Tag Archives: SEC Enforcement

Supreme Court: Even One Who Did Not “Make” a False Statement May Still be Subject to Scheme Liability

In its 2011 decision in the Janus Group case, the U.S. Supreme Court held that one who does not “make” a false statement cannot be held liable under section (b) of Rule 10b-5. In an enforcement action brought against him by the SEC, the defendant, Francis Lorenzo, argued that under the Janus case, he could … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Ten Crypto-Caveats Floyd Mayweather and DJ Khaled Should Have Heard From Their Lawyers

Among the many problems that have come to light in the current cryptocurrency craze have been problems relating to celebrity endorsements for initial coin offerings (ICO). In the following guest post, John Reed Stark, President of John Reed Stark Consulting and former Chief of the SEC’s Office of Internet Enforcement, reviews the highest profile examples … Continue Reading

Critical Implications of the SEC’s Enforcement Action Against Theranos

Many readers undoubtedly saw the news last week of the enforcement action the SEC filed against Theranos, Inc., its founder, Chairman, and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, and its President and COO Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani. Theranos and Holmes have settled with the agency, although the complaint against Balwani apparently will be going forward. The SEC’s action is … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Which ICOs are Next to Get Caught up in the SEC’s ICO Dragnet?

One of the most interesting and arresting business stories of 2017 has been the astonishing proliferation of initial coin offerings (ICOs), as I discussed in a prior post (here). Readers who have been watching this story develop undoubtedly are aware that things have been moving very quickly recently on the regulatory front with respect to … Continue Reading

SEC Fiscal Year Enforcement Statistics Reflect an Agency in Transition

On November 15, 2017, when the SEC Enforcement Division released its annual report detailing its enforcement activity during the preceding fiscal year, the report included a statement by the division’s co-directors detailing the division’s priorities for the coming year. As detailed below, the enforcement statistics in the report clearly reflect an agency in transition. The … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Holds Disgorgement Claims Subject to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

On June 5, 2017, in an opinion written by Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a unanimous court, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the five-year statute of limitations applies to claims for disgorgement imposed as a sanction for violation the federal securities laws. The Court rejected the SEC’s argument that the statute of limitations was not … Continue Reading

Guest Post: SEC Enforcement Data: Midyear Review

In the following guest post, Tammy Yuen and Ted Carleton of the Skarzynski Black law firm review and analyze the May 9, 2017 Cornerstone Research report entitled “SEC Enforcement Activity: Public Companies and Subsidiaries, Midyear FY 2017 Update” (here), which details the SEC’s enforcement activity during the first half of the current fiscal year. I … Continue Reading

SEC Enforcement Actions Decline

The SEC’s enforcement activity so far this fiscal year trails the record levels in the 2015 fiscal year. According to a recent report from Cornerstone Research (here), the SEC’s enforcement activity through the end of the fiscal third quarter (on June 30, 2016) is eight percent below the activity levels during the same period in … Continue Reading

Guest Post: The Dos and Don’ts of an SEC Examination

The advent of an SEC investigation is a serious and difficult event in the life of any organization, particularly registered-investment advisors. As a result of recent changes at the agency, an SEC investigation may be more difficult than ever for registered-investment advisors. In the following guest post, Ildiko Duckor, Sarah A. Good and Corey Harris … Continue Reading

New SEC Enforcement Action Database from NYU and Cornerstone Research

On October 27, 2015, Cornerstone Research in conjunction with the New York University Pollock Center for Law & Business and the Leonard N. Stern School of Business to launch the Securities Enforcement Database (SEED). As described in the organizations’ joint October 27, 2015 press release (here), the database will track record and information relating to … Continue Reading

SEC Enforcement Actions Against Outside Directors

From time to time, the SEC reiterates its view of the critical gatekeeper role companies’ outside directors play in safeguarding investors’ interests. Nevertheless, it has been relatively rare for SEC to pursue enforcement actions against outside directors based on an alleged failure to fulfill that role. But while these actions are rare, the agency does … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Vacates Judge Rakoff’s Rejection of SEC’s Citigroup Settlement

On June 4, 2014, in a long-awaited but not unexpected opinion (here), the Second Circuit ruled that Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff had improperly rejected the $285 million settlement of the SEC’s enforcement action against Citigroup. Because the case involved the question of whether or not parties may enter into “neither admit … Continue Reading

Guest Post: More than a Machine: “Robocop” Stole the Headlines, but the Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force is the Real Driver Behind the SEC’s Refocus on Accounting Irregularities

As noted in a recent guest post on this site (here), the SEC recently announced the so-called “Robocop” initiative to try to detect improper or fraudulent financial reporting. However, as the authors of the prior post explain in a second guest post below, the Robocop initiative is one of two efforts the agency recently launched … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Will the SEC’s Cooperation Initiatives Increase Defense Costs and Spur Battles with Carriers Over Separate Counsel?

I am pleased to present below a guest post by Kara Altenbaumer-Price, Esq., the Director of Complex Claims and Consulting for USI and part of its Management & Professional Services Group in Dallas. I would like to thank Kara for her willingness to publish her article on this site. I am interested in publishing guest … Continue Reading

A Closer Look at the Goldman Sachs SEC Enforcement Action Settlement

In a striking series of developments late yesterday afternoon, the Senate passed the financial reform bill and the SEC announced its record-setting settlement of the enforcement action it filed against Goldman Sachs last April. The Goldman settlement drew extensive coverage in the mainstream media, primarily focused on the sheer size of the $550 million settlement … Continue Reading