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Red Light for New Activist Strategy

by Jones Day on

Earlier this month, General Motors ("GM") won a decisive victory in a proxy contest waged by Greenlight Capital, the activist fund headed by David Einhorn. Greenlight claimed that GM's shares, which were trading at a price...more

Department of Labor Secretary Acosta Announces Partial Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule

On May 22, 2017, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the DOL will not issue another delay of the “fiduciary rule,” set to become generally effective on...more

Delaware Supreme Court Scolds Special Committee Member that Joins Law Firm

The Delaware Supreme Court upheld the Chancery Court decision in Chester County Retirement Systems v. Collins et al. In so doing, it noted one troubling aspect of the record as follows: The plaintiff’s complaint pointed...more

Courts Hold That Fiduciaries Waived Complaints About Trial Court Orders

by Winstead PC on

In In re Estate of Roach, a trial court removed an executor for multiple grounds, including: (1) Texas Estates Code Section 404.0035(b)(5), which authorizes removal when an independent executor becomes incapable of properly...more

With the Tip of a Hat, a Fund Manager Can Be an ERISA Fiduciary

by Winstead PC on

It’s official. The Department of Labor’s final conflict of interest regulation became applicable on June 9, 2017. Despite the consternation leading up to the issuance of this rule and the expectations of many that the rule...more

Second Circuit Defers Allegations of Attorney Relationship With Client’s Mother

On June 5, 2017, in an opinion with facts that even the Court seemed to recognize read like the script for a straight-to-video movie, the Second Circuit (Jacobs, Sack, Carney) declined to overturn a defendant’s conviction and...more

Finally in Play: A Refresher on the Fiduciary Rule for Plan Sponsors

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

On the heels of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta’s announcement that the Department of Labor’s oft-delayed “Fiduciary Rule” would finally take effect on June 9th, Congressmen introduced new legislation on June 8th to overturn...more

The DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Takes Effect Without Further Delay

The Secretary of Labor, John Acosta, announced recently that no further delays will apply to the Department of Labor’s new Fiduciary Rule on investment advice conflicts of interest and related prohibited transaction...more

Fiduciary Rule Creates Breach of Contract Claim, But No Private Right of Action

The first part of the DOL’s Conflict of Interest Rule (the “Fiduciary Rule”) went into effect on Friday, June 9th. A large group of newly-defined “fiduciaries” are now subject to certain requirements of the Best Interest...more

Day 7 of One Month to Better Investigations and Report-How Investigations Inform Remediation

by Thomas Fox on

There is nothing like an internal whistleblower report about a FCPA violation, the finding of such an issue or (even worse) a subpoena from the DOJ to trigger the Board of Directors and senior management attention to the...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Still a Go for June 9, but its Future Remains Uncertain

by Littler on

United States Department of Labor (“DOL”) Secretary Alexander Acosta recently announced that the final DOL fiduciary regulations (the “Fiduciary Rule”) will go into effect on June 9, 2017. In an op-ed in the Wall Street...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule for Private Investment Fund Managers and Sponsors and Managed Account Advisers:...

The DOL's "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") will take effect on June 9, 2017. The DOL has published FAQs on the implementation of the Rule applicable to the period between June 9th and December 31st (the "Transition...more

ESMA Consults on Guidelines on CCP Conflicts of Interest Management Under EMIR

On June 1, 2017, ESMA published a consultation paper (ESMA70-151-291) on guidelines relating to central counterparties (“CCPs“) management of conflicts of interest. ESMA explains that the European Market Infrastructure...more

Big Changes Could be Coming to Class Action Practice, Courtesy of Congress

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Class actions, especially those with nationwide scope and the specter of huge payouts, have long been the stuff of nightmares for in-house counsel and corporate executives. The press regularly report on settlements where...more

Fiduciary-Rule Litigation Moves to Court of Public Opinion

by Burr & Forman on

Last week Labor Secretary Acosta chose a Wall Street Journal op-ed to announce DOL’s decision not to delay the “fiduciary rule” past the once-extended June 9 effective date....more

The Department of Labor Confirms June 9th as the Effective Date of the Fiduciary Rule: What Employers Need to Know Now

by Dickinson Wright on

On May 22, 2017, Secretary of Labor Jim Acosta announced that, after having been delayed 60 days, the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) Conflict of Interest Rule (“Fiduciary Rule”) will largely apply on June 9, 2017. At that...more

The 2017 Fla. Legislature Returns To CondoLand

Once again, after a one-year hiatus, the Florida Legislature has produced several condominium bills. Typically, the Legislature passes a single condominium bill into which other approved bills have been...more

SEC Returns to the Fiduciary-Rule Arena

by Burr & Forman on

On June 1, new SEC Chair Clayton returned the SEC to the arena in the policy debate surrounding the DOL’s Fiduciary Rule. Clayton’s public statement responded to a direct invitation for SEC participation by DOL Secretary...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed one settled administrative proceeding this week involving an investment adviser. The Order charged cherry picking, making misrepresentations to clients regarding certain fees and a failure to trade a fund...more

Department of Labor Secretary Acosta Announces Partial Implementation of the Fiduciary Rule

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

On May 22, 2017, Department of Labor (DOL) Secretary Alexander Acosta announced in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that the DOL will not issue another delay of the “fiduciary rule,” set to become generally effective on...more

Compliance With the ERISA Fiduciary Advice Rule: Beginning June 9, 2017

This is an update on the upcoming effective date of the "fiduciary rule" or "fiduciary advice rule" (the "Rule") that was issued under the US Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA). The Rule was published by...more

What Are You Doing About Outside Business Disclosures

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

FINRA is currently reviewing its rules regarding outside business activities and private securities transactions. From time to time, FINRA reviews its rules and application of those rules to see if anything needs to be...more

No Further Delay on Implementation Date of DOL Conflict of Interest Rules

In a May 23, 2017, op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta indicated that the conflict of interest regulation (commonly referred to as the fiduciary rule) issued by the Department of Labor (DOL)...more

DOL Won't Delay Fiduciary Rule Past June 9

by Burr & Forman on

Finally, there’s voice of reason entering the policy harangue over the Department of Labor’s Fiduciary Rule … even if it’s coming through an unusual outlet. In a May 23 Wall Street Journal opinion piece, new Labor Secretary...more

Trending Wonkology: What is 'Special Counsel'?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Special Counsel - Definition: A person appointed by the U.S. Attorney General, or their designee, in cases where an internal investigation may present a conflict of interest or when it may be in the public interest....more

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