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Bloomberg Article Hints That Judge Rakoff May Reject the Settlement Between the SEC and Citigroup and the Parties Will Have to Renegotiate

A Thursday, November 24, 2011 article from Bob Van Voris on Bloomerg.com states that Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. may have to pay more than the proposed $285 million settlement with the SEC to satisfy Judge Jed Rakoff that the accord is fair. The article hints that Judge Rakoff may be displeased with the settlement because Citigroup is not admitting or denying liability and quotes several attorneys as saying that Citigroup may have to pay more to avoid such an omission.…

SEC Settles Clawback Case Against Former CSK Auto Executive at the Second Attempt

On Tuesday, November 15, 2011, the SEC announced that it had reached a settlement with Maynard L. Jenkins, the former chief executive officer of CSK Auto Corporation, who agreed to re-pay approximately $2.8 million of the over $4 million in bonus compensation and stock profits that he received while the company was committing accounting fraud. This settlement, which still most be approved by the Court, comes almost four months after the SEC rejected a previous settlement proposed by its own enforcement staff which would have recovered less than half of the amount sought in the Complaint (as previously discussed here).…

SEC v. Citigroup: The Commission Responds to Judge Rakoff’s Questions and Gives Some Insight Into the Settlement Process

On Monday, November 7, 2011, the SEC filed its Brief in response to questions posed by the Court regarding the proposed settlement in SEC v. Citigroup, No. 11-cv-7387 (S.D.N.Y.). In answering the Court’s questions, the Commission emphasized that "[t]he proposed consent judgment embodying this settlement is fair, adequate, and reasonable, and should be entered by this Court." The brief submitted by the Commission provided a broader-than-normal look at the Commission’s approach to settling cases (although the SEC did argue that the Court was not entitled to consider some of the issues it had raised). Judge Jed Rakoff has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday, November 9, 2011 to consider the proposed settlement.…

Judge Rakoff Raises a Number of Questions About the Proposed Settlement Between the SEC and Citigroup

On Thursday, October 27, 2011, New York federal Judge Jed Rakoff issued an Order in the SEC’s case against Citigroup Global Markets, Inc. (previously discussed here), scheduling a hearing for November 9, 2011. In the Order, Judge Rakoff said "[t]he Court is required to ascertain whether the proposed judgment is fair, reasonable, adequate, and in the public interest." As a result, he raised a series of questions that he wants answered at that hearing before he will approve the settlement, continuing his pattern of carefully considering each settlement proposed by the SEC in cases assigned to his docket.…

Negotiations in SEC Clawback Case Collapse When Commission Rejects Settlement Proposal From Its Own Staff

The SEC’s Commissioners have rejected a proposed settlement to "claw back" a portion of the bonuses and stock sale profits a former CEO received during a period of accounting fraud. The SEC had previously described the case as the first clawback case under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act against an individual who was not alleged to have otherwise violated the securities laws. The negotiations failed when, according to a report in the Washington Post (available here), the SEC rejected the settlement proposed by its own enforcement staff which would have recovered less than half of the amount sought in the Complaint.…

For the First Time, The SEC Rewards Cooperation By Entering Into a Deferred Prosecution Agreement

In January 2010, the SEC announced "a series of measures to further strengthen its enforcement program by encouraging greater cooperation from individuals and companies in the agency’s investigations and enforcement actions." One of those measures included the use of Deferred Prosecution Agreements ("DPA"). On Tuesday May 17, the SEC announced that it has entered into its first such agreement, settling an FCPA matter with Tenaris S.A., a global manufacturer of steel pipes. In announcing the settlement, the Commission provided some guidance as to what cooperation was provided by Tenaris in order to earn such the first DPA.…

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