SEC Updates PAUSE List

SEC Updates PAUSE List

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has updated its list of soliciting entities that have been the subject of investor complaints, known as the Public Alert: Unregistered Soliciting Entities (PAUSE) list. The PAUSE list contains firms that SEC staff found were providing inaccurate information about their affiliation, location, or registration, and enables investors to inform

More to Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Facility Application Form Than Meets the Eye

More to Missouri’s Medical Marijuana Facility Application Form Than Meets the Eye

Many Missourians planning on applying for medical marijuana dispensary, extraction, and/or cultivation licenses looked forward to June 4, 2019 with anticipation. On that date, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services was required by Article XIV of the Missouri Constitution to “make available to the public license application forms and application instructions for medical

SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement Action Against Cannabis Company

SEC Files Subpoena Enforcement Action Against Cannabis Company

On June 4, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) filed a subpoena enforcement action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois against Covalent Collective, a vertically integrated cannabis enterprise, for failure to produce documents in an investigation. The action relates to an SEC investigation into potential violations of registration provisions

FBI Cyber Division Warns Cyber Criminals Targeting West Texas Oil and Natural Gas Industry

FBI Cyber Division Warns Cyber Criminals Targeting West Texas Oil and Natural Gas Industry

Private Industry Notification (PIN) 20190530-001 was being distributed to make private sector partners aware of business email compromise/business email spoofing (BEC/BES) scams where cyber criminals are targeting the West Texas Oil and Natural Gas industry through email phishing, malware attacks, and unauthorized access for financial gain. The alert was released as TLP: Green and the

Kennyhertz Perry’s Tompkins Presents at KCMBA’s Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference

Kennyhertz Perry’s Tompkins Presents at KCMBA’s Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference

Recently, Kennyhertz Perry’s Attorney Benjamin Tompkins presented at the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s 46th Bench-Bar & Boardroom Conference 2019 in Branson, Missouri. Tompkins was a co-presenter for a Continued Legal Education opportunity entitled “Legal Issues Unique to Medical Marijuana, CBD Oil and Cultivation of Cannabis.” Tompkins focused his presentation on tax considerations for and

OFAC Outlines Guidance for Compliance Programs

OFAC Outlines Guidance for Compliance Programs

On May 2, 2019, the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published A Framework for OFAC Compliance Commitments, which identifies five essential components of an effective Risk-Based Sanctions Compliance Program. While companies are not legally required to implement a program, a failure to follow these principles increases the risks of sanctions violations

Investment Advisor Sued by SEC for Fraud by Overcharging Advisory Fees

Investment Advisor Sued by SEC for Fraud by Overcharging Advisory Fees

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) charged Stephen Brandon Anderson and his company, River Source Wealth Management, an RIA located in North Carolina alleging the firm systematically overcharging his clients. The SEC alleges that the Anderson charged approximately 40% more than the agreed-upon maximum customer advisory fees.  The SEC said that Anderson also misled his

Payment Processor Settles FTC Case Alleging It Assisted in Fraudulent Schemes

Payment Processor Settles FTC Case Alleging It Assisted in Fraudulent Schemes

Allied Wallet, described as a provider of e-commerce merchant services and online payment processing services, settled claims by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that it assisted numerous scams by knowingly processing fraudulent transactions to consumers’ accounts. According to the complaint, Allied Wallet assisted companies that were the subject to law enforcement action by the FTC

NCAA To Examine Allowing College Athletes To Receive Compensation For Use of Name, Image and Likeness

NCAA To Examine Allowing College Athletes To Receive Compensation For Use of Name, Image and Likeness

The NCAA announced yesterday that it has formed a working group to examine issues related to college athletes receiving benefits for the use of their name, image and likeness (“NIL”).  The formation of the working group was prompted by recent federal and state legislative proposals that would allow college athletes to receive payment for their