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The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Files 4 Settled Market Crisis Actions
Posted on 20 Jul 2012 by Thomas O. Gorman

The Commission entered into another deferred prosecution agreement this week while filing four settled market crisis actions. The agency also brought an unusual insider trading case centered on selling shares in a secondary offering and an accounting... Read More

GM Will Pay $900 Million To Settle Defective Ignition Switch Claims
Posted on 17 Sep 2015 by James Cordrey

CHICAGO — (Mealey’s) General Motors LLC and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sept. 17 announced that they have reached a $900 million settlement of claims against the automaker pertaining to the company’s misleading of the government... Read More

The Week In Securities Litigation: Record Payments, Potentially Significant MOU
Posted on 2 Jun 2013 by Thomas O. Gorman

Record payments and a potentially significant MOU were the focus in securities enforcement litigation this week. French oil and gas giant Total paid the DOJ and the SEC $398 million to settle FCPA charges, the fourth largest sum paid in settlement of... Read More

The Week In Securities Litigation: SEC Files Another Insider Trading Case, Fraud Action
Posted on 22 Feb 2013 by Thomas O. Gorman

The Commission filed another "suspicious trading" insider trading case this week. The action centers on the highly publicized acquisition of H.J. Heinz Co . In recently filed court papers the Commission has identified the unknown trader as a... Read More

The Week In Securities Litigation: DOJ Files Significant Market Crisis Case Against Rating Agency
Posted on 9 Feb 2013 by Thomas O. Gorman

The Department of Justice filed one of the most significant market crisis cases this week against a major rating agency as a defendant. The case centers on years of false statements about ratings given to RMBS and CDOs, according to the complaint, as... Read More

Capital One Settles Service Member Credit Violations For $12 Million
Posted on 27 Jul 2012 by Michael J. Lello

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - (Mealey's) Capital One Financial Corp. has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a suit brought by the U.S. Department of Justice alleging that it violated credit protections granted to U.S. military members by the Servicemembers Civil... Read More

The Week In Securities Litigation: A New Direction For Securities Enforcement Actions?
Posted on 25 Jan 2013 by Thomas O. Gorman

Changes at the top of the SEC and the DOJ's criminal division may signal a new direction for securities enforcement actions. Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White was nominated by the President to be SEC Chairman. At the same time Lanny Breuer, Assistant... Read More

The Week in Securities Litigation: Rogue Trader, SEC Expands Market Crisis Probe
Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Thomas O. Gorman

As the week drew to a close reports surfaced of a rogue trader who had run up $2 billion in trading losses at UBS in London while the SEC reportedly is expanding its market crisis probe. At the same time Congress heard testimony from SEC Chairman Mary... Read More

Well Investor Agrees To Pay $90 Million To Resolve Gulf Oil Spill Claims
Posted on 21 Feb 2012 by Shane Dilworth

NEW ORLEANS - (Mealey's) MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC has agreed to pay $90 million to resolve liability and pay civil penalties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) to settle claims asserted against it by the government and five states over the explosion of... Read More

The Week in Securities Litigation: Obama Announces New Financial Fraud Task Force, SEC Enforcement, Litigation Trends
Posted on 27 Jan 2012 by Thomas O. Gorman

The President announced a new financial fraud task force focused on the root causes of the financial crisis in his State of the Union Address to Congress. The new task force is composed of DOJ and state prosecutors. It is charged with investigating the... Read More

The Week in Securities Litigation: Urban Clears Name, Charges Filed Against Credit Suisse
Posted on 3 Feb 2012 by Thomas O. Gorman

Former Farris Baker Watts General Counsel Ted Urban finally prevailed in his long running battle with the SEC to clear his name and reputation. The Commission, on an evenly divided vote, affirmed the initial decision of the Administrative Law Judge, dismissing... Read More

Insider Trading A Key Focus This Week For The SEC, DOJ And FSA
Posted on 13 Aug 2011 by Thomas O. Gorman

The Commission brought a significant market crisis case this week, centered on the sale of complex, high risk financial instruments to unsophisticated school districts which ended in millions of dollars in losses. Insider trading was a key focus for... Read More

The Week In Securities Litigation: $600 Million Insider Trading Settlement Reached
Posted on 22 Apr 2013 by Thomas O. Gorman

The Second Circuit's pending decision in the Commission's Citigroup market crisis case continues to loom as Judge Marreno approved the over $600 million insider trading settlement involving SAC Capital - conditioned on the outcome of Citigroup... Read More

Federal Government, State AGs Reach $25 Billion Agreement With Banks Over Foreclosures
Posted on 9 Feb 2012 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Feb. 9 that the federal government, attorneys general from 49 states and five national banks have reached a $25 billion settlement to resolve issues stemming from the lenders'... Read More

This Week in Securities Litigation: Gupta Action, FCPA Enforcement, SEC Enforcement
Posted on 16 Jul 2011 by Thomas O. Gorman

This week the SEC lost its bid to dismiss an action brought by former Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta arising out of its insider trading case brought as an administrative proceeding against him. The GAO issued reports on the revolving door at the Commission... Read More