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The Manipulation Standard And A Setback For CFTC

On Sept. 30, 2016, Judge Analisa Torres of the Southern District of New York issued an order resolving competing motions for summary judgment in the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission's ongoing action against Donald R....more

Bridging the Week - October 2016 #3

Registration Based on Quantitative Test Likely to Be Part of Supplemental Regulation AT, Suggests CFTC Chairman - Timothy Massad, Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, indicated last week that he...more

Hong Kong Securities Laws Violations: The SFC’s Extra-Territorial Reach – Part 2 (U.S. short-seller found culpable of market...

Hong Kong’s Market Misconduct Tribunal (the "MMT") has found U.S.-based Andrew Edward Left culpable of market misconduct in connection with his research report (“Left’s report”), published on June 21, 2012 on a U.S.-based...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission filed another action in which admissions were required as part of the settlement. The proceeding named as Respondents a foreign bank and two of subsidiaries. Respondents variously acted as unregistered brokers...more

Fantasy Stock Picking Contest Deemed by SEC to be Illegal Security-based Swaps

The SEC shut down a “fantasy” stock picking game for allegedly violating securities laws. Forcerank LLC ran contests via mobile phone games where players paid a fee and predicted the order in which 10 securities would perform...more

SEC Division of Enforcement Focuses on Auditor Compliance

Speaking at the American Law Institute’s Conference on Accountants’ Liability in September, Andrew Ceresney, Director of the Division of Enforcement of the Securities and Exchange Commission, reviewed in detail the SEC’s...more

Spuds MacKenzie Runs into FCPA/Whistleblower Buzzsaw

Ha. I’m just kidding. I don’t think Spuds MacKenzie has been a thing for years. But his former patron, Anheuser-Busch InBev, ran into some FCPA problems last month, and tacked on a whistleblower charge for good measure....more

Section 16 Reporting: The SEC is Watching

It is easy to become complacent about Section 16 reporting. Sometimes it seems that the only people paying any attention to Forms 3, 4 and 5 are plaintiffs’ attorneys looking for short-swing profit transactions. Does the SEC...more

SEC's Focus on Private Equity Firms Continues with Recent Action

A settled enforcement action, announced by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on September 14, 2016, continues the trend of increased SEC scrutiny of private equity advisers concerning the allocation and...more

FCC Flexes Muscle: T-Mobile to Pay $48 Million for Failing to Disclose Limits on ‘Unlimited’ Data

Showing that it’s not about to slow down its aggressive enforcement of its open Internet regulations, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced a settlement yesterday resolving claims that T-Mobile USA Inc....more

Financial Services Weekly News - October 2016 #2

Editor's Note - Never Satisfied. Despite the Securities and Exchange Commission’s announcement that, in its just completed fiscal year 2016, it filed a record 868 enforcement actions reprimanding misconduct by companies...more

What a Difference a Claim Can Make: FDA Issues a Warning Letter for Unlawful Medical Device Promotion

Much has been written, including by us, about the Food and Drug Administration’s enforcement approach (or lack thereof) concerning off-label promotion. However, FDA has not curled itself up into a ball, abdicating its...more

Citing an “Enforcement Gap,” FTC Seeks Rehearing En Banc of Dismissal of AT&T “Throttling” Case

On October 13, 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit requesting a rehearing en banc of the court’s decision in the FTC’s case against AT&T alleging that...more

Omnicare Inc. Settles Kickback Allegations for $28 Million

The United States Justice Department (DOJ) announced this week that Omnicare, Inc. (Omnicare), the largest nursing home pharmacy in the United States, will pay approximately $28 million dollars to resolve charges that it...more

HK's Bill Ross Gives Update From The State Bar Business Law Section's Corporations Committee -- SEC Continues Actions Against...

In separate actions on August 10, 2016 and August 16, 2016, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”) has again brought enforcement actions against companies for having confidentiality provisions in their...more

Five Key Takeaways From the D.C. Circuit’s PHH Decision

The legal challenge by PHH Corp. (PHH) to a June 4, 2015, decision by the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Bureau) in connection with the Bureau’s enforcement proceeding against PHH has captivated the...more

SEC Charges Adviser With Improper Valuation

Sometimes it can be difficult to do the right thing. For example, in the SEC’s latest case involving an investment adviser, a valuation error was discovered. A correction was made. The investors were compensated. The adviser,...more

OFCCP Director Patricia Shiu To Step Down November 6, 2016

As reported in Bloomberg BNA, Patricia Shiu will be stepping down as Director of the Office of Federal Contractor Compliance Programs (“OFCCP”) on November 6, 2016. ...more

Three Dozen States Sue Makers of Opioid Addiction Treatment Medications for Antitrust

With opioid abuse continuing to dominate national headlines, manufacturers of opioid overdose medications are facing intense scrutiny over pricing practices that threaten (or those perceived as threatening) public...more

FCPA Chief Touts Record High Enforcement Actions - Links Avoiding a Monitor to Early Remediation of FCPA Issues

Appearing before the annual Securities Docket Conference in Washington, DC on October 13, Kara Novaco Brockmeyer, the Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s FCPA Unit, laid out the Commission’s FCPA enforcement...more

PHH v. CFPB: Statutes of Limitation Apply To CFPB Administrative Proceedings: What You Need To Know

The D.C. Circuit Court released its highly anticipated opinion in PHH v. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on October 11. This post addresses one important holding from that opinion. In other posts, we will be analyzing...more

Creditors and Debt Collectors Should Pay Close Attention to the CFPB’s Consent Order with Navy Federal Credit Union

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced a consent order with Navy Federal Credit Union (Navy Federal) on October 11, 2016. While financial institutions should always analyze CFPB consent orders closely and...more

CFPB: The Quarterly Review, Q3 2016

White & Case’s Financial Institutions Advisory (FIA) practice is pleased to share its most recent quarterly newsletter on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s ("CFPB” or "Bureau”) oversight of the consumer financial...more

Why State Registration Of Security-Based Swaps Is Non-Existent

The regulation of “swaps” lies at the intersection of the commodities and securities regulation. In the parlance of commodity regulation, a “swap” is a contract or transaction that provides for a payment dependent on an...more

SEC Settles Earnings Fraud Action With Firm, Officers

One way to meet earnings targets is to accelerate the recognition of revenue. Another is to fabricate it. That is precisely what the defendants did in the Commission’s latest financial fraud action. SEC v. Lime Energy Co.,...more

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