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On November 30, 2018, Judge Richard Sullivan issued a long-anticipated decision in favor of the defendants in Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Wilson, No. 13 Civ. 7884, following a four-day bench trial in December 2016 before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.  The court held that the CFTC failed to meet its burden of proof in establishing claims of market manipulation or attempted market manipulation under Sections 6(c) and 9(a)(2) of…
On December 5, 2017, a Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida held in SEC v. Herrera that the “oral download” of external counsel’s interview notes to the Securities and Exchange Commission waived protection from disclosure under the attorney work product doctrine.  As a result of the decision, issued in an SEC enforcement action, counsel was ordered to disclose to certain former employees of its client those interview…
On Wednesday, April 1, 2015, the SEC announced its first enforcement action against a company for requiring its employees to sign confidentiality agreements that contained language that had the potential to stifle the whistleblowing process.…