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SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

Southern District Of Texas Dismisses Class Action Against Plains All American Pipeline, Dismissing Exchange And Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 29, 2017, Chief District Judge Lee Rosenthal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division dismissed a putative class action against Plains All American Pipeline, a major...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Conflict Minerals - What Just Happened and What Didn’t

The conflict minerals saga continues. Background - In April 2014, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC held that the conflict minerals rule’s requirement that...more

California Court of Appeals Upholds California’s Cap-and-Trade Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On Thursday, a 2-1 decision by the Third District Court of Appeal in Sacramento upheld California’s program to reduce carbon emissions. California’s controversial and signature cap-and-trade program creates a firm limit on...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule for 2017 Filings

by Bryan Cave on

Late Friday, April 7, the SEC issued two statements relating to the conflict minerals rule which reflect a significant change in the staff’s guidance for public companies. The upshot of these statements is that the staff...more

The decision in Macris - an appeal to pragmatism over due process

by WilmerHale on

The Supreme Court handed down judgment in Financial Conduct Authority v. Macris [2017] UKSC 19 on Wednesday 22 March 2017. The central issue in the appeal was whether Mr. Macris had been "identified" in a public notice. ...more

Beware Diversity Trap in Federal Court Business Divorce Cases Involving LLCs

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

I can count on one hand the number of federal court cases I’ve featured on this blog since I started it almost 10 years ago — and that’s no coincidence....more

Retail and Consumer Products Law Roundup - March 2017

Retailers Prevail Over Pharmacy Customers in California Tax Suit - Retailers have won a victory in the realm of California taxation in McClain v. Sav-on Drugs (March 13, 2017) __ Cal.App.5th __ (Nos. B265011 &...more

Update: Upheaval in the German Restructuring Market: Need-to-Know Facts, Alternative Tools and New Draft Law

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

To date, a debt waiver has been frequently used as a tool to successfully restructure German-based companies in financial difficulties. A decision of the German Federal Fiscal Court (Bundesfinanzhof) published on...more

Divided D.C. Circuit panel denies injunction blocking CFPB CID

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The D.C. Circuit, in a divided decision, denied a motion for an emergency injunction pending appeal filed by a company seeking to halt all CFPB action adverse to the company, including enforcement of a CID and disclosure of...more

United States Supreme Court Upholds Campaign Ad Disclosure Requirement

by Snell & Wilmer on

In its recent four-word decision (“The judgment is affirmed.”) Independence Institute v. Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a campaign finance law requirement that donors backing certain campaign ads...more

The introduction of GST to India - What businesses should look out for in 2017

by Dentons on

The Constitution Amendment Bill for Goods and Services Tax (GST) has been approved by The President of India and the GST council have decided to enforce GST from 1st July 2017....more

Just When We Thought Measure 97 Was Dead—It May Be Back!

by Garvey Schubert Barer on

As I reported previously, Oregon Measure 97 was overwhelmingly defeated by voters in the state’s general election this past November. It certainly appeared that the voters spoke loudly and clearly on November 8, 2016, when...more

Georgia Tax Tribunal Issues Two New Decisions on Remote Seller Nexus and Georgia Tax Credit Elections

The Georgia Tax Tribunal, in its first published decisions in more than a year, held that: (1) Scholastic Book Clubs has nexus in Georgia and must collect sales tax; and (2) a taxpayer’s election of one tax credit for...more

Community Associations and the Second Amendment

The Second Amendment to the United States’ Constitution guarantees individuals the right to keep and bear arms. The Florida constitution contains a similar guarantee. With few exceptions, Florida law allows licensed...more

SEC Calls for Comments on Conflict Minerals Rule Implementation and Guidance

On January 31, 2017, Acting Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Michael S. Piwowar, issued two statements calling for comments on the SEC’s enforcement of the conflict minerals reporting requirements of...more

Court Dismisses Claims Against Investment Firm For Lack Of Personal Jurisdiction

by Winstead PC on

In Happy vs. Tanner, Tanner sued Retire Happy for breach of fiduciary duty, negligent misrepresentation, fraud, conversion, negligence, promissory estoppel, quantum meruit, and violation of the Texas Securities Act arising...more

California Cap-and-Trade Lawsuit Hits Milestone with Oral Argument at the Court of Appeal

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Yesterday, California’s Third District Court of Appeal heard oral argument in the related cases California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board and Morning Star Packing Co. v. California Air Resources Board. ...more

The (Sometimes Unethical) Reality of Competition and Your Ammo to Combat a Rival's False Advertising

by Baker Donelson on

Competition in the free-market economy is cutthroat and businesses seek to gain a slight edge over their competitors however they can. In an effort to gain such an advantage, these businesses may spread falsehoods about the...more

Operating Agreement Trumps Falsified Liquor License Application In Dispute Over LLC Membership

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Oh, the things that can happen when the LLC members identified in the company’s operating agreement differ from those identified in official documents submitted to government agencies....more

To Be or Not To Be: The SEC Administrative Court — Are They Constitutional or Not

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: What, if any, steps the government will take to appeal the Tenth Circuit’s Bandimer’s decision remains to be seen. The government may elect to petition the entire Tenth Circuit to hear the case en banc. Or...more

Bridging the Week - January 2017

Jon Corzine Agrees to US $5 Million Fine and Registration Ban to Settle CFTC Charges Related to Collapse of MF Global; Edith O’Brien to Pay US $500,000: Jon Corzine agreed to resolve charges brought by the Commodity Futures...more

This Week In Securities Litigation - Holiday Edition

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Questions regarding the validity of SEC ALJs continue to be a key focus for SEC enforcement. The Tenth Circuit concluded that the retention of SEC ALJs violated the Constitution’s Appointment Clause, setting up a potential...more

Appellate Court Decision Casts New Doubts Regarding SEC Administrative Actions

by Bryan Cave on

A recent federal appellate decision casts new doubt on the SEC’s practice of using its own administrative law judges (ALJs) to hear actions brought by the SEC Enforcement Division. In a decision late last month, the U.S....more

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