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Plaintiff Does Not Offer Proportional Production Remedy, Court Denies “Discovery on Discovery” (New York)

Freedman v. Weatherford Int’l, 2014 WL 4547039 (S.D. N.Y. Sept. 12, 2014). In this securities fraud case, the plaintiff sought the production of search efficiency reports that were part of an investigation by third...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

Can You Hear the Whistle Blowing?: SEC Punishes Company that Did Not Address Fraud Allegations by Whistleblower

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently announced the latest whistleblower bounty awarded under the Dodd-Frank Act, which authorizes rewards for original information about violations of securities laws....more

Global Boardroom Risk Solutions Newsletter

Now more than ever, there is a need for risk solutions in the boardroom. Any organization can be faced with a significant crisis, whether a fraud investigation, a regulatory infringement, allegations of anticompetitive...more

D.C. Circuit Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege in Internal Investigations

Internal investigations play a lead role in a company’s effective ethics and compliance program. They are one of the best ways for a company to detect, thoroughly understand, and remedy situations that may violate its code...more

DOJ Shifts Stance on False Statements Prosecutions - A Change That Could Have a Major Impact on Future White Collar...

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) recently adopted a more defense-friendly position on criminal prosecutions under a commonly used federal charging statute, Section 1001. This statute makes it a crime to "knowingly and...more

Swiss Bank Pleads Guilty In Alleged Tax Evasion Conspiracy

On May 19, the DOJ announced that a Swiss bank pleaded guilty and entered into agreements with federal and state regulators to resolve a multi-year investigation into the bank’s alleged conspiracy to assist U.S. taxpayers in...more

Contractors State License Board Targets Larger Commercial Projects

I don’t usually post about the California Contractor’s State License Board’s (“CSLB”) enforcement activities, but I thought I would make an exception here. Usually, it’s smaller residential contractors who get caught...more

New York DFS Obtains Substantial Settlement In Licensing Enforcement Action

On March 31, in an enforcement action with potential implications for a range of financial service providers, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) announced that an insurance holding company agreed to pay...more

Insider Trading Investigations: What To Watch for in 2014

Christopher Clark is a partner at Latham & Watkins where he represents public companies, alternative investment entities such as hedge funds, and individuals in both criminal and civil investigations involving state and...more

FINRA Issues 2014 Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter

On January 2, 2014, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) issued its 2014 Annual Regulatory and Examination Priorities Letter (Priorities Letter). This letter is issued annually to highlight new and existing...more

SEC Staff Announces 2014 Broker-Dealer Examination Priorities

The SEC’s Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations (“OCIE”) announced the 2014 examination priorities (the “Announcement”) for its National Examination Program (the “NEP”). The priorities are organized according to...more

SEC Publishes 2014 Examination Priorities for Investment Advisers

On January 9, 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) published its 2014 examination priorities letter (“SEC Letter”) for its National Examination Program (NEP). The NEP covers all markets and entities...more

SEC Announces National Exam Program Priorities

The SEC National Examination Program announced its 2012 examination priorities. Those priorities are selected by senior staff from the National Exam Program’s offices along with senior SEC staff from the various Divisions and...more

Where Else? JP Morgan Chase Investigation Into Hiring Practices Expands

One of the most dreaded questions in any Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) investigation is: Where Else? By this I mean that if you have a systemic failure of internal controls in one geographic area it may well be that...more

PODs Continue To Attract Scrutiny From OIG And Congress

In the wake of a recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General ("OIG") investigation, physicians with ownership interests in medical device distributorships and hospitals should prepare for...more

OIG Investigations (Without Subpoena Bells and Whistles) Coming to a Program Near You

The Inspector General Act of 1978 aimed to “consolidate existing auditing and investigative resources to more effectively combat fraud, abuse, waste and mismanagement in the programs and operations of [the executive branch].”...more

JP Morgan Discloses Investigation of MBS Practices

In its Form 10-Q filed with the SEC on August 7, JP Morgan Chase & Co. disclosed that it is responding to parallel criminal and civil investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California...more

New York Takes Aim at Internet Payday Lenders and Other Industry Players

The Cuomo administration, through the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), recently announced aggressive enforcement-related activities in an ongoing DFS investigation designed to stop supposedly unlawful...more

Immigration Impact: Recognizing and Reducing Liability in Corporate I-9 Procedures

2012 was a record year for Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the agency charged with I-9 enforcement. In 2012, HSI commenced 3,004 I-9 investigations and completed 495, charging...more

DOJ confirms investigation of private student loan SCRA violations

As we reported, in the CFPB’s “Mid-year snapshot of private student loan complaints” on complaints the CFPB received from October 2012 through March 2013, one of the top servicing issues reported by consumers was the...more

House Financial Services Committee questions Antonakes about data collection

In the latest installment in the CFPB data collection controversy, the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit held a hearing on July 9 entitled “Examining How the...more

Broker-Dealers: Pay Attention To Government Audits And Examinations

The story of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” applies with full force to the securities industry and the FCPA. ...more

First Circuit Rules First-Filed Complaint Need Not Satisfy Rule 9(b) to Bar Subsequent Qui Tam Actions

To incentivize whistleblowers to bring false claims promptly to the government’s attention, the False Claims Act (FCA) includes a so-called “first-to-file rule“ (31 U.S.C § 3730(b)(5)), which bars a person other than the...more

Online Currency Exchange Alleged to Have Laundered Billions for Criminal Enterprises Around the World

In a three-count indictment unsealed on May 28, 2013, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York alleged that the owners, founders and managers at Liberty Reserve, an online currency exchange, conspired...more

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