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Spring Update: Insights Regarding The Antitrust Division’s Recent Activity

The Antitrust Division recently issued its 2016 annual spring update. Taking advantage of modern technology, Bill Baer—now the Acting Associate Attorney General serving in the DOJ’s third-highest ranking...more

The Inside Scoop: What does Tabernula tell us about the future of criminal insider dealing enforcement in the UK?

The high-profile insider trading prosecution dubbed “Operation Tabernula”, brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), has this month secured two further convictions. After a 12-week trial, Martyn Dodgson and Andrew...more

SEC continues to focus on internal control failures

The SEC has settled charges against Texas-based oil company Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (MHR) and several individuals. The list of individuals implicated in this proceeding includes MHR’s Chief Financial Officer,...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #4

NAD Vacuums Up Preference Claims - In a challenge brought by a competing vacuum manufacturer, the National Advertising Division recommended that SharkNinja discontinue a claim that "Americans now choose Shark 2-to-1 over...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

In a holiday shortened week the Commission brought actions centered on: a transfer agent and one of its owners who conducted a fraudulent offering for another company and then sold unregistered shares into the market; a...more

Key Takeaways from SEC/DOJ Enforcement Panel

Last week, representatives of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and the U.S. Department of Justice (“DOJ”) participated in Sandpiper Partners LLC’s Annual SEC/DOJ Enforcement 2016 Panel at the Metropolitan...more

General Court of the EU Dismisses Trioplast Application Seeking Reimbursement of Interest Paid for Being Late in Paying Cartel...

With a judgment handed down on 12 May 2016 (Case T-669/14, Trioplast Industrier AB v. European Commission), the General Court of the European Union (GCEU) dismissed an action brought by Trioplast Industrier AB (Trioplast...more

Alberta Securities Commission Securities Enforcement Trends and What’s Ahead for 2016

Securities enforcement activities in Canada are overseen by several agencies, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the...more

Global Standardization of Enforcement

Maybe I am a Luddite; maybe I just do not understand the new world and the impact of globalization. New ideas do not scare me, like others we know. New ideas present real opportunities for progress and innovation....more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #4

Two Related Broker-Dealers To Pay US $17 Million for Widespread AML Compliance Failures; Former AML Compliance Officer Also Sanctioned: Raymond James & Associates, Inc. (RJA), Raymond James Financial Services, Inc....more

Brainstorm: FTC Continues Enforcement Trend Against Cognitive Function Claims

Continuing its trend of scrutinizing claims touting improved cognitive function, the Federal Trade Commission recently announced a settlement with LearningRx Franchise Corp. (“LFC”), the developer and franchisor of a chain of...more

McWhite’s Funeral Home to Pay $85,000 to Settle EEOC Sexual Harassment and Retaliation Lawsuit

Owner and Manager Engaged in Severe Sexual Harassment of Female Employees, Retaliated Against Those Who Complained, Federal Agency Charges - MIAMI - McWhite's Funeral Home of Fort Lauderdale will pay $85,000 and furnish...more

It's Not Over Until the Last Whistle Blows: Beware of the Mid-Investigation Tip

On May 13, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) caught many off guard when it issued an award to a whistleblower whose mid-investigation tip “significantly contributed” to the success of the resulting...more

Autorité des marchés financiers Securities Enforcement Trends and What’s Ahead for 2016

Securities enforcement activities in Canada are overseen by several agencies, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the...more

Ontario Securities Commission Securities Enforcement Trends and What’s Ahead for 2016

Securities enforcement activities in Canada are overseen by several agencies, including the Canadian Securities Administrators, the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, the Ontario Securities Commission, the...more

Cutting Through the Constitutionality Haze in the Battle Between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

So much has been written in recent weeks about the battle between PHH Corporation and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The panel heard oral argument on April 12,...more

Whistling Fast and Furious: The SEC Issues Two Multimillion Dollar Awards to Whistleblowers

In the past week, the SEC has issued two multimillion dollar awards to whistleblowers. The announcement of two significant awards in quick succession suggests that the “significant uptick” in in the number of tips noted by...more

Advertising Law - May 2016 #3

Fake Subscription Notices, Real FTC Lawsuit - Fake subscription notices are the subject of a new lawsuit filed by the Federal Trade Commission in an Oregon federal court. The defendants, a web of dozens of...more

Someone Needs to Take the Lead on Data Security for Financial Services Industry

Cybersecurity and data protection – or more specifically, the lack of it – in the financial services industry present risks for both an institution's consumers and the institution's safety and soundness. The presence of both...more

Federal Reserve Announces Enforcement Action Against State Bank for Alleged Violation of the National Flood Insurance Act

On May 17, the Federal Reserve announced the execution of a settlement agreement with a state bank resolving alleged violations of the National Flood Insurance Act (“NFIA”), 42 U.S.C. § 4012a(f), and Regulation H, 12 C.F.R....more

Broker, Compliance Officer Fined For AML Failures

Money laundering continues to be a key focus of regulators. Recently, for example, FINCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery discussed money laundering through real estate transactions. Earlier this year the SEC brought an...more

Theranos, the SEC’s Pursuit of Unicorns, and Taking the Reins of Internal Controls

In the wake of a host of negative developments, Theranos Inc. is reportedly under investigation by the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission. The SEC and DOJ inquiries are likely to focus on...more

SEC Issues Two Multi-Million Dollar Whistleblower Awards

Over the past week, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced two multi-million dollar awards to whistleblowers who provided the SEC with information in ongoing investigations. On May 13, 2016, the...more

Bridging the Week - May 2016 #3

Controller of FCM Named in CFTC Complaint, Along with Firm, for Failure to Timely Notify Commission of Segregation Breach: Cunningham Commodities, LLC, a futures commission merchant registered with the Commodity Futures...more

Ex-Financial Adviser Fined for Insider Dealing and Banned from Industry

The Financial Conduct Authority issued a final notice fining Mr. Mark Samuel Taylor for insider dealing and banning him from the UK financial services industry. On March 12, 2015, Mr. Taylor bought 5,582 shares in Ashcourt...more

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