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Federal Court Issues Trial Ruling in Section 36(b) “Manager of Managers” Lawsuit: AXA Advisory and Administrative Fees Held Not to...

The U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey issued its post-trial ruling on August 25, 2016 in Sivolella v. AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company—the first Section 36(b) trial decision since 2009. The Court...more

SEC Charges 71 Issuers under its Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation Initiative

On August 24, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced enforcement actions against 71 municipal issuers and other obligated persons (collectively, the municipal issuers) under the SEC’s Municipalities...more

Trading and Markets Enforcement Report - August 2016

The last several years have seen law enforcement and regulatory bodies sharpen their focus on trading activity in the securities and derivatives markets. This focus has coincided with the advent of new and expanded reporting,...more

[Webinar] Developments in the LIBOR antitrust MDL case - August 23rd, 12:30pm CST

You’re invited to join Stacey Slaughter (Partner) and Geoffrey Kozen (Associate), members of the Robins Kaplan LLP Business and Litigation group for a live webinar. Stacey and Geoffrey will provide and track basic information...more

A Closer Look at the CFPB’s Proposed Short-Term Lending Rule

As we previously reported in our June 3, 2016 client alert, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for short-term loans (“Proposed Rule”). In this follow-up alert, we take...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.7.16

Disgraced Wall Street scion Andrew Casperson has pleaded guilty to federal wire and security fraud charges related to his Ponzi-like scheme in which he bilked nearly $40 million from friends and a private foundation....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

FINRA Sanctions Investment Firm Following Unsuitable Sales of Nontraditional ETFs

On June 7, 2016, FINRA settled proceedings against a New York-based investment firm for alleged violations of its suitability and related rules, namely NASD Rule 2310 and FINRA Rules 2111 and 2010. According to FINRA,...more

The Department of Labor’s 2016 Final Fiduciary and Conflict of Interest Regulations: The Principal Transactions Exemption

This post continues our examination of the Department of Labor’s suite of final fiduciary and conflict of interest regulations. Our prior posts discussed the newly expanded definition of “investment advice fiduciary” and the...more

Update Kapitalmarkt- und Gesellschaftsrecht: Sind Sie vorbereitet auf die MAR (Marktmissbrauchsverordnung)?

Ab dem 3. Juli 2016 gelten die Vorgaben der Marktmissbrauchsverordnung (Verordnung (EU) Nr. 596/2014 des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 16. April 2014). Ihre Regelungen gelten für alle börsennotierten...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Council of EU Adopts Regulation Extending Exemptions for Commodity Dealers under CRR - On May 30, 2016, the Council of the EU published a press release confirming that it has adopted a Regulation amending the Capital...more

Compliance into the Weeds-Episode 8, big data, risk assessments, the compliance profession and implications from the Yates Memo

In this episode, Matt Kelly and myself take a deep dive into the use of big data in risk assessments and possible implications for the future of the compliance profession. We also review some of the implications of the Yates...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 to trigger criminal usury charges. Bethune alleges LendingClub did not have the right to charge an amount above the New York limit, despite using a bank from outside the state in accordance with applicable law and general practices.more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisor for Acting as an Unregistered Broker

The SEC has charged a registered private equity fund adviser and its principal for receiving transaction-based compensation for the provision of brokerage services in connection with the acquisition and disposition of portfolio companies, while not being registered as a broker.more

In a Major FIRREA Victory for the Banks, the Second Circuit Overturns $1.27 Billion Jury Verdict

On Monday, the Second Circuit overturned a jury verdict and $1.27 billion penalty against Bank of America imposed under the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), 12 U.S.C. § 1833a. Because the Government failed to demonstrate that Countrywide Home Loans, Inc. (Countrywide) intended at the time of contracting to defraud Fannie Mae through the sale of loans that were not investment quality, the Government failed to prove the level of intent required for promissory fraud. more

New Cause of Action from Business Court?

CentsAbility: Creditors' Rights Law Update - In a recent case from the Business Court in Brunswick County, a North Carolina Judge held that Defendants could assert a claim for breach of the duty to negotiate in good faith finding that negotiations for a loan modification and renewal gave rise to a genuine issue of material fact as to whether the parties had entered into a “binding preliminary agreement.” RREF BB Acquisitions v. MAS Properties, LLC, No. 13 CVS 193, 2015 NCBC 58, 2015 WL 3646992 (N.C. Super. Ct. June 9, 2015).more

Investment Funds Update - Europe: Legal and regulatory updates for the funds industry from the key asset management centres and primary European fund domiciles: April 2016 - Issue 4: United Kingdom

PRA and FCA Reject the Position Taken on CRD IV Bonus Cap Proportionality in the EBA’s New Remuneration Guidelines - The PRA and FCA notified the European Banking Authority (EBA) that they will comply with all aspects of the EBA’s Guidelines on Sound Remuneration Policies issued on 21 December 2015, except for a guideline stating that the bonus cap introduced under the new Capital Requirements Directive (CRD IV) must be applied to all institutions subject to that directive and may not be disapplied on the basis of proportionality.more

CFPB's Latest Action is Against the Co-Founders of a Lead Aggregator

On April 21 the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought its latest enforcement action by filing a civil suit in the United States District Court for the Central District of California (CDCA) against Dmitry Fomichev and Davit Gasparyan, a/k/a David Gasparyan, both co-founders of D and D Marketing, Inc., d/b/a T3Leads (T3), a lead aggregator that sells consumer-loan applications as "leads" to small-dollar lenders and other purchasers. T3 was the subject of a very similar action brought by the CFPB back in December of 2015.more

Drive to Regulate Auto Lenders Continues With $7.4M Deal

The latest regulator to take on an auto lender: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reached a $7.4 million deal with American Credit Acceptance LLC (ACA) and Westlake Services LLC over allegations of excessive interest rates on subprime auto loans.more

New Class Action Complaint Alleges That Post-Payment Interest Charges for Certain Home Mortgages Are Invalid Because of Insufficient Disclosures Under 24 C.F.R. § 203.558

A class action filed last week in the Northern District of Georgia disputes the ability of a lender to charge post-payment interest for certain home mortgage loans when the lender has not provided a very specific disclosure form.more

Corporate Trustees: how gross must negligence be?

Surprisingly, the distinction between negligence and gross negligence in English contract and trust law is unclear. On one view, reflected in the older cases, there is little or no difference at all.more

Federal Court Permits BlackRock’s Breach of Contract Claims to Proceed against BNY Mellon

On March 28, Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part Bank of New York Mellon’s motion to dismiss an action brought by BlackRock. BlackRock, as a holder in numerous trusts for which BNY Mellon serves as trustee, alleges that BNY Mellon failed to (i) provide notice of breaches of seller representations and warranties, (ii) enforce seller repurchase obligations, (iii) provide notice of events of default, and (iv) act prudently upon learning of events of default.more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - First Quarter 2016: Northstar Decision on Remand: U.S. District Court Holds SLUSA Precludes State Law Claims Alleging Deviation from Mutual Fund’s Investment Objective

In a complete victory for Defendants, on February 23, 2016, a federal district court dismissed with prejudice the final remaining claims in Northstar Financial Advisors, Inc. v. Schwab Investments et. al., which had been ongoing for nearly eight years. In her ruling, Judge Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California extended her prior grant of a motion to dismiss other claims on the grounds that they were precluded under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998 (SLUSA), which forbids shareholders from filing state law claims based on alleged misrepresentations or omissions involving covered securities.more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of ERISA Fiduciary Obligations in Recent Stock Drop Decision

In recent years, plaintiffs’ lawyers have brought numerous ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits against employers that offer employer stock funds in their 401(k) plans. These lawsuits are typically brought on behalf of plan participants who have lost money because the value of the company’s stock has dropped. For many years, plaintiffs faced uphill battles in these so-called “stock drop” suits as most federal appellate courts adopted a “presumption of prudence” that favored plan fiduciaries’ decisions with respect to the continued inclusion of company stock in 401(k) plans. In 2014, in Fifth Third Bancorp v. Dudenhoeffer, the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on this issue and eliminated this presumption of prudence.more

The Supreme Court Meant What It Said On Employer Stock Funds

On January 25, 2016, in Amgen, Inc. v. Harris, 2016 WL 280886, the Supreme Court sent a strong message to the lower courts, plaintiffs and ERISA fiduciaries that pleading standards for breach of fiduciary duty prudence claims in the face of publically-traded employer stock losses are very tough to satisfy. That is important, because absent compliance with those standards, the ERISA plan is not confronted with expensive court discovery and a correspondingly high litigation settlement demand.more

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