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Morgan Stanley Reaches Agreement to End DOJ Investigation into MBS Deals

On February 25, 2015, Morgan Stanley announced that it reached an agreement in principle with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Califoirnia, Civil...more

3/3/2015 - DOJ Enforcement Actions Morgan Stanley RMBS

Citigroup, Goldman, and UBS to Pay $235 Million Settlement in MBS Class Action

On February 13, 2015, the plaintiffs in New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund, et al., v. Residential Capital, LLC, et al., No. 08-cv-8781 (S.D.N.Y.) filed an unopposed motion for certification of the class and to approve a...more

2/24/2015 - Citigroup Class Action Class Certification Goldman Sachs Mortgage-Backed Securities RMBS Securities Act of 1933 Securities Fraud Settlement UBS

Goldman Sachs Settles RMBS Suit

On February 6, 2015, plaintiffs Union Central Life Insurance, Ameritas Life Insurance, and Acacia Life Insurance filed a letter with the court stating that they had reached an agreement with Goldman Sachs to settle claims...more

2/18/2015 - Goldman Sachs Insurance Companies RMBS Settlement

RMBS Fraud Claims Against Bank of America Dismissed

On February 6, 2015, Judge Stanley Chesler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted in part and denied in part Bank of America’s motions to dismiss two related cases filed against it by...more

2/18/2015 - Bank of America Dismissals Fraud Popular Prudential Insurance RICO RMBS

S&P Settles RMBS Lawsuits for $1.375 Billion

On February 2, Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services settled claims brought by the Department of Justice, 19 states and the District of Columbia related to credit ratings it issued and maintained for RMBS and CDOs before the...more

2/11/2015 - Attorney Generals CalPERS Collateralized Debt Obligations DOJ RMBS S&P Settlement Agreements

JP Morgan Settles RMBS Lawsuit for $500 Million

On February 1, JP Morgan Chase & Co. settled federal securities claims brought by investors led by the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi and the New Jersey Carpenters Health Fund related to Bear Stearns’ sale...more

2/11/2015 - Bear Sterns JPMorgan Chase Public Pension RMBS Settlement

Court Declines to Vacate Jury Verdict in Countrywide FIRREA Lawsuit

On February 3, Judge Jed S. Rakoff of the United States District Court of the Southern District of New York denied Bank of America Corporation’s and Rebecca Mairone’s motion for judgment as a matter of law, or, in the...more

2/11/2015 - Bank of America Countrywide Fannie Mae FIRREA Freddie Mac Judge Rakoff

ResCap Liquidating Trust Repurchase Lawsuit Survives Motion to Dismiss in Part:

On February 3, Judge Martin Glenn of the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of New York denied defendants’ motions to dismiss four adversary proceedings brought by the liquidating trust for Residential...more

2/11/2015 - Bankruptcy Court Commercial Bankruptcy Liquidation Mortgages Real Party in Interest Representations and Warranties Residential Capital LLC Standing

New House Bill Aims to Reduce Some Dodd-Frank Regulatory Burdens

On January 24, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill that loosens certain Dodd-Frank requirements and reduces the scope of the SEC’s regulatory authority over certain private equity firms, small businesses,...more

1/21/2015 - Dodd-Frank Emerging Growth Companies Financial Institutions Legislative Agendas Pending Legislation Private Equity Funds Regulatory Reform Small Business

Ambac Sues Countrywide For Alleged Fraud in Connection with $1.7 Billion in RMBS

On December 27, Ambac Assurance Corporation filed a complaint against several Countrywide entities and Bank of America Corporation in New York state court, seeking to recover at least $600 million in damages in connection...more

1/13/2015 - Ambac Financial Group Bank of America Business Litigation Countrywide Fraudulent Inducement RMBS

No Knowledge, No Jail: Second Circuit Clarifies Scope of Tippee Insider Trading Liability

On December 10, 2014, the Second Circuit issued an important decision (U.S. v. Newman, No. 13-1837, 2014 WL 6911278 (2d Cir. Dec. 10, 2014)) that will make it more difficult in that Circuit for prosecutors, and most likely...more

12/17/2014 - Fund Managers Illegal Tipping Insider Trading Investment Management Personal Benefit SEC Securities Securities Fraud White Collar Crimes

New York Extends Common Interest Privilege Protection to Non-Litigation Communications

Ordinarily, when a communication between an attorney and her client is disclosed to a third party, that communication loses its privileged status. The common interest privilege operates as an exception to that rule that...more

12/10/2014 - Attorney-Client Privilege Bank of America Common-Interest Privilege Confidential Communications Countrywide Disclosure Mergers Third-Party

Are Bank Branches in New York the Gateway to Seizure of Foreign Assets: The New York Court of Appeals Reconsiders the Separate...

On September 16, 2014, the New York Court of Appeals heard oral argument on a certified question from the Second Circuit in Motorola Credit Corp. v. Standard Chartered Bank, an important case concerning the application of New...more

10/9/2014 - Appeals Banks Foreign Banks Garnishment Judgment Creditors

SEC Bats 0-for-2 on Insider Trading

A California federal jury sided against the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, June 6, finding the founder of storage device maker STEC Inc. not guilty on insider trading charges. ...more

6/10/2014 - Enforcement Actions Fraud Insider Trading SEC

Delaware Supreme Court Tells Controlling Shareholders “If You Look Out For Your Minority, We’ll Look Out For You”

On March 14, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously affirmed an important Delaware Court of Chancery decision issued in 2013 that offered a roadmap to companies and their directors on how to obtain the protections of...more

4/2/2014 - Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Minority Shareholders Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Standard of Review

For Whom The Whistle Tolls In 2014

Momentum for the SEC’s Dodd Frank whistleblower program is growing, and 2014 can be expected to bring continued expansion of the program and the number and types of whistleblower actions initiated by the SEC. The SEC’s...more

1/29/2014 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Actions Retaliation SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

The Volcker Rule: Great Expectations For Regulating Risk

On Tuesday, December 10, five federal regulatory agencies, the Federal Reserve, the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of the Comptroller and the Commodity Futures...more

12/18/2013 - Banks CFTC Compliance Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve OCC SEC Volcker Rule

Route 506: The General Solicitation Highway

A new route to soliciting direct securities investments has opened. For the first time in 80 years, start-ups and small businesses can broadly advertise and broadly solicit to raise money for private offerings. ...more

10/18/2013 - Crowdfunding Funding General Solicitation JOBS Act Rule 144A Rule 506 Offerings Securities Act of 1933 Small Business Startups

Purchase Timing A Wall To Facebook Derivative Litigation Despite Unenforceability Of Forum Selection Clause

Four derivative lawsuits against Facebook’s directors relating to alleged disclosure issues surrounding the company’s initial public offering have a new status: Dismissed. Last month, Judge Robert Sweet of the Southern...more

3/26/2013 - Derivative Suit Disclosure Requirements Facebook Forum Selection Clause IPO Ripeness

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