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Ponzi Scheme Victims Prevail over SEC Receiver on Due Process Grounds

In SEC v. Torchia, 2019 WL 1911823 (11th Cir. Apr. 30, 2019), the Eleventh Circuit held in favor of investors victimized by a Ponzi scheme, concluding that the investors were permitted to appeal the district court’s interlocutory orders regarding receivership proceedings and that they had been denied a meaningful day in court. The appeal arose from the SEC’s case against James Torchia...

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...

Supreme Court to Decide Circuit Split on Statute of Limitations for SEC Disgorgement Claims

This past Friday, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529 (cert. granted Jan. 13, 2017), to review a circuit split on whether the SEC’s claims for disgorgement are limited to a five-year statute of limitations.  28 U.S.C. § 2462 places a five-year statute of limitations on any “action, suit or proceeding for the enforcement of any civil fine, penalty, or...

Eleventh Circuit Limits SEC’s Claims for Declaratory Judgment and Disgorgement to Five-Year Statute of Limitations

Unless otherwise provided by law, 28 U.S.C. § 2462 ordinarily requires the government to bring any “action, suit or proceeding for the enforcement of any civil fine, penalty, or forfeiture” within five years of the claim’s accrual. In SEC v. Graham, 2016 WL 3033605 (11th Cir. May 26, 2016), the Eleventh Circuit held that this statute of limitations barred claims asserted by the...