The Supreme Court ruled [June 5, 2017] that claims for disgorgement brought by the SEC are governed by a five-year statute of limitations. The Court’s unanimous opinion in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529, slip op. at 5 (U.S. June 5, 2017) (Sotomayor, J.), held that disgorgement, as it is applied […]
Everyone Does It Defense Falls Short.
Even coupled with the ever popular “I didn’t know it was a crime” defense, an Investment Advisor loses. Lessons in securities regulation for the self-help minded. By Mark J. Astarita, Esq. Too often I hear clients, or more appropriately, potential clients, explain to me that they did not use […]
SEC Judgment Against Momentum Stock Site
SEC Judgment Against Momentum Stock Picking Site By Mark J. Astarita, Esq. The SEC announced that on May 25, 2001, the U.S. District Court in Eugene, Oregon entered judgments against Jared R. Leisek and his brother, Byron J. Leisek. According to the SEC, its complaint, filed on March 1, 2001, […]
Arbitration Agreements and Enforcement
To Compel Arbitration, Must Prove Knowing Acceptance of the Agreement This time, merely proving that the agreement was signed was not enough. Braga v. VMR Capital Markets, No. B144584 (Cal. App., 2Dist., 2/13/02). Arbitration Agreement * Contractual Issues (Mutual Assent) * Waiver * State Law, Applicability of * FAA (Section2). […]