Conflicts of Interest

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Insurer’s “Reservation of Rights” Creates a Conflict of Interest, Entitling the Insured to Independent Defense Counsel

In case that has been widely watched by Minnesota insureds and insurers alike, a federal district court ruled Tuesday that an insurer’s “reservation of rights” letter created a conflict of interest, thereby permitting the...more

What Peppers Counsel Needs to Know Before Agreeing to Follow Insurer Litigation Guidelines

When an insurer agrees to defend its insured against a potentially covered claim without reserving the right to deny coverage, the insurer usually has the right to control the defense of the underlying lawsuit. See 3 Jeffrey...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In the roll-up to the Labor Day weekend, the SEC issued new rules regarding asset backed securities and credit rating agencies. The Commission also announced a new pilot program on tick size....more

Revised Draft Rule G-42: MSRB Continues to Fine-Tune Rules Applicable to Municipal Advisors

On July 23, 2014, the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) issued Regulatory Notice 2014-12 requesting comments on a revised draft of MSRB Rule G-42 on standards of conduct and duties of municipal advisors when...more

Protests: Timing Is of The Essence

Another federal government fiscal year end is quickly approaching and with it comes the usual uptick in spending, awards...and inevitable protests. If you are considering a protest, it is critical to understand the deadlines...more

Bill Beutler on Editing Wikipedia [Video]

In this LEVICK Daily video interview, Bill Beutler, founder of the content marketing firm Beutler Ink, explains the dos and don’ts of Wikipedia editing, especially when conflicts of interest are readily apparent....more

Who Should Take Conflict of Interest Training?

The other day I wrote about antitrust training and I opened with describing how it is one of the less popular training topics, or at least I perceive it to be. I never thought I’d get remotely interested in something like...more

"MSRB Actions Regarding Municipal Advisors: Release of Revised Draft Rule G-42 for Comment, and Submission of Proposed Rule G-44...

This mailing is to inform you of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB) releasing Revised Draft Rule G-42 (setting forth duties of non-solicitor municipal advisors) for public comment, and submitting Proposed Rule...more

Conflicts & Nepotism – A Dangerous Employment Cocktail

Last week, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley removed Alabama State University Trustee Marvin Wiggins for violating the University’s conflict of interest rules. The removal proved once again that if you are responsible for the...more

Health Care: As Sunshine Act Deadlines Approach Physicians and Hospitals Should Prepare for Transparency in Their Financial...

On September 30, 2014, in accordance with the Federal Sunshine Act (the Sunshine Act), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will publically disclose payments and "other transfers of value" by pharmaceutical,...more

Hedge Funds and Material Nonpublic Information: The Role of Deception, Duty, Breach, Personal Benefit and Knowledge in Creating...

The last thing hedge funds need is another wake up call about the risks of liability for trading on the basis of material nonpublic information. But if they did, a July 17 article in the Wall Street Journal would provide it....more

Government Contracts Quarterly Update - July 2014

The Government Contracts Quarterly Update is published by BakerHostetler’s Government Contracts Practice team to inform our clients and friends of the latest developments in federal government contracting. Topics will...more

FPPC Revises Regulations Regarding Conflicts of Interest Involving Real Property

The Fair Political Practices Commission recently changed its conflict of interest regulation concerning real property owned or leased by public officials. The old rule was that if an official owned (or had a long-term lease...more

Private Equity: The Next Wave of SEC Enforcement Actions?

Ever since the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act required many investment advisers to private equity funds to register with the SEC for the first time, fund managers knew that additional scrutiny might...more

"Non-Trivial Probability" of Excess Judgment Obligates Insurer to Pay for Independent Defense Counsel

The court in Perma-Pipe, Inc. v. Liberty Surplus Insurance Corporation, Case No. 13 C 2989, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54867 (N.D. Ill. April 21, 2014), held that a CGL insurer breached its duty to defend by refusing to pay for...more

The Adequacy Of Class Representatives Whose Legal Interests Are Antagonistic To Class Members’ Non-Legal Interests

Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(a)(4) requires that ‘‘the representative parties will fairly and adequately protect the interests of the class.’’ This is a wonderfully simple directive. So, what happens when absent class...more

When Do Your Investors Have Interests That May Conflict With Yours?

Good investors give you money. Great investors provide you with money, resources, networking, and experience. You need to work hard to attract great investors, with a focus on building a long-term relationship. If you are...more

When Settlement Pits Client Against Attorney

Settling a case that involves potential court-awarded attorney fees raises a big issue—a conflict of interest between plaintiffs’ counsel and their clients. But it’s definitely possible for plaintiffs’ attorneys to deal with...more

Crothall v. Zimmerman, C.A. No. 608, 2013 (Del. June 9, 2014)

In this unusual appeal, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s decision awarding a fee to the former counsel of a derivative plaintiff who had abandoned his claim before final judgment was entered,...more

This Week In Securities Litigation (Week ending June 20, 2014)

High speed trading and conflict of interest in the market place were the topics of the week. Two Senate committees held hearings on the issues which were the focus of the Michael Lewis book Flash Boys and its claim that the...more

SEC Approval of Amendments to FINRA Corporate Financing Rules Will Reduce Burdens on Parties in Public Offerings

The SEC recently approved amendments to simplify and refine the scope of FINRA corporate financing and underwriter conflicts of interest rules. The amendments include modifications that will affect not only underwriters and...more

Conflicts At Fund Adviser Yields First SEC Whistleblower Action

The Commission brought its first action involving the anti-retaliation provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act. It centers on an investment adviser, a broker dealer, conflicts and retaliation against a firm employee who reported the...more

FINRA Simplifies Corporate Financing and Conflict of Interest Rules

FINRA, the securities self-regulatory organization whose members are broker-dealers, recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process....more

Tricky Business: Representing Clients with Adverse Interests

As a matter of professional responsibility, California attorneys must avoid conflicts of interest with current and former clients. Beyond these ethical obligations, there are also practical reasons to avoid a new client who...more

The Financial Report - Volume 3, No. 11 • June 5, 2014 (Global)

Discussion and Analysis - FINRA recently simplified two rules that are critical in the public offering process. FINRA’s Corporate Financing Rule generally regulates underwriting compensation and prohibits unfair...more

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