Fiduciary Duty

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Claims Administrators can be Liable for Violations of the Mental Health Parity Act

The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPA) requires health plans to treat mental health and physical health benefits in much the same manner and precludes restrictions on mental health benefits that are not also...more

Washington's Amended LLC Statute—Should You Amend Your LLC Agreement?

Washington state approved significant amendments to its Limited Liability Company Act earlier this year that will become effective on January 1, 2016. For many existing LLCs, the amendments will not have a meaningful impact...more

Three Recent Delaware Decisions Highlight the Importance of Director Independence and Risks for M&A Financial Advisors

On September 28 and October 1, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued decisions in Caspian Select Credit Master Fund Limited v. Gohl, C.A. No. 10244-VCN and In re Zale Corporation Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No....more

RMBS Contract Claims Against Trustee Dismissed in Part

On October 2, 2015, Justice Saliann Scarpulla of the New York Supreme Court issued an Opinion and Order partially granting Bank of New York Mellon’s (“BNYM”) Motion to Dismiss an RMBS action brought by Commerce Bank and other...more

Portfolio Monitoring and Legal Fees Subject to SEC Enforcement Action Against Private Equity Group

The SEC announced that three private equity fund advisers within The Blackstone Group have agreed to pay nearly $39 million to settle charges that they failed to fully inform investors about benefits that the advisers...more

A WARNing to Directors and Officers — Failure to give proper WARN Act notice may breach your fiduciary duty

At first glance, Stanziale v. MILK072011, looks like someone suing over a bad expiration date and conjures up images of Ron Burgundy proclaiming “milk was a bad choice.” But in actuality Stanziale is much more interesting: it...more

Are You My Fiduciary? The DOL Takes Aim At A Fiduciary Standard For All Giving Retirement Investment Advice

The Department of Labor is pressing forward in its efforts to impose a fiduciary standard on anyone giving retirement investment advice. A fiduciary standard would require every retirement investment adviser to put the...more

Landmark insider trading ruling may temper government's actions, but holders of confidential, non-public information should still...

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Court declined to hear the federal government’s appeal in U.S. v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2nd Cir. 2014), an insider trading case in which the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed...more

Delaware Supreme Court Addresses Novel Controlling-Stockholder Claim and Clarifies Effect of a Fully Informed, Uncoerced...

The Delaware Supreme Court recently issued an opinion, captioned Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, that sheds further light on when a stockholder owning less than 50% of the voting power of a company may be deemed a...more

Post-Newman Reality: Investigations Involving Unwitting “Tips” to Close Friends and Relatives Will Continue

Earlier this week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear the federal government’s appeal of the ruling by the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in U.S. v. Newman. This leaves intact the Second Circuit’s quid...more

Fraud Vitiated Special-Committee Process in Dole Merger

In a self-interested transaction between a company and its controlling stockholder, the operative standard of judicial review under Delaware law is the most rigorous: entire fairness standard of review. To obtain the least...more

EXPECT FOCUS: Onboard Technology, NAIC Cybersecurity, DOL, ACA Litigation, SEC Regulation (Vol. III, Summer 2015)

In This Issue: IN THE SPOTLIGHT - - Your Data Breach Collided With My Personal Injury Coverage LIFE INSURANCE - - Phantom Injury Dooms “Shadow Insurance” Case - Latest NAIC Cybersecurity News - A...more

Financial Services Quarterly Report - Third Quarter 2015: Recent Developments in U.S. “Excessive Fee” Litigation

The U.S. mutual fund industry is poised to see significant developments in the ongoing wave of Section 36(b) “excessive fee” litigation. Days apart in August, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the grant of summary...more

M&A Update: Fully Informed Vote of Disinterested Stockholders Results in Business Judgment Rule Protection in Post-Closing Review...

In an October 2, 2015 decision, Corwin, et al. v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC., et al., the Delaware Supreme Court clarified that once a merger closes, as long as it has been approved by a fully informed vote of the...more

Supreme Court Denies Review of Second Circuit Insider-Trading Case

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Court refused to grant review of the Second Circuit’s restrictive insider-trading decision in United States v. Newman. The Government, through the Solicitor General, had asked the Supreme...more

Perspectives - September/October 2015

In a decision in which no opinion commanded a majority, the Ohio Supreme Court sided with a private entity — a charter school operator — in a dispute over the ownership of personal property purchased by the operator with...more

Can an insurer be liable for bad faith failure to settle without a settlement demand?

The Tenth Circuit, applying Oklahoma law, recently became the latest court to rule on this frequently-disputed issue. The court ruled that, while a primary insurer has an affirmative duty to initiate settlement negotiations...more

September 2015: White Collar Litigation Update

Recent Developments in Insider Trading Law. For the last 30 years, the seminal insider trading case discussing tipper/tippee liability has been the Supreme Court’s decision in Dirks v. SEC, 463 U.S. 646 (1983). In Dirks, the...more

Do Public Pension Funds Breach Their Fiduciary Duties By Pursuing Social Issue Proposals?

Yesterday, UCLA Law School Professor Stephen Bainbridge noted the publication of a recent study that reaches some devastating conclusions for public pension funds.  The study by Professor Tracie Woidtke at the University of...more

Tyranny of the Minority: North Carolina Business Court Explores Potential Fiduciary Duties of Minority Shareholders

The North Carolina Business Court recently issued an opinion considering whether a minority shareholder can ever be considered a “controlling shareholder” who owes a fiduciary duty to other shareholders. The court’s opinion...more

Navigating Derivative Lawsuits Against Mutual Funds After Northstar

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals this spring held that mutual fund shareholders could maintain direct claims against the fund’s trustees for breach of their common law fiduciary duties. Before Northstar v. Schwab, such...more

A Summary of Predicted Litigation Under the DOL’s Proposed Fiduciary Rule

The Department of Labor’s recent Proposed Rule, which defines the term "fiduciary" as it applies to persons who provide "investment advice" to ERISA plans and IRAs, will impact the likelihood and severity of fiduciary...more

District Court Denies Class Certification in Excessive Fee Case Against Service Provider

The plaintiffs, three plan participants, filed their lawsuit in 2012 and purported to assert claims on behalf of a class of all plans serviced by the defendants, affiliated entities that provided services to the plans and/or...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2015 #5

Regulatory Developments - SEC Proposes to Amend Administrative Proceedings Rules: On Sept. 24 the SEC announced that it had voted to propose amendments to rules governing its administrative proceedings. The...more

Federal District Court Addresses Measure of Damages in ERISA Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case

Fiduciaries of two defined contribution retirement plans sponsored by the same employer (the “Plans”) sued the Plans’ former investment manager for breach of ERISA fiduciary duties and state law violations in connection with...more

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