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Legal Alert: SEC and PCAOB Address Independence Requirements in Audits Related to Broker-Dealers’ Financial Statements

Confirming that auditor independence continues to be a regulatory priority, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) issued orders on December 8,...more

12/11/2014 - Auditors Audits Broken Gates Broker-Dealer Financial Statements PCAOB Regulation S-X Sanctions SEC

TCPA Class Action Against Insurance Agent Not Covered by Professional Liability Insurance

As class action filings under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) have continued to rise, so too have the number of disputes with commercial liability insurers over coverage for their insureds’ alleged TCPA...more

12/10/2014 - Class Action Commercial General Liability Policies Indemnification Policy Exclusions TCPA

Ten Items to Consider as FINRA’s Consolidated Supervision Rules Take Effect

On December 1, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) Consolidated Supervision Rules will take effect. The Consolidated Supervision Rules, which were approved by the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

11/25/2014 - Consolidated Supervision Rules FINRA Regulatory Standards SEC

Legal Alert: Just the Fax: Recent TCPA Developments on Liability for Unsolicited Faxes and Fax Opt-Out Notices

The end of October 2014 saw two significant developments for Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) rules governing facsimile transmissions, fax opt-out notices and liability for faxes sent by third parties....more

11/7/2014 - Advertising Faxes FCC Opt-Outs Prior Express Consent TCPA Third-Party Liability Unsolicited Faxes

TCPA Risks Increase for the Financial Services Industry

Companies in the financial services industry are being targeted in lawsuits brought under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). Record-setting class action settlements like the recent $75 million settlement involving...more

11/5/2014 - Capital One Class Action FCC Settlement TCPA

TCPA Best Practices: Consent, Compliance, Communication

SUTHERLAND’S THREE C'S: CONSENT, COMPLIANCE, COMMUNICATION - What is the TCPA? The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA) protects consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls, prerecorded or autodialed...more

10/28/2014 - Chief Compliance Officers Compliance FCC TCPA

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

10/24/2014 - Broker-Dealer Due Diligence FINRA OCIE SEC Section 5 Securities Act of 1933 Settlement Unregistered Securities

FINRA Provides New Carve-Out Provisions to Include in Settlement and Confidentiality Agreements

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Member Firms have new language to include in their settlement and confidentiality agreements. On October 9, FINRA released Regulatory Notice (RN) 14-40, warning that firms are...more

10/16/2014 - Arbitration Agreements Carve Out Provisions Confidentiality Agreements FINRA Settlement

Legal Alert: Eleventh Circuit Reverses Outlier Decision on TCPA Prior Express Consent Standard

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit has clarified the standard for “prior express consent” under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in a September 29, 2014 decision reversing an outlier ruling by a...more

10/8/2014 - Appeals Cell Phones Corporate Counsel Debt Collection FCC Hobbs Act Prior Express Consent Putative Class Actions Robocalling TCPA

TCPA Hot Issues - TCPA Restricts Autodialed Calls, but Courts Split on Meaning of Autodialer

To autodial or not autodial, that is the question. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) defines autodialer as “equipment which has the capacity to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or...more

9/23/2014 - ATDS Corporate Counsel FCC Robocalling TCPA

Legal Alert: CFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders

On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. The proposed rule can be found here. Under the...more

9/22/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Larger Participant Nonbank Firms

Legal Alert: CFPB Warns Credit Card Companies About Potential UDAAP Violations When Marketing Promotional Interest Rates

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued a bulletin on September 3, 2014 warning credit card companies that marketing materials for promotional annual percentage rate (APR) offers may be in violation of the...more

9/9/2014 - Advertising Banking Sector Banks CFPB Credit Cards Dodd-Frank False Advertising Interest Rates UDAAP

TCPA Hot Issues: Is the Scope of Consent Unlimited?

What constitutes valid consent under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act? A hot issue in TCPA litigation is the scope of consent necessary to place automated calls to consumers where the consumer has provided a cell phone...more

9/4/2014 - Cell Phones Consent Corporate Counsel FCC TCPA

SEC Approves Rule Preventing Barters for Expungement Cooperation – What You Can Do to Ensure Compliance

On July 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) proposed Rule 2081, which prevents firms or associated persons from conditioning settlement or...more

7/28/2014 - Consideration Expungement FINRA Proposed Regulation SEC Settlement

SEC Issues $875,000 Whistleblower Award

On June 3, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a whistleblower award to two individuals who had provided information leading to a successful SEC enforcement action. The whistleblower...more

6/10/2014 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders

In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank automobile lenders pursuant to...more

6/3/2014 - Automotive Industry Automotive Loans CFPB Consumer Financial Products Larger Participant Nonbank Firms

U.S. District Judge in Florida Dismisses SEC Action Against Corporate Defendants and Holds that Five-Year Statute of Limitations...

On May 12, Judge James Lawrence King of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida dismissed with prejudice the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) case against five defendants in an action...more

5/23/2014 - Dismissals SEC Section 2462 Securities Fraud Statute of Limitations Subject Matter Jurisdiction

Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Employee Whistleblower Rule Under the Consumer Financial Protection Act

On April 4, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interim Final Rule establishing procedures concerning the manner in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will address employee whistleblower...more

4/9/2014 - CFPA CFPB DOL OSHA Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

Georgia District Court Judge Rules that FIRREA Precludes D&O Insurer Declaratory Judgment Actions Against FDIC as Receiver and...

On March 5, 2014, Judge Richard Story in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia issued an order denying Plaintiff OneBeacon Midwest Insurance Company’s (OneBeacon) Motion for Limited...more

4/3/2014 - Board of Directors D&O Insurance FDIC FIRREA Professional Liability

The CFPB Releases Its “Data Point” Report on Payday Lending

On March 25, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its second report on payday lending. This report followed a white paper on payday lending and deposit advance products that the CFPB issued in April...more

4/3/2014 - CFPB Payday Loans

The CFPB May Propose Standard Prepaid Card Fee Disclosure Rules

Earlier this week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it is working on potential new consumer disclosure requirements for prepaid cards to standardize fee disclosures. The new disclosure...more

3/24/2014 - CFPB Disclosure Requirements Fees Prepaid Payment Products

Legal Alert: My Brother’s TCPA Keeper? Recent Cases Highlight Third-Party Risk Under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act

Early 2014 has produced a series of court decisions highlighting third-party liability issues under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). In February, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case about liability for...more

3/12/2014 - Advertising FCC SCOTUS TCPA Third-Party Risk Unsolicited Faxes VoIP

M&A Brokers Exempt from SEC Broker-Dealer Registration Requirements

On January 31, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Trading and Markets issued a No-Action Letter (Letter)1 that allows a private business broker (M&A Broker) to receive transaction-based...more

2/10/2014 - Broker-Dealer No-Action Letters Registration SEC Securities Exchange Act

SEC’s Examination Program Issues a Risk Alert on Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes

On January 28, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) issued a Risk Alert entitled: Investment Adviser Due Diligence Processes for Selecting...more

2/3/2014 - Compliance Due Diligence Enforcement Investigations OCIE SEC

The CFPB Proposes to Supervise Nonbanks that Perform One Million or More International Money Transfers Per Year

On January 23, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule whereby the definition of “larger participants” will be expanded to include nonbanks that perform one million or more international money...more

1/27/2014 - CFPB Compliance Enforcement Money Transfer Nonbank Firms

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