Securities and Exchange Commission News

SEC Says GE to Pay $200M Penalty for Misleading Investors

WASHINGTON/CHICAGO — General Electric Co has agreed to pay a $200 million penalty to settle charges for misleading investors over how it was generating earnings in its power and insurance businesses, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Wednesday. …

8th Circuit Finds No Coverage Owed in Separate Investor Schemes

In separate opinions, a federal appellate court affirmed rulings that insurers could dodge liability for wrongful acts by their policyholders because the actions were not covered by the policies. In a decision filed Sunday, a panel of the 8th Circuit …

GM Rethinks Planned Stake in Electric Vehicle Maker Nikola

NEW YORK — General Motors will not be taking a stake in the electric vehicle company Nikola, and the company said Monday that it was scuttling one of its marquee vehicles, an electric and hydrogen-powered pickup, after GM pulled technological …

U.S. Pension Funds Sue Allianz After $4B in Coronavirus Losses

FRANKFURT — Pension funds for truckers, teachers and subway workers have lodged lawsuits in the United States against Germany’s Allianz, one of the world’s top asset managers, for failing to safeguard their investments during the coronavirus market meltdown. Market panic …

AmTrust, Ex-CFO to Pay $10.5M to Settle SEC Charges Of Improper Reserves Reporting

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged insurance company AmTrust Financial Services and Ronald E. Pipoly Jr., its former chief financial officer, with failing to disclose material facts about how the company estimated its insurance losses and reserves for …

Tesla Can’t Duck Lawsuit Over Musk’s Take-Private Tweet

Tesla Inc. must face an investor lawsuit over Elon Musk’s notorious 2018 tweet about taking the electric car maker private. The ruling means Tesla will have to provide documents and other evidence to the plaintiffs as the case moves forward. …

Companies Walk Legal Tightrope as Earnings Season Kicks Off

WASHINGTON — U.S. companies are grappling with how best to provide guidance on their earnings outlook as the novel coronavirus takes uncertainty to new heights and exposes them to potential shareholder lawsuits if forecasts prove misplaced. Measures to contain the …

‘Clubby’ Culture Helped Push Indiana Trucking Firm into Ruin

INDIANAPOLIS — Here’s something you can be sure Franklin College won’t be highlighting in its student-recruitment marketing: All three of the former Celadon Group Inc. executives charged this year in what prosecutors call a sweeping accounting fraud graduated from the …

Wall Street’s Top Watchdog Seeks Help to Muzzle a Mystery Troll

Elon Musk mocked it as the “Shortseller Enrichment Commission.” Billionaire Mark Cuban said it’s “useless.” Hedge fund legend Leon Cooperman called it “abusive.” For the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, such attacks come with the territory. But brushing them off …

Pilgrim’s Pride Lands in Front of SEC Over Its Chicken Claims

The Humane Society of the United States has tried for months to stop poultry giant Pilgrim’s Pride Corp. from calling its chicken “100% natural” and “humanely” raised, claiming it’s neither. Following complaints to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state …