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Retirement Plan Crazy Season

It’s now Fall and it’s one of my least favorite time of the year because I love Spring and Summer and Fall means Winter is around the corner. For a retirement plan professional, it’s one of the best times of the year...more

SEC Compliance Manual for NASDAQ-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the NASDAQ Stock Market (“NASDAQ”), non-US...more

New House Bills Seek To Relax Some SEC Requirements And Help Reverse The Growth In Income Inequality

Hat tip to thecorporatecounsel.net blog for identifying these two new House bills. H.R. 5405, Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens Act, is intended to relax some additional requirements for Emerging...more

Council of Institutional Investors Issues Report on Board Evaluation Disclosure

The Council of Institutional Investors (CII), an advocacy group for corporate governance and shareholder rights, has published a report that highlights two approaches to disclosure regarding a board’s process of...more

SEC Compliance Manual for NYSE-Listed Non-US Companies

As a result of registration of ordinary shares including in the form of American Depositary Shares (“ADSs”) under the US securities laws and the listing of ordinary shares or ADSs on the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”),...more

Judge Rules in Favor of CFTC on Cross-Border Application of Dodd-Frank Rules

On September 16, Judge Paul L. Friedman of the US District Court for the District of Columbia denied a challenge to the extraterritorial application of certain Commodity Futures Trading Commission rules promulgated under...more

SEC Charges Executive Officers with Fraud and Violations of Sarbanes-Oxley

On July 30, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) announced enforcement actions against Marc Sherman and Edward Cummings, CEO and former CFO, respectively, of QSGI, Inc., a publicly traded computer...more

Second Circuit Holds Forum Selection Clause Supersedes FINRA’s Mandatory Arbitration Rule

In Goldman, Sachs & Co. v. Golden Empire Schools Financing Authority, No. 13-797-cv, 2014 WL 4099289 (2d Cir. Aug. 21, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a forum selection clause in a...more

FIO Focus, Issue No. 61 - Congressional Financial Stability Oversight Council Oversight Hearing

On September 17, 2014, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations of the Financial Services Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives held an oversight hearing on Financial Stability Oversight Council (FSOC)....more

The IPO Market In 2014: Are Boom Times Back?

A strong market for initial public offerings has long been seen as a bellwether for good times in the broader market. When companies are going public, the perception is that investors, management teams and bankers have...more

CFTC Provides Relief from Certain Agency Regulations to be Consistent with JOBS Act SEC Amendments

On September 9, the CFTC issued an exemptive letter, which provides relief from certain provisions of Regulations 4.7(b) and 4.13(a)(3) restricting marketing to the public. The exemptive letter harmonizes these rules with...more

UDAAP Council Weekly UDAAP Standards Report - September 2014

Every week, courts around the United States issue decisions addressing aspects of civil UDAAP claims. In an effort to illuminate the UDAAP standards, below is a sampling of some of this week’s UDAAP decisions on the meaning...more

GB: Gambling Commission updates AML guidance

The Gambling Commission has published updated guidance to the industry aimed at assisting operators grapple with the complicated requirements of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002...more

Agencies Propose Revisions to Q&A on Community Reinvestment

On September 8, the Fed, FDIC and OCC proposed revisions to the Interagency Questions and Answers Regarding Community Reinvestment. The Q&A provides guidance on the implementation of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)....more

FINRA Revises Proposal to Adopt Consolidated FINRA Rule 2231

On September 16, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. requested comments on a revised proposal to adopt consolidated FINRA Rule 2231 regarding Customer Account Statements. ...more

Oxfam America Takes A Stand, But Does It Have Standing?

Recently, I wrote about Oxfam America’s new lawsuit against the Securities and Exchange Commission for failing to adopt a final rule implementing Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. ...more

Federal Court Dismisses Industry Challenge to NYC Responsible Banking Law but Leaves Door Open For Future Lawsuit

A federal judge recently dismissed a complaint brought by the New York Bankers Association (NYBA) seeking to invalidate the New York City Responsible Banking Act (the Responsible Banking Act). In New York Bankers Ass’n Inc....more

NYDFS to Investigate Potential Predatory Practices by Hard Money Lenders

On September 16, the NYDFS announced that they have issued subpoenas to nine “hard money” lenders, groups that originate short-term, high interest loans secured by a borrower’s home or other real estate, as part of a probe...more

Dodd-Frank’s New Deputies of Federal Consumer Financial Laws—States

In the wake of the Financial Crisis, the federal government has invigorated its civil fraud enforcement. The U.S. Department of Justice has dominated the headlines in this area with a series of significant lawsuits and...more

Update on U.S. Sanctions Relating to Ukraine

U.S. Sanctions - On September 12, the United States, in coordination with the EU, imposed additional sanctions against Russia in connection with events in Ukraine. Specifically... - the Office of Foreign Assets...more

Fed and CFPB Announce Thresholds for Regulation Z and Regulation M Exempt Consumer Credit and Lease Transactions

On September 9, the Fed and CFPB announced increases in the dollar thresholds in Regulation Z (Truth in Lending) and Regulation M (Consumer Leasing) for exempt consumer credit and lease transactions. These increases are...more

Trade Groups Submit Brief in SCOTUS TILA Rescission Case

This week, six financial services trade associations submitted an amicus brief in Jesinoski v. Countrywide Home Loans, Inc., No. 13-684, a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court that may resolve a circuit split over...more

Legislation Reforms California’s Insurance Community Investment Program

On September 17, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law legislation intended to reform the California Organized Investment Network (COIN) program. The COIN program is a partnership among the California Department of...more

N.Y. Announces New Rules To Govern Default Judgments in Consumer Collection Lawsuits

The New York Court System has adopted new rules effective October 1, 2014, to obtain a default judgment in a consumer collection action, Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman announced recently. Debt collectors and debt buyers should...more

Construction Case Law Update - September 2014

FLORIDA STATE CASES - Forum selection clause in construction contract will not be enforced where third party defendant would be forced to testify in two venues. Forum selection clauses in contracts are generally...more

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