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Investment Fund Violates “Investment-Only” HSR Exemption

At the request of the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC” or “Commission”), the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) filed this week in federal court a proposed settlement to charges that an investment fund violated the...more

The FTC Continues to Flex its Safe Harbor Enforcement Muscles

On August 17, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced settlements with 13 companies on charges that they misled consumers by claiming that they were certified members of the U.S.-EU or U.S.-Swiss Safe Harbor...more

Alert: HSR "Investment-Only" Exemption: Lessons from Third Point's Yahoo! Investment

While acquisitions of up to 10% of the voting interest in a target that are made "solely for the purpose of investment" are in many circumstances exempt from Hart-Scott-Rodino (HSR) reporting requirements, even when the value...more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA): Israel Beware – Trends in Enforcement

Intuitively, Israeli companies and their directors would likely assume that their businesses are immune to investigation and the assessment of penalties by US regulators that are separated by a vast ocean and located more...more

The UK Appoints New Anti-Corruption Unit: A Look at the Global Ramifications

Given London’s role in international business and finance, the UK Bribery Act 2010 promised to form a potential strong counterpart to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). Now, the UK government is taking steps which...more

Seventh Circuit Rejects Court Challenge to Pending SEC Administrative Enforcement Proceeding

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit held yesterday that federal District Courts do not have subject-matter jurisdiction to entertain challenges to ongoing SEC administrative enforcement proceedings where the...more

FAA Announces Crackdown on Unauthorized Drone Flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently announced on its website that it was stepping up enforcement actions against individuals and organizations that operate unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly known as...more

FTC Cautions Against Improper Reliance on “Investment-Only” Exemption

Investment manager Third Point LLC and three of its affiliated funds have entered into a proposed settlement agreement with the federal antitrust authorities for violations of the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act...more

SEC Files Another Fraud Action Based on EB-5 Program

The EB-5 program is supposed to provide a path to a permanent green card. The program was designed to create that path for foreign national who invest specified sums in the U.S. that create jobs – a win win for everyone....more

Third Circuit to Wyndham (Part I): It's "Fair" that FTC Did Not Articulate Specific Cybersecurity Standards in Enforcement Action...

On Monday, the Third Circuit issued a highly anticipated opinion affirming the Federal Trade Commission's authority to regulate "unfair" cybersecurity practices under Section 5 of the FTC Act. In allowing the data breach...more

FCC Settles First Data Security Enforcement Action

On July 9, 2015, the Federal Communications Commission settled its first data security case with two related telecommunications carriers – TerraCom, Inc. and YourTel America, Inc. – for $3.5 million. The settlement resolves...more

Third Circuit Affirms FTC’s Authority Over Companies’ Cybersecurity Practices

In a test of the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to police cybersecurity, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday ruled that the agency has broad power to take action against private sector companies which fail to...more

Will NYSDEC's Audit Agreement for Retail Pharmacies Provide a Path to Increased Compliance?

Federal and state hazardous waste handling and disposal requirements, which were established to address issues related to industrial waste generators and disposal facilities, are often a complicated and awkward fit for retail...more

Seventh Circuit Affirms No Jurisdiction on Challenge to SEC Admin Courts

The first Court of Appeals to rule in the recent round of challenges to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s administrative enforcement mechanism has held courts lack authority to consider the matter. The US Seventh...more

SEC, DOJ Charge Investment Bank Analyst With Insider Trading

The SEC and the Department of Justice announced insider trading charges against a former investment banker and his long time friend centered on two deals. The SEC’s complaint also named a third person alleged to have been a...more

SEC Brings First Major Cyber Insider Trading Case Against International Hacking Ring

In an action that emphasizes the agency’s commitment to cybersecurity, the SEC recently charged 32 defendants with violations of the federal antifraud laws and corresponding SEC rules, stemming from an alleged $100 million...more

Hungary accepts use of BCRs as part of recent data protection law changes

On 6 July 2015, the Hungarian Parliament adopted several amendments (‘Amendments’) to Act CXII 2011 on the Right of Informational Self-Determination and the Freedom of Information (‘Data Protection Act’). The Amendments,...more

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's case against Citibank for violations relating to credit card add-on products

Today we’re taking a look at the CFPB’s recent enforcement case against Citibank, N.A. (“Citibank”) and two of Citibank’s subsidiaries, Department Stores National Bank (“DSNB”) and Citicorp Credit Services, Inc. (USA) (“CCSI...more

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Takes Action Against Payment Processing Company and Mortgage Servicer

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFBP) recently took action against a payment processing company, Paymap Inc. (Paymap), and mortgage servicing company, LoanCare, LLC (LoanCare), for deceptive conduct in connection...more

Bridging the Week - August 2015 #4

CME Group Files Disciplinary Actions for Trading Ahead of Block Trades and Failure to Supervise an Employee Engaging in Disruptive Trading Activities - In two cases of first impression, CME Group exchanges brought and...more

EEOC Sues King-Lar Company for National Origin and Color Harassment

HVAC and Roofing Company Managers Alleged to Have Witnessed Offensive Language and Received Complaints But Did Nothing - CHICAGO - King-Lar Company violated federal civil rights laws by failing to stop the harassment of...more

Have You Had Your Annual Checkup? The FTC Cracks Down on Inaccurate U.S.-EU Safe Harbor Claims

While the U.S.-EU “Safe Harbor” Framework for transferring data into the United States is hardly new — it was approved 15 years ago — the Federal Trade Commission has recently focused its enforcement efforts on companies that...more

UK’s First Ever Right To Be Forgotten Enforcement : Google In The Firing Line Again

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has made what appears to be its first “right to be forgotten” enforcement action against Google Inc. The ICO issued the notice on 18 August 2015, ordering Google to remove nine...more

Give & Take: The Case for a Better G&E Compliance Program

Part One: Setting The Foundation - Why Does G&E Matter? Tony Robbins once said, “Every problem is a gift—without problems we would not grow.” In the compliance arena, the reverse also applies, as many gifts can...more

SEC Unveils First FCPA Enforcement Action Focused On Hiring Practices: BNY Mellon

The SEC is having a good year in the FCPA enforcement arena. As a former prosecutor, my eyes would sometimes glaze over when discussing civil enforcement actions. The SEC, however, has turned its FCPA enforcement program into...more

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