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5th Circuit Hints SEC ALJs Unconstitutional

by Burr & Forman on

In an Opinion highlighting the Circuit split over the constitutionality of SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”), the Fifth Circuit recently stayed an FDIC civil-penalty and bar order against a Bank director, pending...more

SEC ALJs Before the Supreme Court: Will the Court Take The Issue?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The validity of the SEC ALJs’ under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause is a critical issue the Supreme Court is considering for addition to its docket this term which will begin on the first Monday in October. Petition...more

Chris Lazarini Analyzes Challenge to Amended MSRB Political Contribution Rules

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini analyzed a challenge brought by three Republican state party organizations related to the legality of the 2016 Amendments to MSRB Rule G-37 barring brokers and dealers from...more

8th Circuit Finds Standing in Data Breach Case but Dismisses on Pleading Deficiencies

In one of the first federal appellate court rulings following the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Robins v. Spokeo, the Eighth Circuit delivered a pyrrhic victory for customers victimized by a data breach....more

Eighth Circuit Finds Standing in Data Breach Case for Privacy Policy Violation, Dismisses for Lack of Specificity

by Fenwick & West LLP on

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit has held that allegations that the security provisions of a privacy policy were violated are sufficient for standing in a data breach case, but that plaintiffs’ contractual...more

CFTC Case Updates: Settlement Highlights Agency’s New Premium on Cooperation; 7th Circuit Upholds Criminal Spoofing Conviction

On August 7, 2017, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) announced a settlement for a civil penalty of $600,000 with the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd. (BTMU) for alleged spoofing violations, with...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Recommends Limiting The Preclusive Effect Of Prior Decisions On Demand Futility In Derivative Lawsuits ...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 25, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a supplemental opinion, responding to a remand order from the Delaware Supreme Court, in which Chancellor Bouchard recommended that the...more

Seventh Circuit Upholds First-Ever “Spoofing” Conviction

On August 8, 2017, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit unanimously upheld the first-ever criminal conviction of a New Jersey futures trader for the manipulative trading practice known as...more

And the Award For Most Oppressive Conduct By a Majority Shareholder Goes to . . .

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Over the years I’ve litigated and observed countless cases of alleged oppression of minority shareholders by the majority. Oppression can take endlessly different forms, some more crude than others in their execution, some...more

I recenti sviluppi del Decreto Madia ed il regime transitorio

1. L'APPROVAZIONE DEL DECRETO CORRETTIVO A SEGUITO DELLA SENTENZA DELLA CORTE COSTITUZIONALE N. 251/2016 - Il Consiglio dei Ministri del 9 giugno 2017, su proposta del Ministro per la semplificazione e la pubblica...more

United States v. Allen and the Taint of Compelled Testimony in Cross-Border Enforcement Actions

In a decision likely to cause global reverberations in the realm of cross-border enforcement, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the convictions and indictment in the first US criminal appeal related...more

Lucia appeals D.C. Circuit ruling to Supreme Court

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On July 21, 2017, an investment adviser sought review by the Supreme Court of the D.C. Circuit’s recent ruling in Lucia that allowed to stand a district court decision holding that SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are...more

SEC Sustains Dismissal of Wells Fargo Insider Trading Case

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The rash of lawsuits challenging the SEC’s venue selection decisions may ultimately end with the Supreme Court reviewing the propriety of the retention process for Commission ALJs under the Constitution’s Appointments Clause...more

6th Circuit Rejects GOP Suit Against MA Pay-to-Play Rule

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed a suit by the Tennessee, Georgia and New York Republican parties challenging the constitutionality of an MSRB extending pay-to-play prohibition to municipal advisors. The Court...more

Minority Shareholders’ Derivative Suit Foiled by Voiding of Corporation’s Charter for Nonpayment of Taxes

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

A business’s failure to pay state taxes can be a problem if the entity later wants to bring a lawsuit, or its non-controlling owners want to sue on the entity’s behalf....more

Nevada’s Constitutional Limitation On Shareholder Liability

by Allen Matkins on

Article 8, Section 3 of the Nevada Constitution provides: Dues from corporations shall be secured by such means as may be prescribed by law; Provided that corporators in corporations formed under the laws of this State...more

En banc D.C. Circuit split leaves intact the panel ruling that SEC ALJs are not inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 26, 2017, the en banc D.C. Circuit was equally divided on the question of whether SEC administrative law judges (“ALJs”) are “inferior officers.” This leaves intact the D.C. Circuit panel decision in Lucia which held...more

Circuit Split Cries Out for Supreme Court Review - Have SEC ALJs been operating contrary to the U.S. Constitution?

The District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals’ earlier decision in Lucia v. SEC that U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) administrative law judges (ALJs) are employees who are not subject to the Appointments...more

Corporate Investigations and White Collar Defense - June 2017

U.K. Court Finds No Privilege Protection for Internal Investigation - Why it matters: On May 8, 2017, a London High Court made a landmark ruling in favor of the Serious Fraud Office—England’s equivalent of the Fraud...more

Privacy & Cybersecurity Update - June 2017

In this month's edition of our Privacy & Cybersecurity Update, we examine a new Chinese cybersecurity law that went into effect despite international concern for how it will be implemented; Colorado's adoption of new...more

In Split 5-to-5 Decision, En Banc D.C. Circuit Denies Petition for Review in Lucia v. SEC

On June 26, 2017, the D.C. Circuit, en banc, split 5-to-5 on whether to grant a petition seeking to overturn an August 2016 ruling by a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit that determined that SEC administrative law judges...more

Supreme Court 2016-17 Recap

The politics surrounding the appointment of a new justice to the U.S. Supreme Court dominated the news cycle during the 2016-17 term, but the Court’s decisions themselves have been far from controversial. As the term draws to...more

Northern District Of California Dismisses Securities Fraud Class Action, Finding Plaintiffs Had Alleged "Injury In Fact"...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 12, 2017, Judge Richard Seeborg of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed without prejudice a putative securities class action against Charles Schwab & Co. (“Schwab”) under...more

Recent Developments with Respect to Conflict Minerals

by Snell & Wilmer on

In the Spring 2017 issue of our Corporate Communicator, we included a brief discussion of the status of the conflict minerals rules contained in Rule 13p-1 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange...more

If You Don’t Hold the Bond, You Can’t Sue for Fraud

Commercial Division Justice Eileen Bransten recently concluded that plaintiff bondholders lacked standing to bring fraud claims against the bond obligor and trustee after having sold their interests in the bonds. One William...more

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