Securities

  • February 22, 2024

    Brazilian Heiress' Daughter Can't Escape Colo. Collection Suit

    The daughter of a Brazilian heiress must face claims that she stashed money for her mom to avoid a nearly $20 million court judgment, after a Colorado state judge said a creditor has alleged enough signs of fraud for the allegations to proceed.

  • February 22, 2024

    Healthcare Biz Founder Seeks Legal Costs For Fraud Fight

    The founder and former CEO of a healthcare business that provides medical device monitoring services has sued the company in Delaware Chancery Court, seeking to have it pay her legal costs in defense of fraud claims lodged against her.

  • February 22, 2024

    Alcoa Stockholder Challenges Board Nominee Rules In Del.

    Alcoa Corp. was hit with a proposed class action in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Wednesday by a shareholder seeking to invalidate a "highly problematic" and "coercive" company bylaw that allegedly serves to deter stockholder nominations.

  • February 22, 2024

    B. Riley Stands By Franchise Group Deal After Internal Review

    B. Riley Financial reaffirmed its commitment to the $2.6 billion take-private deal for Franchise Group Inc. despite the misconduct of former Franchise Group CEO Brian Kahn, saying on Thursday that its audit committee determined through a nine-week internal review that B. Riley had no knowledge of or involvement in the misconduct.

  • February 22, 2024

    Scammer Who Did Time In Google Fraud Admits To 2nd Caper

    A Dutch citizen who previously served time for a scam involving fake, early-issue Google shares copped Thursday in Manhattan federal court to a new fraud caper, after prosecutors said he tricked an investor by dangling a fake Airbnb Inc. equity stake.

  • February 22, 2024

    Alaska Pot Dispensary Owner Charged With COVID Aid Fraud

    An Alaska businesswoman has been indicted on allegations that she used misrepresentations to obtain forgivable loans meant to assist small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • February 21, 2024

    Ex-KPMG Exec, Ex-Oversight Staffer Get Convictions Vacated

    A New York federal judge has vacated the convictions and guilty pleas of an ex-KPMG executive and a former member of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in a scheme to use stolen confidential information to help the auditing firm get better results on audits conducted by the regulatory board.

  • February 21, 2024

    Texas Crypto Firm Sues SEC To Avoid 'Unlawful' Enforcement

    A Texas-based crypto firm has sued the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a bid to convince a Texas federal court to find that digital assets traded on public exchanges are not securities and protect it from potential registration enforcement cases.

  • February 21, 2024

    Crypto Law Firm Invokes Coinbase Petition In SEC Challenge

    Crypto-focused law firm Hodl Law PLLC told the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday that its standing to sue the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over its crypto policy is undeniable now that the agency has decided not to take up a rulemaking petition from crypto exchange Coinbase.

  • February 21, 2024

    NY Judges Question Lehman's Bid To Undo CDS Trial Loss

    A panel of New York appeals court judges on Wednesday appeared reluctant to undo a bench trial loss Lehman Bros.' bankrupt European unit suffered last year in a suit attempting to clawback nearly half a billion dollars from Assured Guaranty over alleged losses on credit default swaps tied to the 2008 financial crisis.

  • February 21, 2024

    Judge Rejects $5.2M Atty Fee Bid In Poultry Farm Loan Suit

    A New York federal judge rebuffed attorneys' attempt to collect a nearly $5.2 million fee for representing an affiliate of two billionaire brothers that accused an investment adviser of fraudulently inducing the affiliate to provide a loan for a Russian poultry operation, saying the adviser wasn't improperly defending himself.

  • February 21, 2024

    Del. Suit Accuses Healthcare Data Co. Exec Of Insider Trading

    A stockholder launched a derivative lawsuit late Wednesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery, alleging the founder of a behavioral healthcare data firm traded company shares using insider information and that nearly a dozen current and former directors and officers provided false and misleading disclosures about the business.

  • February 21, 2024

    Restaurant Software Co.'s $9M Investor Deal Gets 1st OK

    Shareholders in restaurant digital commerce software company Olo Inc. have received an initial green light for a $9 million deal to settle class action claims the company touted a soon-to-end partnership with fast-food chain Subway as an example of its success.

  • February 21, 2024

    OCC's Hsu Floats Payments, PE 'Trip Wires' For FSOC Review

    The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's acting chief sounded an alarm Wednesday about the growth of digital payments and private equity, saying federal regulators should consider setting numerical "trip wires" around those activities to stay ahead of potential financial stability risks.

  • February 21, 2024

    SEC Seeks $4M Damages Award In Sports Stock Fraud Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission asked a D.C. federal judge on Wednesday to put the sports business Crystal World Holdings and others on the hook for more than $4.1 million in total damages for their alleged securities fraud.

  • February 21, 2024

    Former Exec Convicted Of Medtronic Insider Trading Scheme

    A Minneapolis man who tipped off a friend about his employer's secret negotiations on a $1.6 billion acquisition deal with medical device company Medtronic has been convicted of securities fraud and conspiring to commit insider trading, the Minnesota U.S. Attorney's Office has announced.

  • February 21, 2024

    Boeing Supplier Slams Investor Suit Over 737 Max Parts

    Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc. has asked a New York federal court to dump proposed class allegations that it misled investors by failing to disclose pervasive quality problems and a documented history of supplying its chief customer, Boeing, with defective plane parts.

  • February 21, 2024

    Genesis Creditors Seek At Least $45M Out Of Ch. 11 Plan

    Two of Genesis Global's prepetition lenders have asked a New York bankruptcy court to guarantee they'll receive a minimum of $45 million for their claims should the cryptocurrency lender enact a Chapter 11 plan, saying that at present, they might not be repaid until after resolving a complex dispute over fees.

  • February 21, 2024

    Lutnick, Cantor Hit With Chancery Suit Over BGC Reorg

    An investor in brokerage and financial tech firm BGC Partners Inc. whose shares were converted when it reorganized in July has filed a proposed class action in Delaware's Court of Chancery against billionaire Howard W. Lutnick and New York financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald LP, alleging the reorganization was unfair.

  • February 21, 2024

    Justices Told NRA Speech Claim Would Thwart Regulation

    The ex-head of New York's financial regulator has told the U.S. Supreme Court her statements advising companies to consider their relationships with the National Rifle Association following the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, didn't violate the First Amendment, rejecting the NRA's position that the statements were a "veiled threat."

  • February 21, 2024

    Judge Suggests EV-Maker Investor Suit Too Vague To Survive

    A Colorado federal magistrate judge has recommended the dismissal of a shareholder suit against commercial electric vehicle company Lightning eMotors, finding the shareholders failed to bring specific allegations that the company knowingly misled investors on matters like its production capacity and its business relationship with Amazon.

  • February 21, 2024

    Texas Investors Ask Del. Justices To Revive Land Trust Suit

    An attorney for Texas' largest landholder told Delaware's Supreme Court on Wednesday that stockholders bound themselves to support a massive new share issue when they secured two board seats in 2021, dooming their efforts to reverse a Court of Chancery dismissal of their suit challenging the additional share issuance last year.

  • February 21, 2024

    SPAC Boom Costs Auditor $2M In PCAOB Fine

    New Jersey-based auditing firm WithumSmith+Brown PC was sanctioned with a $2 million fine Wednesday by the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, which accused the company of taking on more work than it could handle as the market for special purpose acquisition companies boomed.

  • February 21, 2024

    Scammer Freed By Trump Indicted On New Charges

    A previously convicted scammer whose sentence was commuted by former President Donald Trump has been indicted by a grand jury on new charges that he began running multiple rackets, including a fraudulent aid-for-Ukraine scheme, shortly after leaving prison, New Jersey's top federal prosecutor said.

  • February 21, 2024

    Tesla, Musk Say Investors' Self-Driving Fraud Suit Is Doomed

    Attorneys for electric-car maker Tesla and its owner, Elon Musk, have said a proposed class action related to claims the company and billionaire had made about the vehicles' autonomous driving abilities should be dismissed, saying most of the statements at issue were forward-looking.

Expert Analysis

  • The Questions Around Prometheum's SEC-Compliant Strategy

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    While the rest of the crypto industry has been engaged in a long-running battle to escape the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's jurisdiction, a once-obscure startup called Prometheum has instead embraced the SEC's view to become the first crypto special-purpose broker-dealer, but it's unclear whether it can turn its favored status into a workable business, says Keith Blackman at Bracewell.

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    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Djerassi On Super Bowl 52

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    Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Ramy Djerassi discusses how Super Bowl 52, in which the Philadelphia Eagles prevailed over the New England Patriots, provides an apt metaphor for alternative dispute resolution processes in commercial business cases.

  • Reverse Merger Tips For Biotechs After SEC's Recent Actions

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    Several recent U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission developments could limit the viability of reverse mergers for biotech companies, and will require additional creativity and analysis for private companies looking to go public, say attorneys at Orrick.

  • Black-Led VC Fund Case Could Hinge On Nature Of Grants

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    Organizations whose missions involve any manner of race-conscious funding should closely monitor arguments this week in American Alliance v. Fearless Fund, a case filed against a grant program that seeks to address the gap in venture capital funding for Black women-led businesses, which will examine whether grants are charitable under Civil Rights Act Section 1981 liability, say Kali Schellenberg and John Stapleton at LeVan Stapleton, and Kenneth Trujillo at Chamberlain Hrdlicka.

  • Ex-OpenSea Staffer Case May Clarify When Info Is Property

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    In considering the appeal of a former OpenSea manager’s wire fraud conviction in U.S. v. Chastain, the Second Circuit may soon provide guidance about whether economic information is traditional property in certain insider trading prosecutions — a theory of fraud that the U.S. Supreme Court has repeatedly narrowed, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • Takeaways From SEC's Aggressive Cybersecurity Moves

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's intensifying policy on cybersecurity and securities violations in the wake of a data breach — like its enforcement action against SolarWinds and its security officer — has emboldened shareholders to file related suits, creating a heightened threat to public companies, say attorneys at Baker McKenzie.

  • Considerations For Lawyer Witnesses After FTX Trial

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    Sam Bankman-Fried's recent trial testimony about his lawyers' involvement in FTX's business highlights the need for attorney-witnesses to understand privilege issues in order to avoid costly discovery disputes and, potentially, uncover critical evidence an adversary might seek to conceal, says Lawrence Bluestone at Genova Burns.

  • NY Discovery Stay Ruling Empowers Securities Defendants

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    A New York state appeals court’s recent decision in Camelot Event v. Morgan Stanley — which extends a federal securities law's discovery stay to state courts — clarifies an issue that has perplexed state courts across the country and provides the advantage of reduced discovery costs to securities defendants, say Katherine Kelly Fell and Jeremy Wertz at Milbank.

  • Del. Dispatch: Efforts Clause Trumps Contractual Right

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    The Delaware Court of Chancery's Chordia v. Lee ruling this month — that the efforts clause set forth in a stockholders' agreement overrode the acquired company's right to fire its officers and employees — highlights key considerations for parties in such agreements to avoid post-acquisition disputes, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • Employee Experience Strategy Can Boost Law Firm Success

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    Amid continuing business uncertainty, law firms should consider adopting a holistic employee experience strategy — prioritizing consistency, targeting signature moments and leveraging measurement tools — to maximize productivity and profitability, says Haley Revel at Calibrate Consulting.

  • And Now A Word From The Panel: A Strong Year For MDLs

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    While the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation granted even fewer MDL petitions last year than in 2022, hitting a 21st-century low, a closer look at the record-setting number of total actions encompassed within current proceedings reveals that MDL practice is still quite robust, says Alan Rothman at Sidley.

  • What EU And UK Corp. Corruption Reform Means For US Cos.

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    Legislative developments in the U.K. and European Union have signaled that the prosecution of fraud and corruption is becoming a greater priority, and large U.S. companies with a global presence should view them as an opportunity to create and revise their global compliance programs, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

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    Competing In Triathlons Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    While practicing law and competing in long-distance triathlons can make work and life feel unbalanced at times, participating in the sport has revealed important lessons about versatility, self-care and perseverance that apply to the office as much as they do the racecourse, says Laura Heusel at Butler Snow.

  • Where Justices Stand On Chevron Doctrine Post-Argument

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    Following recent oral argument at the U.S. Supreme Court, at least four justices appear to be in favor of overturning the long-standing Chevron deference, and three justices seem ready to uphold it, which means the ultimate decision may rest on Chief Justice John Roberts' vote, say Wayne D'Angelo and Zachary Lee at Kelley Drye.

  • Precise Advance Notice Bylaws May Help Prevent Disputes

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    While the Chancery Court's December decision in Kellner v. AIM Immunotech shows that Delaware courts won't always uphold advance notice bylaws, and its willingness to selectively enforce or invalidate individual provisions doesn't create an incentive for companies to be surgical in their drafting, companies should nonetheless be precise when drafting such bylaws to avoid unnecessary disputes, say attorneys at Debevoise.

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