Securities

  • May 31, 2024

    Coinbase Says 'Unworkable' Crypto Enforcement Needs Rules

    Crypto exchange Coinbase told the Third Circuit on Friday that anything less than ordering the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to write rules for digital assets will "abet the dithering and delay" tactics that the regulator is using to "bludgeon" and "cripple" the industry with enforcement cases.

  • May 31, 2024

    Venezuela Can't DQ Special Master As Citgo Auction Looms

    Venezuela has again fallen short in its efforts to disqualify the special master overseeing the auction of Citgo's parent company to satisfy billions of dollars worth of the country's debt, after a Delaware judge ruled on Friday afternoon that its motivations behind the motion are "suspect."

  • May 31, 2024

    Musk, Tesla Board Face Suit Over Insider Trades, SEC Order

    A Tesla stockholder has launched a derivative lawsuit in Delaware's Chancery Court seeking damages from co-founder Elon Musk and seven company directors over Musk's sales of more than $7.5 million in shares in late 2022, accusing the billionaire of leveraging insider information and flouting a six-year-old federal consent agreement.

  • May 31, 2024

    Fla. Judge Won't Nix SEC Suit Over $112M Ponzi Scheme

    A Florida federal judge declined on Friday to let the owner of a Florida trucking and logistics company escape allegations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he scammed more than 1,500 investors out of about $112 million in a Ponzi scheme aimed at Haitian Americans.

  • May 31, 2024

    Jilted FTX Claim Buyer Sues Crypto Trader In Chancery

    An affiliate of Connecticut hedge fund Silver Point Capital has sued a crypto trading firm and a buyer of FTX bankruptcy claims in Delaware Chancery Court, alleging that they breached a sale agreement for "a highly unique and lucrative customer claim" with a face value of $10 million in the FTX bankruptcy case.

  • May 31, 2024

    Investor To Admit Goosing Getty Stock With Sham Offer

    A former corporate executive has agreed to plead guilty to floating a sham deal to buy Seattle-based Getty Images Holdings so that he and a friend could profit off the company's inflated share price, federal prosecutors and securities enforcers said Friday.

  • May 31, 2024

    Snell & Wilmer Hires 2 Armstrong Teasdale Attys In Denver

    Snell & Wilmer announced Friday it expanded its team in Denver with the addition of a pair of lawyers from Armstrong Teasdale LLP, one a litigator and the other a corporate attorney.

  • May 31, 2024

    Robins Kaplan Can't Escape Sanction Over Dropbox Access

    A New York state appeals court has upheld the $156,000 sanction on litigation funding firm KrunchCash and its counsel Robins Kaplan LLP for poking through an opposing party's Dropbox database that was accidentally shared in a $10 million suit, finding that they knew or should have known it was privileged information.

  • May 31, 2024

    Del. Chancellor Questions 'Rush' To Amend Corporation Law

    Weeks before the Delaware State Bar Association sent state lawmakers a draft bill explicitly allowing corporations to broadly cede some governance rights to chosen stockholders, Chancellor Kathaleen St. J. McCormick of Delaware Chancery Court made an unprecedented, direct appeal to think twice.

  • May 31, 2024

    2 Estonians Charged In $575M Crypto, Laundering Schemes

    Two Estonian nationals have been extradited to Seattle to face charges that they operated a pair of schemes that brought in $575 million, including a fraud on investors that touted fake cryptocurrency mining capacity.

  • May 31, 2024

    Tether Investment In Crypto Miner Bitdeer Worth Up To $150M

    Singapore-based cryptocurrency miner Bitdeer Technologies Group said in a statement Friday it has completed a private placement deal with Tether International Ltd. that could bring proceeds of $150 million.

  • May 31, 2024

    In Rarity, 1 Party's Judges Gain 100% Control Of Circuit Bench

    At the First Circuit, the judges' robes are all black, but the judges are all blue. It's a new and unusual instance of one political party's judicial picks controlling each active seat on a federal appeals court, and the Democratic dominance could prove magnetic for ideologically charged litigation.

  • May 30, 2024

    FTC, SEC Urged To Probe UnitedHealth's 'Negligent' Security

    The chair of the U.S. Senate finance committee on Thursday pressed the Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to hold UnitedHealth Group and its top executives liable for "numerous" cybersecurity failings that fueled a debilitating cyberattack on its Change Healthcare unit. 

  • May 30, 2024

    Kalshi Says Elections Aren't Games In Voting Wager Hearing

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday tried to weigh whether gambling on elections can be considered "gaming" in predictions market Kalshi's challenge to a U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission order blocking it from offering election-based futures contracts.

  • May 30, 2024

    Exec Found Liable For 'Shadow Trading' Seeks New Trial

    A former executive of biopharmaceutical company Medivation Inc. whom a jury found liable for using inside information from his company when he purchased stock in a rival pharmaceutical maker has moved for a new trial in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's novel "shadow trading" case.

  • May 30, 2024

    Morgan Stanley Helped Musk's Stealth Twitter Buys, Suit Says​​​​​​​

    Elon Musk and his wealth manager tapped Morgan Stanley to help the Tesla CEO quietly acquire billions of dollars in Twitter securities without tipping off the market before he announced plans to take over the social media company, according to an amended complaint filed in New York federal court.

  • May 30, 2024

    Ex-FTX Auditor Must Face SEC's Independence Rules Suit

    The former auditor of Sam Bankman-Fried's defunct cryptocurrency exchange FTX must face the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's claims it violated auditor independence rules while collecting $3 million in fees from clients, a Florida federal judge has ruled, finding the agency's allegations establish severe recklessness.

  • May 30, 2024

    Musk Won't Appeal Deposition Order In SEC's Twitter Case

    Elon Musk has agreed to waive his right to appeal a California federal judge's order forcing him to testify again in the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's suit over his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, now known as X, according to a stipulation filed Thursday.

  • May 30, 2024

    Veradigm Execs Sued Over Company's Nasdaq Delisting

    Current and former members of healthcare technology company Veradigm Inc.'s top brass were sued in Illinois federal court by shareholders alleging that the company suffered stock drops following a string of financial reporting blunders starting in 2021, which caused it to overstate roughly $40 million in revenue before facing a delisting notice from Nasdaq.

  • May 30, 2024

    Autonomy VP Declines To Take Stand As Fraud Trial Nears End

    Testimony wrapped Thursday in a California federal criminal trial over claims that former Autonomy CEO Michael Lynch and finance vice president Stephen Chamberlain duped HP into overpaying billions for the British tech company, as Chamberlain opted not to testify in his own defense after Lynch stepped off the witness stand.

  • May 30, 2024

    Chancery Sweeps Away Most Challenges To Broker's Control

    Independent insurance distributor BRP Group Inc. has defeated most stockholder challenges to founder preapproval requirements for company actions, according to a Delaware Court of Chancery ruling upholding a consent and defense agreement established after the company was sued.

  • May 30, 2024

    Feds Say NC Man Ran $1M Ponzi With 'Tiger-Wolf' Firm

    A self-styled trader and his unregistered hedge fund Tiger-Wolf Capital face wire fraud and securities fraud claims brought by North Carolina federal prosecutors and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over an alleged $1 million scheme that took in over 100 would-be investors.

  • May 30, 2024

    Solar Tech Co. Faces Investor Suit Over Slow '23 Growth

    Energy technology company Enphase Energy Inc. has been hit with a proposed shareholder class action alleging the company and its executives failed to disclose slow growth trends, including a decrease in battery shipments, resulting in share price declines when the information was revealed to investors.

  • May 30, 2024

    Terraform, SEC Reach 'Settlement In Principle' In Crypto Case

    Crypto firm Terraform Labs and its creator Do Kwon appear to have reached an agreement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle remedies after the firm and its founder were held liable for fraud by a Manhattan jury.

  • May 30, 2024

    SEC Cites High Court CFPB Ruling In Market Surveillance Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has told the Eleventh Circuit that a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision finding the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's funding structure is constitutional should sink a challenge from broker-dealer firms seeking to escape paying for a market surveillance tool.

Expert Analysis

  • Corp. Transparency Act Could Survive 11th Circ. Several Ways

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    If the Eleventh Circuit upholds an Alabama federal court’s injunction against the Corporate Transparency Act, the anti-money laundering law could persist as a narrower version that could moot some constitutional challenges, but these remedies would likely generate additional regulatory or statutory ambiguities that would result in further litigation, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • Del. Match.com Ruling Maintains Precedent In Time Of Change

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    Despite speculation that the Delaware Supreme Court could drive away corporations if it lowered the bar for business judgment review in its Match.com stockholder ruling, the court broke its recent run of controversial precedent-busting decisions by upholding, and arguably strengthening, minority stockholder protections against controller coercion, say Renee Zaytsev and Marc Ayala at Boies Schiller.

  • Macquarie Ruling Raises The Bar For Securities Fraud Claims

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision last week in Macquarie Infrastructure v. Moab Partners — holding that a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission rule does not forbid omissions in company disclosures unless they render other statements false — is a major setback for plaintiffs pursuing securities fraud claims against corporations, say attorneys at Skadden.

  • First 10b5-1 Insider Trading Case Raises Compliance Issues

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    The ongoing case against former Ontrak CEO Terren Peizer is the U.S. Department of Justice's first insider trading prosecution based primarily on the filing of 10b5-1 plans, and has important takeaways for attorneys reviewing corporate policies on the possession of material nonpublic information, say attorneys at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    Whitewater Kayaking Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Whether it's seeing clients and their issues from a new perspective, or staying nimble in a moment of intense challenge, the lessons learned from whitewater kayaking transcend the rapids of a river and prepare attorneys for the courtroom and beyond, says Matthew Kent at Alston & Bird.

  • Del. Lessons For Director-Nominees On Sharing With Activists

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    The Delaware Chancery Court's recent decision in Icahn Partners v. deSouza finding that a director wasn't permitted to share certain privileged information with the activist stockholders that nominated him shows the need for companies to consider imposing appropriate confidentiality requirements on directors, say attorneys at Sullivan & Cromwell.

  • This Earth Day, Consider How Your Firm Can Go Greener

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    As Earth Day approaches, law firms and attorneys should consider adopting more sustainable practices to reduce their carbon footprint — from minimizing single-use plastics to purchasing carbon offsets for air travel — which ultimately can also reduce costs for clients, say M’Lynn Phillips and Lisa Walters at IMS Legal Strategies.

  • SEC Climate Rules Create Unique Challenges For CRE

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recently adopted final rules concerning climate-related disclosures for public companies are likely to affect even real estate companies that are not publicly traded, since they may be required to provide information to entities that are subject to the rules, says Laura Truesdale at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Oracle Ruling Underscores Trend Of Mootness Fee Denials

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    The Delaware Chancery Court’s recent refusal to make tech giant Oracle shoulder $5 million of plaintiff shareholders' attorney fees illustrates a trend of courts raising the standard for granting the mootness fee awards once ubiquitous in post-merger derivative disputes, say attorneys at Troutman Pepper.

  • Traversing The Web Of Nonjudicial Grievance Mechanisms

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    Attorneys at Covington provide an overview of how companies can best align their environmental and human rights compliance with "hard-law" requirements like the EU's recently approved Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive while also navigating the complex global network of existing nonjudicial grievance mechanisms.

  • An NYDFS-Regulated Bank's Guide To Proper Internal Audits

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    As certification deadlines for compliance with the New York State Department of Financial Services’ transaction monitoring and cybersecurity regulations loom, lawyers should remember that the NYDFS offers no leeway for best efforts — and should ensure robust auditing and recordkeeping processes for clients, say attorneys at Arnall Golden.

  • Discord Stock Case Toss Means Little For Fraud Defendants

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    A Texas federal court’s recent dismissal of fraud charges related to a "pump and dump" scheme on Discord is an outlier after the U.S. Supreme Court scrapped the right-to-control theory of fraud last year, and ultimately won't deter the government from pursuing routine securities prosecutions, says William Johnston at Bird Marella.

  • Opinion

    Post-Moelis Del. Corp. Law Proposal Would Hurt Stockholders

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    The proposed Delaware General Corporation Law amendment in response to the Court of Chancery's recent opinion in West Palm Beach Firefighters' Pension Fund v. Moelis would upend the foundational principle of corporate law holding that directors govern corporations in the interest of stockholders — and the potential harm would be substantial, say attorneys at Block & Leviton.

  • Strategies For Navigating Compliance Monitorships

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    As independent compliance monitorships continue to be a favored tool of the government in resolving corporate enforcement matters, counsel should have a firm grasp on best practices for selecting a monitor, preparing the company and ensuring a productive relationship between the parties, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • An Energy Industry Case Study In Expropriation Risk

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    Andrés Chambouleyron at Berkeley Research breaks down how expropriation risk and damage mitigation calculations vary considerably by different energy sources, and uses Argentina as a case study for how energy investors might protect their interests.

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