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Countdown to New Form ADV – Are You Ready?

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

October 1st is less than a month away. That’s the effective date for the new Form ADV (Uniform Application for Investment Adviser Registration and Report by Exempt Reporting Advisers). ...more

Brokers Have To Be Reminded To Avoid Using Personal Emails And Texts

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Despite numerous warnings, some people just do not get it. The SEC barred a broker from the industry because the broker used personal email and text messages to obtain client investments....more

Chancery Declines Applying 'Garner' Exception to Privileged Documents in Books-and-Records Action

by Morris James LLP on

In the recent decision in Salberg v. Genworth Financial,the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to compel the production of attorney-client privileged documents in a books-and-records action. In Salberg, Vice Chancellor...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC filed an insider trading case this week based on three separate trading chains that netted $5 million in trading profits, all back to a New York City bank official. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a...more

Court Of Chancery Protects Privilege In Books and Records Action And Addresses Corwin’s Effect On Mismanagement Investigation...

by Morris James LLP on

Salberg v. Genworth Financial Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0018-JRS (July 27, 2017) - This is an important decision for its analyses implicating the Garner and Corwin rules. The Garner rule is that, under certain narrow...more

Chancery Recommends Rule to Determine Preclusive Effect of Judgments in Prior Derivative Actions

by Morris James LLP on

The predominant approach in most jurisdictions to determine whether the dismissal of a derivative action based on the failure to adequately plead demand futility bars re-litigation of this issue in a subsequent derivative...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds Garner Fiduciary Exception Does Not Justify Compelled Production Of Privileged Documents Relevant To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights III of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that stockholder plaintiffs had not satisfied their burden of showing “good cause” under the Garner fiduciary exception to the...more

Bridging the Week - August 2017

OCC Seeks Input How Volcker Regulations Should Be Amended: The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency solicited comment on how the specific requirements it adopted to implement the so-called “Volcker Rule” should be...more

Evolution of Your Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

One of the most consistent themes from the Department of Justice (DOJ) regarding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance programs has been continuous evolution. As far back as 2009, I heard Lanny Breuer say that your...more

SEC Brings First Corporate FCPA Enforcement Action Under Its New Leadership

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 27, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) brought an enforcement action against Halliburton Company, a Houston-based oilfield services corporation. Specifically, the SEC alleged that Halliburton...more

Books and Records Case Illustrates Crucial Importance of Pre-Suit Demand

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

The third time definitely wasn’t a charm for the plaintiff in Austin v Gould, 2017 NY Slip Op 31494(U) [Sup Ct NY County July 13, 2017], in which the court dismissed ill-pleaded claims for “unfettered and unlimited access to...more

Court Upholds Stockholder's Share Ownership and Books-and-Records Request

by Morris James LLP on

Companies often defend against stockholder requests to inspect books and records by contending that the plaintiff stockholder lacks a proper purpose or that his or her stated purpose is not the real purpose. Less common is a...more

Delaware Chancellor Urges Revision of Preclusion Principles in Derivative Actions

The Chancellor of Delaware’s Court of Chancery yesterday urged the Delaware Supreme Court to revise Delaware law on preclusion in shareholder derivative actions. The court’s July 25, 2017 decision in In re Wal-Mart Stores,...more

Court of Chancery Advocates New Test Governing Preclusion in Derivative Litigation

by Morris James LLP on

In re Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Delaware Derivative Litig., C.A. No. 7455-CB (Del. Ch. July 25, 2017) - This is an important decision holding that just because one derivative litigation was dismissed for failure to overcome...more

Georgia Adopts New Mortgage Servicing Rules

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Georgia Department of Banking and Finance has issued new mortgage servicing rules including, but not limited to, the following provisions: Definitions that generally have the same meaning as in the terms defined in Ga....more

Recent Cases Demonstrate Need for Blockchain

by Goodwin on

A recent Delaware bill is poised to allow private Delaware corporations “use networks of electronic databases (examples of which are described currently as “distributed ledgers” or a “blockchain”) for the creation and...more

Third Circuit Holds That Statutes Of Limitation May Be Tolled By Books-And-Records Demands Under Delaware Law Despite Inquiry...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 13, 2017, Chief Judge Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit reversed in part the District Court’s dismissal of claims for breach of contract as untimely. Norman v. Elkin, No. 16-1924 (3d...more

Delaware Chancery Court Issues Opinion Offering Rare Interpretation Of Stock Transfer Restriction Provision, Delaware General...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On July 10, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery found plaintiff was not bound by stock transfer restrictions under which the company had sought to revoke his ownership and was...more

Commercial Division Rules that U.S. Treasury Secretary’s Access to a Company’s Detailed Financial Information in His Role as a...

Members of a company’s board who are also investors in the company often have access to detailed information about the company’s finances and its lending facilities. But what happens when an investor-board member could,...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Stock Restriction Law

by Morris James LLP on

Henry v. Phixios Holdings Inc., C.A. No. 12504-VCMR (July 10, 2017) - This is the rare decision explaining when restrictions on stock transfers (permitted by Section 202 of the DGCL) can be enforced. While the statute...more

Bridging the Week - July 2017

Trading Firm and Individual Trader Settle CFTC Allegations of Engaging in Wash Sales to Obtain Exchange Fee Rebates: Rosenthal Collins Capital Markets LLC (now named DV Trading LLC), a proprietary trading firm, settled...more

Is your Bookkeeper the Right One?

by Foodman CPAs & Advisors on

Bookkeepers are by practical definition business multi-taskers. They keep financial records, post debits and credits, prepare reports, execute banking transactions, act as collectors for overdue accounts, work with clients...more

2017 Legislative Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

On June 26, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 1237, changing or amending a number of statutes regulating condominium associations. These statutes address conflicts of interest and access to official records, changes...more

"Creating A Risk" Of Bribery Can Violate The FCPA: Low Threshold For SEC Enforcement Actions

by Allen & Overy LLP on

SEC enforcement actions under the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act have been setting an ever-lower threshold for violations of the FCPA's books and records, and internal controls provisions. Most recently, the SEC has...more

CFTC Rewrites Recordkeeping Requirements

by WilmerHale on

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC or Commission) has significantly amended its recordkeeping requirements, a change that will affect all entities and individuals who are required to maintain books and records...more

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