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Like a Rolling Stone and the Failures of Internal Controls

I continue my celebration of Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate, by reflecting on what many consider to be his greatest recording, Like a Rolling Stone. In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine named it as the greatest song of all time....more

Ninth Circuit Holds SOX Gives SEC Power to Cause Executives to Disgorge Incentive Compensation Based on Others' Misconduct

Rule 13a-14 issued under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) requires that Chief Executive Officers and Chief Financial Officers certify the accuracy of the public company’s financial statements. Section 304 of SOX states that CEOs...more

Corporate & Business Transactions Tips

Here are 5 tips for positioning the strongest possible partnership when starting your new company: - 1. FREQUENT AND DETAILED COMMUNICATIONS ARE ESSENTIAL. The most effective CEOs and CFOs are sophisticated...more

Ninth Circuit Holds that SOX 304 Clawback Applies to Executives that are Not at Fault

The Ninth Circuit recently held that Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX 304) allows for a clawback of certain CEO and CFO compensation regardless of whether the clawback was triggered by the personal misconduct of...more

Ninth Circuit Permits SEC to Assert Standalone Claim for False Sarbanes-Oxley Certification and Confirms Disgorgement Remedy...

In Securities & Exchange Commission v. Jensen, No. 14-55221, 2016 WL 4537377 (9th Cir. Aug. 31, 2016), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit broke new ground by providing the Securities & Exchange...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Whose “Misconduct” Triggers SOX 304 Disgorgement But Not What Constitutes “Misconduct”

Section 304 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (15 U.S.C. § 7243) requires CEOs and CFOs to repay bonuses, incentive- and equity-based compensation, and profits realized on the sale of securities received in the 12 months...more

[Webinar] 28th Annual Employee Benefits Seminar - September 21st, 8:20am Central / 9:20am Eastern

Program Highlights Please join the Locke Lord Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation Group for our 28th annual employee benefits seminar via webinar.  Our attorneys will provide an overview of current developments...more

Game-Changing PAMA Rule Sets off Major Payment Shifts for Lab Tests

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a major final rule that will base Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) reimbursement on private insurance payment amounts, as required by the...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - August 2016

The Hershey Governance Settlement - On Friday, July 29, the Pennsylvania Attorney General, the Hershey Trust Company and the Milton Hershey School, entered into a written settlement resolving an investigation conducted...more

Fold ‘Em or All-In? A Dealer’s Guide to Succession Planning

Bet, fold, bluff, raise, and all-in. These are all common words when playing a game of poker, or as some call it, Texas Hold’em. Would you believe that just as with playing poker, these words could also be used when talking...more

Allocating Founder Equity

There’s no legal definition for “founder,” but it is one of the most important roles in a startup. Designating someone a founder means a lot for the long-term future of the company and for that individual; it is the founders...more

Securities Class Action Defense Counsel Selection: An Interview Process is Essential

When a public company purchases a significant good or service, it typically seeks competitive proposals. From coffee machines to architects, companies invite multiple vendors to bid, evaluate their proposals, and choose one...more

Dodd-Frank and Executive Compensation — Where Are We Now?

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”) became federal law on July 21, 2010 to provide safeguards for consumers and increase transparency in the U.S. capital markets in response to public...more

Georgia On My Mind – How Does Compliance Enhance Shareholder Value?

Can you get a sense of place from listening to a song? In an article in the Financial Times (FT), entitled “The Life of a Song – Georgia On My Mind”, Mike Hobart wrote that when you “combine Stuart Gorrell’s lyrics with Hoagy...more

Spoofing Whales: How Companies Can Protect Their CEOs and CFOs from the "Business Email Compromise”

Cyber scammers continually innovate new means to extract valuable information from unsuspecting victims. And a new form of cyber fraud is exploiting the close relationship between CEOs and CFOs. Identifying this threat — and...more

At Last–the SEC’s Compensation Clawback Proposal

Some five years ago, Section 954 of the Dodd-Frank Act instructed the SEC to adopt rules mandating that national securities exchanges require listed companies to implement incentive compensation recovery (or clawback)...more

Economic Downturn Week, Part III – The Desktop Risk Assessment

I continue my exploration of actions you can take to improve your compliance program during an economic downturn with a review of what my colleague Jan Farley, the Chief Compliance Officer (CCO) at Dresser-Rand, called the...more

SEC Gives Itself the Home Court Advantage in an Accounting Fraud / Internal Controls Action Against a Corporate CEO

An otherwise mundane SEC announcement on July 30, 2014 of an enforcement action charging a public company CEO and CFO with accounting fraud and internal controls violations is significant because the SEC is proceeding against...more

SEC Names Company, Eight Directors and Officers In Financial Fraud Actions

Since the market crisis enforcement officials have heard repeated calls to prosecute not just companies but high ranking corporate officials. While the Commission brought a series of market crisis actions against firms and...more

Do Misstated Financial Statements Cause CEOs To Speed?

Should companies look into the driving records of the CEOs that they hire? Robert H. Davidson, Aiyesha Dey, and Abbie Smith answer that question in a forthcoming Journal of Economics paper. These authors examined a sample...more

Avoiding “Responsible Person” Liability For Payroll and Sales Taxes

One benefit of conducting business through a corporation, limited liability company or other limited liability entity is the “shield” from personal liability that these entities generally afford stockholders, directors and...more

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