Tuesday, March 03, 2015 2:33 PM PT
By DAN MCCUE 

     (CN) - A smart card technology firm's CEO failed to file documents required by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and ignored discrepancies in others, as she tried to persuade investors to buy unregistered securities in her faltering company, a federal judge ruled. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - The Delaware Chancery Court largely dismissed investor allegations that the appraisal of four real estate partnerships ahead of a merger undervalued the companies' assets. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     CN) - The 1st Circuit dismissed a shareholder lawsuit accusing heart pump maker Abiomed of misleading investors by promoting its products for off-label uses. 

By DAVID LEE 

     DALLAS (CN) - Former U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Peter Romero received more than $700,000 in fraudulent transfers from R. Allen Stanford's $7 billion Ponzi scheme, a federal jury ruled.

     WASHINGTON (CN) - New York's attorney general cannot enforce a $100 million consent judgment against Wells Fargo Bank, a federal judge ruled, calling it a "penny-ante enforcement action." 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - The merger at $32 per share for Ancestry.com was a fair price for the company, the Delaware Chancery Court ruled in an appraisal action. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Shareholders cannot sue the Vanguard Group for allegedly investing in illegal internet gambling companies via two of its international equity funds. 

By IZZY KAPNICK 

     (CN) - Shareholders of online travel agency Orbitz are challenging its planned $1.6 billion merger with Expedia, claiming the deal rewards insiders while neglecting the interests of the company's investors.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     (CN) - Stratasys Ltd. intentionally drove up stock prices to position itself for two separate mergers, shareholders claim in federal court.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Hospira's CEO stands to profit $80 million in a proposed $17 billion acquisition by Pfizer, a huge sum that raises serious questions about the CEO's ability to fairly assess the deal, a class claims in court.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Staple's $6.3 billion takeover offer for Office Depot was unfairly influenced by a hedge fund with a stake in both companies, and fails to protect shareholder value from market declines before the merger closes, a class claims in court.

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - Insight Venture's $273 million bid for cloud software company E2open is strategically timed to take advance of a plummet in the company's share price, a shareholder class action claims.

By NICKEESHA SWABY 

     (CN) - Shareholders claim the $11 billion acquisition of Regency Energy Partners LP by controlling affiliate Energy Transfer Partners LP unfairly benefits company officers while shortchanging investors.

By NICKEESHA SWABY 

     
     (CN) - Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba faces a mounting number of class actions accusing the company of downplaying the sale of counterfeit goods during the company's $25 billion initial public offering.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     
     (CN) - LeapFrog Enterprises Inc. failed to disclose declining demand for its products before its stock price tumbled, shareholders claim in a federal class action.

     (CN) - Standard & Poor's will pay $1.4 billion to settle charges of inflating ratings of mortgage investments that collapsed in the 2008 financial crisis.

By DAVID LEE 

     FORT WORTH (CN) - Life settlement provider Life Partners Holdings has filed for bankruptcy protection as it appeals the SEC's $46 million judgment against it.

By MOLLY WILLMS 

     MADISON (CN) - A rural Wisconsin insurance broker has been operating a multimillion dollar Ponzi scheme since 2008, the Securities and Exchange Commission says in a new federal complaint. 

     MANHATTAN (CN) - A former executive who blew the whistle on Countrywide Financial is in line to get $57 million for helping Uncle Sam collect a record $16.6 billion penalty for Countrywide's role in the financial crisis.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     (CN) - The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rules that would subject security-based swaps to amended and more rigorous reporting standards. 

By LORRAINE BAILEY 

     (CN) - President Obama's proposed tax on big banks' liabilities would raise approximately $110 billion over the next 10 years, but is unlikely to reach the floor of a Republican Congress.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     (CN) - Investors are recoiling from a proposed plan to collect their individual account data on a regular basis to help prevent "misconduct" in the securities industry.