Category Archive: Personal Investments

Jun 04

Expert Can Still Testify, Despite Opinions Being Thrown Out

A recent case illustrated how expert testimony may still be appropriate even when all of the expert’s actual opinions are deemed inadmissible.  In Ross v. Rothstein (March 12, 2015), the Court concluded that an expert’s testimony still offered information helpful to the Court with regard to underlying facts that supported his improper (legal) opinions.  The Court cited …

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Jun 01

Investors Accuse Ernst & Young Accused of Being Complicit in Bribery Scandal

CtW Investments Group (“CtW”), which represents a group of minority shareholders in Wal-Mart, has accused the firm’s external auditor Ernst & Young (“E&Y) of having had early knowledge of Wal-Mart’s violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act related to bribery allegations in Mexico. In a letter to the Public Accounting Oversight Board, CtW reports that …

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Apr 12

Pro-Athlete Lending Firm is an Alleged Ponzi Scheme

A Florida based financial advisory involved in professional athlete lending has been charged with defrauding its clients. On April 7th the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged William D. Allen and his business partner Susan C. Daub with running a Ponzi scheme which promised investors 18% returns, however a sizable portion of these “returns” were …

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Apr 05

New Revenue Recognition Rules Delayed

The Financial Accounting Standards Board (“FASB”) has announced a proposal to delay by one year the effective date of implementation of the new revenue recognition standard under Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), making the new date of change for public companies those reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2017.  Private companies would have an additional …

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Apr 02

Fiduciaries Continue to Face 401(k) Conflict of Interest Allegations

A group of workers at Ameriprise Financial Inc. settled their federal lawsuit against the company regarding management of their 401(k) contributions that were invested in Ameriprise funds and generated millions in allegedly excessive fees for the company. The case was filed in 2011 by Roger Krueger and a group of Ameriprise plan participants.  The plaintiffs disputed …

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Mar 30

Bankruptcy Treatment of Education Debts is Clarified by the Ninth Circuit

A Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel has ruled that certain tuition related amounts are dischargeable in bankruptcy.  Generally, education related debts are not able to be discharged.  However, the Panel’s ruling did not apply this exception because the financial aid in question was a non-monetary tuition credit offered by a for-profit university. The Panel described the …

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Mar 03

A second shot at an end to pre-dispute mandatory arbitration clauses with brokers

Legislation that would free investors from the requirement to engage in pre-dispute mandatory arbitration with their brokers is getting a second life.  Congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minn, has once again introduced the bill to Congress, with the following findings: “(1) Investor confidence in fair and equitable recourse is essential to the health and stability of the securities …

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Feb 19

New Standard of Value for Appraisal under Louisiana Law

Louisiana has changed the applicable standard of value in its new Louisiana Business Corporations Act. Under the law, shareholders have a right to avoid the effects of certain corporate actions by selling the shareholder’s shares to the corporation, paid in cash.  Under certain circumstances more fully described in the bill, shareholders have such rights in …

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May 30

By some measures, US corporate transparency lags behind China, Russia

In order to have efficient markets, stakeholders must have access to clear and accurate data and related disclosures that allow for insight and interpretation of that data.  The Western world has long touted the importance and benefits of such corporate transparency and has numerous organizations and government agencies tasked with defining appropriate practices and policing …

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Apr 14

SEC Director Speaks to Root Causes of Investor Harm

Andrew Barton, Director of the SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) recently gave a speech entitled “People Handling Other People’s Money”, where he drew on his experience to make assessments of the sources of investor harm.  He described how, despite people “trying to do the right thing by their clients, colleagues, owners and…even …

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