“Contrived Facade of Enforcement”: Judge Rips SEC Over BofA Settlement

Earlier this year, I shared misgivings of other commentators that Mary Schapiro’s tenure at FINRA rendered her too conflicted to Chair the SEC.  Judge Rakoff’s scathing September 14 order in SEC v. Bank of America adds weight to the argument.  Judge Rakoff rejected the SEC’s settlement, ordering the parties to prepare for trial on February 1. Continue reading