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Second Circuit Vacates Conviction After Counsel Misstated Deportation Consequences

The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently vacated the 1999 conviction of an Australian national living in the United States for misprision of felony. The court granted a writ of error after Stephen...more

3/26/2014 - Criminal Prosecution Deportation Immigrants

Fourth Circuit Holds Minority-Owned Corporation Can Bring Race Discrimination Suit

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit recently decided in a case of first impression, that a minority-owned corporation had standing to bring a Title VI race discrimination suit because it established an...more

3/26/2014 - Discrimination Race Discrimination

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 12

In this issue: - Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with Controlling Stockholder - Amendments to Uniform Branch Office...more

3/24/2014 - CFTC Controlling Stockholders Corporate Counsel Discrimination Employer Liability Issues FINRA MFW Racial Discrimination Registration SEC Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Swaps

New York Attorney General Announces Agreement with Firms to Stop Cooperating in “Insider Trading 2.0”

New York’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced this week that he reached interim agreements with 18 Wall Street firms that they will not participate in surveys by elite investment firms that seek to get an...more

3/5/2014 - Attorney Generals Fraud Insider Trading

Supreme Court Rules that the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act Does Not Preempt State Law Claims

This week, the US Supreme Court narrowed the scope of the preemption provisions of the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (SLUSA), which bars certain state law-based securities class actions. As a result, securities...more

3/5/2014 - Claim Preclusion Class Action Preemption SCOTUS Securities Fraud SLUSA

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 9

In this issue: - CFTC Issues Advisory on Compliance with Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act Security Safeguards - SEC Issues Guidance on Aggregate Advisory Fee Rates for Multi-Manager Funds - Supreme Court Rules that...more

3/3/2014 - CFTC Chief Compliance Officers Compliance Corporate Counsel Cross-Border DSIO Fees Gramm-Leach-Blilely Act Insider Trading Preemption SCOTUS SEC Swap Dealers Swaps

Seventh Circuit Remands to Correct a “Thoroughly Botched” Sentencing for a Fraudulent Commodity Pool Operator

In a case illustrating the complexity of sentencing white collar crimes, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Court ordered the resentencing of a commodity pool operator where the district court made a “cascade of...more

1/9/2014 - Commodity Pool CPO Fraud Mail Fraud Money Laundering Ponzi Scheme Sentencing White Collar Crimes

Delaware Court Limits Section 220(d) Books and Records Inspections to Current Directors

The Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware strictly held that a non-stockholder and alleged former director was not entitled to inspect a Delaware corporation’s books and records as a matter of right under Delaware Code...more

1/9/2014 - Board of Directors Books & Records Directors Request For Information Section 220 Request

SDNY Holds No Attorney-Client Privilege Applies to Communications With In-House Legal Department in China

A US District Court in the Southern District of New York recently ordered Bank of China Limited (BOC) to produce thousands of documents that the court found not to be protected by the attorney-client privilege or work-product...more

12/16/2013 - Attorney-Client Privilege China Confidential Communications Corporate Counsel

Southern District of New York Limits Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections to the United States

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York limited the scope of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act anti-retaliation provisions for whistleblowers to the United States, dismissing a...more

11/4/2013 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions Dodd-Frank Extraterritoriality Rules Retaliation Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Swiss National and Former Energy Executive Criminally Charged Under FCPA

In an illustration of the extraterritorial reach of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Alain Riedo, a Swiss citizen and the general manager of Maxwell Technologies S.A. (Maxwell), a Swiss subsidiary of a US public...more

11/4/2013 - Anti-Bribery Books & Records FCPA Internal Controls

Sixth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Shareholder Class Action Due to Plaintiff’s Failure to Plead Recklessness

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently affirmed an Ohio district court’s decision to dismiss a securities fraud putative class action accusing Defendant Zoo Entertainment, Inc. (Zoo), a video game software...more

9/18/2013 - Class Action Pleadings Putative Class Actions Securities Fraud Shareholder Litigation Video Games

Former Head of Investor Relations Penalized by SEC for Selectively Disclosing Material Nonpublic Information, While...

The selective and early disclosure of material non-public information resulted in a Securities and Exchange Commission cease and desist order and civil penalties against the former head of investor relations at First Solar,...more

9/18/2013 - Disclosure Requirements DOE Investors SEC Self-Disclosure Requirements

Southern District of New York Dismisses Complaint Against Madoff-Invested Fund

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a complaint against J. Ezra Merkin and Gabriel Capital Corporation (together, Defendants), which together managed Ascot Fund Limited (Ascot), an offshore...more

8/14/2013 - Bernie Madoff Dismissals Hedge Funds Investment Funds Misrepresentation Ponzi Scheme

Ninth Circuit Remands “Say-on-Pay” Cases Back to State Court for Lack of Jurisdiction

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s decision to remand to state court two “say-on-pay” cases, finding no questions of federal law had been raised. In the shareholder derivative actions,...more

8/14/2013 - Board of Directors Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Jurisdiction Remand Say-on-Pay Shareholders

Total Settles FCPA Bribery Claims for $398M

On May 29, French oil and gas company, Total SA, agreed to pay $398 million to settle US civil and criminal allegations that it paid bribes to win oil and gas contracts in Iran in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

6/5/2013 - Bribery Compliance Conspiracies FCPA Investigations Settlement

Sixth Circuit Lowers Bar for Securities Claims and Creates Circuit Split

The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit recently held that pleading a claim under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 does not require a showing of defendant’s knowledge of false statements in offering documents,...more

6/4/2013 - Financial Statements Long Term Care Facilities Medicaid Medicare Securities Act of 1933

Grand Jury Indicts Swiss Lawyer and Banker in Tax Evasion Scheme

A New York federal grand jury recently indicted a Swiss lawyer and bank executive for their roles in allegedly assisting US citizens with hiding assets in Swiss bank accounts, allowing the US citizens to evade income taxes....more

5/1/2013 - Foreign Banks Grand Juries Tax Evasion Tax Fraud

SDNY Imposes Second Highest Penalty Under Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently ordered Uriel Sharef, a former Siemens AG board member and German citizen accused of bribing Argentine government officials, to pay a $275,000 civil penalty...more

4/30/2013 - Bribery Civil Monetary Penalty FCPA Penalties SEC Settlement

Court Rejects "Core Operations" Theory of Scienter in Battery Manufacturer Fraud Case

The District Court of Massachusetts dismissed Section 10(b)(5) claims against executives of a battery systems company, holding that plaintiffs could not rely on the theory that knowledge of the falsity of the statements at...more

3/27/2013 - Core Operations Doctrine Corporate Officers Fraud Manufacturers Scienter

SEC Oversight of FINRA Exempt from FOIA Request

The District Court for the District of Columbia has held that the Securities and Exchange Commission is exempt from producing documents relating to its audit, inspections, and review of the Financial Industry Regulatory...more

3/27/2013 - Audits Document Productions FINRA FOIA SEC

SDNY Favors the SEC in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Action Involving Novel Issues of Statutory Interpretation

In a case addressing an issue of first impression involving the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the US District Court for the Southern District of New York adopted an expansive interpretation of the statute’s interstate...more

2/26/2013 - Bribery Email FCPA Foreign Nationals Interstate Commerce SEC SEC v Straub Statute of Limitations Tolling

SDNY Finds Lack of Personal Jurisdiction in Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Claim

The US District Court for the Southern District of New York recently addressed whether the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) could reach a foreign executive of a non-US company. In contrast to the Straub case (see “SDNY...more

2/26/2013 - FCPA Foreign Defendants Personal Jurisdiction SEC SEC v Sharef Siemens

Second Circuit Denies Investor's Second Appeal for New Trial

Frederic Bourke Jr. (Bourke) recently lost a second appeal stemming from his 2009 conviction for violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). That conviction arose out of Bourke’s investment in a venture that sought a...more

12/6/2012 - FCPA

SEC Whistleblower Report Highlights New Program's Activity and Success

On November 15, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program (DFWP), which is required by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act....more

12/6/2012 - Dodd-Frank SEC Whistleblowers

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