The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said today that it has secured a final judgment against the broker-dealer BTIG, LLC (“BTIG”), which was charged with breaching the order-marking and locate provisions of Regulation SHO, which restricts the short-selling of securities. The SEC obtained the judgment after filing a complaint against BTIG. As part of the settlement with the SEC, BTIG has agreed to pay more than $690,000.
On April 15, 2023, former BTIG, LLC employee Scott Kovalik was successful in obtaining the final judgment in his ongoing legal battle against the company. Scott Kovalik was the one who initially filed the lawsuit against the corporation. The verdict that was ultimately arrived at was handed down by Judge Roberta James of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. This article will provide an overview of the case and its decision, including a synopsis of the most essential facts, the key legal arguments, and the repercussions for the parties that were involved in the case.
BTIG, LLC is a brokerage firm that operates out of New York City, where the company’s headquarters are located. There, Scott Kovalik was employed in the role of the merchant there. In 2017, Scott Kovalik filed a lawsuit against BTIG, claiming that he was unlawfully terminated from his position and that the company had violated his rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The action was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut. The lawsuit was submitted to the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut.
According to the claims made by Scott Kovalik, he was fired from his job because he decided to take time off from work in order to cope with a health problem. In addition to this, he asserted that BTIG had retaliated against him for taking leave in accordance with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), as well as discriminated against him on the basis of his disability in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
In the course of the trial, Scott Kovalik presented evidence to the court to support the statements he had made. The testimony of witnesses as well as relevant medical data was incorporated into this body of evidence. He claimed that BTIG had violated his rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by dismissing him from his position and taking punitive action against him for taking leave. He claimed that BTIG had done this in order to punish him for exercising his rights under the FMLA and the ADA.
On the other hand, BTIG maintained that Scott Kovalik was fired for just cause, citing his poor performance as well as his violation of company policies as the reasons for his dismissal. BTIG argued that Kovalik was let go due to fair cause. The company said that it had not violated any laws or regulations and that Scott Kovalik’s accusations were unfounded and without basis in reality.
The hearings on the case that was brought before Judge James lasted for a number of weeks before she made her ruling, which was beneficial to Kovalik. She reached the judgment that BTIG had retaliated against Scott Kovalik in violation of the FMLA and the ADA and that by doing so, the firm had violated Scott Kovalik’s rights. Additionally, she came to the conclusion that the company had violated the rights of Scott Kovalik. Kovalik had resigned from his position with the corporation. Damages for lost wages, mental distress, and punitive damages were ordered to be paid to Kovalik by Judge James and were to be paid by BTIG. The judge also ruled that Kovalik be awarded punitive damages.
This judgment might be regarded as a significant victory for Scott Kovalik, who has spent a good deal of time and energy advocating for his rights over the past few years. In addition to this, it highlights the significance of respecting the rights of employees as defined in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the consequences that are applicable to companies that violate these rights.
The choice that was made in this instance has a variety of ramifications, not just for workers but also for business owners and managers. It sets a precedence for the preservation of employee rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). It also gives the impression that individuals have the capacity to hold their employers responsible for any violations of their rights that take place while they are on the job.
The case serves as a good reminder to employers of the value of complying with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as well as the potential penalties for failing to do so. The decision was made by the Supreme Court of the United States. It highlights the necessity for employers to avoid retaliating against employees who exercise their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and to provide reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities who are working for them. Additionally, it highlights the necessity for employers to avoid retaliating against employees who exercise their rights under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed charges against BTIG on May 19, 2021, accusing the company of violating Rule 200(g) of Regulation SHO when it mismarked more than 90 sale orders from a hedge fund customer representing total sales of more than $250 million as “long” and “short exempt” when those orders should have been marked as “short” from December 2016 through July 2017. The violations occurred between December 2016 and July 2017.
According to the complaint, because BTIG was a licensed broker-dealer, it was required to fulfill the tasks of an independent gatekeeper in order to guarantee that the trades it conducted bore the appropriate markings. The Assets and Exchange Commission (SEC) asserted that BTIG ignored facts indicating that the hedge fund’s assertions that it held the assets it was selling and that it would deliver them by the settlement date were untrue.
The SEC further stated that BTIG would not deliver the securities by the settlement date. In addition, the SEC stated that BTIG violated Rule 203(b)(1) of Regulation SHO because the company did not borrow or locate the shares before engaging in what was, in actuality, short sales. This allegation was based on the fact that BTIG did not borrow or locate the shares.
The court entered a judgment by consent against BTIG on May 2, 2022, enjoining BTIG permanently from violating Rules 200(g) and 203(b)(1) of Regulation SHO. The judgment was entered against BTIG. In addition, the judge ordered BTIG to pay a penalty of $315,048 in addition to a prejudgment interest payment of $64,258 and a disgorgement payment of $315,048.
Timothy K. Halloran was in charge of the case for the SEC, while Fred Block and David Gottesman were in charge of supervising him. Emily Shea and Michael Brennan were the ones in charge of conducting the SEC investigation, and Kevin Guerrero and Jennifer Leete were the ones in charge of supervising it. Market specialists Leigh Barrett, Kevin Gershfeld, and Brian Shute from the Office of Investigative and Market Analytics in the SEC Enforcement Division also provided help.
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