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Independent Contractors & Consultants Acting on Government Contracts May be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Independent contractors and consultants who engage in or advise on public contracts may be subject to the conflict of interest laws under Government Code section 1090, the California Supreme Court ruled last month. Section...more

Financial Services Weekly News - July 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Going Strong to the Mic. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s (OCC) proposed special purpose nondepository national bank charter for FinTech companies (FinTech Charter) has long been the source...more

The DOL Fiduciary Rule: Charting a Course, Avoiding Collisions & Potential Litigation - Q&A on IRA Transactions

by Carlton Fields on

Previously, I wrote about potential litigation under the Department of Labor’s then proposed fiduciary rule (see Expect Focus, Vol. II, 2015). I predicted the following as to sales of index annuities to IRAs if the rule was...more

Life with Conflict of Interest Starting to be Implemented and Retirement Plan Update

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Fee Changes and Disclosures Post Conflict of Interest Regulations Initial Partial Effective Date - The effects of the U.S. Department of Labor’s (“DoL”) conflict of interest or fiduciary regulation and related prohibited...more

The Appearance of Impropriety

by Ary Rosenbaum on

For some reason, the unincorporated village I live in has its own Sanitation District where a lot of unethical things have gone on in the past where a father and son once ruled with an iron fist. One man challenged the status...more

Independent Contractors & Consultants Can be Subject to Conflict of Interest Laws - California Supreme Court Sets New Precedent...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a watershed decision, the California Supreme Court held that independent contractors and consultants can be considered “employees” and subject to the conflict of interest provisions of Government Code 1090. This includes...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

With politics swirling around in the background, the AT&T/Time Warner mega-merger is still up in the air, with DOJ antitrust officials still working away (8 months after the deal was announced) to determine whether...more

ERISA Newsletter - Second Quarter 2017

by Proskauer Rose LLP on

Editor's Overview - Welcome once again to Proskauer's newly revamped ERISA Newsletter. As a reminder, readers can obtain the information in this Newsletter as it is published on our blog. Our featured article this...more

Opioid Crisis Initiating New State Gift Ban Laws

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

The Maine legislature passed with broad bipartisan approval L.D. 911, An Act to Prohibit Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners. The legislation prohibits gifts to practitioners who are licensed to prescribe and...more

Three Tips for Avoiding Social Media Conflicts

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While most attorneys recognize the value of social media in promoting their practices, attorneys do not always apply the same level of care when using social media in a supposedly personal capacity. However, recent...more

Still More Changes Affecting Not-For-Profit Corporations

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

In 2016, New York amended its Not-For-Profit Corporation Law once more, building upon the New York Non-Profit Revitalization Act of 2013 (“the Act”), and the changes (“the Amendment”) took full effect as of May 27, 2017. This...more

Massachusetts High Court: Insurers Not Obligated to Prosecute Counterclaims under Duty-to-Defend Policies

by Wilson Elser on

On June 22, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) in Mount Vernon Fire Insurance Co. v. Visionaid, Inc. (No. SJC-12142) considered three questions certified by the First Circuit Court of Appeals addressing the...more

Phantom Recusal Policy Leads to Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiffs in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

In a June 13, 2017, ruling on a motion for partial summary judgment in the Ocwen Financial Corp. Securities Litigation (the “Ocwen Litigation”), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida determined...more

Employee Benefits Developments - June 2017

by Hodgson Russ LLP on

The Employee Benefits practice group is pleased to present the Benefits Developments Newsletter for the month of June, 2017. Click through the links below for more information on each specific development or case....more

Report 528 – The Findings of ASIC's Surveillance Program on Responsible Entities

by K&L Gates LLP on

Earlier this month, the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) released its findings from its 2016 surveillance program covering responsible entities' compliance with their legal obligations. ASIC's...more

Eastern District of California Adopts Broad Approach to Screening

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In deciding a disqualification motion based on a conflict of interest resulting from a lateral hire, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California recently adopted a screening-friendly approach in National...more

2017 Legislative Changes to the Florida Condominium Act

On June 26, 2017, Governor Scott approved House Bill 1237, changing or amending a number of statutes regulating condominium associations. These statutes address conflicts of interest and access to official records, changes...more

2017 Community Association Legislation

by Roetzel & Andress on

The Florida Legislature has approved several bills affecting condominium, cooperative, and homeowners’ associations. House Bill 1237 and Senate Bill 1520 only amend Chapter 718, Florida Statutes (the Condominium Act). Senate...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Disclosure Claim Based On Subsequent Employment Of Special Committee Chair By Legal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 15, 2017, the Supreme Court of Delaware affirmed dismissal of a putative stockholder class action alleging breach of fiduciary duty by the directors of Blount International, Inc. (“Blount”) and aiding and abetting...more

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

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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

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