Conflicts of Interest

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Recent Cases of Interest to Fiduciaries

In re Estate of House, 2014 Wash. App. LEXIS 3006 (Wash. Ct. App. 2014) - A release waiving any and all claims that the parties may have or may acquire, bars recovery for unknown claims existing at the time the release...more

Conflicts of Interest: When You're Having Too Much Fun at That Business Lunch

How should fund directors monitor gifts and entertainment received by investment adviser personnel? This question moved to the forefront in February, when the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Investment...more

Ten Questions To Ask Your Client When Defending Against Efforts To Enforce A Restrictive Covenant Or Confidentiality Agreement

There are few circumstances in the practice of law that require more quick thinking and improvisation than defending a client at a temporary restraining order (“TRO”) hearing mere hours after meeting them for the first time....more

A Bold New Regulatory Landscape for Research: SEC Approves FINRA Rules Addressing Conflicts of Interest for Equity and Debt...

More than ten years after the Global Research Settlement and the adoption of NASD Rule 2711, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has approve new FINRA rules addressing conflicts of interest for both...more

More Risks to Consider When Using Contract Attorneys

Our previous article, "What to do When Hiring a Contract Attorney" (Daily Report, June 15, 2015), discussed some of the rewards and risks of using contract attorneys. Based on the response from readers, one thing is...more

Access to Pre-Solicitation Information without Mitigation Plan: A Recipe for Rescission

The Court of Federal Claims (“CFC”) recently made clear that mere access to pre-solicitation information creates a potential Organizational Conflict of Interest (“OCI”) that can invalidate an award. In Monterey Consultants,...more

SEC Approves Long-Anticipated FINRA Research Rules

New FINRA Rule 2241 consolidates and expands upon legacy NASD and NYSE rules to address equity research analyst activities, equity research reports, and conflicts of interest relating to equity research analysts. New FINRA...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - July 2015 #4

Regulatory Developments: SEC Approves New Debt Research Rule and Amended Equity Research Rule - On July 16, the SEC approved FINRA Rule 2241, which modifies and clarifies existing rules related to research analysts,...more

Breaking Down Compliance: The Keys to Creating a Successful Compliance Program—As Told through the Letters of COMPLIANCE

Still being a young role and profession, many people are working to define what makes a successful compliance professional and program, and what can help them improve. After traveling the country for the past few months at...more

Texas Legislature Reins in Public Adjuster Conduct

Obvious to anyone in the insurance industry, Texas courts are experiencing an explosion of first-party property insurance lawsuits arising from wind and hail related insurance claims. Dozens of lawsuits are filed every day in...more

New Guidance Regarding Employee Handbooks Part Six: Ensuring Conflict of Interest Rules Don’t Inhibit Protected Concerted Activity

Naturally, all employers would like to prevent their employees from engaging in activities that are in conflict with the employers’ interest. However, there is a great deal of potentially conflicting employee activity that is...more

Six Tips for Generating Buzz Without Getting Stung

A good marketing department knows how to generate product “buzz” by leveraging external influencers and promotions. The challenge for the company is to avoid being stung by the FTC’s recently published Endorsement Guides (the...more

Blog: JAMA: Study Shows “Significant Positive Progress” in Managing Conflicts of Interest Among IRB Members, But More Work Needed

JAMA Internal Medicine published a report this week titled, Industry Relationships Among Academic Institutional Review Board Members: Changes From 2005 Through 2014, which is an update to a similar study conducted in 2005....more

Intellectual Property Alert: Federal District Court Affirms Cancellation of “REDSKINS” Marks on Summary Judgment and Holds that...

On July 8, 2015, the Federal District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia affirmed the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board’s cancellation of the REDSKINS federal trademark registrations owned by Pro-Football, Inc....more

ICSID Tribunal Orders Claimants to Disclose Details of Third-Party Funder

In what appears to be the first decision of its kind, an ICSID tribunal in the case of Muhammet Çap & Sehil Insaat Endustri ve Ticaret Ltd. Sti. v. Turkmenistan has ordered the claimants in the proceedings to disclose the...more

Dead Hand Proxy Puts Create Litigation Risk for Lenders

Why it matters - In a noteworthy decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that a lender could be held liable for aiding and abetting a breach of fiduciary duty by directors of a public company borrower by including...more

Serial Adversaries Are Still No Big Deal

Judge Indira Talwani issued an order on plaintiff Erik Cherdak’s renewal of his motion to disqualify, which we talked about last year in Serial Adversaries Are No Big Deal. And once again, she found that for Cooley, serial...more

Issuers Apprehensive of OSC’s Proposed Whistleblower Program

The public comments on the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC)’s proposed whistleblower program (Program) evidence considerable concern that the Program could undermine issuers’ internal reporting and compliance programs,...more

Annual Review of Federal Securities Regulation - The Business Lawyer, Vol. 70, Iss. 3

This Annual Review (“Review”) was prepared by the Subcommittee on Annual Review of the Committee on Federal Regulation of Securities of the ABA Business Law Section. The Review covers significant developments in federal...more

SEC’s Data-Driven Analysis Identifies Allegedly Improper Trade Allocations by Investment Advisor

Relying on a data-driven statistical analysis conducted by the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis (DERA), the SEC recently commenced administrative proceedings against an investment advisor, Welhouse & Associates, Inc.,...more

Gallagher Chides Commission for Sanctioning IA CCO’S

In a strongly-worded public statement last week, SEC Commissioner Gallagher chided the Commission for “cutting off the noses of CCO’s to spite its face.” Explaining his dissent in two recent enforcement actions imposing...more

NLRB Declares “Conflict-of-Interest” Policy to be Unlawful on Its Face

In a controversial decision, the NLRB found that a conflict-of-interest policy in an employee handbook is unlawful on its face. This ruling could deem many current conflict-of-interest policies unenforceable, creating harsh...more

Compliance: It’s All About The Data – It's Time for Compliance to Mature

“The most commonly reported information includes the number of employees trained, hotline statistics and an inventory of compliance risks. This information, while important, does not necessarily help the board and senior...more

SEC Exams to Focus on Sales of Retirement Products

The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations, or OCIE, has launched a multi-year Retirement-Targeted Industry Reviews and Examinations (ReTIRE) Initiative. OCIE is focusing on retirement-based savings in...more

SEC Regulation of Private Equity Funds

What you need to know: The Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations recently issued its examination priorities for 2015, many of which impact the private equity...more

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