Mintz Levin - Securities Matters

Just How Scary is the SEC? “Fear” Not Sufficient Grounds to Duck Administrative Subpoena

A witness testifying under oath before the SEC recently refused to answer any questions directed to him, not because of any privilege, but rather — as he said, sixty-eight different times – because he was “scared” and…more
| Constitutional Law, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

DC Circuit Court Reaffirms Earlier Decision Partially Invalidating Conflict Minerals Rule On First Amendment Grounds

Pursuant to Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act, which added new Section 13(p)(1) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, the SEC promulgated Rule 13p-1 (the “Conflict Minerals Rule”), which required that issuers that…more
| Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Securities Law

SEC Finalizes the CEO Pay Ratio Rule – Additional Executive Compensation Disclosure for Public Companies Beginning in 2017

On August 5, by a vote of 3-to-2 with the SEC Commissioners voting along party lines, the SEC approved the final rule to implement the requirements of Section 953(b) of the Dodd-Frank Act, which instructed the SEC to amend…more
| Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Delaware Bans Corporate Fee-Shifting Bylaws and Authorizes Delaware-Only Forum Requirement for Intra-Corporate Litigation

Delaware recently enacted new legislation to prohibit stock corporations from adopting fee-shifting bylaws and charter provisions, among other amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law. The fee-shifting ban ends a…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Happy Public Float Day!

If you are a year-end company, today is the end of your second fiscal quarter, which means that it’s just about time to calculate your public float to see if your reporting status has changed. Here are a few things to…more
| Business Organizations, Securities Law

Data Security Breach Documents Sought in Home Depot Books-and-Records Suit

Home Depot was recently hit with a books-and-records suit in the Delaware Court of Chancery, Frohman v. Home Depot, which seeks documents relating to the giant retailer’s data security breach last September. The plaintiff, a…more
| Business Organizations, Electronic Discovery

Regulation A+ goes effective today

Despite the attempt by the State of Montana’s securities division to stay the rule, Regulation A+ is effective as of today, June 19, 2015. Regulation A+ allows companies organized in the U.S. and Canada to raise money from…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Takes Expansive View of Investment Advisor’s Liability Under Blue Sky Law in Hays v. Ellrich

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) handed down Hays v. Ellrich, a decision with important implications for the investor advising community. The case is significant for two reasons. First, even though the…more
| Business Torts, Civil Procedure, Finance & Banking, Securities Law

Federal Court Rules That SEC Administrative Proceeding Is “Likely Unconstitutional”

As we discussed in a post last November, the SEC’s increasing use of enforcement proceedings before its own administrative law judges (ALJs), rather than before federal court judges, has spawned a number of constitutional…more
| Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Securities Law

Why Directors and Officers Should Demand a Separate Indemnification Agreement

Corporate directors and officers (“D&O’s”) face significant personal exposure whenever their corporation is involved in a dispute or investigation. For this reason, prudent D&O’s avail themselves of all available legal…more
| Business Organizations, Commercial Law & Contracts, Insurance

Massachusetts Federal Court Holds That LLC Operating Agreement Does Not Shield Defendants from Liability for Breaching Their Fiduciary Duties to Closely Held Corporations

A recent decision by Judge F. Dennis Saylor of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Butler v. Moore, C.A. No. 10-10207-FDS U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39416 (D. Mass. Mar. 26, 2015), offers an example of how fiduciary…more
| Business Organizations, Communications & Media Law

DOJ Emphasizes Role of Criminal Prosecution in Addition to Regulatory Enforcement

The U.S. Department of Justice, through the Assistant Attorney General in charge of its Criminal Division, spoke forcefully on Tuesday regarding “the role of criminal law enforcement in prosecuting conduct that may also be…more
| Administrative Law, Business Organizations, Criminal Law, Securities Law

Preserving Net Operating Losses (NOL) Carryforward: What Are You Doing to Protect Your Company’s Valuable Tax Assets?

A company’s past NOLs can be used to offset taxable income in future years, subject to certain limitations. For companies that have operated at a significant loss and expect to turn a profit in the foreseeable future, the…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Securities Law, Taxation

SEC Announces Action Against Company for Using Confidentiality Agreements That Allegedly Could Deter Whistleblowers

As we discussed in a post last month, the SEC has been closely scrutinizing whether companies may be using non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements that could discourage employees from acting as whistleblowers and…more
| Business Organizations, Finance & Banking, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

IRS Releases Final Regulations Clarifying 162(m) Limitation on Compensation

Section 162(m) of the Internal Revenue Code precludes the deduction by public companies for compensation paid to certain covered employees in excess of $1,000,000 in any taxable year. This limitation on deduction does not apply…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law, Taxation
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