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Avoid Hiring Plan Providers Because They Were “Juiced In”

Novant Health, Inc. is a non-profit hospital system based in North Carolina and they agreed to pay $32 million in a settlement regarding a participant lawsuit against their 401(k) plan. What’s so odd about the case is that it...more

NFA Adopts Cybersecurity Guidance

The National Futures Association (NFA) adopted on October 23, 2015 an “Interpretive Notice to NFA Compliance Rules 2-9, 2-36, and 2-49: Information Systems Security Programs” (Notice). The Notice requires each NFA Member to...more

SEC (Finally) Adopts New Equity Crowdfunding Rules, Promoting Increased Access to Capital and Democratization of Investment...

Late last week, the SEC adopted its final rules for equity crowdfunding under Title III of the JOBS Act. These rules, when implemented, have the promise of reducing the cost and increasing the availability of sorely needed...more

Will the FDA’s Proposed Rule on the Sanitary Transportation of Food Apply to International Shipments?

Yes, the FDA’s Proposed Rule, required to be published by March 31, 2016, will apply to food shipments being transported into the U.S., directly, by motor or rail vehicle, or transferred onto a motor or rail vehicle for...more

FINRA Panel Did Not Exceed Authority Or Manifestly Disregard Law By Failing To Award “Prevailing Party” Attorney’s Fees

A broker sought to vacate his FINRA compensatory damages award against a broker/dealer because the award did not include his attorney’s fees. The broker believed he was entitled to those fees as the “prevailing party” within...more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments - SEC to Vote on Final Title III Crowdfunding Rules Oct. 30: The SEC has announced that it will vote on whether to adopt rules and forms related to the offer and sale of securities through...more

FINRA Proposes Rules to Help Avoid Financial Exploitation of Seniors

Avoiding financial exploitation of older investors has been on our regulators’ radar screens for several years. With new rules proposed in October 2015, FINRA seeks to make investing safer for seniors and other vulnerable...more

Crowdfunding: FINRA Proposes JOBS Act Portal Rules

Title III of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, or JOBS Act, enacted in 2012 with the goal of increasing American job creation and economic growth, contains key provisions relating to securities offered or sold through...more

Illinois Local Sales Tax Sourcing Update: Tax Administration by Lawsuit Vanquished (for Now)

On October 16, the Circuit Court of Cook County (the “Court”), in an order authored by Judge Peter Flynn, dismissed a lawsuit by the City of Chicago (the “City”) and the Village of Skokie (collectively the “Plaintiffs”)...more

Insurance Focus: Complaints Management by Insurance Intermediaries

On 1 September 2015, IVASS (namely, the Italian Insurance Supervisory Authority) published the draft decision on complaints management by insurance intermediaries, bound to amend and integrate the well known Regulation No. 24...more

BEA Reporting Requirements for US Financial Services Providers

The US Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis (“BEA”) is conducting its 2014 Benchmark Survey of Financial Services Transactions between US Financial Services Providers and Foreign Persons (Form BE-180). This...more

CSA Provides Guidance on Canadian “Robo-Advisers”

The term “robo-adviser” has become synonymous with a provider of automated, low-cost, investment advisory services through user-friendly web-based (and increasingly, mobile) channels. These digital advice platforms are...more

Bridging the Week - October 2015 #2

SEC-Sanctioned Trader Began Alleged Spoofing After Complaining About Spoofing by Others to NYSE - Eric Oscher and Briargate Trading, LLC, a company 50 percent owned by Mr. Oscher, agreed to pay an aggregate fine of US...more

SEC Approves FINRA Equity and Debt Research Rules

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved two Financial Industry Regulatory Authority rules that apply to equity and debt research. FINRA Rule 2241 adopts, with modifications, NASD Rule 2711 as a FINRA rule and...more

SEC Approves FINRA Rule 2210 Amendment Requiring BrokerCheck Links

The amendments require FINRA members to update their retail websites to include readily apparent references and hyperlinks to BrokerCheck. On October 8, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a...more

CFPB Hearing on Arbitration Agreements: Initial Impressions

DWT recently attended a CFPB field hearing on arbitration agreements relating to consumer financial products or services. The CFPB conducted the hearing in conjunction with the agency’s publication of an outline of proposals...more

The SEC Opens Up a New Front in the Cybersecurity Wars

For the last few years, the SEC has been issuing guidance as to appropriate cybersecurity policies and procedures for financial firms. In a move that signal’s the regulator’s willingness to put muscle into its cybersecurity...more

SEC Advisory Committee Recommends Additional Clarity Regarding So-Called “Finders”

The Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") Advisory Committee on Small and Emerging Companies ("Advisory Committee") announced new recommendations to make it easier for small and emerging companies to raise capital using...more

Effect of Recent New York City Amendments May Limit Brokers and Advisers in Conducting Credit and Background Checks on Potential...

The New York City Council recently passed two amendments to the New York City Human Rights Law that are likely to substantially affect the manner in which firms in New York City may evaluate the qualifications and background...more

SEC Charges EB-5 Brokers For Not Registering

Multiple firms involved in the solicitation of investment capital for the Immigrant Investor Program (also known as "EB-5") have recently been charged by the SEC with acting as unregistered brokers. Neither In re Ireeco, LLC,...more

In re Appraisal of Dell Inc., C.A. No. 9322-VCL (Del. Ch. July 13, 2015) (rev'd July 30, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted a defendant’s motion for summary judgment, holding that the continuous holder requirement set forth in Section 262 of the General Corporation Law of the State...more

Eighth Circuit Holds Nj Law Tolls Arbitration Against Broker

The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held that New Jersey state law fraud claims against Morgan Keegan, the brokerage firm now part of Raymond James & Associates, were tolled by the plaintiffs’ efforts to collect an...more

Montana Temporarily Reduces Licensing Renewal Fees

Montana has adopted a temporary rule to reduce certain licensing renewal fees by 50 percent for the period of January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. The Department of Administration believes that adopting the Uniform...more

North Dakota Supreme Court Addresses What Creates a Fiduciary Relationship with a Land Broker

On September 21, 2015, the North Dakota Supreme Court found that a fiduciary relationship between an oil company and its landman could exist depending upon the existence of a confidential relationship. Irish Oil...more

SEC Says No More Mr. Nice Guy on Investment Adviser Cybersecurity

Over the last couple years, the SEC’s cybersecurity bark has been worse than its bite. Its Office of Compliance, Inspections, and Examinations issued examination priorities in 2014. Commissioner Aguilar warned public...more

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