Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a United States federal statute signed into law on July 21, 2010. The Act was passed in response to the Great Recession of the late 2000s and... more +
The Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act is a United States federal statute signed into law on July 21, 2010. The Act was passed in response to the Great Recession of the late 2000s and includes broad reforms related to many aspects of the financial and banking industry. Notable sections of the Act include stricter regulations of the derivatives market, as well as the Volcker Rule, which restricts the trading practices of FDIC-insured institutions.    less -
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FDIC Releases New, Simplified Credit-Worthiness Tool

An integral component of the Dodd-Frank statutory framework was a mandatory, comprehensive evaluation by federal agencies of “any regulation issued by such agency that requires the use of an assessment of the...more

Should You Sharpen Your Diversity Policies & Practices under Dodd-Frank Mandates?

The much-publicized Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 became effective on August 12, 2011. Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, requiring the implementation of diversity practices for both...more

SEC Applies Whistleblower Protections to Confidentiality Arrangements

Public companies should review their confidentiality arrangements for any provisions that may result in unintended violations of the Dodd-Frank Act’s whistleblower protections....more

SEC Targets Confidentiality Agreements That Stifle Whistle-Blowing

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced its first enforcement action and settlement against a company for violations of the whistleblower protection provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act...more

Update on SEC Rulemaking

Chair White, addressing the Investor Advisory Committee, provided an update on SEC rulemaking. Chair White identified the following initiatives...more

How to Conduct Internal Investigations Outside the United States

Think of a U.S.-headquartered multinational when it receives an allegation of serious misconduct at one of its overseas operations. Maybe the company whistleblower hotline just got a tip that a secretary in the Buenos Aires...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: 2015 – 2016 Budget Legislation

In This Issue: - Technical Correction .. Economic Nexus .. Tax Base and Income Classifications .. Tax Rates and Qualified New York Manufacturers .. Apportionment .. Combined Reporting .. Net...more

Stockholder access to nominate directors gains momentum in 2015 proxy season

Years of regulatory snarls and courtroom battles have left a complex, intertwined state and federal regulatory patchwork for proxy statements that has resulted in split approaches for stockholder proposals on one hand and...more

SEC Says Employer's Confidentiality Agreement Violates Dodd-Frank

Employers paying severance to separated employees usually require written release agreements that include a confidentiality provision. The employee is prohibited from disclosing the existence of the agreement, or from...more

The Elaborate Guessing Game: The CFPB and Its Authority Under the UDAAP

Since its inception in July of 2011, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), in the process of enforcing numerous laws under the Dodd-Frank Act, has focused primarily on "Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and...more

CFPB Study May Pave The Way For Class Actions Against Consumer Financial Products Companies

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently released a study examining the prevalence, perception and effects of arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer financial products. Although the study purports to be...more

The SEC is Taking a Closer Look at Confidentiality Agreements to Ensure Potential Whistleblowers Not Restrained

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced on April 1, 2015 that it was instituting enforcement proceedings relating to the whistleblower provisions of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer...more

Locke Lord QuickStudy: SEC Sends Clear Message - Companies Cannot Restrict Whistleblowers Via Employee Confidentiality Agreements

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action against a company for using improperly restrictive language in employee confidentiality agreements, noting that such limits...more

Carefully Draft NDAs to Avoid Whistleblower Concerns

In light of the SEC’s first enforcement action against a company for impeding whistleblower activity in violation of Rule 21F-17, employers may wish to consider clarifying in their agreements, policies and practices that...more

How might the Supreme Court’s decision in Perez v. MBA affect the CFPB?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Perez v. Mortgage Bankers Ass’n invalidated a significant line of D.C. Circuit case law known, after the leading case, as the Paralyzed Veterans doctrine. A case involving a series...more

Do Your Confidentiality and Employment Agreements Violate SEC Whistleblower Protection Rules?

As the SEC takes aim at whistleblower “pretaliation” (attempts to muzzle whistleblowers via confidentiality and other employment agreements—overt or otherwise) ethics and compliance officers need to take practical steps to...more

"SEC Enforces Whistleblower Protection Rule Against Restrictive Confidentiality Agreement"

On April 1, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action against a company for a restrictive provision in confidentiality agreements that could deter employees from using the...more

New CFPB Consent Orders Point to Growing Indirect Regulation of Title Insurance

The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 granted rule-making authority under the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) to the CFPB and, with respect to entities under its jurisdiction, generally granted authority to the CFPB to...more

Are The SEC’s Canons Of Ethics Written In The Wind And Waves?

It’s easy to be annoyed by the SEC’s failure to comply with clear statutory mandates. However, not everyone is longanimous. Oxfam America, for example, has moved beyond irritation to litigation. Oxfam America’s suit is...more

Inside the New York Budget Bill: Sales Tax Provisions

The New York Legislature has passed bills related to the 2015–2016 budget (S2009-B/A3009-B and S4610-A/A6721-A, collectively referred to herein as the Budget Bill) containing several significant “technical corrections” to the...more

FSOC Presses SEC on Money Managers’ Systemic Risks

The SEC is stepping lively to preserve a role in formulating any additional requirements for money managers—such as mutual funds and investment advisers—to limit perceived risks to the financial system. Although the...more

SEC Announces First Enforcement Action Involving Restrictive Language in Confidentiality Agreement under Dodd-Frank Whistleblower...

On April 1, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced its first enforcement action involving restrictive language in an employee confidentiality agreement that it contends has “the potential to stifle the...more

Recent SEC Enforcement Action Against KBR Warns Against Restrictive Confidentiality Agreements

The SEC Enforcement Action - A recent enforcement action by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission aims to protect employees from signing confidentiality agreements that would prevent them from acting as...more

Defendants Challenge SEC’s Increased Use of Administrative Forum

The Dodd-Frank Act expanded the SEC’s jurisdiction to compel administrative hearings and to seek sanctions and remedies similar to those in federal court. The Commission’s recent policy of commencing more enforcement...more

March Whistleblower News Digest – Is Your Anti-Retaliation Compliance Training Program Ready?

I thought February was a jam-packed month for whistleblower-related news, but March had no shortage of whistleblower headlines. From the SEC kicking off the month with a hefty whistleblower award to OSHA issuing the final...more

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