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This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another action in which admissions were required as part of the settlement. The proceeding named as Respondents a foreign bank and two of subsidiaries. Respondents variously acted as unregistered brokers...more

SEC's Focus on Private Equity Firms Continues with Recent Action

A settled enforcement action, announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 14, 2016, continues the trend of increased SEC scrutiny of private equity advisers concerning the allocation and...more

Fund Restructurings: How to Navigate a Conflict-Rich Environment

The number of private equity fund restructurings is likely to rise in the coming years. The current economic expansion will inevitably come to an end (at 87 months and counting, this expansion is already the third longest...more

Identifying and Mitigating Organizational Conflicts of Interest in Government Contracts Mergers and Acquisitions

An organizational conflict of interest (OCI) arises when the performance of one contract undermines a contractor’s objectivity or creates an unfair competitive advantage with respect to another contract. An agency cannot...more

Challenging Arbitrators for Alleged 'Conflict of Interest' in US-Based International Arbitrations

A number of significant international arbitrations, particularly involving claims by investors against sovereign states, are venued in Washington, D.C. A September 30, 2016, decision by the U.S. District Court for the...more

Texas Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015-2016

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, spoke at the Tarrant County Probate Bar’s Litigation Seminar and presented “Fiduciary Litigation Update 2015-2016.” David discussed recent Texas precedent...more

Interesting Issues In Legal Ethics

David F. Johnson, lead writer for the Texas Fiduciary Litigator blog, spoke at the Tarrant County Bar Association’s Ethics Seminar on September 30, 2016, and presented “Interesting Issues In Legal Ethics.” The presentation...more

US Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Testify before US House of Representatives

US Federal Reserve Bank Presidents Esther George (Kansas City) and Dr. Jeffrey Lacker (Richmond) testified before the US House of Representatives Financial Services Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, in a hearing...more

Researchers question FDA cancer experts’ ‘revolving door’ with Big Pharma

The numbers are small but the implications significant. A pair of academic researchers has tossed a conflict-of-interest grenade in the laps of the leaders of the federal Food and Drug Administration. Is there too much of a...more

Blog: #IDD: Insurance Europe responds to EIOPA’s technical advice on delegated acts – conflicts of interest & commission payments

Insurance Europe (IE) has published its response to EIOPA’s “Consultation Paper on Technical Advice on possible Delegated Acts concerning the Insurance Distribution Directive” (IDD). IE argues that, in “a number of...more

Cutting Through the Fog: The Applicability of DOL Conflicts of Interest Rule to Financial Advisors

The Department of Labor’s (DOL’s) new Conflicts of Interest rule1 expands the scope of the definition of “fiduciary” under ERISA2 and the Code3 to cover more classes of financial advisors. This rule replaces a long-standing...more

Texas Fiduciary Litigation Update: 2015-2016

The fiduciary field in Texas is a constantly changing area. Over time, statutes change, and Texas courts interpret those statutes, the common law, and parties’ documents differently. This paper is intended to give an update...more

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

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