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O.K., So The SEC Sued Goldman Sachs - Now What?

The SEC's blockbuster announcement last Friday of its civil enforcement action against Goldman Sachs and one of its investment bankers rocked the securities markets and made headlines in the financial press around the world. Undoubtedly because of Goldman's prominence and perhaps also because...

Credit Rating Agency Claims Dismissed, But Other Goldman Sachs Subprime Securities Suit Claims Survive

In a January 12, 2010 opinion ( here ) in a subprime-related securities suit involving Goldman Sachs-issued mortgage pass-through certificates, Southern District of New York Judge Harold Baer, Jr. granted the rating agency defendants' motion to dismiss on the grounds that they are not "underwriters"...

SEC – Citigroup Settlement Is Rejected by the Court

"But the S.E.C., of all agencies, has a duty, inherent in its statutory mission, to see that the truth emerges; and if it fails to do so, the Court must not, in the name of deference or convenience, grant judicial enforcement to the agency's contrivances." With these words Judge Rakoff...

A Closer Look at Judge Rakoff's Rejection of the SEC's Settlement with Citigroup

In a strongly worded November 28, 2011 opinion ( here ), Southern District of New York Judge Jed Rakoff rejected the proposed $285 million settlement of the enforcement action that the SEC brought against Citigroup Capital Markets. But while he emphatically rejected the proposed settlement, his opinion...