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"Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Bankruptcy Court Authority, Allows Court Adjudication of ‘Stern Claims’ if Parties Consent"

On May 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its ruling in Wellness International Network, Ltd., et al. v. Sharif. The Wellness decision clarifies one of the most significant open issues created four years ago by the...more

California-Based Storage Company Agrees to Settle SCRA Claims

On May 15, a San Diego-based storage company entered into a consent order with the DOJ to settle claims that the company’s practice of auctioning off active duty servicemembers’ stored belongings violated the Servicemembers...more

Blink and You’ll Miss It: In Lanier v. BATS Exchange, Inc., the Southern District of New York Dismisses Case Alleging Damages as a...

In the blink of an eye, high-frequency trading systems can engage in a staggering number of securities transactions. The subject of Michael Lewis’s popular book, Flash Boys, high-frequency traders seek to maximize profits by...more

Third Circuit: Only in a ‘Rare Case’ May a Case Arising Under Chapter 11 Be Resolved In a ‘Structured Dismissal’ That Deviates...

The Court of Appeal has just decided a “novel question of bankruptcy law: may a case arising under chapter 11 ever be resolved –in a ‘structured dismissal’ that deviates from the Bankruptcy Code’s priority system?” In its May...more

Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance

A recent opinion by the US District Court for the Southern District of New York denying a motion to dismiss “short-swing” profit claims under Section 16(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 against members of an alleged...more

Failure to Obtain Required Retailer Approval Scuttles Target-MasterCard Data Breach Settlement

Target’s attempt to resolve claims of MasterCard-issuing banks through a $19 million private settlement with MasterCard has been terminated for failure of issuers of 90% of the affected cards to accept the settlement by the...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: Rights of Creditors and Duties of Directors of Insolvent Delaware Entities Clarified

When companies are in financial distress the question arises as to what rights shift to creditors from shareholders or other equity owners. The Delaware Chancery Court recently addressed this issue in some detail in Quadrant...more

U.S. Department of Labor Re-Proposes Rules Governing the Definition of “Fiduciary”—Part 3: The Impact on Large Retirement Plans

In Part 1 of this series, we reported on recently proposed regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor amending the definition of the term “fiduciary” under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and the...more

Will “Wellness” Make Us Better?

The United States Supreme Court will hand down its decision in the next few weeks in the case of Wellness Int’l Network, Ltd. v. Sharif (“Wellness”), 727 F.3d 751 (7th Cir. 2013) regarding bankruptcy courts’ jurisdiction. ...more

Forbearance Agreements Must Be In Writing

Many plaintiffs in wrongful foreclosure lawsuits attempt to rely, at least in part, on what the lender’s representative “told them” over the phone or in person. But a recent decision by the California Court of Appeal...more

US Bank and Bank of America Prevail on Motions to Dismiss

On May 18, 2015, Judge Katherine Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed claims in two suits brought by private investors and the National Credit Union Association,...more

Court Enters $806 Million Judgment in FHFA v. Nomura

On May 16, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a judgment requiring Nomura and RBS to buy back, at a total cost of $806 million, seven RMBS certificates...more

Mercuria v Citigroup: The issues and implications for the commodities market

The judgment on the claim brought by Mercuria Energy Trading Pte Ltd and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd (Mercuria) against Citibank NA and Citigroup Capital Markets Ltd (Citi), has now been published by the English Commercial...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 20

In this issue: - Section 16(b) Decision Provides Important Guidance - FINRA Requests Comment on Proposed Amendments to Rules Governing Communications With the Public - Form BE-10 Filing Deadline...more

Spring Vacations: Which arguments are winning on appeals from arbitration so far in 2015?

Today I present a collection of recent state and federal appellate court decisions that vacate or un-vacate arbitration awards. The seven opinions below emphasize how difficult it is to prove that an arbitrator exceeded his...more

Bankruptcy Beat: Decision Approves Cramdown of Secured Creditors in Chapter 11 With Sub-Market Interest Rate And Disallows...

On May 4, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York affirmed the controversial and widely discussed decision of the Bankruptcy Court in In re MPM Silicones, LLC, 2014 WL 4436335 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y....more

Assembly Committee Seeks To Fix Securities Fraud Statute

Readers of this blog will know be familiar with my criticism of the 2013 amendment of California’s basic securities fraud statute, Corporations Code Section 25401. See California Creates Complete Chaos By Rewriting...more

Should Court Approval Be Required to Engage in Mediation?

Alternate Dispute Resolution is an accepted alternative to litigation, consists primarily of arbitration and mediation. Arbitration involves the disputing parties presenting their arguments to a mutually agreed upon neutral...more

Real Property, Financial Services & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 15, 2015

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - State-Created Entity/First-Party Bad Faith: immunity of Citizens, as provided in Section 627.351(6)(s), Florida Statutes, shields it from statutory first-party bad faith claims under Section...more

Nomura Found Liable in RMBS Trial

On May 11, 2015, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York found Nomura Holdings Inc. liable for inaccurately characterizing the mortgage loan collateral backing seven RMBS...more

"District Court Decision on MPM Silicones Bankruptcy Case Highlights Risks for Secured Lenders"

In a May 4, 2015, decision, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York rejected secured lenders’ appeals of a controversial bankruptcy court decision confirming the Chapter 11 plan of reorganization of MPM...more

Plans of Arrangement under CBCA: Lessons from Connacher Oil

In early 2015, 9171665 Canada Ltd. and Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (together Connacher) applied to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (Court) for a final order pursuant to section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 19

In This Issue: - FINRA's NAC Strengthens Sanction Guidelines Related to Fraud and Suitability - CFTC Revises Interpretation on Forward Contracts with Embedded Volumetric Optionality - CFTC Requests Public...more

Pennsylvania Law Re: Execution Against Entireties Property – Not Entirely Obvious

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is one of many jurisdictions in the United States that recognizes a concept known as or similar to “tenancy by the entireties.” This refers to a form of property ownership unique to married...more

Appellate Court Warning: Pension Funds May Get Stuck with Unintended Oral Contracts with Their Investment Managers

On May 8, 2015, the Second District Court of Appeal in Los Angeles revived a $35 million lawsuit against CalPERS in Centinela Capital Partners LLC v. California Public Employees’ Retirement System. In an unpublished opinion,...more

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