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ERISA: Court Establishes New Incentive to Bring Early Motions to Dismiss “Breach of Fiduciary Duty” Claims

You know that in ERISA cases most courts typically will limit review to the administrative record, absent special circumstances. Courts may also allow limited discovery when assessing whether a “conflict of interest” affected...more

South Carolina Court Decides Key Health Care Case - Physical therapists win in employment lawsuit

The South Carolina Supreme Court has decided a case with great significance in the health care industry. The court overturned a ban on physicians employing physical therapists and gave guidance regarding how state agencies...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisor with Conflicts for Law Firm Discounts

In a settled enforcement action, the SEC charged a private equity advisor, First Reserve Management, L.P., with conflicts of interest and other matters. First Reserve did not admit or deny the SEC’s findings....more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission prevailed in a jury trial this week against the City of Miami and its budget director in an action centered on three bond offerings. Cases brought by the agency this week also included: one against a firm and...more

Investment Management Update

The Securities and Exchange Commission Adopts Amendments to Form ADV and Investment Adviser Act Rules - The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) adopted amendments to Form ADV and Investment Advisers Act of 1940...more

The Ethics Advisor: The Details Matter — Recusing Yourself Due to Conflict of Interest

Once, when I had put a lot of time and attention into arranging the particulars of social engagement, an old acquaintance called me a “detallista.” At the time, I think she may have meant it more as a slight than a...more

OCIE Announces Adviser Supervision Practices Initiative

On September 12, 2016, OCIE published a National Exam Program Risk Alert announcing an initiative to examine the supervision practices of registered investment advisers (“RIAs”) that employ individuals with a history of...more

Corporate Law & Governance Update - September 2016

The following developments from the past month offer guidance on corporate law and governance law as they may be applied to nonprofit health care organizations: BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE GOVERNANCE GUIDELINES - In an...more

SEC Enforcement Against Private Equity Firms - A Focus on Disclosure, Fees, and Conflicts of Interest

The Securities and Exchange Commission announced two settled enforcement actions against private equity fund advisers last week involving certain fee practices and potential conflicts of interest. Consistent with its...more

The Delaware Plaintiff’s Bar Mines a New Vein of Liability: Limits on Director Compensation

Compensation committees composed of independent outside directors were created as the check-and-balance guardians against management compensation engorgement. But as the Roman philosopher Cicero famously posed, “Who guards...more

SEC Continues to Target Private Equity Firms, Entering Into $52 Million Settlement with Apollo Global Management

On August 23, 2016, the SEC entered into a settlement that reflects a continuation of its recent trend of increasingly active pursuit of private equity firms, particularly for failing to disclose conflicts of interests and...more

SC Court of Appeals Holds that Intervenor Rights Trump Plaintiff's

Order which adds a party is really an order granting intervention - Introduction - The South Carolina Court of Appeals recently released the decision of Dorn v. Cohen, Op. No. 5432 (S.C.Ct. App. filed Aug. 3,...more

Health Care Matters, Summer 2016

Special Masters in Health Care Antitrust Merger Cases: Resolving the Conflicting Interests - One of the most challenging aspects of antitrust cases in the health care field is the rich mixture of public interest...more

Three Considerations For Drafting A Code of Business Conduct

Although the Securities and Exchange Commission does not require that a company adopt a code of business conduct and ethics, I would be very surprised to hear of an SEC reporting company that has not adopted such a code. ...more

Service on outside boards has its risks

Attorneys are often eager to serve on boards of directors of outside organizations and with good reason. After all, membership on a board can increase the attorney's visibility, create connections that lead to new business...more

SEC Charges Private Equity Advisers With Inadequate Disclosure

The Commission has brought a series of cases against private equity centered on undisclosed fees and conflicts of interest – key areas of interest during OCIE exams. The latest proceeding in this string of cases involves four...more

NLRB Says General Conflict of Interest Policies Violate Federal Labor Law

Another week, another National Labor Relations Board decision concluding that a standard employee handbook policy violates employees’ rights to engage in protected concerted activity under Section 7 of the NLRA. This time,...more

The Science Behind Expert Disqualification

Basic Test - Why stop at excluding expert testimony when you can exclude the expert? For years, expert witness conflicts doctrine has been developed through the federal common law. Although appellate courts have been...more

Accountability and Transition in ICANN’s New gTLD Program

Bringing accountability to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the little known yet hugely significant global regulator of the Internet domain name system, is always a significant victory. ICANN...more

Mexico Enacts a Sweeping New Anti-Corruption Regime, Accompanied by a Public Apology from President Peña Nieto and Increased...

After an aggressive grassroots campaign, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto recently announced the enactment of sweeping changes to Mexico’s anti-corruption regime. The new law is a significant step toward transparency in a...more

North Carolina Court of Appeals Affirms Right of Former Trustee to Represent Lender in Foreclosure Under Deed of Trust

Recently, the North Carolina Court of Appeals issued an opinion addressing whether a conflict of interest exists when a trustee under a deed of trust initiates a foreclosure proceeding and later represents the lender in that...more

FCA considers promotion, conflicts of interest and governance of dark pools in thematic review

On 21 July 2016, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published the results of a thematic review, in which they examined 'dark pools' - trading venues with no pre-trade transparency, where the price and volume of all orders...more

Open-ended property funds: a fund-amental mismatch?

On 4 July 2016, Standard Life Investments suspended trading as a result of investors flooding the gates for redemptions. Several other funds such as M&G and Aviva Investments followed suit throughout the same week. The...more

Rooting Out Conflicts of Interest

Conflicts of interest do not thrive in sunlight. Just ask anyone in the advertising industry. Whatever follows in the wake of the recent eye-opening study of transparency in the media business, one thing is already...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC prevailed on summary judgment in an action centered on an offering fraud. The principals of the scheme were found to have violated the antifraud provisions while a codefendant was determined to have acted as an...more

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