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Having it Both Ways: Does the SEC’s Enforcement Division Guidance on Forum Selection Do Anything More Than Foreshadow Increased...

Earlier this month, the SEC’s Enforcement Division issued its “Approach to Forum Selection in Contested Actions.” This guidance comes at a time of heightened criticism regarding the SEC’s increasing reliance on administrative...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - May 2015 #4

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS - CRS Issues Report: Contracting with Inverted Domestic Corporations Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - The Congressional Research Service (CRS) issued a report, “Contracting with...more

SEC Enforcement Division Issues Guidance on Venue Selection

Respondents in SEC enforcement actions increasingly will litigate a wide array of matters in administrative proceedings, rather than having their day in federal district court. In the wake of significant public...more

Is the SEC a Toothless Watch Dog?

SEC enforcement actions are supposed to halt violations, protect investors and the markets, act as a deterrent and prevent a future repetition of wrongful conduct. To facilitate those goals settlements typically incorporate...more

SEC’s New Guidance on the Use of Administrative Proceedings: “It’s Up to Us.”

In an apparent response to criticisms from the defense bar and the federal judiciary, the Division of Enforcement of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) last week issued its first formal guidance on the...more

Administrative Proceedings vs. Federal Court: The SEC Provides Limited Transparency Into Its Choice of Forum

For the past two years, the SEC has come under heavy fire, both inside and outside the Commission, for its increasing use of its own administrative proceedings, rather than federal courts, as the preferred forum for bringing...more

Top Ten International Anti-Corruption Developments for April 2015

1. Criminal Division AAG Promises Increased Transparency in Corporate Charging Decisions. In an April 17, 2015 speech at New York University Law School’s Program on Corporate Compliance and Enforcement, Leslie Caldwell,...more

Televised Hearings and FOI Requests: Recent Developments in Securities Commission Practice

The hearing process before the British Columbia Securities Commission (Securities Commission) will be influenced by two important decisions: one from the Securities Commission itself, relating to televised hearings; and...more

CFPB to hold May 14 field hearing on student debt

The CFPB has announced that on May 14, 2015, it will hold a field hearing in Milwaukee on student debt. Similar to other field hearings, Director Cordray will give remarks and witnesses will include members of consumer...more

Environmental Alert: "Potential Seismic Activity from Injection Wells Prompts Railroad Commission of Texas to Order Hearings"

On Friday, April 24, the Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) ordered hearings regarding two waste injection well permits. The hearings are to address an alleged connection between the injection wells and seismic activity in...more

SDNY Judge Deals Rejects Constitutional Challenge to SEC’s Use of Administrative Proceedings

A former executive of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) Rating Services has lost an early constitutional challenge to the SEC’s use of administrative proceedings....more

Constitutional Challenges to SEC Administrative Proceedings

May defendants charged in SEC administrative proceedings challenge the constitutionality of those proceedings in federal district court? The determination of whether district courts have subject matter jurisdiction over such...more

SEC Uses Books and Records and Internal Control Regulations to Extend Reach of Actions Beyond Fraud

Last year, we predicted that the SEC would increase its use of administrative proceedings to enforce strict liability violations such as books and records and internal controls. See Mary P. Hansen & William L. Carr, The...more

Defendants Challenge SEC’s Increased Use of Administrative Forum

The Dodd-Frank Act expanded the SEC’s jurisdiction to compel administrative hearings and to seek sanctions and remedies similar to those in federal court. The Commission’s recent policy of commencing more enforcement...more

LabMD files Motion to Exclude Exhibits as it gears up for May 5th hearing with FTC

The litigation between LabMD and the FTC is not mellowing. Last week, LabMD filed a Motion to Exclude the FTC’s admission of all Tiversa documents during the FTC administrative hearing scheduled for May 5th....more

District Court Refuses To Halt SEC Administrative Proceedings

While serving as General Counsel to California’s Business, Transportation & Housing Agency, I was from time to time asked to respond to ersatz summons and other documents issued by “Our One Supreme Court”. Given that these...more

Director Cordray Conducts First Ever CFPB Enforcement Appeal Hearing

On March 9, 2015, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray held oral arguments in the first appeal of a CFPB administrative enforcement action. Both counsel for the CFPB and Respondents PHH...more

CFTC to Shift Enforcement Actions to Administrative Courts

The CFTC plans to revive the use of administrative courts to bring enforcement actions for violations of the Commodity Exchange Act and CFTC regulations, according to recent remarks by Aitan Goelman, Director of the Division...more

Latest Developments From The Connecticut General Assembly: March 19 Public Hearing

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, the General Assembly’s Education Committee will conduct a public hearing on the following proposed bills...more

Amicalola EMC Prevails in Dispute over Chattahoochee Technical College

After a decision in favor of Amicalola EMC under the large-load (900kW) exception of the Georgia Territorial Act, Georgia Power Company has agreed to relinquish the disputed building to Amicalola EMC to serve. ...more

Court Sets Date for Preliminary Injunction Hearing in Sysco-U.S. Foods Antitrust Case

This past Wednesday, Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia set a hearing from May 5 through May 8, with up to three additional days if necessary, to consider the FTC’s request for a...more

NLRB Overturns ALJ Decision; Finds Confidentiality Agreement Violated Employee Rights

On Feb. 24, 2015, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) held that a Washington transportation company’s Confidentiality Agreement violated the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). The case was titled, Battle’s Transp.,...more

Court Finds SEC Administrative Proceeding Constitutional

Section 929P(a) of the Dodd-Frank Act provides that the SEC’s authority in administrative penalty proceedings is “coextensive” with its authority to seek penalties in federal court. The plaintiff in Bebo v SEC argued the...more

Georgia Complaint Challenges Constitutionality of SEC Administrative Proceedings

A complaint filed in the Northern District of Georgia on February 19 alleges that the Securities and Exchange Commission brings claims in administrative courts that are unconstitutional. The plaintiffs in the case, Gray...more

Adviser’s Principal Banned for False Statements of Eligibility, Failure to Maintain Records and Compliance Manual

A February SEC enforcement case provided a reminder to investment advisers of the importance of meticulous compliance with requirements regarding record retention and compliance manuals. In the orderi, the SEC settled an...more

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