Securities

  • April 09, 2024

    $350M Google Privacy Settlement Receives Initial Approval

    A California federal judge on Tuesday gave the first green light to a $350 million settlement between Google's parent company, Alphabet, and investors over claims the company deceived them about a March 2018 software glitch that allegedly gave third-party app developers the ability to access the private profile data of 500,000 users of the Google Plus social media site.

  • April 09, 2024

    Judges Question Georgetown Staff's Standing In ERISA Row

    D.C. Circuit judges questioned the standing of Georgetown University employees suing over alleged mismanagement of their retirement accounts, with one judge repeatedly telling the plaintiffs' attorney Tuesday that he should re-read a foundational case on the issue.

  • April 09, 2024

    TD Bank Wants 'Absurd' First Horizon Merger Suit Tossed

    TD Bank has urged a New Jersey federal judge to dismiss a proposed class action from investors over the bank's failed merger with First Horizon, saying the investors can't sue because the deal never closed and the suit's asserted scienter claim "defies commonsense."

  • April 09, 2024

    Treasury Renews Call For Tools To Combat Crypto Crime

    Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo on Tuesday renewed his call to Congress for additional tools to combat cryptocurrency's use by bad actors as lawmakers floated their own priorities for a cryptocurrency regulatory regime.

  • April 09, 2024

    Macy's Sued In Del. To Block 'Dead Hand' Buyout Defense

    A Macy's Inc. pension fund stockholder has sued for a Delaware Court of Chancery order barring the retailer from holding its May 17 annual meeting or impeding a board proxy contest launched by two investor funds after a hostile response to their company takeover offer.

  • April 09, 2024

    Former Blockchain Stock Exchange CEO Sues For $1.4M Pay

    The former CEO of a defunct blockchain securities exchange claims she was denied her final year's salary, bonus and other compensation valued at nearly $1.4 million, according to a complaint filed in Massachusetts state court.

  • April 09, 2024

    Ex-Legal Tech Exec Says Co. Sued Just To Preempt Her Suit

    A former business executive at a Texas law firm and legal technology company called on a Texas federal court Monday to toss her former employer's lawsuit against her, claiming the company and its founders attempted to preempt her New York lawsuit alleging sexual harassment and unlawful termination.

  • April 09, 2024

    New Relic Shareholder Sues To Force Open Corp. Books

    Another shareholder of web analytics firm New Relic Inc. has sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery for corporate records related to the company's $6.5 billion, $87-per-share buyout by private equity firms Francisco Partners and TPG, the latest in a string of shareholder suits seeking records on the deal.

  • April 09, 2024

    Venezuelan Oil Co. Gets $2B Bond Fraud Suit Nixed In NY

    A New York federal judge has nixed VR Capital's lawsuit accusing Venezuela's state-owned oil company of fraud in connection with its issuance of some $2 billion in since-defaulted bonds, ruling that the asset manager couldn't prove that PDVSA had never intended to repay the bonds.

  • April 09, 2024

    'Entrepreneurial' Baker Botts, Cozen Trio Launch Defense Firm

    Two former Baker Botts LLP partners, including the firm's former head of litigation, have teamed up with a longtime member of Cozen O'Connor's white collar defense practice to launch a boutique law firm based in Washington, D.C.

  • April 08, 2024

    BitMEX Co-Founder Can't Escape Investors' Manipulation Suit

    A case against a co-founder of cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX will move forward after a Manhattan federal judge found investors showed the executive was "central" to an alleged manipulation scheme that benefited the firm at the expense of its customers.

  • April 08, 2024

    W.Va. Blocks Citi, HSBC, Others Over Fossil Fuel 'Boycotts'

    West Virginia's state treasurer announced Monday that Citigroup Inc., HSBC Holdings PLC, TD Bank NA and The Northern Trust Co. are ineligible for state banking contracts, finding they boycott fossil fuel companies under a Mountain State law, while two other banks escaped such a designation.

  • April 08, 2024

    Oppenheimer Beats FINRA Arbitration Bid By Ponzi Victims

    Financial services company Oppenheimer & Co. Inc. has blocked a bid by investors seeking to arbitrate claims before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority that attempted to keep the company on the hook for a Ponzi scheme orchestrated by a former Oppenheimer-registered broker.

  • April 08, 2024

    Film Producer To Take $5.7M 9th Circ. Award Fight To Justices

    An investor in a failed venture to develop a "revolutionary" chemical-manufacturing technology has said he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a $5.7 million arbitral award issued to the venture's founders was properly enforced by the Ninth Circuit.

  • April 08, 2024

    3 Firms To Lead Weber Investor Suit Over $3.7B PE Buyout

    Prickett Jones & Elliot, Grant & Eisenhofer PA, and Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check will together represent a proposed class of investors in grill maker Weber Inc. in consolidated litigation in Delaware's Court of Chancery over a $3.7 billion squeeze-out by private equity firm BDT Capital Partners LLC, Chancellor Kathaleen St. Jude McCormick decided on Monday in what she described as a "close call."

  • April 08, 2024

    Canadian Atty Settles SEC's Penny Stock Claims For $335K

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has inked a $335,000 settlement with a Canadian lawyer to end claims that he enabled a penny stock fraud scheme by working with a California trader as an unregistered broker, court filings on Monday show.

  • April 08, 2024

    Walmart Beats Investor Suit Over Opioid Probe Disclosures

    Walmart beat back an investor class action on Monday alleging it failed to properly disclose that it was the subject of parallel criminal and civil investigations over its opioid sales, with a Delaware federal judge ruling that the suit's challenged statements were not false or misleading.

  • April 08, 2024

    Mich. Regulators' Fraud Fears Are 'Nonsense,' Developer Says

    A real estate developer has told Michigan's high court that the state is raising unfounded concerns that Michigan will become a haven for fraudsters if the top court does not adopt a federal judicially created test to determine when an investment is a security, telling the justices Michigan's own securities law is controlling.

  • April 08, 2024

    SEC 'Shadow Trading' Victory Could Bring DOJ Knocking

    Now that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has convinced a jury that a pharmaceutical executive committed insider trading by purchasing a competitor's stock in a practice often referred to as "shadow trading," attorneys say federal prosecutors might be tempted to dip their toe into the waters of the previously untested legal theory.

  • April 08, 2024

    Software Licensees Say Investor Suit Doesn't Plead Fraud

    Decentral Life Inc. and a group of its licensees, including a cannabis social media site, are urging a Colorado federal court to throw out an investor's suit alleging that they tricked him into investing more than $1.7 million, saying his claims are too vague and fail to show how they deceived him.

  • April 08, 2024

    Chancery Approves $36M Sirius XM Settlement, $9.6M Atty Fee

    Sirius XM Holding Inc. stockholders who sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery over an alleged ongoing squeeze-out by Liberty Media Corp. won court approval Monday of a $36 million settlement to end their litigation, along with a $9.6 million payout for their attorneys and $50,000 for the lead plaintiff.

  • April 08, 2024

    McMahon Sells Millions More In TKO Stock Amid Abuse Suit

    WWE's disgraced founder Vince McMahon, who was recently accused of trafficking a former employee, continues to loosen his grip on the wrestling company he founded, most recently selling $311 million worth of stock in WWE's parent, according to a Monday securities filing.

  • April 08, 2024

    FINRA Fines Broker-Dealer, CEO In Text Messaging Action

    Dawson James Securities Inc. and its CEO have agreed to pay the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority a combined $510,000 to end the broker watchdog's allegations that the firm failed to review thousands of business-related text messages and had an inadequate supervisory system.

  • April 08, 2024

    Goldman Investors Closer To Class Cert. In 1MDB Bribery Suit

    A proposed class of Goldman Sachs investors alleging losses from the 1MDB bond bribery scandal is one step closer to clinching class certification, with a magistrate judge recommending that a New York federal court grant partial approval to their request.

  • April 08, 2024

    3 Firms Score $885K Fee In Synchrony Investor Deal

    A Connecticut federal judge has approved $885,000 in fees and expenses for three law firms that won corporate governance changes at Synchrony Financial after investors sued the bank's leaders during an offshoot of a securities case that netted a $34 million judgment over consumer credit card practices.

Expert Analysis

  • Takeaways From The 2023 DOJ Fraud Section Report

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    Attorneys at Wiley discuss notable trends from the U.S. Department of Justice's recently reported Fraud Section activity last year and highlight areas of enforcement to watch for in the future, including healthcare fraud and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.

  • How New SEC Rule May Turn DeFi Participants Into 'Dealers'

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a new rule to amend its definition of a securities "dealer," but the change could have concerning implications for decentralized finance and blockchain, as the SEC has suggested it may subject DeFi participants to registration requirements and other regulations, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Is Imperative This Election Year

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    As the next election nears, the judges involved in the upcoming trials against former President Donald Trump increasingly face political pressures and threats of violence — revealing the urgent need to safeguard judicial independence and uphold the rule of law, says Benes Aldana at the National Judicial College.

  • How Harsher Penalties For AI Crimes May Work In Practice

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    With recent pronouncements from the U.S. Department of Justice that prosecutors may seek sentencing enhancements for crimes committed using artificial intelligence, defense counsel should understand how the sentencing guidelines and statutory factors will come into play, says Jennie VonCannon at Crowell & Moring.

  • 2nd Circ.'s Binance Locus Test Adds Risk For Blockchain Cos.

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    The Second Circuit’s recent use of the irrevocable liability test to rule a class action may proceed against decentralized crypto exchange Binance heightens the possibility that other blockchain-based businesses with domestic customers and digital infrastructure will find themselves subject to U.S. securities laws, say attorneys at Holland & Knight.

  • Series

    Riding My Peloton Bike Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Using the Peloton platform for cycling, running, rowing and more taught me that fostering a mind-body connection will not only benefit you physically and emotionally, but also inspire stamina, focus, discipline and empathy in your legal career, says Christopher Ward at Polsinelli.

  • The Challenges SEC's Climate Disclosure Rule May Face

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    Attorneys at Debevoise examine potential legal challenges to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's new climate-related disclosure rule — against which nine suits have already been filed — including arguments under the Administrative Procedure Act, the major questions doctrine, the First Amendment and the nondelegation doctrine.

  • Compliance Steps After ABA White Collar Crime Conference

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    Senior law enforcement officials’ statements this month at the American Bar Association's white collar crime conference suggest government enforcement efforts this year will increasingly focus on whistleblower incentives, artificial intelligence and data protection, and companies will need to update their compliance programs accordingly, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Investment Advisers Should Prep For Money Laundering Regs

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    Investment advisers should prepare for a Financial Crimes Enforcement Network proposed rule that would significantly expand anti-money laundering and counter-financing of terrorism obligations by assessing illicit financing risks, and expect examiners to scrutinize unregistered advisers and those with certain foreign clients, say attorneys at Paul Weiss.

  • Spartan Arbitration Tactics Against Well-Funded Opponents

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    Like the ancient Spartans who held off a numerically superior Persian army at the Battle of Thermopylae, trial attorneys and clients faced with arbitration against an opponent with a bigger war chest can take a strategic approach to create a pass to victory, say Kostas Katsiris and Benjamin Argyle at Venable.

  • How Private Funds Can Navigate New FinCEN Reporting Rules

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    In light of the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network's new regulations implementing beneficial ownership reporting requirements, private fund managers must assess whether certain obligations apply to entities within their structures and whether potential structural changes could simplify those obligations, say attorneys at Winston & Strawn.

  • How AI May Be Used In Fintech Fraud — And Fraud Detection

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    Recent enforcement actions in the fintech and finance industries show that the government is increasingly pursuing fraud enabled by artificial intelligence — at the same time it’s using AI innovations to enforce regulations and investigate fraud, say attorneys at ArentFox Schiff.

  • What Recent Study Shows About AI's Promise For Legal Tasks

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    Amid both skepticism and excitement about the promise of generative artificial intelligence in legal contexts, the first randomized controlled trial studying its impact on basic lawyering tasks shows mixed but promising results, and underscores the need for attorneys to proactively engage with AI, says Daniel Schwarcz at University of Minnesota Law School.

  • Innodata Suit Highlights 'AI Washing' Liability Risk For Cos.

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    A class action against software company Innodata over so-called AI washing, one of the first of its kind, underscores the litigation and enforcement risks that can arise from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's novel theory about misleading artificial intelligence capabilities, say attorneys at Bracewell.

  • Tips For CCOs Submitting Annual Compliance Reports

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    Recent settlement actions by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, coupled with statements made by both CFTC and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission leadership, demonstrate why this year's chief compliance officer annual report filing is no ordinary exercise, and highlight the increasing importance of the report and its usage, say attorneys at Steptoe.

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