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Court Rules That The SEC Unlawfully Withheld Action Mandated By Congress

Last fall, I wrote about Oxfam America’s second lawsuit to force the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt a resource extraction disclosure rule under Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act.  Readers may recall that...more

Challenges to SEC Forum Selection Decisions

Two cases challenging the SEC’s use of administrative proceedings based on the Constitution’s Appointment Clause are headed for the Circuit Courts. One, Duka v. SEC will be considered by the Second Circuit. A second, Hill v....more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Court Challenge to Pending SEC Administrative Enforcement Proceeding

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held yesterday that federal District Courts do not have subject-matter jurisdiction to entertain challenges to ongoing SEC administrative enforcement proceedings where the...more

High Court Confirms Process For Distributing Client Money Held By Firm In Special Administration

In this case report, we consider the High Court judgment in Re Worldspreads Ltd v Re Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011 [2015] EWHC 1719 (Ch) (19 June 2015). Originally published in Practical Law on...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms No Jurisdiction on Challenge to SEC Admin Courts

The first Court of Appeals to rule in the recent round of challenges to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative enforcement mechanism has held courts lack authority to consider the matter. The US Seventh...more

Judge Berman Deflates SEC’s ALJ Appointment Process

United States District Court Judge Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York has been making headlines in recent weeks as he presides over the highly publicized case between the National Football League (“NFL”)...more

Altera: Tax Court Invalidates Section 482 Regulation on Administrative Law Grounds

In Altera, the U.S. Tax Court invalidated regulations under Section 482 requiring participants in qualified cost-sharing agreements to include stock-based compensation costs in the cost pool to comply with the arm’s-length...more

CFTC/SEC Jurisdictional Battle Heats Up Over Dividend Indices

The CFTC recently approved a futures contract on a dividend index as a non-security based index futures contract over the SEC’s objection that the dividend index contract could be a security future; the CFTC’s actions may...more

Blog: New GAO Report On Conflict Minerals Compliance

By coincidence, the same day that the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit struck down (again) a portion of the conflict minerals rule (see this post), the GAO issued a report to Congressional Committees entitled “SEC...more

Federal Court Deflates, For Now, SEC’s Efforts to Proceed Before Its In-house Courts

A federal judge in Manhattan recently granted a preliminary injunction against the Securities and Exchange Commission in the latest of a series of rulings raising issues with the SEC’s use of in-house proceedings before its...more

Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Regulation for Investment Advisers Passes First Hurdle, Gets OMB Approval

There has recently been speculation about a new U.S. rule that would potentially subject investment advisers to the same types of anti-money laundering (“AML”) regulations that govern banks. Now, the speculation is over....more

BP Case May Again Test Limits of FERC’s “In Connection With” Enforcement Jurisdiction

A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Administrative Law Judge last week issued an Initial Decision finding that BP America (BP) and certain related BP entities violated FERC’s Anti-Manipulation Rule. Following a...more

SDNY Judge Berman Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding as "Likely Unconstitutional"

In recent years, taking advantage of expanded jurisdictional provisions in Dodd-Frank, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has brought an increasing number of enforcement actions, including complex matters with...more

New York District Court Preliminarily Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding

We blogged last week about a New York federal court’s decision in Duka v. SEC conditionally sustaining a facial challenge to an administrative enforcement proceeding conducted by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the...more

SDNY Enjoins SEC Administrative Proceeding

In Duka v. SEC, the District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a preliminary injunction to enjoin an SEC administrative proceeding because the proceeding is “likely unconstitutional.” The court gave the same...more

SEC ALJ: No Sanction For Compliance Official Who Violated Statute

Amid all the concern regarding the selection by the SEC of an administrative rather than a district court forum for brining agency enforcement action comes a decision which has the potential to change the tenor of the debate,...more

Is the SEC’s Home Court Advantage Coming to an End?

Defendants hauled before the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative judges have long-suspected that the SEC enjoys a home-court advantage. An analysis by the Wall Street Journal found that, in the last five...more

SEC Issues Settled Enforcement Action Against Investment Adviser, its President and Senior Officers for Compliance Program...

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) issued a cease and desist order (Order) on June 23, 2015, against Pekin Singer Strauss Asset Management Inc. (Adviser), an investment adviser registered under...more

New York District Court Appears to Sustain Attack on SEC Administrative Proceedings

A federal District Judge in the Southern District of New York appears to have conditionally sustained a facial challenge to an administrative enforcement proceeding conducted by Administrative Law Judges (“ALJs”) of the...more

"Tax Court Invalidates Stock-Based Compensation Amendment in Altera"

On July 27, 2015, the U.S. Tax Court, in Altera Corp. and Subsidiaries v. Commissioner, 145 T.C. No. 3, invalidated a 2003 amendment to Treas. Reg. §1.482-7(d)(2) (2003 Amendment) that required controlled participants in a...more

SEC Removes Duka ALJ After Refusing No-Bias Affidavit in Timbervest

The SEC’s administrative forum has been under increasing scrutiny over the past year. Now the SEC has removed an ALJ from a high-profile case, after he refused the Commission’s “invitation” to provide a no-bias affidavit in...more

Investment Management Legal + Regulatory Update - July 2015

The 2016 compliance dates for new rules included in the SEC’s money market fund reforms are fast approaching. Among other things, the reforms include changes to stress-testing requirements, disclosure requirements, net asset...more

More on the CFPB’s administrative law judge job posting

We reported earlier this week that the CFPB had recently posted a job opening for an administrative law judge (ALJ) and that the government jobs website indicated that the position was closed. We saw this as suggesting that...more

CFPB seeks to hire administrative law judge

The CFPB recently posted a job opening for an administrative law judge (ALJ). According to the government jobs website, the position is closed which suggests that it has been filled. A recent Politico article indicated that...more

Broker-Dealer Audits: PCAOB Disciplinary Orders and Extraordinary Cooperation Credit

Despite a decreased budget in 2015, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Chairman James R. Doty believed there would be enough resources to continue with the PCAOB’s strategic plan to serve as the oversight body...more

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