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On Nov. 1, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Liu v. Securities and Exchange Commission to address a question that, until fairly recently, seemed clear beyond cavil: whether the SEC has authority to obtain disgorgement in civil actions to enforce the federal securities laws. Since the 1970’s, disgorgement of ill-gotten gains has been a powerful and frequently utilized weapon in the SEC’s arsenal. In its June 2017 decision in Kokesh v. SEC, 137 S. Ct. 1635 (2017), the Supreme Court characterized SEC disgorgement as a “penalty” rather than an equitable remedy but expressly declined to decide whether courts possess authority to order disgorgement in SEC enforcement proceedings. In Liu, the Court will address head-on the question left open in Kokesh. The outcome of Liu has the potential to upset long-standing precedent and practices. If the Court further restricts the SEC’s ability to obtain disgorgement, the decision will have significant ramifications for the SEC’s enforcement program.
By Jonathan S. Feld, Jason Ross and Amelia Marquis
When used for work, mobile devices routinely contain employers’ proprietary and confidential data. The struggle between Government requests for access to such data and constitutional protections — including the Government’s ability to compel the turnover of biometric “keys” to unlock mobile devices — create areas of concern.
By Telemachus P. Kasulis
Two criminal appeals before the Second Circuit require the Court of Appeals to decide whether the violation of a fiduciary relationship is required to create insider trading liability or if a breach of contract is sufficient.
By Matthew D. Feil and Andrew M. Serrao
Will Prosecutors Take Advantage?
The recent decision in United States v. Blaszczak may signal a change in how prosecutors in the Second Circuit, and perhaps in other jurisdictions, pursue insider-trading cases.
Former Barbados Government Official Convicted on U.S. Money Laundering Charges Following Insurance Company of Barbados FCPA Settlement