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Record Number of FINRA Enforcement Cases Expected
Last month we learned that FINRA Enforcement fines were up, and set to surpass last year's fines. If you need any more convincing that now is the time to insure that your policies and procedures are compliant, FINRA is saying that it is on pace to...

California-Based Telecommunications Equipment Firm and Two Former Executives Charged in Revenue Recognition Scheme
The SEC announced charges against a Newport Beach, Calif.-based telecommunications equipment company and two former executives accused of improperly recognizing as revenue more than a million dollars’ worth of inventory that was shipped to a...

Bank of America Admits Disclosure Failures to Settle SEC Charges
The SEC announced a settlement in which Bank of America admits that it failed to inform investors during the financial crisis about known uncertainties to future income from its exposure to repurchase claims on mortgage loans. Bank of America also...

SEC Charges Former Bank Executive and Friend With Insider Trading Ahead of Acquisition
The SEC charged a former bank executive in Massachusetts and his friend with insider trading in advance of the bank’s acquisition of another financial institution. The SEC alleges that the former executive, then a senior vice president at Eastern...

Wedbush Responds to Rule Making by Enforcement Proceedings
FINRA filed charges against Wedbush Securities for what it calls "Systemic Market Access Violations", Anti-Money Laundering and Supervisory Deficiencies. Let's put aside the supposed anti-money laundering and supervisory deficiency allegations for...

Securities Fraud Cases Can Be Criminal Cases
Defending a SEC securities fraud case is not simply about the civil charges and penalties. Most securities law violations are also criminal violations, and violators can be charged both civilly and criminally. As securities litigators, we are...

SEC Announces Charges in Houston-Based Scheme Touting Technology to End Fracking
A Houston-based penny stock company and four individuals are being charged after the SEC discovered they were behind a pump-and-dump scheme that misled investors to believe the company was on the brink of developing revolutionary technology to...

SEC Charges N.Y.-Based Brokerage Firm With Overcharging Customers in $18 Million Scheme
The SEC is charging New York-based brokerage firm Linkbrokers Derivatives LLC with unlawfully taking secret profits of more than $18 million from customers by adding hidden markups and markdowns to their trades. According to the SEC’s order...

Considering a Direct Private Placement?
As the markets and the economy recovers, we start to see more requests for assistance in capital raises, either for investments in hedge funds, private equity groups, or in issuers through private placements. On occasion, we are contacted by...

Avoiding Marijuana Stock Scams
It seems that whenever something new comes along, there are investors willing to jump on a perceived opportunity to profit from the next new thing. It seems that medical marijuana is that next new thing. We wrote about  marijuana stock scams...


SEC Litigation Releases:

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Charged a Director of Market Intelligence At a Manhattan-Based Investor Relations Firm with Insider Trading Ahead of Impending News Announcements by More Than a Dozen Clients.
Michael Anthony Dupre Lucarelli

SEC Charges Former Cleveland-Area Investment Promoter with $18 Million Scheme
Oscar F. Villarreal

SEC Charges Company and Four Individuals Behind Pump-And-Dump Scheme Touting Technology to End Fracking
Andrew I. Farmer, et al.

SEC Charges Colorado Resident with Offering Fraud Involving Smart-Phone App Technology
Heidi Ann Gamer, Gamer Economic Systems, LLC, and Gamer Media Partners Corp.

SEC Charges Former Bank Executive and Friend with Insider Trading Ahead of Acquisition
J. Patrick O’Neill and Robert H. Bray

The Securities and Exchange Commission Today Charged Two Residential Real Estate Developers with Insider Trading in the Stock of a Restaurant Company Based On a Tip from Their Accountant in Advance of a Tender Offer Announcement.
Moshe Manoah and Blair G. Schlossberg

SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement Action Against Joseph D. Stilwell for Failure to Appear for Testimony in Investigation of Stilwell Value, LLC
Joseph D. Stilwell

On Wednesday, the Securities and Exchange Commission Charged an Accounting Firm Partner in Atlanta and One of His Clients with Insider Trading in the Stock of a Restaurant Company Based On Confidential Information the Accountant Learned from Another Client On the Board of Directors Who Came to Him for Tax Advice in Advance of a Tender Offer Announcement.
Donald S. Toth and James A. Nash

Jury Returns Verdict Against Massachusetts Investment Adviser in SEC Fraud Case
Sage Advisory Group, LLC and Benjamin Lee Grant

SEC Obtains Final Consent Judgments Against Four Individuals and Certain Entity Defendants in Securities Registration Case
Garber et al.

News Stories:
UPDATE 4-Brazil telecom battle heats up as Oi tries to buy, split TIM
(Recasts to add details on Oi plan, Brazil's regulatory issues, BTG Pactual, share and bond perfo...

Immigration could set stage for big U.S. budget showdown
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Conservatives in the U.S. Congress who object to President Barack ...

UPDATE 2-Online peer-to-peer banker LendingClub files for IPO
* Lists Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup as underwriters (Adds industry background, manag...

Shell fits final module on Alberta oil sands' first carbon capture project
CALGARY, Alberta, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Shell Canada has fitted the final module at the first carbon...

UPDATE 1-Tyson wins antitrust nod for Hillshire deal - U.S. Justice Dept
(Updates with details of approval, background on deal, share prices)

UPDATE 2-Time Warner Cable suffers major outage; New York launches probe
(Adds that company believes human error caused outage, analyst comments on cause and impact of ou...

Tyson wins U.S. antitrust approval of Hillshire deal - U.S. Justice Dept
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Tyson Foods Inc has won U.S. antitrust approval for its purchase o...

U.S. freezer efficiency rules set in climate push roil businesses
WASHINGTON, Aug 27 (Reuters) - The Obama administration's rush to tackle climate change with new ...

Banks' pressure stalls opening of US derivatives trading platform
Aug 27 (Reuters) - The first interdealer trading platform aimed at opening up credit derivatives ...

UPDATE 1-U.S. real estate company Paramount Group files for IPO
Aug 27 (Reuters) - Paramount Group Inc filed with U.S. regulators to go public, in what could be ...



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