Article: Texas blackouts may bring winterization mandates from FERC, shape federal spending priorities

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Texas blackouts may bring winterization mandates from FERC, shape federal spending priorities

Jasmin Melvin, 24 March 2021

New York — Policy activity on grid resilience has seen an uptick in the month since an Arctic blast left millions of Texans without power for days, and the federal policy response could bring new requirements for generator winterization and inform stimulus and infrastructure spending priorities, a Washington insider said March 24.

The federal response starts with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Jeff Dennis, managing director and general counsel for Advanced Energy Economy, said during an AEE-hosted webinar on the policy fallout from the Texas blackouts. Continue reading “Article: Texas blackouts may bring winterization mandates from FERC, shape federal spending priorities”

Article: CBA, ANZ to Settle 2016 Lawsuit Involving BBSW Manipulation

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CBA, ANZ to Settle 2016 Lawsuit Involving BBSW Manipulation

Editors, Regulation Asia, 23 March 2021

The case was initially launched by two US hedge funds and a US-based derivatives trader, alleging they suffered losses due to bank manipulation of the BBSW.

CBA (Commonwealth Bank of Australia) and ANZ Bank have separately issued statements saying they have reached an agreement to settle a class action brought against them in the US in 2016 involving the trading of certain BBSW-based products. Continue reading “Article: CBA, ANZ to Settle 2016 Lawsuit Involving BBSW Manipulation”

Article: UPDATED | Lordstown Motors now facing class-action lawsuit as stock slips another 14 percent

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UPDATED | Lordstown Motors now facing class-action lawsuit as stock slips another 14 percent

Justin Dennis, 18 March 2021

“I don’t think anyone thought that we had actual orders, right? That’s just not the nature of this business,” Lordstown Motors CEO Steve Burns said during an interview this morning on CNBC’s Squawk Box.

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. is now facing a class action lawsuit from investors alleging executives delivered misleading statements about the company and committed securities violations.

Attorney Drew Legando of Cleveland law firm Merriman, Legando, Williams and Klang LLC filed the suit Monday in Ohio’s Northern District federal court on behalf of Lordstown Motors shareholder Matthew Rico.

Rico purchased 24 shares of Lordstown Motors (NASDAQ: RIDE) between Feb. 18 and March 5, paying in total about $540, according to a shareholder certification filed alongside the complaint. The stock has lost nearly half its value since Rico’s first purchase, which he made just a week after the stock had reached a nearly five-month peak.

At a 47 percent loss, Rico’s shares lost about $250 in value, more than half of which was lost after the short-seller firm Hindenburg Research published a damaging report on the state of the company and accused executives of misleading investors.

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Article: VIDEO | After Hindenburg Research report, Lordstown Motors set to face investors today

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VIDEO | After Hindenburg Research report, Lordstown Motors set to face investors today

Justin Dennis, 17 March 2021

Lordstown Motors has vowed to refute last week’s scathing short-seller report, which called demand for its Endurance all-electric pickup truck a “mirage” and claimed the company has been misleading investors.

LORDSTOWN — Lordstown Motors Corp. executives are expected to address the company’s investors during their end-of-year financial report this afternoon.

The report comes days after Hindenburg Research, a short-selling stock market research firm, delivered a damaging deep-dive into the Voltage Valley leader, claiming that its investors are being misled; that its all-electric pickup truck the Endurance is actually years away from production, despite executives’ September 2021 target; and that its book of about 100,000 non-binding pre-orders for the vehicle “are largely fictitious and used as a prop to raise capital and confer legitimacy.”

Lordstown Motors on Monday vowed to refute the report “in due time,” and a spokesperson last week promised a “thorough” statement. CEO Steve Burns, addressing reporters during a Monday tour of the plant where dozens of test vehicles are currently being built, reassured the Endurance is on-track.

“Whatever anybody thinks of us in the world, the main thing is we are going to be the first electric pickup truck in the United States, full-size, and that starts in September,” Burns said, as reported by The Business Journal.

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Article: SEC Strikes Again With New SAC Insider Trading Charge

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SEC Strikes Again With New SAC Insider Trading Charge

Last week the Securities and Exchange Commission filed civil charges against yet another former SAC Capital analyst for insider trading, suggesting that the government is not done with its investigation of Steven Cohen’s hedge fund.

Background of the Case

In its recent complaint, the SEC alleged that Ronald N. Dennis, a former analyst at SAC affiliate CR Intrinsic Investors, traded on material nonpublic information he received from two other hedge fund analysts in the shares of Dell (DELL) and Foundry Networks (BRCD) during 2008 and 2009.

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