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Bridging the Week - May 2015 #3

CFTC Chairman Discloses Second Phase of Regulatory Review Before Senate Committee; Commissioner Giancarlo Questions Position Limits Proposal Before Energy Risk Summit - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures...more

SEC Halts Fraudulent Farm Loan Investment Program

The Commission initiated an action centered on the misuse of offering proceeds tied to farm loans. The defendants include an investment adviser, a financial planner and an attorney. SEC v. Veros Partners, Inc., Civil Action...more

USDA Raises Hurdles to Bankruptcy Sales of PACA-Regulated Produce Businesses

One of the main advantages of purchasing a business out of bankruptcy is that the process can be quick, orderly and predictable. Yet, recently, the United States Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) has challenged the ability...more

Bridging the Week - March 2015 #5

SEC Proposes FINRA Oversee Certain High-Frequency Trading Firms; FINRA and FIA Issue Best Practice Guidance - The Securities and Exchange Commission proposed changes to an existing rule that, if adopted, would require...more

Banking Bulletin: Saddle Up! Livestock Lenders and Livestock Leasing

On August 14, 2014, in a dispute regarding entitlement to proceeds resulting from an auction of livestock in possession of a dairy farmer-debtor, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit issued an order in favor of a...more

Court Holds Small Business Administration and Farm Service Agency Must Consult on Loan Guarantees

A federal district court in Arkansas recently issued a decision clarifying that the obligation to consult under section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) extends to the Small Business Administration and the Farm...more

CFTC Agricultural Advisory Committee to Meet on December 9

The Agricultural Advisory Committee of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission will convene on December 9 to discuss deliverable supplies of agricultural commodities and related implications for position limits and the...more

Enhancements to Florida's Solicitation of Funds Law Now Effective

In response to the Tampa Bay Times investigative story, "America's Worst Charities," Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam worked with the Florida Legislature to enact material enhancements to Florida's...more

Win, Place, Show: Who Comes First in Equine Liens?

Stakes are high when it comes to horse racing. Part of the lure of the track is testing one's luck; you can win big or lose it all. When it comes to the business side of the Thoroughbred industry, however, risk is not nearly...more

Foreign Private Investment in Russia? “Nyet!” In Ukraine? “Da!”

The recent developments in Ukraine and Russia’s annexation of Crimea are not only politically significant, but have a real potential to alter global trading relationships for years to come. As events continue to unfold in...more

CFTC Extends No-Action Relief for Certain Transactions and Trading Platforms

On June 17, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Market Oversight extended the no-action relief it previously granted to any person or entity offering, entering into, or rendering advice or services with...more

Why Every Line of the Notice of Security Interest Should Be Completed

For many out-of-staters, the first image that comes to mind when they hear "Illinois" is downtown Chicago. Chicago's one of the world's great cities, but the fact is, much of Illinois is rural. The state's 76,000 farms cover...more

Avoiding the pitfalls in an under-supplied and rising market

The commodities world is experiencing its third price spike in five years. Countries all over the globe – from India, Australia and China to the United States and parts of Europe - have suffered poor rainfall and the...more

The ERISA Litigation Newsletter - July 2012

In This Issue: - Editor's Overview - PPACA Victory Sets The Stage For New Wave of Litigation - Treatment of Deferred Compensation Arrangements as ERISA Plans…Or Not - Rulings, Filings, and Settlements of...more

McAfee & Taft AgLINC: The Oklahoma Livestock Owner’s Lien Act By Jeff Todd

Prior to November 2010, Eastern Livestock Company, LLC (“Eastern”) was one of the largest cattle brokerage companies in the United States. Eastern bought and resold cattle throughout the country under a variety of contractual...more

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