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This Court’s Ruling Puts The Opinion In Auditor’s Internal Control Opinion

A brief ruling issued this week by U.S. District Court Judge James C. Mahan makes it clear that an auditor isn’t always liable even when a subsequent auditor uncovers fraud. In Oaktree Capital Mgmt., L.P. v. KPMG, 2014 U.S....more

Second Circuit Finds Auditors Exempt and Endorses Limits on Class Discovery

While the number of class or collective action lawsuits has exploded, decisions from Circuit Courts of Appeal, particularly on procedural issues, are still infrequent enough to warrant comment. In Pippins v. KPMG, Case No....more

Shots Fired: PA Auditor General Releases Oil and Gas Audit

On Tuesday, the Pennsylvania Auditor General’s Office released a report criticizing the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) for failing to adequately track and respond to public complaints concerning water quality...more

EY Sanctioned For Acting As An Advocate For Audit Clients

Auditor independence is critical. The opinion issued by the audit firm regarding the financial statements of an audit client represents in part that the firm is independent. That judgment is based on an assessment of all the...more

SEC Charges Auditor of PRC Firm With Unprofessional Conduct

The Commission filed another proceeding against an audit firm and its partners arising out of the audit of a PRC issuer. Unlike earlier actions involving audit firms for Chinese issuers, in this case the difficulties did not...more

PCAOB Standard-Setting Agenda Offers Insight into Rulemaking Activities

The Office of the Chief Auditor of the PCAOB issued an updated standard-setting agenda, providing the expected timing and key milestones for various PCAOB rulemaking projects. Some of the highlights from the agenda, which was...more

Corporate & Tax E-Note - June 26, 2014

In This Issue: - SBA Ups Size Standards, Allowing 8,400 Firms to Become Small Biz - Auditors Want to Limit Reporting of 'Critical Audit Matters' - House Approves Permanent Extension of Small Business Tax...more

Inside The Courts - May 2014 | Volume 6 | Issue 2

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY: ..Athale v. Sinotech Energy Ltd., No. 11 Civ. 05831(AJN) (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 21, 2014) - BYLAWS: ..ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis...more

SEC Sanctions D&T Auditor For Independence Violations

A now retired Deloitte & Touche LLP partner settled charges that he violated the auditor independence rules, engaged in improper professional conduct and caused a firm audit client to violate Exchange Act Section 13(a). The...more

Public Meeting Does Not Clarify Direction of PCAOB’s Proposal to Expand the Auditor’s Report

While most commenters at the PCAOB’s April 2–3 public meeting on the Auditor’s Reporting Model proposal expressed support for additional reporting by auditors, the views as to the nature of such reporting were disparate and...more

CFTC Staff Provides Guidance on Auditor Independence Requirements Under FCM Customer Protection Rules

The CFTC’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight (the “Division”) issued an interpretive letter regarding the auditor independence standards included in CFTC Regulation 1.16, specifically as it applies to...more

The Registrar is Changing the Game for Complaints Against Arizona Contractors

Sweeping changes at the Registrar of Contractors have the construction and real estate industries concerned and curious. The Registrar recently received some poor performance reports by the Auditor General and State...more

CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards

On March 28, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Swap Dealer and Intermediary Oversight issued an interpretive statement regarding the auditor independence standards applicable to futures commission...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 14

In this issue: - SEC Requests Comment on FINRA Rules - CFTC Issues Interpretation Regarding Auditor Independence Standards - OTC Derivatives Regulators Group Issues Report to G20 - NFA...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: An emerging defence – Part I

Interesting policy issues arise when auditors of corporations whose management has fraudulently misrepresented the company’s financial statements find themselves defending claims brought on behalf of the corporation by...more

Once You Start Bribing – I Guess It Is Hard To Stop

News came out last week that chiropractor Stephen Jacobs of Lowell, MA is in hot water with the feds. Dr. Jacobs allegedly paid an IRS auditor $5,000 in cash to ignore two deductions he improperly took on this 2011 income...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: Massive Liability May Not Be Indeterminate

Paradoxically, the application of the Hercules Managements duty of care test in cases like Widdrington (Estate of) v. Wightman, 2011 QCCS 1788, affirmed QCCA 1184 (“Castor Holdings”) may actually work to expand, rather than...more

SEC, KPMG and Auditor Independence

The Commission, as part of its retooled enforcement program, is, in part, focusing on gatekeepers such as attorneys and accounts in an effort to achieve omnipresence. This has resulted in a number of proceedings against...more

"SEC Judge Issues Initial Decision Regarding Chinese Affiliates of the Big Four Accounting Firms"

On January 22, 2014, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot (the ALJ) issued an initial decision censuring the Chinese accounting firms affiliated with Ernst & Young LLP, KPMG LLP...more

Enhanced Auditor’s Report – Latest Developments

You may recall that last August the PCAOB proposed a new standard designed to enhance the independent auditor’s report. •the communication of “critical audit matters” as determined by the auditor, •enhanced...more

SEC Enforcement Year in Review - 2013

Marked by leadership changes, high-profile trials, and shifting priorities, 2013 was a turning point for the Enforcement Division of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC” or the “Commission”). While the results of...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: Small closely-held corporations

In Waxman v. Waxman (2004), 186 OAC 201, the Ontario Court of Appeal considered whether the Hercules Managements analysis is applicable in a case brought by a shareholder of a small, closely- held corporation where concerns...more

Inside The Courts - December 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 4

In This Issue: *U.S. SUPREME COURT: - Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc., No. 13-317 (U.S. Nov. 15, 2013) Lawson v. FMR LLC, No. 12-3 (U.S. Nov. 12, 2013) - Chadbourne & Parke LLP v. Troice, No....more

Corporate Review - November 2013: Proposed Changes to Auditor Oversight Rules Will Alter Information Provided to Audit Committees...

The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA) has proposed revisions to National Instrument 52-108, Auditor Oversight, to alter the level of disclosure that audit firms are required to make to securities regulators and the...more

Auditors’ Liability to Third Parties: An Overview

Historically, the doctrine of privity of contract prevented third parties from claiming against auditors for negligently prepared audited reports. The landscape changed with the recognition of the tort of negligent...more

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