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12-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, a juvenile criminal record can be sealed in two ways:  (1) automatically restricted to everyone except criminal justice agencies; and (2) permanently sealed and concealed from all.  The…

11-05-2016 - Legal Updates

In Texas, sexting crimes committed by minors and adults are treated differently, with different laws used to prosecute minors versus adults and differing penalties as well. Minor Sexting Texas’ law…

10-05-2016 - Legal Updates

The mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, who received probation for killing four people while driving drunk, made the grave error of trying to help her son escape more trouble…

09-05-2016 - Legal Updates

Typically, federal courts have exclusive jurisdiction over federal offenses and state courts have exclusive jurisdiction over state offenses.   In some cases, certain crimes can qualify as both federal and state…

06-05-2016 - Legal Updates

  Texas passed a stand your ground law in 2007, which allows for the use of force “when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the force is immediately…

05-05-2016 - Fraud

A Watertown, Massachusetts, man has been convicted of securities fraud after a federal jury in Boston found him guilty of profiting from an insider trading tip he received on a…

Recent SEC Award Demonstrates Whistleblowers Don’t Have to be Insiders

May 02, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In January, the SEC provided a $700,000 whistleblower award to an individual who was not an employee or contractor of the company sanctioned by the SEC but who “conducted a detailed analysis that led to a successful SEC enforcement action.” Andrew Ceresney, SEC Enforcement Division Director,…

Compliance Date for Final SEC Rule Requiring Companies to Disclose Relationship Between Executive Pay and Financial Performance is 1/1/17

February 23, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The compliance date for the final SEC rule that requires publicly held companies to report on the relationship between executive pay and company financial performance is January 1, 2017 for companies whose fiscal years begin on January 1. The new rule implements Section 953(a) of the…

SEC to Proceed with Case Against SAC Capital Advisors Founder

February 15, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

In 2014, SAC Capital Advisors portfolio manager Mathew Martoma was convicted of insider trading and sentenced to nine years in prison.  Martoma was found guilty of seeking out confidential information about a clinical drug trial that enabled SAC Capital to realize profits of $275 million. Another…

First Circuit Vacates SEC Sanctions Against Two Bank Execs

February 10, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit has vacated a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) order that imposed sanctions against two State Street Bank and Trust Co. executives, saying that the SEC had abused its discretion in assessing liability to the two bankers. In…

Dallas Broker Sentenced in Securities Fraud Case

February 02, 2016 by Cogdell Law Firm

A Dallas, Texas, securities broker has been sentenced to three years in federal prison and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution after pleading guilty to one count of securities fraud. Wade Lawrence, 43, worked as a broker in the Dallas office of Oppenheimer…