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Delaware Dismisses Caremark Claim Against DuPont

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently dismissed a derivative action in Ironworkers District Council of Philadelphia & Vicinity Retirement & Pension Plan v. Andreotti et al. One of the many claims alleged was a Caremark...more

5/13/2015 - Bad Faith Breach of Duty Caremark claim Derivatives Dodd-Frank DuPont Fiduciary Duty Genetically Engineered Seed Monsanto Patent Infringement Pensions Rule 23

Pay Versus Performance Rules Proposed by Securities and Exchange Commission

On April 29, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued another proposed rule under the Dodd-Frank Act, this time with respect to the pay versus performance requirements of Section 953(a) of the Act. ...more

5/12/2015 - CPEOs Dodd-Frank Executive Compensation Pay-for-Performance Pensions Profit Sharing Proxy Statements Regulation S-K Retirement Plan SEC Securities Shareholders Stocks Total Shareholder Return (TSR) XBRL Filing Requirements

Agencies Issue Final Rule on Minimum Requirements for Appraisal Management Companies

Six federal financial regulatory issued a final rule that implements minimum requirements for state registration and supervision of appraisal management companies, or AMCs. An AMC is an entity that provides appraisal...more

5/1/2015 - Appraisal Appraisal Management Companies Dodd-Frank Final Rules FIRREA Mortgage Lenders Regulatory Standards Underwriting

2nd Circuit Upholds SEC’s Denial of Whistleblower Award

Larry Stryker petitioned the Second Circuit for review of an order of the SEC that denied his claim for a whistleblower award. He sought the award under Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act based on information he supplied to...more

3/16/2015 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions SEC Whistleblower Awards Whistleblowers

Court Finds SEC Administrative Proceeding Constitutional

Section 929P(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act provides that the SEC’s authority in administrative penalty proceedings is “coextensive” with its authority to seek penalties in federal court. The plaintiff in Bebo v SEC argued the...more

3/9/2015 - Administrative Hearings Bebo v SEC Dodd-Frank Due Process Equal Protection SEC

Three Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Claims Fail

Courts recently issued three opinions on the whistleblower anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. In Murray v. UBS Securities, LLC, Mr. Murray claimed he was terminated because he refused to skew his...more

3/4/2015 - Anti-Retaliation Provisions CFPB Dodd-Frank Injunctive Relief Mortgage-Backed Securities Popular Sarbanes-Oxley Termination UBS Whistleblowers

SEC Proposes Hedging Disclosures Regarding Directors, Officers and Employees

The SEC has proposed rules to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as codified in Section 14(j) of the Exchange Act, which requires annual meeting proxy statement disclosure...more

2/10/2015 - Annual Meeting Board of Directors Disclosure Requirements Dodd-Frank Equity Securities Hedging Proposed Regulation Proxy Statements SEC Securities Exchange Act

Court Finds Agreement to Arbitrate in Home Mortgage Invalid

The United States District Court For The Southern District Of Mississippi, Southern Division, recently found an agreement to arbitrate in a home mortgage was invalid in Richards v. Gibson. The court cited 15 U.S.C. §...more

2/3/2015 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Dodd-Frank Mortgages

End-Users Are Dodd-Frank Collateral Damage According To CFTC Commissioner

CFTC Commissioner J. Christopher Giancarlo recently delivered remarks where he stated “Unfortunately, caught up in some of the collateral damage surrounding the Dodd-Frank reforms were the traditional commodity and energy...more

1/30/2015 - CFTC Dodd-Frank End-Users Energy Sector Financial Regulatory Reform Market Participants Nonbank Firms Threshhold Requirements

New Legislation Exempts Swap End Users From Margin Requirements

The House and Senate have passed legislation which provides that swap end-users do not have to provide initial and variation margin for uncleared swaps as previously required by the Dodd-Frank Act. The provision is...more

1/12/2015 - Dodd-Frank Exemptions Margin Requirements New Legislation Swaps TRIA

Federal Insurance Office Releases Reinsurance Report

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Federal Insurance Office, or FIO, released its report on the Breadth and Scope of the Global Reinsurance Market and the Critical Role Such Market Plays in Supporting Insurance in the...more

1/5/2015 - Dodd-Frank Information Reports Reinsurance U.S. Treasury

Fed Issues Volker Rule FAQs

The Federal Reserve Board has issued FAQs on the Volker Rule set forth in Section 619 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. The FAQs mirror other FAQs issued by Office of the Comptroller of the...more

1/2/2015 - CFTC Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve OCC SEC Volcker Rule

3rd Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Subject to Arbitration

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that securities-related retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1)(B)(i) are subject to arbitration...more

12/22/2014 - Appeals Arbitration Arbitration Agreements Dodd-Frank Retaliation Securities TD Ameritrade

What Really Happened to the Swap Pushout Rule and Dodd-Frank Sleepers From Cromnibus

The swap pushout rule was originally embodied in Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act. Among other things, it prohibited “federal assistance” to any “swaps entity.” Insured depository institutions were subject to this...more

12/18/2014 - Appropriations Bill Banks Dodd-Frank Financial Institutions Swaps

Streamlined Regulation for Insurance Companies

The Insurance Capital Standards Clarification Act of 2014 has been presented to President Obama for signature. The bill will: Add language to Section 171 of Dodd-Frank to clarify that, in establishing minimum capital...more

12/16/2014 - Bank Holding Company Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Insurers Pending Legislation

OFR Annual Report Highlights Some Increasing Threats to Financial Stability

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act established the Office of Financial Research, or OFR, within the Treasury Department to improve the quality of financial data available to policymakers and to...more

12/5/2014 - Dodd-Frank Financial Markets Financial Stability Acts OFR Risk Assessment U.S. Treasury

Loan Syndicators Sue to Invalidate Risk Retention Rules

The Loan Syndications and Trading Association, or LSTA, is a not-for-profit trade association representing members participating in the syndicated corporate loan market. The LSTA has petitioned the United States Court of...more

12/1/2014 - Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve Risk Retention SEC Trade Associations

SEC Finds Crowdfunding Website a General Solicitation and Violated Broker-Dealer Rules

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC alleged the defendant failed to implement procedures reasonably designed to prevent U.S. persons from accessing and investing in securities through its crowdfunding website. The...more

11/11/2014 - Broker-Dealer Compliance Crowdfunding Dodd-Frank General Solicitation Popular SEC

SEC Snares 10 for 8-K Violations

The SEC settled actions with ten companies for alleged Form 8-K violations. The investigation centered on failure to file Form 8-K when shares of common stock are sold in transactions that are not registered with the SEC...more

11/7/2014 - Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions Form 8-K SEC

New Surprises in Final 2015 ISS Policy Updates

ISS has issued its 2015 policy updates. Unilateral Bylaw/Charter Amendments - This policy is new stand-alone policy. Previously these matters were evaluated under the ISS governance failure policy. ISS...more

11/7/2014 - Bylaws Compliance Corporate Charters Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank ISS

OIG Outlines Major CFPB Management Challenges

The Office of Inspector General, or OIG, of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System has issued its first listing of major management challenges facing the CFPB. These challenges represent what OIG believes to be...more

10/31/2014 - CFPB Compliance Dodd-Frank Federal Reserve OIG Strategic Enforcement Plan

Providing Audited Financial Statements Late Leads to Charges of Custody Rule Violations

The SEC announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three of its top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money...more

10/30/2014 - Audits Custody Rule Dodd-Frank Enforcement Enforcement Actions Financial Statements Investment Adviser SEC

Regulators Approve Securitization Risk Retention Rule

Six federal agencies approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitization transactions to retain risk in those transactions. The final rule implements the risk retention requirements in the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

10/23/2014 - CFPB Compliance Dodd-Frank FDIC Federal Reserve Risk Retention SEC

ISS Proposes New Methodology For Evaluating Equity Plan Proposals

A key component to evaluating whether to place an equity plan proposal in a proxy is whether or not ISS will support the plan. Accoding to ISS, while it has historically recommended against approximately 30 percent of equity...more

10/21/2014 - Compliance Dodd-Frank Equity Plans ISS

ISS Considering Changing Course on Independent Chair Shareholder Proposals

ISS is requesting feedback on a change to its voting policy on independent chair shareholder proposals. ISS’ current policy is to generally recommend for independent chair shareholder proposals unless the company satisfies...more

10/17/2014 - Corporate Governance Dodd-Frank ISS Shareholders

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