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The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - First Quarter 2015

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Chancery Court Denies Enforcement of Drag-Along Right in Transaction Where Notice to Minority Stockholders Improperly Provided After Majority Stockholder Approval...more

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

What’s New in Delaware: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Bylaws, Appraisal Rights and Rapid Confidential Arbitration

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”), which would prohibit Delaware stock...more

California court Refuses To Enforce Bylaw Amendment Compelling Arbitration By the Members Of The Corporation

There have been several recent Delaware court decisions and much commentary regarding the enforceability of bylaw provisions that establish rules governing stockholder litigation, including fee-shifting provisions and forum...more

SEC Approval of New FINRA Public Arbitrator Rule Imposes New Limits on the Pool of Potential Public Arbitrators

The SEC recently approved FINRA’s proposed new rule changes to the definitions of public arbitrator (FINRA Rules 12100(u) and 13100(u)) and non-public arbitrator (FINRA Rules 12100(p) and 13100(p)), after receiving over 300...more

SEC Approved FINRA Public Arbitrator Rule

On February 26, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved a rule proposed by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (“FINRA”). The rule, originally proposed by FINRA on June 17, 2014, amends...more

SEC Approves New Rule Limiting Who Qualifies As a Public Arbitrator in FINRA Proceedings

On February 26, 2015, the Securities Exchange Commission (“SEC”) approved proposed Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules that will substantially reduce the number of public arbitrators on the roster for...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Arbitration Dismissal in Favor of Investor’s Estate in Clawback Suit

The receiver of hedge funds that were part of a $168 million Ponzi scheme was unable to vacate an arbitration award denying clawback claims brought against an investor’s estate. The US Court of Appeals of the Eleventh Circuit...more

Weiner v. Milliken Design, Inc., C.A. No. 9671-VCP (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Parsons, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted the plaintiff-counterclaim defendant’s motion for summary judgment seeking to compel arbitration of a post-closing price adjustment to a stock purchase agreement and...more

FINRA Proposes Higher Arbitration Cancellation Fees

FINRA Dispute Resolution filed with the SEC a proposed change to Code of Arbitration Rules 12214 and 12601 (and industry Rules 13214 and 13601) to increase late cancellation fees from $100 to $600 per arbitrator and expand...more

Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) reviews insurers’ outsourcing arrangements

ASIC has announced today that QBE has made changes to its outsourcing of ‘escalated complaints and dispute resolution’ to an Australian law firm following concerns raised by ASIC. ...more

FINRA Panel Precludes Evidence & Awards Punitives as Discovery Sanction

An all-public panel of FINRA arbitrators entered a preclusion order and awarded $750,000 in punitive damages for Respondents’ failure to participate in discovery and disregard of pre-hearing filing requirements....more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

SEC Whistleblower Office 2014 Annual Report Details Rising Number of Tips and Increasing Awards - On November 17, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Whistleblower Office issued its Fiscal Year 2014...more

3rd Circuit Holds Dodd-Frank Retaliation Claim Subject to Arbitration

In Khazin v. TD Ameritrade the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that securities-related retaliation claims brought under Dodd-Frank pursuant to 15 U.S.C. § 78u-6(h)(1)(B)(i) are subject to arbitration...more

When Does an Anti-Arbitration Provision Not Prohibit Arbitration of a Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Claim?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, enacted on July 21, 2010, provides broad whistleblower protections to individuals who report certain possible violations of federal securities laws. Mindful that...more

Third Circuit Affirms Whistleblowers Must Arbitrate Under Dodd-Frank

On December 8, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held that application of Dodd-Frank’s Anti-Arbitration provision did not apply to causes of action asserted under the Anti-Retaliation Dodd Frank Provision due to...more

Understanding Halliburton in Light of Recent Supreme Court Jurisprudence

In recent years, the Supreme Court has decided a number of cases that, alone and certainly in the aggregate, have significantly impacted the ability of plaintiffs to initiate and maintain class actions. By and large,...more

International Arbitration Newsletter - Q4 2014

CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO – SOUTH AFRICA’S TERMINATION OF ITS BILATERAL TRADE AGREEMENTS: The main concern for any foreign investor is security of tenure for its investment. Investors generally feel threatened when...more

FINRA Issues Guidance Notice on Confidentiality Provisions in Settlement Agreements and the Arbitration Discovery Process

In Regulatory Notice 14-40, FINRA reminds members that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to incorporate into a settlement agreement a confidentiality provision...more

FINRA: Firms Should Not Restrict Whistleblower Rights

Why it matters - In a new regulatory notice, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) reminded regulated firms not to prohibit the exercise of whistleblower rights in settlement agreements with employees and...more

Second Circuit Extends Scope of Federal Jurisdiction In Litigation Arising From The Facebook IPO

In a recent case arising from the Facebook IPO, NASDAQ OMX Group v. UBS Securities, LLC, No. 13-Civ. 2657 (2d Cir. October 31, 2014), the Second Circuit determined that the federal courts had jurisdiction to enjoin an...more

Third Circuit Sizes Up Dodd-Frank’s Anti-Arbitration Provision

On October 24, 2014, in Khazin v. TD Ameritrade Holding Corp, et al., the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit heard oral argument on an issue of first impression (within that forum): whether Dodd-Frank applies...more

Arbitration vs Forum-Selection Clauses: Chicken & Egg Dilemma?

Last week the Fifth Circuit weighed in on how inartfully crafted arbitration and forum-selection clauses might trump one another. Together with recent decisions from the Second and Ninth Circuits – each with cert petitions...more

FINRA Reminds Anti-Whistleblower Provisions Are Not Permitted in Settlement Agreements

FINRA has published a regulatory notice where it reminds firms that it is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010 (Standards of Commercial Honor and Principles of Trade) to include confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements...more

Regulators at SIFMA Regional Conference Highlight Regulatory, Litigation and Arbitration Risks

At a recent regional SIFMA conference, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and state regulators discussed the risks inherent in the ongoing low-yield environment....more

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