    Defamation Reputation Damage Management
    In 1378, the Statute of Scandalum Magnatum granted judges and church officials in England a legal right to compensation if they had been insulted or defamed. The first Common Law defamation action on record was filed in England in 1507. …
  • Mar 12

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List

    Missouri Supreme Court Rejects Trade Secret Claim Over Client List
    Troy Kennedy (Kennedy”) left his position as director and executive officer of a trust and investment company when that company was bought by Central Trust & Investment Company (“CTI”). Kennedy left to found a competing…
Rank this Week: 1587

Corporate Finance & Securities Law…

Corporate Finance & Securities Law Blog

Covers mergers and acquisitions, private to public transactions, public company disclosure, regulatory defense, and other financial issues. By The Lebrecht Group.

http://www.thelebrechtgroup.com/blog/
  • Jul 11

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering

    SEC Allows Solicitation in Private Offering
    At long last, the SEC has approved general solicitation in 506 offerings.  I have previously blogged on the subject here and here. It seems each stakeholder group is claiming it as their own victory.  Hedge funds, crowdfunders,…
  • Jun 19

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?

    Sponsored Research. When Is It Independent?
    This week, Fox Business News contributor Tobin Smith was terminated because he violated their policy that “no contributor to FBN [Fox Business Network], nor his/her firm, and/or family members are allowed to accept financial…
  • Jun 6

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?

    When Is It a Good Strategy To Lie to the SEC?
    This, of course, is a misleading question.  The answer is never.  In case you need some law to back up that conclusion, take a look at the recent case of Robert J. Vitale.  Mr. Vitale was the subject of an SEC enforcement…
Rank this Week: 1430

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

Perry Krumsiek & Jack Law Blog

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

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

    Here’s One Government Program Worth HARPing On

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

    The Lincoln Lawyer

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

    Cornell Scores in Forum Case

    Cornell Scores in Forum Case
    PKJ’s Timothy Cornell scored a significant victory Friday, when U.S. District Judge Richard G. Stearns dismissed a multimillion case against an Internet company, finding that the plaintiff was bound by his contract’s forum selection…
Rank this Week: 2049

With Vigour and Zeal

With Vigour and Zeal

Features a European's views on securities litigation. By Werner Kranenburg.

http://kranenburgesq.com/blog
  • Feb 26

    Transatlantic Litigation: “I sue first”

    Transatlantic Litigation: “I sue first”
    On Wednesday earlier this week, the New York State Bar Association’s International Section held a seminar in London on the topic of Transatlantic Litigation. I was one of the co-organisers and one of the two speakers.
  • Mar 31

    Cornerstone’s Class Actions Reviews 2009

    Cornerstone’s Class Actions Reviews 2009
    Last week and in January, the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, in cooperation with Cornerstone Research, published two annual securities class action reviews: Filings 2009 and
  • Feb 25

    Where to go in March

    Where to go in March
    In the next few weeks I will be attending the following events: an LSE lecture and Weil Gotshal webcast on the 4th, Barroway Topaz’ annual conference on the 11th and the NYSBA’s litigation roundtable on the 16th.
Rank this Week: 1318

SEC Whistleblower Blog

SEC Whistleblower Blog

Covers corporate whistleblower programs and whistleblower protection issues.

http://www.secwhistleblowerprogram.org/SEC-Whistleblower-Blog/
  • Jan 10

    Whistleblower Protection under the SEC Whistleblower Program

    Whistleblower Protection under the SEC Whistleblower Program
    In our web site, we established the types of anti-retaliatory protections offered employees under the SEC Whistleblower Program.
  • Dec 10

    SEC Whistleblowers can Help Uncover "Soft Dollar" Practice

    SEC Whistleblowers can Help Uncover "Soft Dollar" Practice
    Hedge fund operators (politely called “Investment Managers” on Wall Street) can make the plaintiffs’ bar look like expensively dressed social workers. The hedge fund industry is estimated to be a $2.5 trillion industry.
  • Dec 6

    Five travel expense related FCPA violation

    Five travel expense related FCPA violation
    Here’s a tip for potential Foreign Corrupt Practices Act whistleblowers: travel expenses clearly fall within FCPA guidelines.
Rank this Week: 1698

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: 1554

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Jul 25

    Too Tangential

    Too Tangential
    In its recent Chadbourne decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held that to be "in connection with" the purchase or sale of a security, an alleged securities fraud must involve "victims who took, who tried to take, who divested…
  • Jul 18

    Doubling Down

    Doubling Down
    In Spitzberg v. Houston American Energy Corp., 2014 WL 3442515 (5th Cir. July 15, 2014), the Fifth Circuit reversed the dismissal of a securities class action based on alleged false statements concerning oil and gas reserves. The decision…
  • Jul 11

    Comparing Lychee

    Comparing Lychee
    Securities class actions brought against China-based companies often allege discrepancies between the company's Chinese regulatory filings and SEC filings. In that type of case, the plaintiff must allege at least some facts to support that…
Rank this Week: 2512

Fitapelli Kurta News

Fitapelli Kurta News

Features stock fraud news.

http://stopbrokerfraud.com/news/
  • Jul 25

    Fitapelli Kurta files complaint against Mark Lisser and Global Arena Capital Corp.

    Fitapelli Kurta files complaint against Mark Lisser and Global Arena Capital Corp.
    Fitapelli Kurta recently filed a complaint against Global Arena Capital Corp. and Mark Lisser on behalf of an elderly and terminally ill Delaware pastor and his wife, who teaches bible classes at the local church.  The claims stem from…
  • Jul 22

    Broker Richard Lewis Suspended for Complaints of Unauthorized Trading

    Broker Richard Lewis Suspended for Complaints of Unauthorized Trading
    The investment fraud attorneys at Fitapelli Kurta are investigating claims involving Richard Lewis.   He is also known as Rick Lewis.  Richard, or Rick, Lewis is currently employed with J.W. Cole Financial, Inc. but was previously…
  • Jul 21

    REIT Investigation: Strategic Realty Trust, Inc. (Formerly TNP Strategic Realty Trust)

    REIT Investigation: Strategic Realty Trust, Inc. (Formerly TNP Strategic Realty Trust)
    Fitapelli Kurta is investigating claims on behalf of investors of Strategic Realty Trust, Inc., formerly known as the TNP Strategic Realty Trust Inc.  Strategic Realty Trust (TNP Strategic Realty Trust) is a non-traded REIT, which means…
Rank this Week: 3110

Securities Lawyers Blog

Securities Lawyers Blog

Covers securities law. By Gana LLP.

http://www.securitieslawyersblog.com/
Rank this Week: 3168