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Ethics Committee Blocks Judges From Joining California Cannabis Gold Rush

Yesterday, right on the cusp of 420, the California Supreme Court Committee on Judicial Ethics issued an opinion regarding “Extrajudicial Involvement in Marijuana Enterprises,” stating that judges should refrain from owning...more

The Official Delay of the Fiduciary Rule: A Compromise

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On April 7, 2017, the DOL published a final rule, officially delaying the applicability of the Fiduciary Rule for 60 days, until June 9, 2017....more

Ensuring an expert is independent and other issues

by Dentons on

There have been several judgments in the first few months of 2017 that are worth considering in relation to the impartiality and independence of an expert, as well as the duties of experts....more

Fifth Circuit Holds that Insurer’s Payment to Insured’s Independent Counsel Erodes Policy Limits

A recent Fifth Circuit case highlights the potential risks of purchasing a defense-within-limits policy: If an insurer is obligated to hire independent counsel due to a conflict of interest, that counsel’s fees may erode your...more

M&A Watch: Court Questions Accelerated Vesting of Equity Compensation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

As we have previously reported, the Delaware Chancery Court recently dismissed the stockholder class action suit In re Columbia Pipeline Group, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 12152-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2017),...more

The Lawyers' Lawyer Newsletter - Recent Developments in Risk Management - April 2017

by Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP on

Attorney-Client Privilege – Invoices to Public Entity Client – Ongoing Litigation - Los Angeles Cty. Bd. of Supervisors v. Superior Court, 2 Cal. 5th 282, 386 P.3d 773 (2016) - Risk Management Issue: May a law firm's...more

New Lobbying Legislation in Force in New Brunswick

On April 1, 2017, the New Brunswick Lobbyists’ Registration Act (Act) came into force, creating the first regime in New Brunswick to regulate lobbyists and lobbying activity in the province. The proclamation of the Act...more

DOL Issues Final Rule Delaying Fiduciary Rule until June 9, 2017

by Robinson & Cole LLP on

As ordered by President Trump in a presidential memorandum on February 3, 2017, (Memorandum), the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) proposed a 60-day delay to its conflict of interest rule (commonly referred to as the “fiduciary...more

Trump insider-nominee to head FDA starts out with list of conflicts of interest

At a time when drug costs are skyrocketing and Americans are demanding relief, President Trump’s nominee to be the chief regulator of Big Pharma and medical device makers says he initially must sidestep a lot of oversight of...more

Oracle’s 401(k) and what doesn’t look right

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A district court judge has ruled that Oracle will in have to defend itself regarding its 401(k) Plan. Plaintiffs allege the Oracle Corporation 401(k) Savings and Investment Plan “caused participants to pay recordkeeping...more

Update on the Department of Labor’s New Fiduciary Rules and Subsequent Challenges

On April 6, 2016, the Department of Labor under the Obama administration issued a new final rule and exemptions addressing when a person providing investment advice with respect to an employee benefit plan or individual...more

"DOL Finalizes Delay of Conflict of Interest Rule"

On April 4, 2017, the Department of Labor (DOL) released its final rule providing a 60-day delay of the April 10, 2017, applicability date of its conflict of interest regulation (the so-called fiduciary rule) and related...more

DOL Fiduciary Rule Delayed, But At Least Parts Might Be Here to Stay

On April 4, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor issued a final rule postponing applicability of the conflict of interest rule and related exemptions for sixty days, until June 9, 2017...more

ERISA Newsletter - First Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

After a brief hiatus, Proskauer's ERISA Newsletter is back with a brand new look. We hope you like it and find it is easier to navigate. In addition to implementing our new format, we have moved to a quarterly publication...more

Cybersecurity Remains a Hot Topic for Boards in 2017

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Each year, a number of surveys and commentators describe and predict the trending topics of interest and importance to boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017, it...more

March 2017 Protest Roundup

Our March bid protest round-up brings you disparate treatment, undocumented agency rationales, the duty of candor to courts, the unusual timeliness rules for protests of Organizational Conflicts of Interest (OCIs), and (once...more

Senate to Debate Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act

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A piece of federal legislation reflects a significant effort by Congress to curb perceived abuses of the federal class action procedure. The legislation is the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017 – on March 9...more

Top Board Concerns Heading into 2017 Remain a Hot Topic

by Snell & Wilmer on

Each year, a number of surveys and commentators describe and predict the trending topics of interest and importance to boards of directors in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. As we wrap up the first quarter of 2017, it...more

IRS Issues Temporary Enforcement Policy In Line with DOL FAB 2017-01

On the heels of the Department of Labor’s temporary enforcement policy concerning the DOL conflict of interest rule and related exemptions, the IRS announced that...more

Delaware Chancery Preliminarily Enjoins Merger-Related Stockholder Meeting Until Financial Advisor's Fees For Merger-Related...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 22, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery preliminarily enjoined a stockholder vote on the proposed acquisition by Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (“Consolidated”) of...more

Thoughts on the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017

A fair amount of attention has been given in the legal media to the Fairness in Class Action Litigation Act of 2017, H.R. 985, which has passed the House of Representatives and is currently under consideration by the Senate....more

OIG report finds CFPB can strengthen conflict of interest controls related to vendor activities

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Office of Inspector General for the Fed and CFPB has issued a report on the results of an evaluation it conducted to determine whether the CFPB effectively mitigates the risk of potential conflicts of interest associated...more

No Emergency Injunction Appeal in Chamber’s Challenge to DOL Rule

On March 20, 2017, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas denied the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s emergency motion for an injunction pending appeal challenging implementation of the Department’s conflict of interest...more

Organizational Conflicts of Interest: An Issue That Requires Government Contractors To Be Proactive

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In an effort to ensure there is no OCI or that your mitigation plan is effective and timely implemented, government contractors must be proactive when reviewing the agency’s needs in light of its mission, the solicitation,...more

Saudi Arabia Approves New Corporate Governance Regulations

by Dechert LLP on

The publication of the Regulations is driven by the continued effort to attract additional foreign investment into the Kingdom and to harmonize the CMA’s own rules with those of the newly revised Companies Law2, as overseen...more

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