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SEC Applies Advisers Act Provisions to Nonadvisor Fund Service Providers

The SEC continues to expand the scope of responsibilities and standards applicable to gatekeepers. In an application of the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (Advisers Act) to the actions of a nonadviser fund service...more

Court Grants Motion To Stay Action Pending Arbitration, And Found That Issue Of Whether Arbitration Clause Allows For Class...

In this case, Jeffrey Hedrick brought an action in Kansas federal court on behalf of himself and others similarly situated under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) against BNC National Bank, Hedrick’s employer. The bank...more

Bank of America Wins Reversal of FIRREA $1.27B Penalty

A breach of contract is insufficient to also support a claim for fraud, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled, reversing a $1.2 billion verdict against Countrywide Home Loans in the process. What happened...more

The Best Defense is a Good Strategy: Planning for the Arbitration Rule

On May 5, 2016, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) held its fourth field hearing on Arbitration and issued a proposed Rule that would prohibit the use of arbitration clauses that block consumers’ participation...more

SCOTUS Declines Hearing Madden: Are Industry Repercussions Limited?

In a disappointing move, the Supreme Court today denied the petition by Midland Funding to hear the case Madden v. Midland Funding. But could the inaction by the Supreme Court be much ado about nothing?...more

Supreme Court Decision Fails to Provide Clarity on ECOA Claims

On March 22, 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its first 4-4 decision following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, thereby affirming the 8th Circuit in Hawkins v. Community Bank of Raymore. The Court’s per curiam opinion...more

Contractual interpretation disputes from the Trustee's perspective: The saga continues

In the first four months of 2016 three more judgments relating to issues of contractual interpretation of provisions contained in documents of securitisation transactions (all three of them for legacy CMBS deals) and...more

‘Sorry, But You Have Nothing in Common’: The New York Court of Appeals’ Recent Rejection of the ‘Common Interest Doctrine’...

The New York Court of Appeals, the state’s highest court, recently rejected an attempt to apply the “common interest doctrine,” an exception to the general rule that communicating privileged information to a third party...more

NC Attorney General Reaches $9 Milllion Settlement With "American Indian Business" Western Sky Over Usurious Loans

You will remember the North Carolina Attorney General's lawsuit against Western Sky Fin'l, LLC. It generated an opinion from the Business Court last year in which Judge McGuire enjoined the Defendants from making further high...more

Delaware Law Updates - Delaware Supreme Court Defers to the Court of Chancery’s Fact-Finding and Witness Credibility...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Supreme Court—CDX Holdings, Inc. v. Fox, C.A. No. 526, 2015 (Del. June 6, 2016)—Justice Holland, writing for the majority, affirmed a Court of Chancery post-trial decision that found...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Extraterritorial Reach of RICO

In an unusual four-member majority opinion in RJR Nabisco, Inc. v. European Community, the U.S. Supreme Court settled a host of controversial questions about the extraterritorial scope of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt...more

Ban Proposed on Mandatory Pre-Dispute Arbitration Agreements by Schools Receiving Title IV Aid for Student Borrowers

The U.S. Department of Education has issued a proposed rule that includes a ban on mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV assistance under the Higher Education Act (HEA) and a new federal...more

Arizona Federal District Court Finds No Coverage for P.F. Chang’s for PCI Assessments

In one of the first decisions construing coverage under a stand-alone cyber insurance policy in the wake of a large-scale cyber security breach, the Arizona Federal District Court rejected restaurant franchisor P.F. Chang’s...more

New York’s Highest Court Refuses to Expand the Common Interest Doctrine to Merging Parties

On June 9, 2016, the New York Court of Appeals issued a stark reminder to transactional lawyers: no matter how much “common interest” two parties may have with respect to a transaction, the common interest doctrine may not...more

The UK Bribery Act: SFO Procedures and DPA Process

A couple of recent articles about the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO) caught my attention. One was on thebriberyact.com, entitled “Opinion: DPA’s must show greater benefits. We discuss the Criteria & Process for a DPA set out...more

M&A Update: New York Court of Appeals Rejects Extension of Common Interest Privilege to Merger Talks

On June 9, 2016, a divided New York Court of Appeals in a much-anticipated ruling held that the attorney-client privilege can only be maintained for communications involving third parties in situations where litigation is...more

Death of Defendant During Pendency of a Foreclosure Action – Connecticut Appellate Case Update

The Connecticut Appellate Court has weighed in on the topic of whether or not a lender foreclosing a mortgage in Connecticut must comply with the statutory process to make the administrator of the decedent a party to the...more

Circuit Courts Weigh Employee Arbitration Waiver Agreements with Divergent Results

Conflicting decisions issued within one week of each other from the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh and Eighth Circuits exemplify the ongoing debate in circuit courts across the country about the enforceability of...more

Delaware Court Voids LLC Agreement Provision Giving Creditor Veto Over Bankruptcy

A Delaware bankruptcy court has joined what appears to be a recent trend toward invalidating limited liability company operating agreement provisions that effectively afford lenders veto power over the LLC’s authority to file...more

Real Property & Title Insurance Update: Weeks Ending May 29 & June 3, 2016

REAL PROPERTY UPDATE - Foreclosure/Bankruptcy Stay: because borrower’s notice of appeal was filed during pendency of bankruptcy stay it was a nullity, and appellate court lacked jurisdiction to consider appeal –Hewett v....more

SEC Sends Warning to General Partners of Funds Receiving Finders’ and Other Fees

On June 1, 2016, the SEC sent a warning to general partners of private investment funds (including private equity funds, hedge funds, venture capital funds and leveraged buyout funds) by entering into a settlement agreement...more

Third Circuit: The Repossession of Your Car as Collateral on a Usurious Loan is Not an FDCPA Violation

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held that a repossession company did not violate the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”) when it repossessed the defaulting debtor’s car, even though the loan...more

Supreme Court of Texas; Recent Texas Home Equity Lending Decisions

On May 20, 2016, the Supreme Court of Texas (the "Court") issued its opinions in two cases involving Texas home equity lending – Garofolo v. Ocwen Loan Servicing and Wood v. HSBC Bank USA. The decisions are important for the...more

LendingClub Hit With Class Action Over Usurious Interest

A New York resident, Ronald Bethune, accused LendingClub Corporation of violating the state's usury laws by charging him 29.97 percent interest on his loan—roughly twice the 16 percent limit under New York law and high enough...more

Nevada Supreme Court Clarifies Extent of HOA Super-Liens

For the past several years, Nevada courts have been flooded with quiet title actions between mortgage lenders and buyers who acquired residential properties at homeowners association (HOA) super-lien foreclosures. Recently,...more

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