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Bipartisan Policy Centers Releases Report on Financial Regulation

The Bipartisan Policy Center, a US-based non-profit organization, issued a paper entitled “Did Policymakers Get Post-Crisis Financial Regulation Right?” The paper analyzes the effects of financial regulation post-financial...more

Potential Secondary Effects of Regulatory Examinations: Evidentiary Issues and Preclusion in Parallel Litigation

Increasingly aggressive and adversarial examinations by state regulators can expose insurers to troubling evidentiary issues in subsequent individual and class action litigation. Plaintiffs’ counsel may seek to admit into...more

Post-Aliso Canyon gas storage report

A task force has released its report on the safety of underground natural gas storage, following the Aliso Canyon leak in California. The Interagency Task Force on Natural Gas Storage Safety was formed by Congress and the...more

Steps Taken to Implement the Remedies Emerging from the UK's Retail Banking Market Investigation 

The UK's Competition & Markets Authority published proposals for the implementation of certain remedies to counter the adverse effects on competition which were identified in the CMA's final report on the retail banking...more

Courts Split on Standing Issues in FCRA Suits After Spokeo

On October 5, 2016, two district courts came to opposite conclusions on whether putative class action plaintiffs had standing to bring claims based on prospective employers’ failure to comply with Fair Credit Reporting Act...more

U.S. Commerce Department Releases Updated Report Showing Intellectual Property-Intensive Industries Contribute $6.6 Trillion and...

The U.S. Commerce Department recently released a comprehensive report, entitled “Intellectual Property and the U.S. Economy: 2016 Update” (the “Report”). The Report, which was co-authored by the Economics & Statistics...more

DOJ and EEOC Release Diversity in Law Enforcement Report

Seyfarth Synopsis: A coalition report issued by DOJ and EEOC that tackles workplace diversity barriers in the ranks of law enforcement sheds light on the agencies’ views of best practices for enhancing diversity in...more

A customer-focused rail industry? The Office for Rail and Road produces its Retail Market Review

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has recently published the conclusions of its Retail Market Review. The Review focused on who sells tickets, what tickets are sold, where and how tickets are sold and the ticket format....more

Companies Perceived By The FTC as Top Violators

As discussed in the previous section, the FTC collects complaints about organizations that allegedly violate the data privacy, data security, advertising, and marketing laws. Each month the FTC’s Division of Planning and...more

US Federal Banking Agencies Issue Joint Report on Banking Activities and Investments

On September 8, 2016, the US Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the US Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation and the OCC jointly issued, pursuant to a requirement under Section 620 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street...more

Governor’s Panel Supports Maine Human Rights Commission

In response to concerns about the Human Rights Commission, Governor LePage, by Executive Order, established the Maine Human Rights Commission Review Panel on October 14, 2015. The Panel issued its Findings on September 27,...more

GAO Report Finds Weaknesses in OFCCP Compliance Evaluations

On September 22, 2016, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report evaluating the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). The report, entitled “Equal...more

Financial Stability Board Reports on Progress on its Workplan to Reduce Misconduct Risk

The Financial Stability Board published a second progress report on its workplan to reduce misconduct risk. The workplan was first agreed in May 2015 and the FSB published its first progress report in November 2015. The...more

International Consultation on Good Practices for Fees and Expenses Collective for Investment Schemes 

The International Organization of Securities Commissions published a final report outlining good practices on fees and expenses for collective investment schemes. The report is aimed only at CISs whose shares or units are...more

Buying and selling online: the EU's new findings on e-commerce

On 15 September 2016, after more than a year of information-gathering and analysis, the European Commission published a voluminous report (291 pages) of preliminary findings from its large-scale e-commerce inquiry (the...more

NASAA Releases 2015 Enforcement Report

State securities regulators serve an important local enforcement function. In fact, state securities regulation precedes federal regulation by more than two decades. The North American Securities Administrators Association...more

US releases new offshore wind strategy

U.S. executive branch agencies have released an updated report presenting a national strategy to facilitate the domestic development of offshore wind energy. According to the administration, the strategy could enable 86...more

ISO-NE offshore wind economic study

Regional electric grid operator ISO New England Inc. has released a report examining the economic impacts of adding significant offshore wind energy into the mainland grid. Overall, the results project reductions in...more

OSHA Reports Many State Programs Did Not Meet 2015 Performance Goals

Most state workplace safety programs did not meet performance goals, an annual report by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration studying 21 state programs in fiscal year 2015 has found. This is largely...more

Reviewing Third Party Vendor Service Contracts, a Seven Part Guide

Managing third party vendor relationships has always been an important function in banks. More recently it has become a hot topic for state and federal financial bank regulators. The increasing complexity of what vendors are...more

Naughty Secrets – Findings in the Ashley Madison Breach

A quote attributed to FBI Director Robert Mueller is, “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked and those that will be”. The assessment of the Ashley Madison cyber-attack has lessons for all...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - August 2016

FDIC Office Of Inspector General Reports On FDIC’s Cybersecurity Practices – On August 11, 2016, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (“FDIC’s”) Office of Inspector General issued a report based on an audit of the...more

UK Competition and Markets Authority Final Report on Retail Banking Market Investigation 

The UK Competition and Markets Authority published its final report on its market investigation into the supply of retail banking services to personal current account customers and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in...more

UK Payment Services Regulator Reports on Bank Ownership of Payment Infrastructure

The Payment Services Regulator published its final report on its market review into the ownership and payment infrastructure competitiveness in the UK...more

Overview of Cornerstone Research Report on Shareholder Litigation

A recent Cornerstone Research report reviewed ‘Shareholder Litigation Involving Acquisitions of Public Companies’ during 2015 and the first half of 2016. As the report indicates. the percentage of M&A deals valued over $100...more

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