Meet The Tiny California Town “Full Of Dirt” That Snagged Elon Musk’s Boring Company
TYLER DURDEN, 20 April 2021
Elon Musk is taking his Boring Company circus on the road to Adelanto, California.
Adelanto is a town of 37,000 where the mayor, Gabriel Reyes, works part time and the city manager, Jessie Flores, is the full time chief executive of the city, according to a recent Bloomberg report.
The county supervisor mentioned to Flores recently that Musk’s Boring Company was looking for a place to practice digging tunnels, so Flores reached out. “Steve, we’re the ones you’re looking for. When can we meet?,” Flores texted Boring’s President Steve Davis. Flores suggested meeting at SpaceX’s headquarters, which was about 2 hours away from Adelanto. Continue reading “Article: Meet The Tiny California Town “Full Of Dirt” That Snagged Elon Musk’s Boring Company”
5 Key Details As Drugmakers Face $50B Opioid Trial In Calif.
Jeff Overley, Cara Salvatore and Emily Field, 16 April 2021
Barring last-minute settlements, Johnson & Johnson, Endo Pharmaceuticals and other major drugmakers are poised to go to trial Monday against some of California’s largest counties, which are seeking $50 billion in one of the nation’s oldest opioid-crisis cases.
The West Coast clash centers on now-familiar allegations that pharmaceutical manufacturers — divisions of J&J, Endo, Teva Pharmaceuticals and Allergan PLC — to varying degrees bankrolled pernicious promotional campaigns for prescription painkillers, unleashing a devastating wave of drug dependence and death. Continue reading “Article: 5 Key Details As Drugmakers Face $50B Opioid Trial In Calif.”
Pension Fund Drops Suit Against Tesla Over $1.8B Bond Offer
Rachel Stone, 16 April 2021
A pension fund voluntarily ended its proposed class action against Tesla and its multibillionaire founder, Elon Musk, which claimed the automaker and a group of big banks acting as underwriters misled investors on a $1.8 billion bond offering.
Inter-Local Pension Fund GCC/IBT has bowed out of its securities fraud suit in California federal court following a decision in the Ninth Circuit in March not to rehear a related case, according to a notice filed Thursday. Continue reading “Article: Pension Fund Drops Suit Against Tesla Over $1.8B Bond Offer”
Mass. Regulator Wants Robinhood Barred From State
Chris Villani, 15 April 2021
Massachusetts’ top securities regulator said Thursday he wants Robinhood LLC barred from doing business in the Bay State, citing the stock trader’s “cavalier” approach to enticing inexperienced investors into risky bets.
Massachusetts Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin is seeking to amend an administrative complaint he filed against the California-based company in December, saying the original fine and change of practices he was seeking was no longer sufficient. That was the first enforcement action brought under the state’s new fiduciary rule, which is stricter than regulations imposed by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Continue reading “Article: Mass. Regulator Wants Robinhood Barred From State”
California Department of Justice Secures $5.3 Million Settlement from Artichoke Joe’s Casino In the San Francisco Bay Area
Sierra Sun Times, 27 March 2021
SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thurday announced a settlement in which Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno agreed to pay a penalty of $5.3 million for misleading gambling regulators and violating the Bank Secrecy Act, a federal law intended to combat money laundering. The casino is a 51-table cardroom with the eighth largest gross gambling revenue in the state. After the cardroom failed to timely or accurately report an investigation by the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), DOJ’s Bureau of Gambling Control (Bureau) initiated a license disciplinary proceeding against the casino and its owners. Today’s settlement includes the largest agreed-upon penalty in the history of California gambling regulation.
Under California’s Gambling Control Act of 1998, casinos are required to make timely, full, and true disclosure to gambling regulators. The Bureau determined that Artichoke Joe’s Casino was in violation of the law when it failed to accurately report, reveal, or disclose in a timely manner that FinCEN or any other federal agency was examining the casino with respect to the Bank Secrecy Act and that the casino and FinCEN were in negotiations that could result in the casino’s admission of Bank Secrecy Act violations. Later, as part of the settlement reached with FinCEN, the casino admitted to violations of the Bank Secrecy Act, and the Bureau amended its allegations to include the admission. Continue reading “Article: California Department of Justice Secures $5.3 Million Settlement from Artichoke Joe’s Casino In the San Francisco Bay Area”
Feds: 2nd Cali Man Laundered $560,000 Stolen From Bergen Man, $285,000 In Gov’t Loan Scheme/strong>
Jerry DeMarco, 27 March 2021
A second California man has been charged in an email scam that cost a Bergen County property owner $560,000 – and there could be more, federal authorities said.
Anthony Debose Hannah, 57, controlled an account where co-conspirator Eric Bullard wired $230,000 of the money, Acting U.S. Attorney Rachael A. Honig said.
Bullard, 59, of Los Angeles had hacked an email account at a law firm representing the victim, then wrote to the client with instructions to wire the $560,000 into an escrow account identified as “Eric’s Commercial LLC,” Honig said. Continue reading “Article: Feds: 2nd Cali Man Laundered $560,000 Stolen From Bergen Man, $285,000 In Gov’t Loan Scheme”
Artichoke Joe’s Casino Agrees To Record $5.3 Million Penalty For Misleading Gambling Regulators, Violating Federal Law
CBSN SF Bay Area, 26 March 2021
SAN BRUNO (AP) — One of California’s more profitable card rooms agreed Thursday to a record $5.3 million penalty for misleading gambling regulators and violating a federal law designed to deter money laundering, the state attorney general’s office said.
Artichoke Joe’s Casino in San Bruno failed to properly report an investigation by the federal Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, leading to the largest agreed-upon penalty in the history of California gambling regulation, officials said.
The state penalty is in addition to a $5 million federal settlement for failing to have an effective anti-money laundering program and failing to report certain suspicious activity between 2009 and 2017, state officials said. That $5 million is also the largest amount assessed against a California card room by federal regulators. Continue reading “Article: Artichoke Joe’s Casino Agrees To Record $5.3 Million Penalty For Misleading Gambling Regulators, Violating Federal Law”
Lessons from the Texas big freeze
Carl Pope, 24 March 2021
The Texas power market caps wholesale prices at an astonishingly high $9,000 per/mwh. When the crisis hit, the computers managing the market price crashed. Regulators then arbitrarily set prices at the peak rate, and left them there for four days, knowing that generators could not provide more power because their facilities were frozen. During the freeze, household daily utility bills of $2,500 and more were incurred by homeowners who had signed up for variable plans, even when for most of the four days they had no power. The City of Denton incurred $300 million in power bills in a week, $2,000 for each of its 15,000 residents.
The power companies maximised their profit from those units that were up and running. By the third week in February, it appeared all the energy companies serving the Texas market had made as much money in 2021 as they had in the previous three years.
“We were able to get super premium prices, that’s going to pay off handsomely like hitting the jackpot,” said Chief Financial Officer Roland Burns of Comstock Resources, a leading Texan energy producer. He later apologised when his remarks hit the headlines. Continue reading “Article: Lessons from the Texas big freeze”
Robinhood ‘Concealed’ Costs Of Trading, Users Say
Elise Hansen, 24 March 2021
Securities-trading app Robinhood failed to secure the best possible execution for many of its trades, a practice that according to regulators cost users roughly $34 million, a proposed class of users told a California federal court.
Customers Isaac Landreth and Jaime Marquez alleged Tuesday that they had invested tens of thousands of dollars using Robinhood’s trading platform, but that the company failed to properly explain how it made money and at times gave customers a worse deal than its competitors. Continue reading “Article: Robinhood ‘Concealed’ Costs Of Trading, Users Say”
180 Life Sciences Corp. CEO James Woody, MD, PhD Issues Letter to Stockholders
GLOBE NEWSWIRE, 24 March 2021
180 Life Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNF, the “Company”), a clinical-stage biotechnology company with its lead indication in Phase 2b/3 clinical trial, focused on the development of novel drugs that fulfill unmet needs in inflammatory diseases, fibrosis and pain, today released the following letter to stockholders from its Chief Executive Officer, Dr. James Woody. Continue reading “Article: 180 Life Sciences Corp. CEO James Woody, MD, PhD Issues Letter to Stockholders”
Melvin Capital Is Facing Nine Lawsuits Related to the GameStop Frenzy
Michelle Celarier, Institutional Investor, 22 March 2021
Gabriel Plotkin’s Melvin Capital, the hedge fund at the center of the GameStop trading frenzy in January, is a defendant in nine lawsuits by retail investors alleging a conspiracy to limit trading that caused them to lose money.
The hedge fund revealed the existence of the lawsuits in its annual ADV filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Melvin was famously short GameStop and lost more than 50 percent during January following a short squeeze orchestrated by a Reddit forum called WallStreetBets, whose members included retail investors in GameStop. As the stock soared, various online brokerages catering to those investors, including Robinhood, restricted buying shares of GameStop, among other stocks heavily shorted by Melvin.
BitMEX Free of Crypto Market Manipulation Claims in California
Maeve Allsup, 16 March 2021
Cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX and its founders won dismissal of claims that they illegally manipulated the cryptocurrency market, causing losses for platform users, when a federal judge in California rejected traders’ “kitchen sink” approach.
The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California, alleged 17 causes of action, including violations of the Commodity Exchange Act, the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, and state law. Continue reading “Article: BitMEX Free of Crypto Market Manipulation Claims in California”
SEC Obtains Emergency Asset Freeze, Charges California Trader with Posting False Stock Tweets
Washington D.C., March 15, 2021 —
The Securities and Exchange Commission today announced fraud charges and an asset freeze and other emergency relief against an Irvine, California-based trader who used social media to spread false information about a defunct company, while secretly profiting by selling his own holdings of the company’s stock.
Continue reading “Article: SEC Obtains Emergency Asset Freeze, Charges California Trader with Posting False Stock Tweets”
Google Hit With $2B Antitrust Suit Over ‘Rigging’ Its Algorithm
Melissa Angell, 11 January 2021
Video-sharing site Rumble, which reportedly has a large base of politically conservative users, hit Google with a $2 billion antitrust suit Monday in California federal court, accusing the tech giant of unlawfully “rigging” its search algorithm to elevate Google’s own YouTube platform over competitors.
Toronto-based Rumble alleges that the tech behemoth diverted massive web traffic by manipulating its search algorithm to preferentially display YouTube links in the search results over those of Rumble and other video rivals. Continue reading “Article: Google Hit With $2B Antitrust Suit Over ‘Rigging’ Its Algorithm”
Exuberance Over Good News Drives Bionano Genomics’ Wild Week
John Alford, 04 January 2021
Bionano Genomics, Inc. (BNGO) has been on a wild, meteoric rise in the past few days, and after hours on the 31st it continued to skyrocket, rising to $4 a share. On the 31st of December alone, counting market and after-hours trading, share prices surged $1.90, almost doubling. This capped a wild week, and is a momentum-driven mania trade not based on the previous performance or long-term trend of the company. While recently reporting one good report (via a paid PR service), there are obvious issues surrounding the company to the investor that takes the time to evaluate their most recent 10-Q, recent and potential massive dilution, and decreasing revenue. Continue reading “Article: Exuberance Over Good News Drives Bionano Genomics’ Wild Week”