Paul Weiss Offers Lessons Learned from the OCC Review of Wells Fargo Sales Practices

On April 19, 2017, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (“OCC”) released its “Lessons Learned Review of Supervision of Sales Practices at Wells Fargo.”[i] The report results from Comptroller Thomas Curry’s directive for an “independent review” of the Wells Fargo supervisory record to “identify any supervision gaps and lessons learned to improve the OCC’s supervisory processes going forward.”

The OCC report mirrors some of the themes of the Wells Fargo investigation report, which we have discussed in a prior memorandum.[ii] According to the OCC report, examiners missed opportunities to probe more deeply into sales practices problems, search for … Read more

Paul Weiss Discusses “Price Maintenance” Ruling in Securities Fraud Case

On September 27, 2016, in related appeals arising from a long-pending securities fraud class action against Vivendi, the Second Circuit ruled on several important issues, including the proof necessary to both sustain and defeat the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance.

Most significantly, in In re Vivendi, S.A. Securities Litigation, Nos. 15-180-cv(L), 15-208-cv(XAP) (2d Cir.), the Second Circuit rejected defendants’ per se challenge to the so-called “price maintenance” theory, which posits that confirmatory misstatements can fraudulently maintain an artificially high stock price by preventing the stock price from declining.  The Second Circuit held that misstatements that do not cause stock price … Read more

Paul Weiss discusses Florida Court’s Dismissal of SEC Case Following Gabelli

In SEC v. Graham, 2014 WL 1891418 (S.D. Fla. May 12, 2014) (King, J.), a Florida district court held that SEC claims for injunctive relief, declaratory relief and disgorgement are subject to the same five-year statute of limitations as claims for civil monetary penalties. The court’s reasoning was based, in large part, on the Supreme Court’s analysis of that statute of limitations last year in Gabelli v. SEC, 133 S. Ct. 1216 (2013).

Background

28 U.S.C. § 2462 (“Section 2462”) provides that “[e]xcept as otherwise provided by Act of Congress, an action, suit or proceeding for the enforcement … Read more

Paul Weiss discusses Claim Seeking Short-Swing Profit Disgorgement from IPO Underwriters

In In re Facebook, Inc., IPO Securities & Derivative Litigation, 2014 WL 1760332 (S.D.N.Y. May 2, 2014), the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected the argument that underwriters and selling stockholders in an IPO should be treated as a “group” for the purposes of the short-swing profit rule as a result of “lock-up” agreements temporarily prohibiting shareholders from selling their shares without underwriter permission. The court rejected plaintiff’s theory that the lock-up agreements required the underwriters and shareholders to be treated as a group—which would subject underwriters to short-swing profit liability—because plaintiff did not … Read more