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Business Litigation Reporter -- October 2014

California - Browsewrap Arbitration Agreement Not Enforced Against Individual Consumer. In Nguyen v. Barnes & Noble Inc., 2014 WL 4056549 (9th Cir. Aug. 18, 2014), the Ninth Circuit affirmed the denial of B&N’s motion to...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel

The SEC reminded everyone that, yes, it cares whether you timely file your Section 16 reports, by announcing enforcement actions against 28 Section 16 filers and six public companies here. Some tie the unprecedented...more

Tulane Releases Study on First-Year Conflict Minerals Filings

The Payson Center for International Development of Tulane University Law School released a study analyzing the results of a June 2014 survey of issuers who filed the required Form SD. The study investigates the market impact...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

Investor Transparency Post AIFMD: What Have We Gained?

The Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (2011/61/EU) (the “Directive” or “AIFMD”) states in Recital 94 that its objective is: ...to ensure a high level of investor protection by laying down a common...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - September 2014 #3

In this issue: - Derivatives - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Events - Excerpt from Derivatives: CFTC Issues No-Action Relief for Qualifying Swaps Trading...more

The effect of the American Meat Institute Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule

As we have discussed over the last few months, the fate of the conflict minerals rule has been uncertain. In April 2014, in the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”) case, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit...more

Payday lender breaches National Consumer Credit Act

On 26 August 2014 the Federal Court determined that the Cash Store Pty Ltd (in liquidation), a payday lender, and Assistive Finance Australia Pty Ltd, a loan funder, committed seven separate breaches of their lending...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014 #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Consumer Protection - People - Excerpt from Derivatives: Regulators Request FSB to Assist in...more

Director Liability for Cybersecurity Risks

If a corporation is the target of a cyberattack resulting in a data breach, its board may be the target of a shareholder derivative action claiming breach of fiduciary duty. A recent example is Palkon v. Holmes, No....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 32

In this issue: - SEC’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy Releases Alert on Identifying Fraudulent Private Placements - ICE Futures U.S. Issues Amendments to EFRP Rule and FAQs - Consumer Financial...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Bank Structure - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Prudential Regulation & Regulatory Capital - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Funds...more

Reg A+ Challenged Again

Another letter to the SEC from the Hill challenges the Regulation A+ proposal. This time, the authors question the authority of the SEC in defining “qualified purchaser” as an offeree or purchaser in a Tier 2 Reg A+...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - August 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Prudential Regulation and Regulatory Capital - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July #4

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Bank Structure - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds -...more

Disclosure Reform

Yesterday, the US Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Capital Markets Competitiveness hosted a half-day session on “Corporate Disclosure Reform: Ensuring a Balanced System that Informs and Protects Investors and Capital...more

VA Switches: FINRA Disciplinary Action Reminds Firms About the Need for Adequate Supervisory Procedures

In a case involving unsuitable variable annuity (VA) transactions, FINRA found that having good procedures and discovering improper conduct are not enough. A member firm must also ensure that it has adequate supervisory...more

SEC Charges ECN Operator For Failing To Protect Customer Data

Fragmented markets, alternative trading systems and dark pools are increasingly a focus of discussion in the wake of repeated market outages. Interest in these venues has been intensified by the publication of Flash Boys and...more

They are coming for your client’s data. What will you do if they succeed?

Data security breaches—no industry is immune. These hackers can phish, spoof, skim, packet sniff, and key log their way into your system. Once a hacker successfully hacks into a corporation’s server, the breach will go...more

Individual Liability: What’s Behind The Headlines?

It’s been open season on financial institutions since the 2008-2009 financial crisis (“Financial Crisis”). State and federal prosecutors and regulators are competing with each other for press coverage of their latest consent...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014 #2

In this issue: - Derivatives - Regulatory Capital - Recovery & Resolution - Financial Services - Consumer Protection - Enforcement - People - Events -...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - July 2014

In this issue: - Derivatives - Compensation - Regulatory Capital - Credit Ratings - Financial Market Infrastructure - Financial Services - Funds - Enforcement...more

Commissioner Aguilar Shares His Views on Directors’ Oversight of Cyber-Risk Management

On June 10, 2014, Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar spoke at a NYSE conference, “Cyber Risks and the Boardroom,” about what boards of directors should do to ensure that their companies are appropriately considering and addressing...more

The "Inadvertent" Investment Company Trap: Identifying Operating Companies Subject to the Investment Company Act

The Investment Company Act of 1940 (the "Act") was enacted by Congress to protect members of the U.S. public from potential abuses resulting from pooled investments in companies that are primarily engaged in the business of...more

Council of Europe adopts MiFID II

In October 2011, the European Commission released a proposal to amend and extend the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (MiFID), referred to as MiFID II. The MiFID II proposals consist of revisions to MiFID, along...more

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