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Appeals Court Opinion Changes Conflict Minerals Rules Compliance Landscape

On Monday, April 14, 2014, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia (the DC Circuit) struck down part of the federal rules requiring publicly traded companies to report on their use of “conflict...more

Circuit Court Largely Rejects Challenges To SEC Conflict Mineral Rules

The SEC largely prevailed in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in a suit changing the Rules promulgated by the agency under Dodd-Frank regarding conflict minerals. National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, No.. 13-5252...more

Reining In Overbroad Criminal Subpoenas – Is Some Relief In Sight?

In the wake of the national financial crisis, both the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) publicly committed themselves to enhanced enforcement of federal financial laws...more

White Collar Watch - March 2014

In This Issue: - SEC at odds with Siemens over whether whistleblower protections extend to employees who report wrongdoing directly to their companies - Fourth Circuit decision tolling False Claims Act statute...more

Legal Highlights in Puerto Rico’s “Draft POS” for Upcoming General Obligation Bond Issue

Although Puerto Rico’s much-discussed sub-investment grade general obligation bond issue is not yet being marketed via an official preliminary official statement, it appears that a draft POS has been making the rounds. The...more

Inside The Courts - March 2014 | Volume 6 | Issue 1

In This Issue: - U.S. SUPREME COURT: ..Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 (U.S. March 4, 2014) ..Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, No. 12-79 (U.S. Feb. 26, 2014) - CLASS CERTIFICATION: ..In re BP...more

How Does The 20th Amendment Inform Your Compliance Program Incentives?

On this date in 1933, FDR held his first inauguration. It was also the final inauguration held in March before the passage of the 20th Amendment to the US Constitution that moved the inauguration date to January 20th. What...more

A Bankruptcy Court’s Newly Founded Ability to Certify Questions of Law, Namely Involving Corporate Law Issues, to the Delaware...

The Delaware State Legislature recently amended Article IV, section 11 of the Delaware Constitution to add United States Bankruptcy Courts to the expanding list of courts and agencies that may certify questions to the...more

7 Tips For Handling A FINRA Investigation Of A Financial Advisor

Facing an examination or investigation by the Financial Industry and Regulatory Authority (FINRA) can be a stressful and intimidating experience for even the most seasoned financial advisor. Understanding the oversight role...more

This Plaintiff Dreamed Of Shares That Never Were

It’s hard for me to imagine being the owner of something that doesn’t exist. It’s even harder to imagine being the owner of something that doesn’t exist. Hardest of all is imagining being the equitable owner of something...more

Beer Distribution Law - November 2013

GOOD NEWS FOR CRAFT BREWERS - POSTAL REFORM LEGISLATION - On October 30, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) launched a plan to lift the prohibition era ban on shipping alcoholic beverages by way of the United State Postal...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - November 15, 2013

In this issue: - SEC Division of Corporation Finance Issues 11 New C&DIs - Register for Our 2014 Proxy Season Update Webinar - CFTC Issues Cross-Border Transactions Advisory - CFTC Issues Guidance...more

Tender Of Inflated Price Under Right Of First Refusal Does, And Doesn’t, Confer Standing

In a short ruling, U.S. District Court Judge Jeffrey S. White recently tackled a claim by a former employer that its departed employee had committed securities fraud when he allegedly failed to disclose that the price offered...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

Still Standing: U.S. Court Upholds SEC Conflicts Minerals Rule

In a July 23, 2013 opinion, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the SEC’s rule requiring disclosure of companies’ use of conflict minerals originating in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo...more

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule Upheld by the Federal District Court

On July 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the plaintiffs’ challenge of the SEC's conflict minerals rule and granted summary judgment to the SEC. ...more

US District Court Upholds SEC Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rules

On July 23, 2013, the US District Court for the District of Columbia upheld the conflict minerals rules (the “Rules”) that require public companies to disclose whether “conflict minerals” are necessary to the functionality or...more

Shareholders Allege Improper Takeover of Fannie and Freddie by the Government

Can shareholders of a government-sponsored enterprise successfully challenge the constitutionality of a government takeover of the entity? Shareholders of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac will try to do so in a $41 billion class...more

California State Senate Passes Measure Providing Partial Relief From Cutler Decision (re: QSBS)

The California State Senate yesterday approved a measure providing relief (albeit only partial relief) to those taxpayers facing retroactive tax assessments by reason of the Cutler decision. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board...more

New York State Court Dismisses RMBS Putback Action Against Nomura As Time-Barred

On May 10, Justice Sherwood of the Supreme Court of the State of New York dismissed on statute of limitations grounds an RMBS putback action brought against Nomura Credit & Capital, Inc. (Nomura)....more

SEC Files Initial Brief in Conflict Minerals Rule Case

The SEC recently filed its initial brief in the case pending in the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in which the National Association of Manufacturers, United States Chamber of Commerce, and Business...more

Californians Like To Whistle While They Work

California Ranked No. 1! The staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission recently released the 2012 Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. It turns out that California leads the other states in...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: Oil & Gas Litigation: SEC Sued Over Dodd-Frank Extractive Industries Rule

A divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently adopted a rule affecting publicly-traded oil, gas, and mining companies. The Commission promulgated these regulations pursuant to Section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank Act....more

Stamp Duty Tax: How to Calculate It?

Almost everybody who is involved in any commercial transaction has to deal with creating, authorizing or validating a number of official documents. Hence it would serve him well to know about stamp duty, which is nothing but...more

Appellate Law and Securities Litigation Alert: A Challenge to the Constitutionality of the Public Company Accounting Oversight...

In a case that could have far-reaching effects on every single public company’s auditing and accounting practices—or, even more broadly, on the shape of present and future federal regulatory schemes—the Supreme Court heard...more

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