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N.J. Supreme Court Finds Chapter 78 Did Not Create an Enforceable Contract Right

In Burgos v. State of New Jersey, the New Jersey Supreme Court held that the 2011 pension and health benefit reform statute, known as Chapter 78, did not create an enforceable contract that was binding on the State to make...more

ERISA Case Highlights Importance of Written Releases at Termination of Employment: Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation

A federal court has dismissed claims for enhanced retirement benefits in a case highlighting a participant’s written release of claims at the time of his employment termination. Sullivan v. Stanadyne Corporation, Case No....more

House and Senate Appropriations Committees Approve Funding Bills with Riders Targeting DOL, NLRB Initiatives

Both the House and Senate Appropriations Committees advanced bills this week to fund various federal agencies for FY 2016. Each chamber approved versions of spending measures that include riders prohibiting funding for a...more

Pensions News - May 2015

In This Issue: - Election Result - The Pensions Regulator - Case Law - Other News - On the Horizon - Excerpt from Election Result: Following the General Election on 7 May which resulted in a...more

Digital Privacy Act Modernizes PIPEDA

On June 18, 2015, significant portions of the Digital Privacy Act received Royal Assent. This Act, amends the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA), and brings important certainty to how...more

For Life Insurers and Agents – A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule (the “Proposal”), which defines the term “fiduciary” as it applies to persons who provide “investment advice” to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of...more

Is Buying Stock The Same As Providing Capital?

A report issued by the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) implies otherwise.  The report entitled “CalPERS for California 2014” trumpets CalPERS’ investment in California businesses and its indirect...more

SEC Extends Rule 482 Relief to Non-ERISA Retirement Plans

The SEC staff issued a no-action letter on February 18 that is important for many participant-directed individual account retirement plans (including some established under Section 403(b) of the Internal Revenue Code) that...more

U.S. Tax Return Filings

IRS News Release IR-2015-70 (April 10, 2015) contains helpful but not exhaustive information about the filing obligations of US citizens and resident aliens abroad. Taxpayers outside the United States can also find helpful...more

Regulators Compose New Music for Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisers

Federal regulators finally seem to be sharpening their pencils to achieve greater harmony between broker-dealer (BD) regulation and investment adviser (IA) regulation. In March, for example, SEC Chair Mary Jo White...more

Sixth Circuit Holds No Disgorgement of Profits Based on Wrongfully Denied ERISA Disability Benefits

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, recently decided a closely-watched case regarding the scope of "other appropriate equitable relief" under ERISA Section 502(a)(3). In Rochow v. LINA, the court held that...more

High Court confirms use of contracts to limit pensionable pay

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra clarinettist John Bradbury was an employee of the BBC and a member of the final salary New Benefits Section of the BBC Pension Scheme (the Scheme). In 2010, faced with a £2 billion funding...more

SEC Proposes Rules for Reporting Separately Managed Accounts on Form ADV and Revised Recordkeeping Rules

On May 20, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed amendments to Part 1A of Form ADV in three areas: to collect information regarding separately managed accounts (“SMAs”) and additional information...more

Using Your IRA to Buy a Business: Still a Risky Strategy

I blogged in the past about decisions in which taxpayers have used assets in their IRA to finance a new business. This structure is sometimes known as a ROBS or rollover for business startups. In 2013, the tax court held that...more

Pay to Play? How States Handle Signing Bonuses for Athletes

Non-CPA sports fans (and athletes themselves) increasingly appreciate the tax aspects of luring the best free agent athletes to their teams. One recent example is the whopper of a contract that agent Scott Boras cooked...more

Developments on the EB5 Program: the Administration, House and Senate Weigh In

The Regional Center part of the EB-5 immigrant investor program is set to sunset on September 30, 2015. Recent actions by the Obama Administration, the Senate and the House demonstrate this program now has significant...more

Is The SEC Confused About Who Solicits Proxies?

In reviewing some recent proxy bylaw provisions, I noted that some refer specifically to solicitations “by the Board of Directors”. See, for example, a bylaw provision recently adopted by Monsanto Company. This reference to...more

Pay Ratio Rule Continues Down Slow Road After Public Senatorial Scolding

On Friday June 5, 2015, the SEC made incremental progress toward finalizing the “pay ratio” rule required by the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act by publishing a memo from the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA memo) that...more

Plaintiffs' Firms Seek Quick Money by Challenging "Dead Hand Proxy Puts" in Debt Agreements

Delaware corporations should be aware of the latest trend in strike suits being pursued by stockholder plaintiff law firms. Such lawsuits are increasingly being filed to challenge so-called "dead hand proxy put" provisions in...more

Recommended Actions for Hedge Fund, Private Equity Fund and Other Private Fund Advisers To Prevent Possible Whistleblower...

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that it had settled its first enforcement action under SEC Rule 21F-17, which prohibits companies from taking actions or using confidentiality...more

SEC Staff Releases Analysis Related to Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On June 4, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (Staff) released analysis related to its proposed rules for pay ratio disclosure, which analysis evaluates the potential effects of excluding different...more

SEC Provides Additional Analysis Related to Proposed Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On June 4, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided additional analysis related to its proposed rules for pay ratio disclosure. The staff believes that the analysis will be informative for evaluating the potential...more

Income Tax & Crowdfunding

Income tax may not be front of mind when starting a crowdfunding campaign, but early consideration of the issues could prevent a panic-inducing call from the Australian Taxation Office. The choice of crowdfunding model...more

Wal-Mart Allowed to Omit Shareholder Proposal for Oversight of Products Sold

On April 14, 2015, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals vacated an injunction against Wal-Mart that would have required it to include a shareholder proposal in its 2015 annual proxy statement. Wal-Mart will now be able to omit...more

Analysis: The Impact of the DOL’s Fiduciary Proposal on Sales of Insurance Products

This paper explains the basis for our conclusions about the impact of the Department of Labor (DOL) proposal to amend the fiduciary investment advice regulation and the prohibited transaction (PT) exemptions for sales of...more

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