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Rivera Summary Judgment

Rivera Summary Judgment

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Summary judgment in SEC vs John H. Rivera
Summary judgment in SEC vs John H. Rivera

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IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF MISSISSIPPIWESTERN DIVISIONSECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSIONPLAINTIFFVS.CIVIL ACTION NO. 5:08-cv-245(DCB)(JMR)U.S. SUSTAINABLE ENERGY CORP.AND JOHN H. RIVERADEFENDANTSALICE M. PRICERELIEF DEFENDANTMEMORANDUM OPINION AND ORDERThis cause is before the Court on the plaintiff Securities andExchange Commission (“the Commission”)’s motion for summaryjudgment
(docket entry 61)
. Having carefully considered the motionand the defendants’ response, the parties’ memoranda and theapplicable law, and being fully advised in the premises, the Courtfinds as follows:In this case, the Commission claims that defendant John H.Rivera (“Rivera”) used false press releases and other false publicstatements to “pump up” interest in U.S. Sustainable Energy Corp.(“USSE”) stock in order to “dump” insider shares (that Rivera,relief defendant Alice M. Price (“Price”) and others held) into apublic market fraudulently influenced by Rivera’s false statements.The Complaint further alleges that after obtaining a corporateshell with freely trading shares in October of 2006, Rivera,through USSE, falsely claimed that USSE could employ “the RiveraProcess” to produce commercial products, revenue and value for theCompany. According to the Commission, these and other
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See Report of plaintiff’s expert, Dr. Thomas Adams, Item 21attached to Statement of Undisputed Material Facts in Support ofPlaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment.
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misstatements by Rivera created investor demand for USSE shares.Rivera, Price and others purportedly sold millions of USSE sharesto thousands of investors lured by Rivera’s false claims about thecompany.The central fraud alleged involves claims by Rivera that USSEcould produce viable commercial biofuel and fertilizer products.The Commission contends that false press releases dramaticallyincreased the price and volume of trading in USSE’s shares. The“Rivera Process” is a type of pyrolysis, the thermochemicaldecomposition of organic material at elevated temperatures in theabsence of oxygen. Experts agree that experiments with pyrolysishold promise of developing useful and cost effective technologiesto extract energy from abundant forms of organic waste likewoodchips, palm oil waste or other organic waste, regardless ofwhether accomplished by the “Rivera Process” or otherwise.
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TheCommission asserts that its case is not about whether a pyrolyticprocess like Rivera’s might someday be successful, but aboutwhether Rivera’s claims that USSE had perfected the “RiveraProcess” in any commercially meaningful way were false. TheCommission contends that there is no genuine issue of material factdisputing the falsity of Rivera’s alleged misrepresentations.Defendant USSE began as a Mississippi corporation formed by
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Rivera was also the principal shareholder of SSTP. Accordingto the Commission, Rivera used SSTP for misconduct similar to thatalleged in this case.
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Rivera in February 2006. Subsequently, it merged itself into aNevada corporation with freely trading public shares and changedthat corporation’s name to USSE in November 2006. USSE wasinitially headquartered in Natchez, Mississippi, and later movedits headquarters to Baytown, Texas. USSE’s stock was notregistered with the Commission. Rivera’s press releases and otherstatements to investors, USSE’s website and postings on variouspenny stock blogs were the only public information available aboutthe company.Defendant Rivera is the founder of USSE. Rivera was theprincipal shareholder of USSE and controlled its activities. Healso served as USSE’s chairman and CEO.Relief Defendant Price resides with Rivera and is hiscaregiver. Price sold more than 35 million combined shares of USSE(15,837,740 shares) and Sustainable Power Corporation (“SSTP”)
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(19,669,000 shares) and allegedly used the more than $2 millionproceeds to fund her lifestyle with Rivera and the activities ofUSSE. Rivera and Price were married in August of 2010.The crux of the Commission’s case is set forth in its brief insupport of its motion for summary judgment (the bracketedreferences are to the plaintiff’s Statement of Undisputed MaterialFacts in Support of Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgment):
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