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Court Ruling Regarding the Dodd-Frank Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit held today that a portion of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting regulations – and possibly a portion of the underlying Dodd Frank Act – compel speech in violation...more

OSHA Releases Interim Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Regulations

OSHA recently released the interim final text of regulations implementing the whistleblower protection provision (Section 1057) in Dodd-Frank. The interim final regulations establish the timing and processes for handling...more

Money Manager Sues SEC to Stop Administrative Action in $1.5 Billion CDO Case

A money manager and his firm recently sued the Securities and Exchange Commission claiming that the agency violated their constitutional rights by bringing an administrative proceeding for securities claims in connection with...more

‘Big Short’ Case Tests the Reach of the SEC’s Administrative Forum

On March 21, Wing Chau – a subprime CDO manager who featured prominently in Michael Lewis’s best-selling book “The Big Short” – sued the SEC, claiming that the SEC violated his constitutional rights by choosing to bring its...more

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute "Final Adjudications"

New York Trial Court Holds that Administrative Orders Do Not Constitute “Final Adjudications” For Purposes of Applying Fraud/Dishonesty Exclusion in Professional Liability Policy - A recent New York trial court...more

SOX Un-Boxed

Prepare for DOL whistleblower litigation. The Supreme Court has ruled on the scope of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act whistleblower provision. According to SCOTUS, SOX allows any employee to bring a whistleblower complaint, so long...more

Insider Trading Investigations: What To Watch for in 2014

Christopher Clark is a partner at Latham & Watkins where he represents public companies, alternative investment entities such as hedge funds, and individuals in both criminal and civil investigations involving state and...more

Brother Can You Spare $8.9 Billion? Making Sense of SEC Civil Money Penalties

If you or your company has ever been involved in a long SEC enforcement investigation, you’ve probably gone through the five stages of grief?denial that you did anything wrong, anger that the enforcement lawyers are pursuing...more

On a “Clear and Convincing Day”: The Administrative Review Board Gives Employers Some Helpful Guidance

As we have discussed in earlier posts, the Administrative Review Board (ARB) has, over the last couple of years, issued a number of opinions signaling a decidedly employee-friendly interpretation of the whistleblower statutes...more

Supreme Court of Canada Clarifies the Limitation Period for Secondary Proceedings in Securities Enforcement Context

The Supreme Court of Canada has recently provided clarity on the limitation period applicable to “secondary proceedings” in the securities enforcement context. Subject to a few exceptions, these proceedings, brought in the...more

Supreme Court Unanimously Limits SEC’s Ability To Bring Civil Penalty Claims For Conduct Older Than Five Years

In Gabelli v. SEC, a unanimous Supreme Court held that the statute of limitations for “penalty” claims in governmental enforcement actions begins to run from the date of the underlying violation of the law, not when the...more

Stop! In The Name Of ... 28 U.S.C. §2462

On January 8, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Gabelli v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 11-1274, concerning when the clock begins to run on the five-year statute of limitations for civil penalty...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 7, 2013

In This Issue: *Financial Industry Developments - OCC Guidance on Transition Periods under Section 716 of the Dodd-Frank Act - CFTC Reporting of Swap Transactions and Swap Dealer Registration - Department...more

BLG Monthly Update for January 2013

Pot-smoking teens, ownership of e-mail, insider trading on false info -- all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for January 2013!...more

NCUA Files Its Largest MBS Suit To Date

On December 17, the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) announced a lawsuit on behalf of four insolvent credit unions against a mortgage securitizer in which the agency alleges violations of federal and state...more

Court Dismisses Chamber of Commerce and ICI Lawsuit Over Amendments to CFTC Rule 4.5

On Wednesday, December 12, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a joint U.S. Chamber of Commerce (the Chamber) and Investment Company Institute (ICI) lawsuit against the Commodity Futures...more

U.S. District Court Rebuffs ICI Challenge To CFTC Rule 4.5 Amendments

On December 12, 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia released its decision in Investment Company Institute v. U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, rebuffing the Investment Company Institute (ICI)’s...more

Can CalPERS Be Sued In Federal Court Or Perhaps Even New York State Court?

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System began lending securities in the early 1980s. Since the early 1990s, CalPERS has used the Master Securities Loan Agreement (MSLA) originally developed by the former Bond...more

CFTC Approves Appeal of Position Limit Decision

The CFTC approved an appeal of the September 28, 2012 federal district court decision that vacated the agency’s position limits rule based on a finding that the agency had neglected to first find that the limits were...more

Gabelli v. SEC,

Brief Of The CATO Institute As Amicus Curiae In Support Of Petitioners

Statutes of limitations exist for good reason: Over time, evidence can be corrupted or disappear, memories fade, and companies dispose of records. Moreover, people want to get on with their lives and not have legal battles...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - November 12, 2012

In This Issue: Financial Industry Developments - Federal Reserve Board Launches 2013 Capital Planning and Stress Testing Program - Joint Agency Guidance on Regulatory Capital Rulemakings - Rating Agency...more

Motions to Dismiss FHFA’s Claims in Two Actions Granted in Part and Denied in Part

In two separate orders, Judge Cote of the Southern District of New York granted in part and denied in part motions to dismiss claims brought by the FHFA arising out of Fannie Mae’s and Freddie Mac’s alleged purchase of (1)...more

S-O-X Protects Only Public Company Whistleblowers, Or Does It?

DOL’s View - Thomas Spinner was a CPA whose firm provided accounting and audit services to a public company. Spinner’s accounting firm was not publicly-traded. A month after being assigned to audit the pubic company,...more

Federal Courts Bars Extraterritorial Application of Dodd-Frank’s Anti-Retaliation Provision to Whistleblowers Employed Abroad

In Asadi v. G.E. Energy (USA), LLC, a federal district court in Texas held that Dodd-Frank’s anti-retaliation protections for SEC whistleblowers do not apply to employees stationed abroad. Although the Asadi holding may not...more

Sprint Offers Unlimited Data, But Not for Shareholders: KPMG Documents Prepared for the PCAOB Mostly Privileged Under SOX

On October 10, 2012, a federal district judge in Missouri granted in part and denied in part class action plaintiffs’ motion to compel certain documents that KPMG had supplied to the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board...more

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