ZPR Investment Management Inc. v. SEC, No. 16-15322 (11th Cir. 2017)Annotate this Case
ZPRIM sought review of the SEC's final order finding that petitioners made material misrepresentations to prospective clients in violation of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940, 15 U.S.C. 80b-1. The Eleventh Circuit vacated the violations and monetary sanctions related to the newsletter ZPRIM published in December 2009. In this case, ZPRIM's disclaimer was not boilerplate and was not buried among too many other things, but was explicit, repetitive and linked to the statement about which the SEC complains. Therefore, in light of the clear cautionary statements in the newsletter, the Commission's finding of materiality for that newsletter was not supported by substantial evidence. The court affirmed all other violations and sanctions.