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D.C. Circuit Largely Upholds SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule But Supports First Amendment Challenge

On April 14, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, a case that sought to challenge the conflict minerals rule released by the Securities and Exchange Commission...more

Mandate Withheld In Conflicts Minerals Case

In a little known action, the Clerk of Court of the Unites States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia issued an order in the conflicts minerals case to withhold issuance of a mandate until seven days after...more

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

Could “Free Speech” Issues Derail the SEC’s Conflict Minerals Rule?

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its conflict minerals disclosure rule in August 2012, a coalition of business interests filed suit to challenge the SEC’s rule as unduly burdensome. That...more

Judges Raise Concerns Regarding Conflict Minerals Rule at Appeal Hearing

On January 7, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held oral arguments for the lawsuit challenging the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rule. According to reports on the hearing,...more

Judges Sharply Question SEC On Conflict Minerals Rule

Shortly after the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted its conflict minerals disclosure rule in August 2012, a coalition of business interests filed suit to challenge the SEC’s rule as unduly burdensome. That...more

Barclays Motion to Dismiss Raises Significant Issues About FERC Jurisdiction

After an investigation of actions in the western electricity markets by Barclays Bank PLC (“Barclays”), Daniel Brin, Scott Connelly, Karen Levine, and Ryan Smith (collectively, the “Traders” and together with Barclays,...more

How An Oil And Gas Scammer Avoided Justice

Scoundrels often get away with their crimes by scamming lots of victims for small amounts, so that no one investor can afford to prosecute his claim. Big Rock Investors Association v. Big Rock Petroleum, Inc. was an...more

Second Circuit Affirms Canadian Mining Company’s Victory in Securities Fraud Suit

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently upheld the dismissal of a multidistrict class action against Canadian mining company Agnico-Eagle Mines Limited (Agnico) and its executives, who...more

Corruption Allegations in China Lead to a Shareholder Class Action in the U.S.

The filing of a shareholder class action has become routine following a drop in stock price after the revelation of adverse news about a company. Allegations of corruption at a public company are proving to be no different,...more

SEC Will Not Appeal Resource Extraction Decision

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia previously vacated the SEC resource extraction disclosure rules. According to various published press reports, the SEC will not appeal the decision. “The court...more

FERC’s BP America Manipulation Show Cause And Proposed $28 Million Penalty Highlights The Interrelationship Between CFTC And FERC...

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) August 5, 2013, $28 million show cause order against BP America Inc. and other BP affiliates highlights the interrelationship between the Commodity Futures Trading Commission...more

FERC Accuses BP of Market Manipulation

On August 5, 2013, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued an Order to Show Cause and Notice of Proposed Penalty, directing BP America Inc., BP Corporation North America Inc., BP America Production Company, and...more

Federal Court Upholds Conflict Minerals Rules, As Time Grows Short To Complete Supply Chain Due Diligence

A federal district court in Washington, D.C. has rejected an industry challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s conflict minerals rules (the “Rules”) issued pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 26, 2013

In this issue: - District Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Conflict Minerals Rule - Mandatory Clearing of iTraxx CDS Indices for Category 2 Entities Began July 25 - CFTC Issues Extension of Time-Limited...more

U.S. District Court Upholds the Conflict Minerals Rule

On July 23, the District Court for the District of Columbia rejected a challenge to the conflict minerals rule adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission in August 2012 and published in September 2012. Plaintiffs...more

SEC Wins Victory in Conflict Minerals Rules Litigation

The SEC’s conflict minerals rules have withstood judicial challenge — so far. On July 23, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia rejected the summary judgment motion of the plaintiffs challenging the...more

Court Upholds SEC Rule on Conflicts Minerals

On July 23, 2013, the US District Court for the District of Columbia found “no problems with the SEC’s rulemaking” by its adoption of the Conflict Minerals Rule pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform...more

Court Upholds SEC Conflict Minerals Rule

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has upheld the SEC’s conflict minerals rule in National Association of Manufacturers et al v. Securities and Exchange Commission. ...more

US District Court Vacates SEC Resource Extraction Payment Disclosure Rules

On July 2, 2013 the US District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion for summary judgment vacating the rules adopted by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) requiring resource extraction...more

Federal Court Strikes Down SEC Resource Extraction Rule

On July 2, 2013, the United States District Court in Washington, D.C. invalidated Rule 13q-1 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 implementing the Dodd-Frank Act “resource extraction” provision requiring disclosure of...more

FERC Assesses Record Civil Penalty But the Story Is Just Beginning

By Order dated July 16, 2013 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) assessed civil penalties against Barclays Bank Plc. and four of its traders – Daniel Brin, Scott Connelly, Karen Levine and Ryan Smith (Order). The...more

District Court Vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Issuer Rule

On July 2, the US District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the resource extraction issuer disclosure rule that the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted last year in accordance with mandates under the...more

"SEC Resource Extraction Issuer Disclosure Rules Vacated"

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated the resource extraction issuer disclosure rules adopted last year by the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Section 1504 of the...more

Court Rejects SEC’s Interpretation That All Exchange Act Reports Are Public

SEC Misreads The Dodd-Frank Act - Commenting on the SEC’s short-lived resource extraction rule, Professor Stephen Bainbridge recently posted: Can’t anybody at the SEC do basic cost benefit analysis? I hesitate to...more

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