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SEC Joins The Babysitter's Club

We've been following the saga of Elon Musk's run-ins with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) since last year. A theory put forward by a respected lawyer and corporate governance expert now says that the SEC and Elon Musk may be a perfect match. 

"Monopoly" Isn't How The Real World Works

In real life, there is no such thing as a "GET OUT OF JAIL FREE" card. Despite what has been said recently about the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), it is in your best interest to have a strong defense attorney on your side if you find your bitcoin operation under scrutiny by the SEC. 

Learn From Elon Musk (Part 3)

The continuing saga of Elon Musk vs. The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has a new development. The SEC has asked a judge to hold the Tesla and SpaceX CEO in contempt due to alleged violations of his settlement deal. 

This is not the first or second time Elon Musk has found himself in hot water with the SEC in recent months. He continues to serve as an example of what not to do while under the scrutiny of a powerful federal regulatory agency. 

What is the Right to Know Act and does it apply to white collar investigations?

The New York City council passed the Right to Know Act back in 2017 and it went into effect on October 19, 2018. However, as of this year, many citizens are still unclear of their rights under the new law. If a police officer has ever stopped you and asked to search your person or your property without probable cause, or if you want to protect your rights in the event that an officer tries to perform an illegal search or seizure, this new law applies to you. As such, it is important you understand the protections the law affords you.

"Did you try 'password'?"

We've previously written about cryptocurrency's penchant for being an enigma. On the one hand, it is regulated like other investments; on the other hand, it has been linked to illegal activities and is considered a risky investment by many. 

A story reported earlier this month provides another example of the potential risks to cryptocurrency investors. 

Insider Trading Remains A Fixture of SEC Enforcement

Insider trading has always been one of the primary offenses associated with the term "white collar crime". It has resulted in charges against corporate executives, politicians and internationally-renowned celebrities

With that as the backdrop it is no surprise that The New York Times recently reported that insider trading remains a fixture of securities enforcement. 

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