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Coverage Opinions Remain Privileged in Bad Faith Action Even Where Gist of Recommendation is Set Forth in Letter to Insured

As a matter of first impression, the Supreme Court of West Virginia recently held that coverage opinion letters were protected by the attorney-client privilege even though the insurer subsequently sent correspondence to its...more

Expect greater SEC scrutiny of activist hedge funds that share information or collaborate in advance of their trades

A recent Wall Street Journal article – “Activist Investors Often Leak Their Plans to a Favored Few” – focused attention on “activist” investors and stock analysts who (as part of their bullish or bearish campaigns for or...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending April 17, 2014)

High speed trading continued to be a central focus in this shortened week with the markets closed on Friday. The New York Attorney General has reportedly issued subpoenas to three firms for information regarding their...more

California Court Of Appeals: Discrepancy Between Insurer’s Initial Repair Estimate And Actual Cost Of Repairs Did Not Constitute...

Meuser v. Allstate Ins. Co., A136243, 2014 WL 802535 (Cal. Ct. App. Feb. 28, 2014). Court of Appeals of California finds no breach of contract or bad faith where actual cost of repairing fire-damaged home was higher...more

SEC Obtains Settlement for Violations of Registration Rules and “Layering”

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced a settlement with two brokerage firms and certain of their executives for improper compensation-sharing and “layering,” a strategy in which a trader places and later...more

Vermont Federal Court Rules In Favor Of Vermont And Against Alleged Patent Troll In Preliminary Decision

Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell won a major victory in his groundbreaking effort to use state law to crack down on “patent trolls.” In State of Vermont v. MPHJ, LLC, the Vermont federal court has rejected the...more

Florida Court Of Appeals: Insured Who Settled Claim For UM Benefits Still Allowed To Add Bad Faith Claim Against Insurer In The...

Safeco Ins. Co. of Illinois v. Rader, No. 1D13-2659, 2014 WL 660204 (Fla. Dist. Ct. App. Feb. 21, 2014). After entry of partial summary judgment on UM claim, insured successfully moved to amend his complaint to add a...more

Can a Receiver Be Liable for Acts or Omissions that Occurred in a Case After Discharge?

The court has approved my final account and report, discharged me as receiver and exonerated my bond in a difficult, litigious case I am glad to have over. An elder receiver I know told me I could still be liable for acts or...more

California Court Holds An Adjuster May Be Personally Liable For Misrepresentations Made To The Insured

Earlier this month, an intermediate level California court rejected arguments that an insurance company’s adjuster owes no independent duty to the policyholders and cannot be liable even for “appalling” misconduct if he is...more

Directors’ Alleged Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Not Subject To Anti-SLAPP Statute

A SLAPP is a strategic lawsuit against public participation. California enacted Code of Civil Procedure Section 425.16 as an antidote to SLAPP suits. In general, a SLAPP is subject to a special motion to strike unless the...more

In Government's Shoes: The Continuing Force Behind the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Complaints

To combat fraud by contractors selling faulty war supplies to the Union Army, in 1863 President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the False Claims Act (the “FCA”). Designed to root out fraud on the federal government, this act...more

First Circuit Rules on Borrower’s Challenge to Foreclosure under Massachusetts Law

Continuing a trend of rejecting challenges to foreclosure by Massachusetts borrowers, the First Circuit affirmed dismissal of a complaint alleging several commonly made arguments in foreclosure litigation. After defaulting,...more

FTC Settles with Payday Lender over Alleged UDAAP Violations

The United States District Court for the District of South Dakota Central Division entered a final order and judgment approving a settlement between the FTC and a payday lender, in which the company agreed to pay civil money...more

District of Colorado: Insurer Entitled To Summary Judgment on Bad Faith Claim Where Insured Repeatedly Failed To Provide Requested...

Keeney v. Auto-Owners Ins. Co., No. 13-CV-00796-RPM, 2014 WL 622509 (D. Colo. Feb. 18, 2014) - District Court in Colorado grants defendant Insurer’s Motion for Summary Judgment where Insured’s failure to provide...more

SEC Charges Adviser, Others In Fee Splitting Scheme

A registered investment adviser and its principals were named as Respondents in a proceeding that centers on allegations of undisclosed revenue sharing arrangements, conflict of interest, violations of the custody rule and...more

Third Circuit Seeks Guidance from Pennsylvania Supreme Court Regarding Whether Insured Tortfeasor May Assign Bad Faith Claim to...

Allstate Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co. v. Wolfe, No. 12-4450 (3d Cir. Feb. 20., 2014) - Third Circuit petitions Supreme Court of Pennsylvania to decide whether an insured tortfeasor can assign his or her statutory bad faith...more

Mergers & Acquisitions Alert: Controlling Stockholder Squeeze-Outs May Be Structured to Achieve Deferential “Business Judgment...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. Mar. 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court recently decided that a going private transaction sponsored by the controlling stockholder of a Delaware corporation may, under certain...more

SDNY Certifies Interlocutory Appeal In Lender-Placed Insurance Dispute

On April 3, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York certified an interlocutory appeal of an order denying a motion to dismiss filed by a group of insurers facing class allegations of unlawful...more

Supreme Court Expands Sarbanes-Oxley Whistleblower Protection to Employees of Private Companies

In 2002, after corporate fraud at Enron led to the company's collapse, Congress passed the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX). Under SOX's main whistleblower protection provision, an employee of a publicly traded company who claims...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - April 14, 2014

Agencies Apply Increased Leverage Ratio to Large U.S. Banks - On April 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC adopted the final rule to increase the leverage ratio for the largest U.S. banks. The final rule applies to U.S. bank...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 15

In this issue: - SEC Issues New FAQs on Conflict Minerals - SEC Issues Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Amendments to the Broker-Dealer Reporting Rule - FINRA Requests Comment on Rules Regarding...more

FTC v. Jerk.com: Did the FTC’s “Jerk.com” Complaint Just Turn API Terms into Federal Law?

The Federal Trade Commission’s announcement earlier this week that it had filed a complaint against Jerk, LLC and its websites like “jerk.com” (“Jerk”) looks at first glance like a run-of-the-mill FTC Section 5 enforcement...more

Litigation Funding in the Offshore World

Offshore litigation of claims against professionals may have entered a new era. Numerous recent decisions have blessed the use of commercial litigation funding and confirm that it should not offend rules against champerty...more

The SEC’s Continuing Investigation Regarding Carter’s, Inc.

Carter’s Inc. is the SEC investigation that just keeps on producing cases. Recently former firm vice president Richard Posey settled insider trading charges with the Commission after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy...more

New York Department Of Financial Services Fines Metlife Subsidiaries $60 Million

On March 31, 2014, Benjamin M. Lawsky, Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services ("NYDFS") announced an Agreement under which MetLife will pay $60 million for insurance licensing violations by two of its...more

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