Securities

  • May 07, 2024

    6th Circ. Considers Rebooting Crypto Reporting Challenge

    Sixth Circuit judges seemed unsure of whether a group of cryptocurrency users can challenge a pending mandate to report large crypto transactions, as the judges grappled Tuesday with whether the plaintiffs have shown they are harmed by the forthcoming rule and whether the challenge is premature.   

  • May 07, 2024

    Starbucks Can't End Investor Suit Over Union-Busting Stance

    A Washington state judge won't toss a shareholder suit accusing Starbucks' corporate leadership of diminishing stock values by allowing store managers to quash baristas' organizing efforts.

  • May 07, 2024

    Paycom Brass Face Investor Suit Over Future Revenue Woes

    The top brass of human resources technology company Paycom Software Inc. have been hit with a shareholder derivative suit alleging that executives failed to disclose that a new product to streamline payroll processes was threatening its future revenue by helping companies avoid errors they would otherwise pay to fix.

  • May 07, 2024

    Truth Social Investor Grilled By Feds At Insider Trading Trial

    A Florida investment pro on trial for allegedly exploiting confidential plans to take Truth Social public in a $23 million insider trading case was challenged Tuesday by prosecutors on the timing of trades and communications before the "special" media deal.

  • May 07, 2024

    Steptoe Adds SEC Enforcement Head From Miller & Chevalier

    Steptoe LLP has hired a former Miller & Chevalier Chtd. member, who joins the firm to lead its U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement practice in the firm's Washington and New York offices.

  • May 07, 2024

    1st Circ. Questions SEC Walk-Back In Conn. Atty's Fraud Case

    A First Circuit panel indicated Tuesday that the Securities and Exchange Commission is trying to have it both ways by avoiding a retrial of a fraud case against a Connecticut attorney while keeping in place an earlier win.

  • May 07, 2024

    FDIC Review Flags 'Patriarchal' Workplace, Chief's 'Temper'

    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s workplace culture has suffered "far too long" from sexual harassment, discrimination and other abuses that higher-ups failed to adequately address, according to a report released Tuesday that is drawing renewed calls for FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg's exit.

  • May 07, 2024

    Ex-SEC Trading And Markets Atty Rejoins Davis Wright In DC

    A former 30-year veteran of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's division of trading and markets, has left retirement to rejoin the ranks of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP as an of counsel in Washington, D.C., the firm announced Monday.

  • May 06, 2024

    Autonomy Execs Scrambled To Boost Gross Margin, Jury Told

    A former Deloitte auditor testifying in a California criminal trial over claims that ex-Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch conned HP into buying the British software company for an inflated $11.7 billion price confirmed Monday that months before the sale, executives were scrambling to boost their gross margin numbers.

  • May 06, 2024

    Coinbase Operates As Unregistered Broker, Investors Say

    Coinbase and its CEO have been hit with a proposed class action in California federal court alleging the crypto exchange "has been a part of a shadowy crypto ecosystem operating just outside of the law since formed over 10 years ago."

  • May 06, 2024

    Judge Trims ESOP Valuation Suit Against Healthcare Co.

    A California federal judge has trimmed a lawsuit against KPC Healthcare Inc., its employee stock ownership plan committee and its investment manager Alerus Financial alleging that a sale of company stock was mismanaged.

  • May 06, 2024

    Dish's 5G Roll-Out Enough For Scienter, Investors Say

    Even though Dish Network is maintaining that shareholders' confidential witnesses "witnessed nothing," those shareholders are telling the federal judge overseeing their case that the satellite company's own statements support their claims that Dish hid its 5G network integration issues from them.

  • May 06, 2024

    2nd Circ. Hints At Reviving Suit Against 'Insider' Hedge Fund

    The Second Circuit on Monday appeared ready to revive a derivative lawsuit against a hedge fund alleged to have profited from its status as a corporate insider of 1-800-Flowers, with a majority of the court casting doubt on the fund's argument that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision defeats the case on standing.

  • May 06, 2024

    Chancery Dismisses Officers From Game Co. Investor Suit

    The CEO and president of Israel-headquartered mobile game developer Playtika Holding Corp. have won a Delaware vice chancellor's reluctant dismissal from a stockholder class challenge to a $600 million company self-tender offer, nearly four months after the same court sent claims against its controlling stockholder toward trial.

  • May 06, 2024

    Alaska Man Gets 2 Years Over 'Bud And Breakfast' Scheme

    An Alaska man has been sentenced to two years in prison and will have to pay more than $580,000 in restitution after duping investors into staking a purported plan to build a marijuana-themed hospitality center referred to as a "Bud and Breakfast."

  • May 06, 2024

    Unclaimed Property Class Action Against Pa. Treasurer Axed

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has tossed a potential class action challenging the constitutionality of the state's unclaimed property law, finding that the state treasurer doesn't have to pay interest on property that was otherwise abandoned.

  • May 06, 2024

    Crypto Platform's Ex-Brass Charged With $783M Fraud

    Three former executives behind bankrupt cryptocurrency investment platform Cred Inc. face wire fraud and money laundering charges after they allegedly lied to customers about the firm's lending and investing practices ahead of a collapse prosecutors say wiped out $783 million in customer crypto.

  • May 06, 2024

    Cabot Settles Investor Suit Over Groundwater Pollution Claims

    Cabot Oil & Gas Corp. and a class of investors have reached a settlement resolving allegations the company misrepresented its environmental regulatory compliance before faulty gas wells polluted Pennsylvania's water supplies.

  • May 06, 2024

    CFPB Sues Pa. Student Loan Servicer, Trusts For $5M

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking $5 million in penalties against a Pennsylvania public corporation that services almost $18 billion in student loans and a group of 15 securitization trusts, accusing them in federal court of ignoring or wrongly denying borrowers who requested relief.

  • May 06, 2024

    Goldman Objects To 1MDB Suit Class Cert. Recommendation

    Goldman Sachs and its former top brass have urged a New York federal judge not to adopt a magistrate judge's recommendation to grant certification to a proposed class of investors claiming losses from the 1MDB bond bribery scandal, saying the magistrate judge erred in concluding that Goldman's stock price was affected by alleged misstatements.

  • May 06, 2024

    SEC's Grewal Says Self-Reporting Best Bet For No Penalties

    Self-reporting is the most important factor that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement staff weigh in determining cooperation credit and whether a firm should face a penalty, SEC Enforcement Director Gurbir Grewal said in an interview with Law360.

  • May 06, 2024

    Intel Faces Investor Suit Over Post-Restructuring Losses

    Intel Corp. has been hit with a proposed class action alleging that the tech giant misled investors about the success of a new internal business model only to see one segment of the company report $7 billion in operating losses earlier this year, sending stock prices lower.

  • May 06, 2024

    SEC Small Biz Panel Urges Relaxed Rules For Crowdfunding

    A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission advisory committee recommended Monday that regulators raise the threshold at which equity crowdfunding issuers must obtain an independent review of financial statements, hoping to encourage the use of crowdfunding for cash-strapped entrepreneurs.

  • May 06, 2024

    SEC Hits Investor Group Owner With $2M Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a suit in Missouri federal court against the owner of a private investor membership group, accusing him of misleading several members to invest around $2 million into a fake investment trading program.

  • May 06, 2024

    Truth Social Backer 'Absolutely' Denies Insider Rap To Jury

    An investment pro told a Manhattan federal jury Monday that he never tipped Florida speculators to a confidential plan to take former President Donald Trump's media concern Truth Social public, taking the stand to fight insider trading charges against him.

Expert Analysis

  • Del. Dispatch: How Moelis Upends Stockholder Agreements

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's Moelis decision last month upended the standard corporate practice of providing governance rights in stockholder agreements and adds to a recent line of surprising decisions holding that long-standing, common market practices violate Delaware law, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Business Litigators Have A Source Of Untapped Fulfillment

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    As increasing numbers of attorneys struggle with stress and mental health issues, business litigators can find protection against burnout by remembering their important role in society — because fulfillment in one’s work isn’t just reserved for public interest lawyers, say Bennett Rawicki and Peter Bigelow at Hilgers Graben.

  • Wildfire Challenges For Utility Investors: Liability Theories

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    The greater frequency and scale of wildfires in the last several years have created operational and fiscal challenges for electric utility companies, including new theories of liability and unique operational and risk management considerations — all of which must be carefully considered by utility investors, say David Botter and Lisa Schweitzer at Cleary.

  • Under The Hood Of The SEC Securitization Conflict Rule

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    Elanit Snow and Julia Vitter of Proskauer consider the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently finalized rule that prohibits conflicts of interest in certain securitization transactions, uncovering what the new regulation does and doesn’t entail, why it was adopted, and how commenters' remarks affected the process.

  • Series

    Skiing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    A lifetime of skiing has helped me develop important professional skills, and taught me that embracing challenges with a spirit of adventure can allow lawyers to push boundaries, expand their capabilities and ultimately excel in their careers, says Andrea Przybysz at Tucker Ellis.

  • Can A DAO Be Sued? SDNY Case May Hold The Answer

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    A case pending in the Southern District of New York will examine whether decentralized crypto co-op MakerDAO is a partnership with the capacity to be sued in federal court, and the decision could shape how legal frameworks will adapt to accommodate blockchain technologies moving forward, say attorneys at Haynes Boone.

  • Tips For Counsel Seeking Balance In The ESG Political Divide

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    Corporate counsel tasked with navigating environmental, social and governance factors in the current polarized political environment should not lose sight of best practices, including sticking to what the law requires and always telling the truth, say Jennifer Rubin at Mintz and Mike Rider at ResMed.

  • Practical Steps For Navigating New Sanctions On Russia

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    After the latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia – the largest to date since the Ukraine war began – companies will need to continue to strengthen due diligence and compliance measures to navigate the related complexities, say James Min and Chelsea Ellis at Rimon.

  • Opinion

    UK Whistleblowers Flock To The US For Good Reason

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    The U.K. Serious Fraud Office director recently brought renewed attention to the differences between the U.K. and U.S. whistleblower regimes — differences that may make reporting to U.S. agencies a better and safer option for U.K. whistleblowers, and show why U.K. whistleblower laws need to be improved, say Benjamin Calitri and Kate Reeves at Kohn Kohn.

  • Think Like A Lawyer: Forget Everything You Know About IRAC

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    The mode of legal reasoning most students learn in law school, often called “Issue, Rule, Application, Conclusion,” or IRAC, erroneously frames analysis as a separate, discrete step, resulting in disorganized briefs and untold obfuscation — but the fix is pretty simple, says Luke Andrews at Poole Huffman.

  • The Corporate Transparency Act Isn't Dead Yet

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    After an Alabama federal court's ruling last week rendering the Corporate Transparency Act unconstitutional, changes to the law may ultimately be required, but ongoing compliance is still the best course of action for most, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • How Advance Notice Bylaws Are Faring In Del. Courts

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    Recent decisions make it clear that the Delaware Chancery Court is carefully reviewing public companies' amended advance notice bylaws in order to balance the competing interests of boards and shareholders, and will likely strike down bylaws that improperly interfere with stockholder franchises, say attorneys at Olshan Frome.

  • Employers, Prep For Shorter Stock Awards Settlement Cycle

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    Companies that provide equity compensation in the form of publicly traded stock will soon have one less day to complete such transactions under U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Nasdaq rules — so employers should implement expedited equity compensation stock settlement and payroll tax deposit procedures now, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • New FinCEN Guide Provides Useful BOI Context For Banks

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    Financial institutions should review a new Financial Crimes Enforcement Network compliance guide for helpful details about how the agency's beneficial ownership information database should be used, though questions remain about the access rule and whether it will truly streamline bank borrowers' Corporate Transparency Act due diligence, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Strategies For Single-Member Special Litigation Committees

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    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent order in the Baker Hughes derivative litigation allowing testimony from a single-member special litigation committee highlights the fact that, while single-member SLCs are subject to heightened scrutiny, they can also provide unique opportunities, says Josh Bloom at MoloLamken.

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