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Return of the Cyborg—FTC and SEC Oversight of Cybersecurity Ramps Up

The government appears to be increasing its enforcement efforts regarding cybersecurity risks. A three-judge panel of the U.S Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recently held the FTC may bring a claim that a company’s...more

New DOJ Policy Regarding Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing

On September 9, 2015, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a new policy regarding individual accountability for corporate misconduct. The policy, described in a memo authored by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates,...more

Applicability of 'Investment Purpose' Exemption to HSR Reportability Focuses on Intent of Equity Purchasers

If a purchaser’s goals shift to include influence on the business management or board composition of the target issuer, an HSR filing must be considered. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC or Commission) has once again...more

Are Public Companies Required to Disclose that the Government is Investigating Them?

For many public companies, the first issue they have to confront after they receive a government subpoena or Civil Investigative Demand (“CID”) is whether to disclose publicly that they are under investigation. Curiously, the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

Federal District Court in New Jersey Dismisses Shareholder Derivative Action against Wyndham Relating to Data Breach

On October 20, 2014, the United States District Court in New Jersey granted a 12(b)(6) motion to dismiss in favor of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation’s directors and officers in a shareholder derivative action arising out of the...more

Cyber Security Top Priority in Today’s Tech-Savvy World

While 2014 Has Seen Miami Emerge as a Growing Technology Hub, the Year Has Also Highlighted Significant Risks that Technology Poses for Businesses of all Types....more

Data Breach Case Update: Shareholder Derivative Suit Dismissed

We recently discussed the increase in data breach litigation which resulted after several high-profile data breaches. You can read those articles here and here. Not surprisingly, several of these suits involve class actions...more

Financial Services Bulletin: Action at Federal Agencies

The Federal Reserve Board Proposes Repeal of Unfair or Deceptive Acts Rules - On Friday, August 22, 2014, the Federal Reserve Board (the "Board") requested comments on its proposal to repeal its Regulation AA, which...more

SEC Announces $30 Million Whistleblower Award to Non-U.S. Resident

On Monday, September 22, 2014, the SEC announced that it expected to award between $30 and $35 million to a non-U.S. whistleblower who provided the SEC with information about “an ongoing fraud that would have been very...more

Regulators release Statements of Intent

The Australian Government (via The Treasury) has published Statements of Expectations for the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA), the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

EU Commission Sends Statement of Objections to Three Banks in Cartel Investigation - On May 20, the European Commission announced that it has sent a statement of objections to Credit Agricole, HSBC and JP Morgan for...more

Deal Carefully With Bitcoins Until Legislation Catches Up

Interest in cryptocurrencies is growing, even after Mt. Gox, formerly the largest international bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in Japan following $473 million in losses. Bitcoin’s resulting drop in value, from a...more

Banking & Financial Services E-Note - March 27, 2014

In This Issue: - SEC Considers New Funding Rules for Shadow Banking System - Judge Backs FTC Authority to Pursue Payday Lenders - Regulator Estimates Volcker Rule Could Cost Banks Up to $4.3B - Appeals Court...more

Target, University of Maryland Testify on Data Breaches; Congress, FTC and SEC Continue Inquiries

On Wednesday, March 26, 2014, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing entitled “Protecting Personal Consumer Information from Cyber Attacks and Data Breaches” and heard testimony from...more

Cyber Security: Are You At Risk?

In This Issue: - Prevention - Notification - Potential Litigation - Conclusion - Excerpt from Foreward: As the recent Target and Neiman Marcus data breaches made clear, cyber security is one...more

CFPB joins other federal regulators in announcing GLBA privacy exemption

On September 24, 2013, the CFPB joined the CFTC, the SEC, the FTC, the NCUA, and the prudential bank regulatory agencies (the Federal Reserve, the OCC, and the FDIC) in the issuance of an Interagency Guidance on Privacy Laws...more

Anti-Money Laundering: Italian Competent Authorities Issue Clarification on the Duty of Restitution of Money/Securities to...

New paragraph 1-bis of article 23 of Legislative Decree 21 November 2007, no. 231 (the Italian anti-money laundering law), introduced by article 18 of Legislative Decree 19 September 2012, no. 169, provides that, in the event...more

SEC and CFTC Adopt "Red Flag" Identity Theft Rules

The SEC and the CFTC recently issued final rules requiring certain regulated entities that qualify as either "financial institutions" or "creditors" to adopt programs to identify and address the risk of identity theft...more

Advertising Law -- March 1, 2012

In This Issue: FCC Issues New Regs on Robocalls Lack of Magnetic Attraction Leads to False Ad Suit SEC Cautions Advisers About Risks of Social Media Google’s Privacy Changes Result...more

Revised 2012 Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Thresholds Announced

On January 24, 2012, the Federal Trade Commission announced new thresholds for Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) Act filings. The HSR Act requires parties to notify the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Department of Justice...more

Fraud, Manipulation and Deception: CFTC/SEC Proposed Rules

On November 3, 2010, both the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) proposed rules under the new anti-manipulation and anti-fraud provisions of the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

CFTC Solicits Comments on How the Trading of Agricultural Swaps Should Be Governed

On September 28, 2010, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) requesting public comments on the appropriate conditions, restrictions, or protections that...more

SEC v. Goldman Sachs & Co. and Fabrice Tourre

SEC v. Goldman Sachs & Co. and Fabrice Tourre Complaint (Form 8-k)

The Commission brings this securities fraud action against Goldman, Sachs & Co. (“GS&Co”) and a GS&Co employee, Fabrice Tourre(“Tourre”), for making materially misleading statements and omissions in connection with a...more

Quarterly Cleantech Update: Green Marketing, "Greenwashing," and False Advertising

With increasing concern over issues such as global warming, skyrocketing gas prices, sustainability, and other human impacts on natural resources, consumers are, more than ever, considering the environmental impacts of...more

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