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Cy Pres Distributions in Class Action Settlements Addressed By Eighth Circuit

Over the last several years, federal courts of appeals have been closely scrutinizing cy pres distributions to charitable organizations in class action settlements. This includes opinions by the First Circuit, Third Circuit...more

Eighth Circuit Sets Standard For Cy Pres Distributions

On January 8, 2015, the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals established a five-factor test governing cy pres distributions in class action lawsuits. In Re: BankAmerica Corp. Sec. Litig., No. 13-2620 (8th Cir. Jan. 8, 2015). ...more

$95 Million Settlement Approved in Morgan Stanley RMBS Case

On December 18, Judge Katherine B. Forrest of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York approved a $95 million settlement to end a class action brought by RMBS investors against Morgan Stanley. ...more

U.S. Bank Reaches $6 Million Settlement of Claims for Breach of RMBS Trustee Duties

On December 17, the parties in Oklahoma Police Pension and Retirement System v. U.S. Bank, N.A., No. 11-cv-8066 (S.D.N.Y.) asked the court to approve a $6 million settlement of class action claims asserted against U.S. Bank...more

Assignment Of FSMA Claims By Private Persons

In Connaught Income Fund, Series 1 v Capita Financial Managers Ltd & anr [2014] EWHC 3619 (Comm) the High Court allowed the assignment of claims by private persons under s138D Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA). ...more

Overview of Compliance Concerns Raised by Recent U.S. SEC Whistleblower Developments

The recent release of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) annual report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program highlights the growing reliance of U.S. Government authorities on whistleblowers to...more

New York Times Discusses the Growth of Whistleblower Programs

As federal agencies dole out record-breaking awards to tipsters (such as the SEC’s recent $30 million award), whistleblower programs remain a topic of public interest. Earlier this month, The New York Times published an...more

Illegal “Wash Sales” in Futures Contracts Result in $35 Million Fine

On December 18, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York entered a Consent Order against a foreign bank (the “Bank”), imposing a civil monetary penalty of $35 million and enjoining future violations by...more

Credit Risk Retention Final Rule: Enforcement and Compliance Considerations

Predicting enforcement of the final rule regarding U.S. risk retention is an uncertain task. This OnPoint is designed to provide guidance on possibilities related to consequences of non-compliance, enforcement approaches by...more

SEC Charges Eight Audit Firms Charged With Independence Violations

The broker windows approach of filing groups of actions together which center on common theme is expanding to auditor independence. The Commission grouped proceedings naming as Respondents eight audit firms. Each Order...more

SEC Settles Insider Trading Case With COO

The SEC and the DOJ have waged an aggressive battle against insider trading for years, resulting in a string of courtroom victories, guilty pleas and settlements as well as significant sanctions which are supposed to deter...more

SEC Settles with Broker-Dealer over Market Access Allegations

On November 20, the SEC announced that a California based broker dealer agreed to settle alleged market access violations by paying a $2.44 million penalty. The SEC alleged that the broker-dealer failed to implement adequate...more

Court Finds FHFA Claims Against Nomura Are Not Time-Barred

On November 18, Judge Denise Cote of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s motion for partial summary judgment on the statute of limitations...more

Court Sets Aside SEC’s First Muni “Control-Person” Settlement

Earlier this month, the SEC used a “control-person” charge in a settled action against an elected municipal official in connection with municipal bond offering. Enforcement touted that “first” on the Monday after: “An...more

SEC Releases 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program

By all accounts, 2014 was a year of tremendous success for the SEC’s Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. According to its 2014 Annual Report to Congress on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program, the SEC paid nine whistleblower...more

No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Document Preservation Notices Can Lead to SOX Violation!

On November 12, 2014, the Fifth Circuit affirmed a Department of Labor finding that Halliburton retaliated against a whistleblower by including his name in a document preservation notice. The court also held that emotional...more

A Warning to Issuers: SEC Charges City and Two Officials with Fraud

In a first-time use of the Dodd-Frank Act, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Allen Park, Mich., its former mayor and its former city administrator with fraud in connection with $31 million in...more

View From Proskauer: The Availability of Surcharge as Relief for Individual ERISA Fiduciary Breach Claims

Three years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court identified three forms of appropriate equitable relief — reformation, equitable estoppel and surcharge — that are available under Section 502(a)(3) of the Employee Retirement Income...more

SEC Files Another Insider Trading Case As An Administrative Action

The SEC continued what appears to be a growing trend of bringing insider trading cases as administrative proceedings. Since the beginning of September the Commission has filed at least four insider trading actions as...more

Delaware Court Decides Damages in Breach of Fiduciary Duty Aiding and Abetting Case

In March 2014, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware issued an opinion finding Rural/Metro Corporation’s lead financial advisor liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by...more

What Does It Take to Make the SEC Happy? SEC Criticism of Broker-Dealers’ Due Diligence for Sales of Unregistered Securities...

To ensure that broker-dealers (BDs) do not inadvertently facilitate an unlawful distribution of securities, the Securities and Exchange Commission has long required BDs to conduct a “reasonable inquiry” into the circumstances...more

SEC Brings Another Offering Fraud Case

The Commission filed another in what appears to be an unending series of offering fraud actions. Unlike many of its prior cases, this action centers on a Respondent who kept shifting his scheme to continually raise more money...more

Ross Holding and Mgmt. Co. v. Advance Realty Group, LLC, C.A. No. 4113-VCN (Del. Ch. Sept. 4, 2014) (Nobel, V.C.)

In this post-trial memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery evaluated a reorganization under the entire fairness standard, and held that, although plaintiffs received a fair price, the unfair process infected the entire...more

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be?

All Whistleblowers, listen up! Seven figure chump change or eight-figure bonanza, what will it be? Several events happened in the last few months to inspire conversation about whistleblowers. First, on July 30, 2014,...more

Sixth Circuit Narrows Scope of Liability Under ICA Sections 36(a) and (b)

In Laborers’ Local 265 Pension Fund v. iShares Trust, No. 13-6486, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 18627 (6th Cir. Sept. 30, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of claims alleging...more

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