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DOL Requests Information Regarding Use of Brokerage Windows and Similar Arrangements in Participant-Directed Defined Contribution Plans

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published a request for information (the “RFI”) regarding the use of brokerage windows, self-directed brokerage accounts, and similar arrangements (collectively referred to in this article as…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

DOL Proposes Rule That Would Require Federal Contractors to Submit Pay Data

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) recently proposed a rule that would require certain federal contractors to submit annual “Equal Pay Reports” providing summary data on their…more
| Civil Rights, Labor & Employment Law, Government Contracting

SEC Announces Exam Initiative Targeting Newly Registered Municipal Advisors

The SEC announced an initiative in which its Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (OCIE) plans to examine a significant percentage of newly registered municipal advisors over the next two years using an approach…more
| Finance & Banking, Securities Law

IRS Amends Revenue Ruling 81-100 to Permit Participation in Group Trusts by Puerto Rico Plans and Insurance Company Separate Accounts

The Internal Revenue Service (the “IRS”) issued Revenue Ruling 2014-24 (the “Ruling”). The Ruling amends Revenue Ruling 81-100, the ruling that established the requirements applicable to a tax-qualified group trust. The Ruling…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance, Taxation, Wills, Trusts, & Estate Planning

NYDFS Enters Settlement Agreement With PwC Under Which PwC Pays $25 Million Fine, Accepts 24-Month Consulting Suspension and Will Implement Reforms of Specified Practices

The New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) entered into a settlement agreement (the “Settlement Agreement”) with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (“PwC”) related to consulting services performed by PwC for the Tokyo…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners LP Wins Chapter 11 Plan Approval

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Madeline Coleman approved a modified Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Plan for Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners, L.P (“Philadelphia Entertainment”) on Monday, July 28, 2014…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Bankruptcy, Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies

Atlantic City: Could Massachusetts Casinos be a Losing Bet?

Atlantic City’s gaming industry is struggling. Its casinos made 11% less in July than they did a year ago. Revel, a $2.4 billion casino that opened with great fanfare in 2012, will close in September after it failed to find a…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law

SEC Settles with Dually Registered Adviser Over Best Execution, Disclosure and Principal Transactions

The SEC settled administrative proceedings against an investment adviser, Dominick & Dominick LLC, a firm registered with the SEC both as an investment adviser and a broker-dealer (the “Adviser” or “D&D”), and Robert X. Reilly,…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

CFPB Issues Consumer Advisory Concerning Risks of Virtual Currencies; Announces it Will Accept Consumer Complaints Regarding Virtual Currency Products and Services

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (the “CFPB”) issued a consumer advisory (the “Advisory”) in which it describes risks faced by consumers when engaging in transactions that involve virtual currencies. The CFPB also…more
| Finance & Banking, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

FinCEN Issues Advisory to U.S. Financial Institutions Regarding Promotion of a Culture of Compliance

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) issued an advisory (the “Advisory”) to U.S. financial institutions (“FIs”, and each an “FI”) in which FinCEN highlights “the importance of a strong culture of [Bank Secrecy Act…more
| Finance & Banking

OFAC Issues New Guidance Regarding Status of Entities Owned by Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons

The U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) issued new guidance regarding the status of entities that are 50% or more owned by persons or entities whose property and interests in property are blocked…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade

Boston Stripped of Surrounding Community Status for Wynn Project

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) stripped Boston of its status as a “surrounding community” for the proposed Wynn casino. While initially the Commission appeared to agree with Boston that the Commission should…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Receives Final Community Input for Eastern Massachusetts Casino Applications

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission (“Commission”) held two public hearings the week of August 11, 2014 to finalize the comment process before awarding the Boston-area casino license. The Commission held the first hearing on…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Elections & Politics, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

FRB Interpretive Letter Grants Individual an Exemption from the Major Assets Prohibition of the Interlocks Act

The FRB recently issued an interpretive letter (the “FRB Letter”) in which the FRB granted an individual director (the “Director”) an exemption from the prohibition of the Depository Institution Management Interlocks Act (the…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking

OCC Issues Bulletin That Discusses the Characteristics of and Supervisory Considerations Concerning Mutual Federal Savings Associations; Comptroller Curry Urges Modified Charter of Federal Savings Associations to Increase Activities In Which They May Engage

On July 22, 2014, the OCC issued a bulletin (OCC Bulletin 2014-35, the “Bulletin”) in which the OCC describes the special characteristics of mutual federal savings associations (“Mutual FSAs,” and, collectively with stock-owned…more
| Finance & Banking
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