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SEC Announces Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Award for Compliance Professional

On Wednesday, April 22nd, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had awarded approximately $1.5 million to a whistleblower who had served as a compliance officer of the company about which he blew the whistle…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

FCC Action Against AT&T Reflects Regulator’s Increasing Focus on Privacy and Data Security

In the wake of the Federal Communications Commission’s (“FCC’s”) first-ever foray last October into fining companies over data security practices, the agency’s Enforcement Bureau Chief, Travis LeBlanc, asserted that the agency…more
| Communications & Media Law, Finance & Banking, Privacy, Consumer Protection, Science, Computers, & Technology

DOL Proposes Sweeping Expansion of Fiduciary-Duty Rules

Proposed new guidance from the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) would significantly alter the regulation of investment advice to employee plans and IRAs. The guidance aims to reshape the marketplace for retirement-related…more
| Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking

Permanent “Doc Fix” Legislation Substitutes Merit-Based Incentive Payment System for SGR, and Contains Other Reimbursement and Compliance Changes

In addition to finally repealing the so-called sustainable growth rate methodology (“SGR”) for adjusting Medicare physician payments that Congress has overridden consistently since 2004, the newly enacted Medicare Access and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Health

Recent Developments and Trends for Exempt Organizations

Recent months have been eventful for exempt organizations and their advisors. While fundamental tax reform remains a possibility, with a number of proposals on the table that would significantly change the rules for exempt…more
| Art, Entertainment, & Sports Law, Finance & Banking, Health, Taxation, Nonprofit Law

The Ropes Recap: Mergers & Acquisitions Law News - First Quarter 2015

In this issue: - News from the Courts - Chancery Court Denies Enforcement of Drag-Along Right in Transaction Where Notice to Minority Stockholders Improperly Provided After Majority Stockholder Approval -…more
| Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Mergers & Acquisitions, Securities Law

SEC Imposes Fine on KBR for Violating Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protection Rule

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced the resolution of its first enforcement action against a company for violations of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Rights, Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Securities Law

Courts Continue to Dismiss Shareholder Suits Based on FCPA Violations

On March 16, 2015, Judge Paul G. Gardephe of the Southern District of New York dismissed a shareholder derivative suit filed by Sylvia Pritika against the CEO and others of Avon Products Inc. ("Avon") alleging breach of…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Business Torts, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Department of the Interior Releases Comprehensive New Rules on "Fracking"

On March 26, 2015, the Department of the Interior formally published a comprehensive set of new rules regarding Hydraulic Fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.” Several years in the making, the new rules — which go into…more
| Administrative Law, Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

SEC Charges Underwriter and Bankers in Connection with Offering by China-based Issuer A Cautionary Tale of How Bad Facts and Weak Due Diligence Can Expose Advisors and Their Deal Teams

On March 27, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced charges against an investment bank and two of its bankers for failing to adequately review and escalate a due diligence report which contradicted…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

UK Treasury releases Consultation Paper under MiFID II

Following the Financial Conduct Authority’s (“FCA”) release of its discussion paper on implementation of the revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) on 26 March 2015, the UK Treasury released on 27 March…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, International Law & Trade, Securities Law

Shooting for Effective Anti-Corruption Compliance: A Look at Recent Developments in Brazil

A recently disclosed bribery scandal related to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with other anti-corruption developments in Brazil, has reinforced the importance of implementing effective compliance policies and…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Energy & Utilities, International Law & Trade

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies Standard for Challenging an Expression of Opinion in Registration Statement

On March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court limited a securities plaintiff’s ability to claim a remedy for statements of “belief” or “opinion” that turn out to be wrong. In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction…more
| Civil Procedure, Commercial Law & Contracts, Finance & Banking, Business Torts, Securities Law

FCA Releases Discussion Paper Under MiFID II

The revised Markets in Financial Instruments Directive (“MiFID II”) came into force on 2 July 2014. It will have effect on 3 January 2017, reflecting the period required for European Union member states to transpose its…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Labor & Employment Law, Finance & Banking, Insurance, International Law & Trade

Supreme Court Rules that TTAB Decisions Can Have Preclusive Effect in Federal Court

On March 24, 2015, in a trademark dispute captioned B&B Hardware Inc. v. Hargis Indus., Inc., No. 13-352, the United States Supreme Court determined that “likelihood of confusion for purposes of registration [of a trademark] is…more
| Administrative Law, Civil Procedure, Intellectual Property
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