Enforcement Actions

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Zenefits Settlement a Forceful Reminder of Importance of Licensing Compliance

On Monday, November 28, 2016, the California Department of Insurance (“CDI”) announced that its enforcement action against Zenefits, a human resources software company, had resulted in a $7 million penalty. This penalty is...more

Anti-bribery compliance in India: Both sword and shield

In recent years, both the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) have stepped up their enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), including to address...more

FTC and Florida AG Announce Settlements in Alleged Fraudulent Debt Relief Scheme

On November 30, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Florida Attorney General (AG) announced several settlements totaling approximately $27 million in an alleged fraudulent credit card debt reduction scheme. In a...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The focus this week was offering fraud actions. Three cases were brought. One involved a registered transfer agent. A second centered on claims that the defendant was an expert trader. The third was based on false claims...more

[Webinar] Meritas Capability Webinar - Latest Developments in Financial Services Law - December 14th, 1:00pm CST

This webinar will provide information on recent developments in financial services law over the past year....more

As Agency Enforcement Efforts Mount, CFTC Prohibits Private Lawsuits Against RTOs/ISOs for Market Manipulation

Incidents of alleged fraud and market manipulation in the energy markets increasingly have received the attention of federal agency enforcement efforts, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the...more

The SEC’s Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program Shows Increased Activity

On November 15, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) released its Annual Report on the Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Program. The Whistleblower Program was established by Section 21F of the Dodd-Frank Act, which...more

Securities and Exchange Commission Enforcement Trends

At a recent Practicing Law Institute panel, several of the regulators, including the Director of the Division of Enforcement at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), spoke about the general priorities and trends in...more

Lessons Learned in London

Earlier this month, I spent a week in the birthplace of D&O insurance, London. In addition to moderating a panel at Advisen’s European Executive Risks Insights Conference, I met with many energetic and talented D&O insurance...more

SEC Files Two More Offering Fraud Actions

Offering fraud actions are a staple of SEC Enforcement. While each action is different, yet typically each involves raising substantial amounts of cash from investors who are promised significant to outsized returns from a...more

Anti-Corruption Enforcement Has Gone International

Matt Stephenson, myself and others have engaged in a dialogue about where Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement may be headed under the incoming administration. I have tried to focus on why compliance with...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2016 #4

Editor's Note - Potential CFPB Reform in the Wake of the Election. The November 16 edition of the Roundup indicated that the Financial CHOICE Act (Act) may be a blueprint for legal changes affecting the financial...more

FINRA Sanctions Firm For Conflicts

Conflicts of interest are at the center of many of the Commission’s recent enforcement action. Typically those conflicts are not disclosed. Indeed, the SEC has brought a series actions against private equity firms and...more

White Collar Crime Law Enforcement in a Trump Justice Department - 8 Predictions

After a conventional presidential campaign, determining the policy priorities and direction of the incoming administration with respect to the Justice Department’s white collar law enforcement responsibilities can be a...more

In Effort to Increase Both Transparency and Safety, PHMSA Releases Civil Penalty Framework

The Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (“PHMSA”) issued a General Policy Statement for civil penalties (“Penalty Framework”) on October 17, 2016. The Penalty Framework...more

The FTC Faces an Embarrassing Set-Back in its Data Security Enforcement Authority as the LabMD Saga Continues

On November 10th, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals handed an embarrassing defeat to the Federal Trade Commission and an early Christmas present to LabMD, Inc. in the ongoing David and Goliath battle between the...more

Still Serious About Sanctions: OFAC Settles Violations Involving Cuba and Iran

Lest U.S. companies think that Cuba and Iran are entirely open for business, a U.S. government settlement announced earlier this month with National Oilwell Varco, Inc. (NOV), a U.S. oilfield services company, will serve as a...more

Massachusetts Division of Banks Announces Return of $2.3 Million to Consumers Under Settlement with Payday Lender

On November 22, 2016, the Massachusetts Division of Banks (“DOB) announced that it has returned approximately $2.3 Million to 1,673 Massachusetts residents, as part of a settlement with an online payday lender. The payday...more

Outgoing SEC Chair Reflects on the Agency’s Enforcement Program and Advocates for Increased Authority

On November 18, 2016, outgoing SEC Chair Mary Jo White delivered a speech at New York University School of Law entitled “A New Model for SEC Enforcement: Producing Bold and Unrelenting Results.”  Chair White’s remarks covered...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a holiday shortened week, the SEC brought actions involving: a financial fraud naming against the president of the firm who, assisted by two other officers named as defendants in an earlier Commission enforcement action,...more

CFPB Files Suit Against Structured Settlement Company for Allegedly Defrauding Lead Paint Victims

On November 21, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland against a structured settlement company and certain of the company’s...more

Civil Penalties Up For Some Aviation Violations

The Department of Transportation (DOT) recently issued an interim final rule to increase the maximum aviation-related civil penalty amounts to adjust for inflation. The rule became effective on August 10, 2016, and will apply...more

[Webinar] The “Risky Business” of the Federal False Claims Act: Strategic Thinking for 2017 - December 8th, 12:00pm ET

Calling in-house counsel and top executives at government and defense contractors, health care and long term care providers, and manufacturing companies. On December 8 at 11:30 am ET, join Williams Mullen attorneys at this...more

FINRA Fines Lincoln Financial Sub $650,000 For Cybersecurity Shortcomings

A Lincoln Financial Group subsidiary agreed to pay $650,000 to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) to resolve allegations that it failed to implement sufficient security policies to protect confidential...more

JPMorgan Sons and Daughters FCPA Enforcement Action, Part III-St. Mark’s Revealed

This week I am exploring the JP Morgan Chase (JPM) and its subsidiary, JPMorgan Securities (Asia Pacific) Limited (JPM-APAC), (collectively ‘the company’) Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action which...more

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