Open Meeting Agenda

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Item 1: Oral Argument in the Matter of Larry C. Grossman

The Commission will hear an oral argument in an appeal from an initial decision of an administrative law judge by Respondent, Larry C. Grossman and the Division of Enforcement.

On December 23, 2014, the ALJ found that Grossman, the former principal of a registered investment adviser, violated certain antifraud, broker-dealer, and investment adviser provisions of the federal securities laws by, among other things, making misrepresentations and omissions of material fact to his advisory clients when he advised them to invest in funds as to which he had an economic conflict of interest. For these violations, the ALJ ordered Grossman to pay a $1.55 million civil penalty, to pay approximately $3 million in disgorgement plus prejudgment interest, and to cease and desist from further violations of the securities laws. The ALJ also barred him from association with the securities industry.

Respondent appealed, challenging only the imposition of sanctions. The issues likely to be considered at oral argument include, among other things, whether the five year statute of limitations in 28 U.S.C. ยง 2462 prohibits us from imposing a civil penalty, disgorgement, industry bar, or cease-and-desist order, and, to the extent that it does not, what sanctions, if any, are appropriate in the public interest.

For further information, please contact Brent J. Fields from the Office of the Secretary at (202) 551-5400.