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SEC Speaks 2015: Enforcement Highlights

On February 20, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) held its annual SEC Speaks conference, which updated the public regarding the staff’s work over the last year and its plans for 2015. ...more

OECD Slams France for Lacklustre Bribery & Corruption Enforcement

International pressure is mounting for France to boost their anti-bribery and corruption efforts, but French organisations face the most serious risks—and have the greatest need for strong compliance programmes—today....more

Texas Supreme Court Oral Argument Preview (2/15)

On Thursday, February 26, 2015, the Texas Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases. Note that the Court is doing a road show and hearing these arguments at the University of Texas at Tyler. ...more

Texas Supreme Court Relaxes Its Grip on the Discovery Rule

The Texas Supreme Court – that elephants’ graveyard of claims and causes of action – has sided with a lessor-plaintiff who relied on the discovery rule to defeat a limitations defense. For the many with low expectations when...more

EEOC Loses Argument That Company Converting Employees to Contractors Cannot Require Release of Pending Discrimination Claims

Over the past several years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has filed several high profile lawsuits accusing employers of retaliating against employees by requiring them to waive discrimination claims in return...more

Commissioner Piwowar on SEC & Fairness: Physician Heal Thyself?

In an address Friday at the 44th annual “SEC Speaks” conference, SEC Commissioner Michael Piwowar suggested that the Securities Exchange Commission might do well to apply its own rules to itself. He suggested the Commission...more

Caught in the Middle: What Is a Supplier Supposed to Do When Its Customers Ask to Use a DBE as a Pass-Through?

Suppliers are caught in the middle of a new enforcement trend in federal, state, and local investigations of disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE) fraud. Historically, DBE fraud investigations have focused on the...more

SEC Fines Alternative Mutual Fund Adviser for Improper Handling of Fund Assets

On February 12, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought and settled charges against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds alleging, among other charges, failure to comply with the...more

FAA Proposes Long-Awaited Commercial Drone Guidelines as White House Issues Privacy Memo On Government Drone Use

On Feb. 15, 2015, the Federal Aviation Administration released a set of long-awaited proposed rules for commercial drone operation that paves the way for commercial drone usage in the United States by 2017. At the same time,...more

Privacy commissioner to audit 21 privacy policies for compliance: it may be you!

The Australian Privacy Commissioner (Commissioner) is preparing to conduct an assessment of 21 online privacy policies at random. The Commissioner also noted: "[we've] been talking for a long time about the need to build...more

California Bans Use of Price Optimization

Yesterday California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones became the latest voice in a growing chorus of state insurance regulators who condemn the use of “Price Optimization” as a mechanism for adjusting property-casualty...more

FAA Takes One Small Step Toward Legalizing Commercial Use of Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems, a.k.a Drones

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has long been studying the promise and perils of small unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”), a.k.a drones. The commercial potential of UAS technology is clear. Businesses are eager to...more

Drone Propellers Aren't the Only Things Buzzing as the FAA Releases Proposed Regulations for the Commercial Operation of Unmanned...

In a surprise move during Presidents’ Day weekend, the Federal Aviation Administration released long-awaited proposed regulations for the commercial operation of Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The draft regulations prompted a...more

FCA Investigating 67 Alternative Investment Fund Managers

A number of news outlets reported last week that, as of 26 January 2015, the Financial Conduct Authority (the “FCA”) was investigating 67 firms or managers subject to the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - February 2015 #3

The Impact of Regulation on Community Banks: Harvard Study and Senate Banking Committee Hearing Highlight Differing Views. FDIC Director of Risk Management Supervision Doreen Eberley testified last week before the Senate...more

One Good Thing and One Bad Thing about SEC Administrative Proceedings

One of my favorite lines from my kids’ books involves a cat named Pickles who’s having something of an identity crisis. Pickles doesn’t really have an owner, but does have a temporary caretaker, who tells him, “Pickles,...more

SEC Charges Alt Fund Adviser with Custody Violations

The Securities and Exchange Commission on February 12, 2015, entered findings against an investment adviser to several alternative mutual funds for maintaining $247 million in cash collateral at broker-dealer counterparties...more

Growing Issues In A Miniature World: Nanomaterials Registers In The European Union

Many scientists believe that the highest growth potential for improved applications lies in nanomaterials. This technology is not without controversy and the law is only now trying to catch up with the technological...more

Investment Management Update: The Latest News and Developments on Funds, Regulations and Investing Trends for January 2015

In This Presentation: - Personnel Changes - Insider Trading - Pay to play prohibitions under fire - F Squared – Administrative proceeding (December 22, 2014) - Reliance Financial Advisors --...more

SEC – NY AG Halt Fraudulent Investment Scheme

The SEC teamed last week with the New York AG to halt an on-going investment fund fraud run by a Pakistani citizen residing in New York. The SEC obtained a freeze order. The NY AG filed criminal charges and arrested the...more

Blog: Vermont AG Announces Another Disclosure Law Enforcement Action

the Vermont Office of the Attorney General (“VT AG”) previously published several enforcement actions taken against manufacturers of pharmaceutical, biological and medical devices for failing to comply with the state’s...more

To Report or Not to CFIUS, That Is the Question

With the complexities inherent in many cross-border transactions – from cultural differences to the growing number of competition authorities demanding paperwork – the last thing one may want to think about is whether to...more

Canada makes Changes to its Customs Administrative Monetary Penalty System

On January 20, 2015, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) issued revisions to its Administrative Monetary Penalty System (AMPS), found in Memorandum D22-1-1 Administrative Monetary Penalty System....more

How Will The Commercial Use of Drones Impact Manufacturers/Distributors?

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a series of proposals for the use and regulation of drones (i.e., Unmanned Aircrafy Systems (UAS)) for commercial purposes.  In conjuction with these proposals, the White...more

Blog: Congress Eyes Pharmaceutical Company Settlement Agreements as Source for Additional FDA & NIH Funding

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently introduced legislation that, if passed, would require certain pharmaceutical companies that enter into settlement agreements with the Department of Justice or other governmental...more

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