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Securities Private Offering Exemption Applies in SEC Enforcement Action

The Eleventh Circuit rejected the SEC’s narrow construction of registration exemptions in SEC v. Levin, 2017 WL 711018 (Feb. 23, 2017), reversing a grant of summary judgment to the defendant but still affirming a jury verdict for securities fraud on multiple counts.  The defendant, George Levin, invested his personal funds in a Ponzi scheme that operated by soliciting investors to...

Stock Issuer Not Required to Disclose Hiring of Outside Promoters

In the first published appellate court decision to decide the issue, the Eleventh Circuit has held that companies that retain promoters to publish promotional materials to “recommend” or “tout” their stock (and raise the stock price) are not required by federal securities laws to disclose the business arrangement between the issuing company and promoter.  In Ballesteros v. Galectin...

Ask Not for Whom the Securities Exchange Act’s Statute of Repose Tolls; It Doesn’t.

Is a statute of repose subject to tolling? Although its holding was limited to the applicability of American Pipe tolling, created by the commencement of a class action, to the five-year statute of repose under Section 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Eleventh Circuit discussed the issue in broad terms in its August 10 opinion in Dusek v. JPMorgan Chase & Co., 832...

Collateral Challenge to Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Procedure to be Dismissed for Lack of Jurisdiction

On June 17, the Eleventh Circuit decided Hill v. SEC, 825 F.3d 1236 (11th Cir. 2016), vacating the district court’s grant of two motions for preliminary injunctions prohibiting the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) administrative enforcement proceedings. The Eleventh Circuit consolidated two cases where the plaintiffs had each challenged the SEC administrative procedure on...