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Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings

Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has important – and positive – significance for Native American tribal governments, their...more

Commercial Court confirms that asymmetric jurisdiction clauses may be exclusive for the purposes of EU law

Asymmetric jurisdiction clauses - also known as one-sided or 'for the benefit' clauses - are common in international financial services agreements, but their validity under EU law has been questioned in recent years by the...more

Chris Lazarini Examines Whether a Commodity Futures Contract is a "Security"

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini examined a case in which the appellate court upheld a jury verdict in favor of Plaintiff, finding commodity futures contracts are not "securities" and Plaintiff, who was trading them...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

As anticipated (and hinted-at forcefully by its officials), the Fed raised the benchmark interest rate yesterday to a range nearing 1 percent, a move that signals the slow end to the body’s nine-year stimulus effort....more

"Another Mutual Fund Adviser Prevails at Trial in Excessive Fee Litigation"

Following a four-day bench trial, Judge Renee Marie Bumb of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey ruled in favor of an adviser on claims brought under Section 36(b) of the Investment Company Act by investors...more

Investor Suits Follow in the Wake of Western Union Settlement of Money Laundering and Fraud Claims

On January 19, 2017, the Western Union Company (“Western Union” or the “Company”) entered into a deferred prosecution agreement (“DPA”) with the Department of Justice (“DOJ”), in which Western Union admitted to willful...more

Ninth Circuit Widens the Circuit Split on Whether Dodd-Frank Protects Internal Whistleblowers

Last week, a divided panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust, Inc., No. 15-17352 (9th Cir. March 8, 2017), in which it held that the anti-retaliation protections of the...more

Home Depot Settles with Financial Institutions for Over $25 Million in Data Breach Case

New filings in the consolidated Home Depot data breach litigation, which we have previously covered on this blog, indicate that Home Depot and the remaining financial institution plaintiffs have reached a...more

Inaccurate TILA Disclosures Not Enough to Create Standing

A district court from New York recently ruled that even assuming a creditor’s initial TILA disclosures falls short under the statutory requirements, the plaintiff must show an injury in fact in order to have standing under...more

Third DCA Rejects 57.105 Attorney’s Fees Where Plaintiff Failed to Prove Standing

On March 1st, Florida’s Third District Court of Appeal affirmatively held that a mortgage holder who fails to prove its standing to foreclose is not liable to a defendant borrower for prevailing party attorney’s fees. The...more

Substantive inconsistency between express and implied terms

The Court of Appeal has considered the question of when a proposed implied term should be considered “inconsistent” with an express term of a contract, contrasting direct linguistic inconsistency and substantive...more

Commercial Division allows fraudulent conveyance claims to proceed in two separate cases

In a pair of recent decisions, Justices Shirley W. Kornreich and Lawrence K. Marks of the Commercial Division ruled that creditors could proceed on their fraudulent conveyance claims seeking reversal of asset transfers made...more

Remand Decision in Madden v. Midland Funding Raises Questions Regarding Choice of Law Clauses in Consumer Loan Agreements

A careful parsing of state laws should be done if a lender is relying on a choice of law to avoid states that have criminal usury statutes. On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York...more

Chris Lazarini Provides Insight on Compelling Non-Signatories to Arbitrate Disputes

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini provided insight on a case in which a widow and one-time named beneficiary of her husband's IRA account acquired the account assets after her husband's death, although she was not...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending February 17 & 24, 2017

Foreclosure: foreclosing bank’s allegation that borrowers were in a continuing state of default sufficient to satisfy five-year statute of limitations even though stated initial default date was more than five years prior to...more

Secured Creditor’s Obligations to Dispose of Collateral in Commercially Reasonable Manner Triggered Only Upon Possession

In a recent, well-written opinion, the Tennessee Court of Appeals, Middle Section, WM Capital Partners, LLC v. Thornton, No. M2015-00328-COA-R3-CV, filed January 17, 2017, determined that a secured creditor’s duty to dispose...more

CASE ALERT: 8th Circuit Rules Against Anheuser-Busch Plan Finding That ERISA-Plan Language Must Be Interpreted According to its...

Case: Knowlton, et al. v. Anheuser-Busch Companies Pension Plan — Eighth Circuit Issue Presented: Whether a plan administrator’s interpretation of ERISA-subject plan language that resulted in a denial of pension...more

California District Court Addresses Whistleblower’s Self-Help

In Erhart v. BofI Holding, Inc., Case No. 15-cv-02287, (S.D. Cal. Feb. 14, 2017), a bank’s internal auditor reported alleged misconduct to federal agencies, engaged in self-help discovery by appropriating the bank’s...more

Does “Act” Mean Also a Failure to Act?

No, says the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in In re Cowen, adopting the minority rule and parting ways with four other Courts of Appeals. The automatic stay provision of the Bankruptcy Code addressed in Cowen...more

Texas Bankers and Nebraska Retailer Fight Back Against “Troll-Like” ADA Title III Website Accessibility Litigation

Seyfarth Synopsis: Retailer and Texas bankers go on the offense in response to ADA Title III lawsuits and demand letters. Hundreds, possibly thousands, of banks, retailers, and other businesses have received demand...more

Arby’s Hit with Multiple Class Action Suits over Data Breach

Arby’s has announced that its point-of-sale system had been compromised by intruders over a four month period between October of 2016 and January of 2017, exposing the credit and debit card information of 355,000 customers....more

Securities and Structured Finance Litigation Update - March 2017

Continuing Circuit Split Puts “Tolling” of Statutes of Repose Back on U.S. Supreme Court’s Agenda. The U.S. Supreme Court is again set to weigh in on the reach of its decision in American Pipe & Construction Co. v. Utah, 414...more

Debt Dialogue: February 2017 - Media Center

This month’s issue of Debt Dialogue addresses the Second Circuit’s recent Marblegate decision, the controversy generated by last year’s Cash American decision, and payment of indenture trustee fees in bankruptcy, as well as...more

Bank Whistleblower Suits Highlight Limits of Employee Confidentiality Agreements

Employers increasingly face the difficult scenario of employees who misappropriate company data in the pursuit of whistleblower claims alleging misconduct by the employer. Such cases can present a complex mix of regulatory,...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Scope of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 Examination

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which objectors (a law firm, banks and accountants) opposed a bankruptcy trustee's Rule 2004 Motion requesting information related to his investigation of...more

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