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Alert: The FCC Begins to Regulate Data Security

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken its first big step into the regulation of data security by fining two affiliated telecommunications carriers a total of $10 million for failing to protect personal...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The Commission brought a series of administrative proceedings this week and one civil injunctive action. The civil injunctive action was an insider trading case. The administrative proceedings centered on FCPA violations, the...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - October 2014 #5

In this issue: - In preliminarily denying two exemption requests, the SEC takes a stand for market transparency in ETFs and upholds the arbitrage mechanism that allows market prices to closely track NAVs. -...more

Providing Audited Financial Statements Late Leads to Charges of Custody Rule Violations

The SEC announced charges against an investment advisory firm and three of its top officials for violating the “custody rule” that requires firms to follow certain procedures when they control or have access to client money...more

SEC Approves Supervision & Compliance Rule for Municipal Advisors

The SEC last week approved new MSRB Rule G-44 implementing supervision and compliance requirements for municipal advisors. The MSRB touted the Rule as “its first dedicated rule for municipal advisors” under the Dodd-Frank...more

SEC Announces Record Number of Enforcement Actions in FY 2014

Last week, the Securities and Exchange Commission provided a summary of its enforcement activities for its fiscal year 2014 (ending in September). The SEC announced that it brought a record 755 enforcement actions and...more

SEC Sanctions Athena in First High-Frequency Trading Manipulation Case

On October 16, in a groundbreaking trading manipulation case, the Securities and Exchange Commission entered an Order instituting a settled administrative proceeding against high-frequency trading firm Athena Capital...more

BREAKING: EEOC Seeks Court Order To Halt Honeywell’s Biometric Testing

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a petition yesterday in federal court in Minnesota to stop Honeywell International, Inc., from requiring that employees (and spouses, if the employees have family health...more

Blog: Study Shows Whistleblower Complaints Lead To Increased Penalties And Likelihood Of Enforcement

An academic study, first reported by the WSJ, concludes that, in regulatory enforcement actions brought by the SEC and DOJ alleging financial misrepresentation, employee whistleblowers have a consequential impact on...more

Another Constitutional Challenge to SEC Administrative Forum

The drumbeats of discontent grow louder against the SEC’s more frequent use of its internal administrative forum for enforcement cases. I wrote about the current spate of Constitutional challenges to the agency’s forum in an...more

There’s No Place Like Home: The Constitutionality of the SEC’s In-House Courts

Until recently, it was extremely rare for the SEC to bring enforcement actions against unregulated entities or persons in its administrative court rather than in federal court. However, as a result of the Dodd-Frank Act (and...more

The SEC’s Carter’s, Inc. Investigation Yields Another Insider Trading Case

Carter’s, Inc. is the investigation that just keeps on generating cases. The investigation has yielded seven SEC actions charging insider trading and financial fraud. Hedge fund manager Stephen Slawson became the eight person...more

Report Shows CMP Enforcement Actions On the Rise Against Part C and Part D Sponsors

A new report issued October 16, 2014 by the Medicare Parts C & D Oversight and Enforcement Group (MOEG) reveals that civil monetary penalty (CMP) enforcement actions in these two programs more than tripled from 2012 to 2013....more

Bridging the Week - October 2014 #4

Senior Fed Officials Encourage Financial Industry Firms to Improve Compliance Culture - Enhancing culture was the theme at a workshop on “Reforming Culture and Behavior in the Financial Services Industry” held at the...more

Self-reporting, Extensive Cooperation Yields Reduced Fine In SEC FCPA Action

Layne Christensen, a global water management, construction and drilling company resolved FCPA bribery and books and records and internal controls charges with the SEC. In the Matter of Layne Christensen Company, Adm. Proc....more

NY DFS Addresses Concerns Regarding Loan Servicer’s Noncompliance Issue

On October 21, New York DFS’s Superintendent Lawsky issued a letter to a large loan servicer institution regarding its systems and processes, most significantly the practice of backdating letters to borrowers. ...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 42

In this issue: - Delaware Court of Chancery Rejects Controlling Stockholder Claims and Applies Business Judgment Rule to Merger Suits - FINRA Remarks at the National Society of Compliance Professionals...more

CFPB Takes First Action Enforcing New Mortgage Servicing Rules

In its first action alleging violations of the new mortgage servicing rules, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) ordered Flagstar Bank to pay a $10 million fine and provide $27.5 million to customers. ...more

FTC Takes Action Against Unsubstantiated Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Weight-Loss Claims

Wacoal America and Norm Thompson, both manufacturers of women’s shapewear, recently entered into consent orders to pay sums of $230,000 and $1.3 million, respectively, and agree to not make any false and misleading future...more

Commissioner’s Concerns About Civil Penalties Temper SEC’s Release of FY14 Enforcement Results

On October 16, the SEC publicized its preliminary enforcement results for fiscal year 2014. In what it described as a “successful enforcement year,” the Commission brought a record 755 actions and obtained $4.16 billion in...more

SEC – USAO Charge Trader In Analyst Insider Trading Case

Earlier this month the SEC brought an insider trading case against Zachary Zwerko, a financial analyst at a pharmaceutical company identified only as Pharma Co. SEC v. Zwerko, Civil Action No. CV 8181 (S.D.N.Y. Filed Oct. 10,...more

Should The SEC Ask What Would Blackstone Do?

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently trumpeted its enforcement successes for its 2014 fiscal year. For an agency dedicated to full disclosure, there were some notable omissions, including...more

Defendants file appeal in NY regulator’s lawsuit using Dodd-Frank authority

The defendants in the lawsuit brought by Benjamin Lawsky, the Superintendent of the New York Department of Financial Services, using his Dodd-Frank enforcement authority have filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for...more

Jury Finds In Favor Of EEOC That One-Armed Security Guard Was Fired Because Of His Disability

MIAMI - In a verdict in favor of U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), a jury has found that a licensed security guard with only one arm was unlawfully discriminated against based on his limb loss when his...more

Wal-Mart Stores East Will Pay $72,500 to Settle EEOC Disability Discrimination Lawsuit

Retailer Refused to Reasonably Accommodate Applicant With End-Stage Renal Disease, Federal Agency Charged - BALTIMORE - Wal-Mart Stores East, L.P., will pay $72,500 and provide significant equitable relief to settle a...more

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