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Rushed Earnings Release Results in SEC Enforcement Action

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. disclosed in its third-quarter 2017 Form 10-Q that, beginning in September 2017, Calumet’s implementation of its new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system had resulted in various “operating and reporting disruptions, including limitations on [Calumet’s] ability to ship product and bill customers, project [its] inventory requirements,... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Retentions/Deductibles/Limits

SEC Proposes Changes to Shareholder Proposal Rules and Rules Governing Proxy Advisors

At an open meeting on November 5th, SEC Commissioners voted 3-2 to propose potentially significant changes to the shareholder proposals process under Rule 14a-8 with respect to the bases upon which issuers can seek to omit shareholder proposal from their proxy materials. The proposed amendments to the shareholder proposal process... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

Enforcement Action Reveals Misleading Customer Counts

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In a settled enforcement action, the SEC resolved allegations related to non-monetary transactions regarding certain Comscore transactions.  The enforcement action also involved disclosures surrounding the number of customers. In 2014 and 2015, Comscore disclosed its total number of customers and net new customers added in quarterly earnings calls. Comscore also... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities

SEC Brings Enforcement Action for Loss Contingency Disclosure

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The SEC recently settled an enforcement action against Mylan N.V., claiming Mylan failed to timely disclose to investors a possible loss relating to a nearly two-year Department of Justice  probe into whether Mylan overcharged Medicaid by hundreds of millions of dollars for sales of EpiPen Auto-Injector by misclassifying EpiPen as... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities