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Chris Lazarini Comments on Waiver of the Right to Seek Arbitration

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the defendant filed fraud and RICO actions in federal court against several persons and entities alleging they defrauded her out of millions of dollars....more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Prepaid card company NetSpend has reached a $53 million settlement with the FTC to resolve claims that the company “deceived customers about when and whether they could access money they deposited on its reloadable debit...more

Chris Lazarini Comments on Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Bass, Berry & Sims attorney Chris Lazarini commented on a case in which the plaintiff claimed Merrill Lynch acted improperly in selling shares held as collateral for a loan when plaintiff had not defaulted on the loan. The...more

SEC Takes Issue with Employee Confidentiality Obligations and Waivers of Monetary Awards

by White & Case LLP on

The Securities and Exchange Commission's (the "SEC" or "Commission") Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") issued a risk alert on October 24, 2016, announcing that it will be reviewing registrants'...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The focus this week was offering fraud actions. Three cases were brought. One involved a registered transfer agent. A second centered on claims that the defendant was an expert trader. The third was based on false claims...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Even as auto lending continues at near break-neck pace, regulators are expressing concerns about the rise (again) of subprime delinquencies from borrowers. The trend, at a time when the US economy is doing relatively well,...more

SEC Issues Interpretive Guidance for Up-C Structures Permitting Holding Period Tacking under Rule 144 for Unit-for-Share Exchanges

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On November 1, 2016, the staff of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) issued interpretive guidance concluding that in Up-C structures the holding period of LLC units or other partnership interests (the “OP...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Veteran’s Day in the US means Singles Day in China, the world’s biggest shopping day and a major test for Alibaba to keep growing on the day it helped invent....more

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by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Merrill Lynch has already staked out the position in response to the DOL’s retirement account fiduciary duty rule that it would no longer offer commission-based IRAs to retirement savers. Yesterday, it effectively doubled...more

Merrill’s End of Commission IRAs is going to be a game changer

by Ary Rosenbaum on

In a move that will shake the broker-dealer and retirement plan industries, Merrill Lynch’s decided to end its commission individual retirement account (IRA) business to comply with the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

SEC Brings First Stand-Alone Whistleblower Retaliation Enforcement Action - On September 29, 2016, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) brought its first stand-alone whistleblower retaliation case under...more

Small Business Securities Bulletin: Standard Confidentiality Provisions May Be Prohibited "Pretaliation" in Eyes of SEC

by Baker Donelson on

As we discussed in our June 2011 Bulletin, available here, SEC rules promulgated under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (Exchange Act), pursuant to Section 21F thereunder as enacted by the Dodd-Frank Wall...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

As the government fiscal year draws to an end, the Commission filed a series of enforcement actions. Those included two insider trading cases, an action alleging violations of the whistleblower provisions, another against a...more

Merrill Lynch Settles SEC Market Access Charges

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission has brought a series of cases under Exchange Act Section 15(c)(3) and Rule 15c3-5, its market access rule. That rule requires that broker-dealers with market access establish risk management controls to prevent...more

Third Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Suit To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

This case involved an underlying arbitration before an arbitration panel operating under the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) rules, which was brought by Judith and Kenneth Goldman against their financial...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - June 2016

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The SEC adopted a rule required by the FAST Act, here, that, we guess, confirms that an Annual Report on Form 10-K may include a summary. The SEC prescribes no rules about where a summary might appear or what it may look...more

The SEC’s Customer Protection Rule Initiative and Whistleblower Protection Efforts – What Broker-Dealers Need to Know

by King & Spalding on

On June 23, 2016, the SEC instituted a settled enforcement action against Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. and Merrill Lynch Professional Clearing Corp. (collectively, “Merrill”), in which Merrill agreed to pay $415...more

Bridging the Week - June 2016 #4

Broker-Dealer Sanctioned US $415 Million by SEC for Violating Customer Protection Requirements: Two Merrill Lynch entities agreed to pay sanctions of US $415 million to resolve charges brought by the Securities and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Merrill Lynch was at the center of actions brought by the SEC and FINRA this week. One action charged the firm with violations of the customer protection rule tied to using customer cash and failing to protect their...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.22.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Elon Musk is curing what ails SolarCity by having his Tesla motors company buy it—a move he’s called “obvious” [though others disagree] but which will leave him personally exposed to margin calls if the stock price for the...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Tennessee Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss $164 Million RMBS Suit Brought by Tennessee Pension Fund - On May 24, 2016, Chancellor Carol L. McCoy of the Chancery Court for Davidson County, Tennessee, declined to...more

HSBC Sues Merrill Lynch and Bank of America for $420 Million Relating to RMBS Deal

On May 24, 2016, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., in its capacity as Trustee of Merrill Lynch Alternative Note Asset Trust, Series 2007-0AR5 (“the Trust”), served a summons with notice on Merrill Lynch Mortgage Lending, Inc. (“Merrill”),...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 5.26.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

The SEC has opened an inquiry into Alibaba’s accounting related to affiliated companies and related-party transactions, a big deal for a company “long seen as a symbol of China’s growing technological might”...more

Presentation Recap: Car Wars

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

“A [not so] long time ago in an automotive industry [not] far, far away,” John Murphy, Research Analyst for Merrill Lynch delivered his popular annual “Car Wars” presentation in Detroit on May 10th. This was the 26th year of...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court concluded this week that a suit based on short selling filed in state court alleging state law causes of action was not preempted by the exclusive jurisdiction provision of Exchange Act Section 27 simply...more

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