Category: DOJ


Department of Justice Announces New Policy on Coordination of Enforcement Actions and Corporate Penalties

Posted on May 15th, by in DOJ. Comments Off on Department of Justice Announces New Policy on Coordination of Enforcement Actions and Corporate Penalties

The Department of Justice has established a new policy that requires its attorneys to coordinate with one another and with other enforcement authorities when imposing multiple penalties for the same conduct. This policy is likely to protect companies from unfair outcomes resulting from a lack of coordination among the DOJ and other authorities.

I authored an alert that provides an overview of the new policy and discusses the potential impact on companies affected.

Click here to read the alert.


The Government Suffers a Spoofing Setback

Posted on April 27th, by and in CFTC, DOJ, Spoofing. Comments Off on The Government Suffers a Spoofing Setback

On April 25, 2018, a New Haven federal jury acquitted a former trader with a global bank accused of scheming to manipulate the precious metals futures markets with “spoofing,” a trading tactic that involves the use of allegedly deceptive bids or offers to feign the appearance of supply or demand. This appears to be one of the first setbacks for the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and futures self-regulatory organizations since they began aggressively investigating and civilly and criminally charging futures traders with spoofing several years ago. After successfully defeating Michael Coscia’s appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, this aggression accelerated with the CFTC’s and DOJ’s coordinated charges in January against several firms and traders. This verdict, however, may cause them to re-visit their aggression and certain strategies.

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The CFTC and DOJ Crack Down Harder on Spoofing & Supervision

Posted on February 6th, by and in CFTC, Civil Penalties, Criminal Liability, DOJ, Spoofing. Comments Off on The CFTC and DOJ Crack Down Harder on Spoofing & Supervision

Last week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and Department of Justice (DOJ) filed their most significant and aggressive actions against spoofers and the firms employing them for failing to supervise. The CFTC filed settled actions against each of the global firms for supervisory violations, amongst other charges, and the CFTC charged six individuals with alleged commodities fraud and spoofing schemes. In the parallel criminal actions, the DOJ announced criminal charges against eight individuals (the six charged by the CFTC plus two others). The CFTC’s and DOJ’s coordinated and complex investigative efforts and filings indicate increased aggressiveness by both in this area. Further, these efforts represent the greatest amount of cooperation ever between the CFTC and DOJ. As reported previously in this blog post, with the affirmation of the conviction of high-frequency trader Michael Coscia, we are likely witnessing a … Read More »




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