Securities

  • February 12, 2024

    Discord Stock Traders Say Prosecutors' Evidence Is Faulty

    A group of men accused of operating a multimillion-dollar pump-and-dump scheme on Discord and other social media asked a Texas federal judge to sanction the government, saying that prosecutors had cherry-picked evidence to create exhibits that are misleading at best and inaccurate at worst.

  • February 12, 2024

    Frank Execs Say JPMorgan Is Withholding Communications

    Charlie Javice and Olivier Amar, the indicted former executives of student loan startup Frank, asked a Manhattan federal judge Saturday for an extension of time to decide on raising an advice-of-counsel defense at their trial, saying they can't make a decision yet because JPMorgan is withholding discovery of their communications with Frank's general counsel.

  • February 12, 2024

    Genesis Hit With Objections To $1.6B In Grayscale Trust Sales

    Cryptocurrency lender Genesis Global is facing opposition to its effort to sell about $1.6 billion worth of shares in Grayscale Investments trusts to raise money for its Chapter 11 estate, with Grayscale and Genesis' parent company lodging objections to the proposed transactions in New York bankruptcy court.

  • February 12, 2024

    Viking Energy Shareholder Says Merger Was For CEO's Gain

    The former CEO of Texas energy company Viking Energy Group Inc. has been slapped with a proposed shareholder class action claiming he pursued a merger with a "financially troubled" shell company in order to provide himself with an exponentially greater claim of Viking's economic value.

  • February 09, 2024

    No More Shady Trading For Ex-FBI Trainee After BigLaw Theft

    The former FBI trainee who secretly traded nonpublic information that he stole from his BigLaw associate ex-girlfriend has agreed to a civil judgment against him permanently barring him from violating securities laws, a judgment entered just months after he pled guilty to insider trading.

  • February 09, 2024

    Merrill Customer Sues Over Lax WhatsApp Supervision

    A Merrill customer has filed suit against two of the broker-dealer's branch managers for allegedly failing to supervise advisers who used WhatsApp to communicate about risky options strategies that ultimately wiped out his account.

  • February 09, 2024

    Rite Aid Investors' Attys Get $58M As Walgreens Deal OK'd

    Counsel representing a class of Rite Aid investors will take home nearly $58 million in attorney fees after a Pennsylvania federal judge granted final approval to the $192.5 million deal resolving claims that Walgreens' executives lied about the likelihood of an ultimately unsuccessful merger between the two drugstore chains.

  • February 09, 2024

    DC Circ. Affirms Union Pension Fund Can Dodge Arb. Awards

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday affirmed two employers' losses in two suits brought by a pension fund for the International Association of Machinists, finding an actuary can set assumptions for a measurement date after the fact based on information that was available as of that date.

  • February 09, 2024

    SafeMoon CEO Finally Gets Bail In $300M Crypto Fraud Case

    A New York federal judge on Friday agreed to let the CEO of bankrupt cryptocurrency asset company SafeMoon out on bail, after a monthslong, multijurisdictional tug of war over fears he would flee rather than face trial over accusations that he bilked investors out of $300 million.

  • February 09, 2024

    New SEC Dealer Rule Leaves Crypto Pros Feeling In The Dark

    A newly finalized rule from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission requiring certain traders to register with the agency as dealers will set near-unworkable compliance hurdles for some crypto firms — chief among them determining who will have to register, attorneys say.

  • February 09, 2024

    Robinhood Inks $9M Deal To End Promotional Text Suit

    Stock-trading app Robinhood has agreed to pay $9 million to resolve proposed class claims that its "Refer a Friend" program caused non-users to receive unsolicited promotional texts, in violation of Washington state law, consumers told a Seattle federal judge Thursday.

  • February 09, 2024

    Honda Finance Arm Discloses CFPB Credit-Reporting Probe

    Honda's U.S. automotive finance arm told investors Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating its consumer credit-reporting practices.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Credit Suisse Delisted Trade Note Suit

    The Second Circuit declined on Friday to revive a proposed class action accusing Credit Suisse of causing retail investors substantial losses by delisting a popular exchange-traded note, saying the bank gave adequate warnings of the risks investors faced and cautioned them against holding the note for more than a day, among other things.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC's 'Orwellian' Trade Database Is Unlawful, 11th Circ. Told

    Citadel Securities LLC and the American Securities Association have laid out their objections to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission directive that requires brokerage firms to fund the buildup of a database known as the consolidated audit trail, telling the Eleventh Circuit that the tool created an "Orwellian surveillance regime" that puts American investors at risk of being hacked.

  • February 09, 2024

    Seattle YWCA Says BNY Mellon Mismanaged $20M Fund

    A Seattle-area chapter of the nonprofit Young Women's Christian Association has sued BNY Mellon alleging the bank's mismanagement of an investment portfolio caused $1.4 million in losses for the organization.

  • February 09, 2024

    Pharma Co. Beats Investor Suit Over Licensing Agreement

    A New York federal judge has dismissed a proposed investor class action against pharmaceutical company Molecular Partners, ruling the plaintiff failed to show the company misled investors about its progress in the development of a cancer treatment.

  • February 09, 2024

    1st Circ. Wipes Out German's $3M Penalty In SEC Fraud Case

    The First Circuit on Friday ruled that a German citizen does not have to pay back $3.3 million in allegedly laundered funds sought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, reversing a lower court's order and finding that American courts have no basis for sanctioning the foreign national.

  • February 09, 2024

    Former Pharma Exec Faces Criminal Contempt For Fake Name

    A former leader of now-defunct BioChemics Inc. who admitted to using a false name for six years while allegedly flouting an order not to work in any aspect of the securities field is facing a criminal contempt charge and possible jail time, a Massachusetts federal judge said Friday.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Investors' Mexican Bond-Rigging Claims

    The Second Circuit on Friday reinstated U.S. investor claims accusing major banks of a yearslong collusion to rig Mexican government bond prices, saying a New York district court wrongly found it didn't have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • February 09, 2024

    Apache Investors Get Class Cert. In Suit Over Natural Gas Play

    A group of Apache Corp. investors received class certification in their suit against the Houston oil and gas company on Friday, with a Texas magistrate judge saying there's enough evidence the company misrepresented a specific natural gas play to go forward with a lawsuit.

  • February 09, 2024

    Labaton, Rolnick Clash Over Legal Fees In Materials Co. Deal

    Law-firm battling has sharpened over multimillion-dollar legal fee claims linked to a proposed $19 million Delaware Court of Chancery settlement for a stockholder suit challenging a $3.1 billion materials company sale in 2019, court records show.

  • February 09, 2024

    AI Drugmaker Wants Investor Suit Over Botched Trial Tossed

    Artificial intelligence-based drugmaker BioXcel Therapeutics Inc. is urging a Connecticut federal court to drop a suit accusing it of failing to disclose stumbles that allegedly affected the integrity of a dementia drug study, arguing it took necessary steps to inform the public and the government that the trial had been jeopardized.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC To Collect $81M In Fines In Latest Texting Probe Cases

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has secured agreements to pay more than $81 million in fines from 16 firms over their employees' use of personal messaging apps to do business, though the agency added that one set of firms ended up paying much less for having self-reported the violations.

  • February 09, 2024

    Eargo Investors Sue In Del. For Patient Square Merger Docs

    Two shareholders of California medical device company Eargo Inc. sued in Delaware's Court of Chancery on Thursday, seeking books and records to investigate potential wrongdoing and breaches of fiduciary duties in connection with a pending buyout by controlling shareholder Patient Square Capital LP.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

Expert Analysis

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    ESG Around The World: South Africa

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    While South Africa has yet to mandate the reporting of nonfinancial and environmental, social, and corporate governance issues, policy documents and recent legislative developments are likely to have a material impact in the country's transition to a low-carbon economy and in meeting its international obligations, say Glynn Kent at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Securing Financial Transparency In Chapter 11 Reporting

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    As we enter the new year, restructuring professionals would be wise to review Chapter 11 public reporting requirements to navigate what debtors may do to try to minimize public reporting, and what creditors can do to get the public reporting they deserve by striking a balance between financial transparency requirements and tactical moves, say Thomas Moers Mayer and Nancy Bello at Kramer Levin.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • Corporate Transparency Act Takeaways For Banking Industry

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    As of Jan. 1, the Corporate Transparency Act requires millions of companies to report the identities of their beneficial owners and applicants to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and this groundbreaking change adds compliance obligations and complexity for lenders, borrowers and investors, says George Singer at Holland & Hart.

  • Bribery Settlement Gives Insight On DOJ Policies

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    Chemical company Albemarle’s recent $218 million settlement with the government to resolve foreign bribery claims provides valuable data points for companies on the U.S. Department of Justice’s voluntary self-disclosure policy and its clawback pilot program, say Michael DeBernardis and Tiauna Mathieu at Hughes Hubbard.

  • SEC Case May Expand Scope Of Insider Trading Liability

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's first-of-its-kind enforcement action against an individual in a case involving "shadow trading" demarcates an expansion of insider trading liability to circumstances in which there is a market connection between the source of information and the issuer of the securities traded, say attorneys at Steptoe.

  • Securities Question Stands After Contradicting Crypto Rulings

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    The debate about the regulation of crypto-assets came to a head in 2023 when two New York federal judges came to opposite conclusions about whether crypto-assets were securities by using the Howey test, highlighting the uncertainty facing the crypto industry as it seeks to resolve definitional questions, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Compliance Risk After SEC Warning Against 'AI Washing'

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has begun looking into the way public companies disclose how they use artificial intelligence to investors and it is likely to become an enforcement priority, meaning companies and their compliance programs should take steps now to avoid regulatory sanctions and shareholder lawsuits, say attorneys at Bracewell.

  • Cybersecurity Issues For Financial Industry To Track In 2024

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    In 2024 financial institutions will confront new federal, state and industry regulations around cybersecurity that require additional procedures, enhanced proactive security measures, and timely disclosure of security incidents, say Alex Koskey and Matt White at Baker Donelson.

  • 4 Ways The DOJ Is Changing Its Approach To Insider Trading

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s recent increased focus on insider trading cases and the manner in which the DOJ is pursuing prosecutions reflect a break from historical practices and signal that the DOJ is branching into new areas to pursue perceived illicit trading activities, say attorneys at Davis Wright.

  • 5 Recent Developments Family Offices Are Watching In 2024

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    Although family offices have long been exempt from many of the more onerous regulations and reporting requirements governing U.S. investment advisers and asset managers, recent amendments to federal rules will have an impact on how family offices invest and operate in 2024, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How State AGs Process And Prioritize Consumer Complaints

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    Recent state attorneys general actions illustrate how their offices triage, monitor and respond to consumer complaints — and why businesses need to be proactive in addressing these issues as they arise, say Meghan Stoppel and Hannah Cornett Land at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Charting The Course For Digital Assets In 2024

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    Although 2023 was a tough year for the digital asset industry, upcoming court decisions, legislation and regulatory action will bring clarity, allowing the industry to expand and evolve, and the government will decide what innovation it will allow without challenge, says Joshua Smeltzer at Gray Reed.

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