Securities

  • November 25, 2005

    Credit Lyonnais Scandal Helped White & Case Hone Skills

    White & Case was prepared for the multi-faceted nature of modern securities litigation by its involvement in one of the most complex securities cases in recent memory, the Credit Lyonnais scandal.

  • November 25, 2005

    In Blow To Shareholders, NYSE OKs Sovereign Deal

    In a significant setback for the largest shareholders of Sovereign Bancorp, the New York Stock Exchange has declined to compel a vote by investors before the bank can sell off a portion of its assets to fund a major acquisition.

  • November 25, 2005

    AIG's Greenberg To Avoid Criminal Charges

    New York state Attorney General Eliot L. Spitzer will not seek criminal charges against Maurice R. "Hank" Greenberg, the former head of insurance giant American International Group Inc., his office has confirmed.

  • November 23, 2005

    Prosecutors Abandon Andersen Retrial

    Three years after Arthur Andersen LLP’s conviction for its role in the Enron Inc. accounting scandal, the Justice Department has decided to abandon its prosecution of the now near-defunct accounting firm.

  • November 23, 2005

    Adelphia's Ex-COO Pleads Guilty, Faces 3 Years In Jail

    The former chief operating officer of bankrupt and scandal plagued Adelphia Communications Co. has pled guilty in federal court to signing a false statement, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of three years in jail.

  • November 23, 2005

    State Street Hit With NASD Fine Over $5B Reporting Error

    State Street Global Markets LLC has reached a settlement over charges it failed to properly report more than $5 billion in corporate and municipal bond trades to the National Association of Securities Dealers.

  • November 23, 2005

    Insurer Settles Suit Over $1.6B Claim Reserve Increase

    Insurance company St. Paul Travelers Cos. has settled the numerous shareholder suits filed against the company over a drop in stock price caused by a $1.6 billion increase in claim reserves following the company’s merger last year.

  • November 22, 2005

    Troubled GM Faces Class Action As Layoffs Loom

    General Motors Corp. has inflated its annual revenue by as much as $400 million since 2001, according to a new securities fraud class action lawsuit filed Monday, the same day the automaker announced 30,000 layoffs in its U.S. plants.

  • November 22, 2005

    Gemstar Requests Second Probe Into $248M Fraud

    Dissatisfied with a sentence imposed by a California court on former CEO Henry Yuen, Gemstar TV-Guide has asked Florida prosecutors to investigate the $248 million accounting fraud allegedly orchestrated by Yuen during his tenure with the company.

  • November 22, 2005

    Weil Guides Clients Through Regulatory Thicket

    In an era of hyper-vigilance, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is relying on proactive counseling to help clients navigate the new corporate-governance landscape.

  • November 22, 2005

    Oracle's Ellison In New Settlement Over Attorney Fees

    Embattled Oracle Corp. chief executive officer Larry Ellison has reached a final settlement over accusations of insider trading, agreeing to donate $100 million to charity and paying $22 million to attorneys who sued him.

  • November 21, 2005

    Brokerage To Pay $7M For Failure To Supervise Agent

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has entered a final judgment against a Florida financial services company and its president, who the Commission alleges failed to supervise an agent who defrauded investors of $15.5 million.

  • November 21, 2005

    GSB Financial CEO Indicted For Securities Fraud

    Manhattan prosecutors have charged the chief executive of Canada's GSB Financial Services Inc. with conspiracy to commit securities fraud and commercial bribery, claiming the CEO and a principal tried to manipulate stock prices by bribing brokers.

  • November 21, 2005

    SEC Probes Research Tied To Naked Shorting: Report

    The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating a financial research firm over allegations it conspired with a hedge fund to drive down the share prices of online retailer Overstock.com, according to a published report.

  • November 21, 2005

    Delphi's Chapter 11 Hinders Securities Fraud Suits

    Shareholders in securities class action lawsuits against bankrupt auto parts manufacturer Delphi Corp. are seeking an exemption from bankruptcy laws to force the company to hand over documents considered vital to the plaintiffs.

  • November 21, 2005

    Spitzer Drops Case Against Broker

    New York Attorney General Elliot Spitzer’s far-reaching campaign against Wall Street fraudsters and scammers has hit a stumbling block, with the gubernatorial candidate abandoning criminal charges against two investment bankers in as many months.

  • November 21, 2005

    Refco Scandal Puts Mayer Brown In A Pickle

    Mayer Brown Rowe & Maw LLP has been involved in one way or another in every major securities and white collar action since Cendant Inc.’s $14 billion accounting fraud ushered in the era of mega corporate collapses and settlements in 1998. But the firm's involvement with bankrupt futures brokerage Refco Inc. could put it in a delicate situation.

  • November 18, 2005

    SEC Fines Deemed Capricious By Appeals Court

    An appeals court has ruled that the Securities and Exchange Commission arbitrarily levied hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties on three executives accused of carrying out a series of matched trades.

  • November 18, 2005

    SEC Clamps Down On Offshore Trading Of Unregistered Stock

    An offshore securities firm purchases 94% of Korea-based Allixon International Corp. through unregistered stock before using affiliates to sell it back to the public for $4.3 million in common stock, according to a federal complaint filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • November 18, 2005

    Offshore Hedge Funds Roped Into SEC Amerindo Probe

    Two allegedly fraudulent offshore hedge funds have been added to an amended securities fraud lawsuit by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc. and its well-known, former billionaire philanthropist founders.