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District Court Relies on Fee Disclosure Regulation to Dismiss Complaint

A federal district court in New York last month dismissed a class action complaint brought by a company sponsoring a 401(k) plan. The plaintiff, in Skin Pathology Associates v. Morgan Stanley, alleged, among other claims,...more

Morgan Stanley to Settle RMBS Securities Claims by the SEC for $275 Million

On February 25, Morgan Stanley disclosed that it had reached an agreement in principle with the SEC staff to pay $275 million in disgorgement and penalties in settlement of an investigation into subprime RMBS sponsored and...more

New York District Court Dismisses Putative ERISA Class Alleging Illegal Kickbacks

Sometimes in the rush to meet Rule 23(a) and (b)’s requirements, what gets overlooked is whether there is any underlying claim in the first place. In a refreshing opinion, the Southern District of New York disposed of a...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - March 3, 2014

UCITS 5 Political Agreement Reached - On February 25, the European Parliament published a press release announcing that political agreement has been reached with the Council of the EU on the proposed UCITS V Directive....more

Credit Crunch Digest - February 2014

This issue of the Credit Crunch Digest focuses on developments in a major Barclays Libor-related case; a multibillion-dollar Bank of America settlement with mortgage securities investors; Morgan Stanley’s settlement with the...more

Morgan Stanley and FHFA Reach RMBS Settlement

On February 4, Morgan Stanley disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has agreed, in principle, to a settlement for US$1.25 billion with the Federal Housing Finance Agency to resolve claims pending in the United States...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - February 10, 2014

No-Action Letter Provides Relief to M&A Brokers - On January 31, in a significant no-action letter (Letter), the Staff of the Division of Trading and Markets provided assurances that it would not recommend enforcement...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review - January 27, 2014

Lehman Court Finds Safe Harbors Protect Damage Calculation Provisions in Swap - Judge James M. Peck issued a significant opinion in the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy late last month, which preserved important safe...more

Judge Dismisses Federal Securities Claims from NCUA Action Against Morgan Stanley

On January 22, Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York trimmed claims from a lawsuit brought by the National Credit Union Administration Board, as liquidating agent for various...more

Paradise By The Dashboard Light And Compliance Tune-Ups

Meatloaf’s standard Paradise by the Dashboard Light, is the lead in for today’s blog post (the ‘automotive’ focus of the song and not the ‘paradise’ focus for the less prurient among you.) I still think that one of the most...more

Morgan Stanley Wins Dismissal of Dexia’s Fraud Suit Over $626 Million in RMBS

On October 16, Justice Eileen Bransten of the Supreme Court for the State of New York dismissed a suit by FSA Asset Management LLC (FSAM) and Dexia SA/NV (with two related entities, Dexia) alleging fraud by Morgan Stanley in...more

Compliance Reminders, Notices And Certifications

After the Department of Justice announced its declination of the Morgan Stanley case, the FCPA Paparazzi littered the Internet with recommendations of steps to take modeled on Morgan Stanley’s compliance program. Companies...more

What Is The Fabric Of Compliance?

The goal of any company regarding its compliance regime should be to make compliance a part of the fabric of your company and the face that you present to the world. That was the message from the interview conducted by Adam...more

Deutsche Bank Files $666 Million Suit Against GE Capital

On September 13, Deutsche Bank, acting in its capacity as Trustee of the Morgan Stanley ABS Capital I Inc. Trust, Series 2007-HE6 (the Trust), filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of...more

Unconscious bias and subjective decision making, the practical and legal ramifications

On August 6, DLA Piper hosted a program addressing Unconscious Bias and Subjective Decision Making - The Practical and Legal Ramifications. Rachel Cowen and Margaret Keane, partners in DLA Piper's Employment practice,...more

Order for Insider Trader to Pay $10.2 Million in Restitution to Morgan Stanley Affirmed

The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has affirmed the lower court’s order directing Joseph Skowron III, a convicted insider trader and former portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, to pay his former employer $10.2...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - July 26, 2013

In this issue: - District Court Rejects Challenge to SEC Conflict Minerals Rule - Mandatory Clearing of iTraxx CDS Indices for Category 2 Entities Began July 25 - CFTC Issues Extension of Time-Limited...more

Morgan Stanley’s Motion to Dismiss $757 Million RMBS Suit Denied in Part

On July 13, Justice Eileen Bransten of the New York Supreme Court denied Morgan Stanley’s motion to dismiss MetLife’s common law fraud and fraudulent inducement claims....more

Lunch With The FCPA Compliance & Ethics Blog – Phil Wedemeyer And The Audit Perspective In Compliance

One of my weekend reading pleasures is the Saturday section in the Financial Times (FT) entitled “Lunch with the FT”. ...more

Lessons from Ralph Lauren: Designing Better Ways to Manage Third Party Risk

Trying to avoid the unusually strict import controls in Argentina and facilitate faster clearance of its products through customs, a subsidiary of Ralph Lauren Corp. was found to have bribed local officials between 2005 and...more

Second Circuit Further Curtails Duty of Prudence Claims in Saint Vincent Catholic Medical Centers v. Morgan Stanley

In a line of recent cases, the 2nd Circuit has limited ERISA plaintiffs’ claims for breach of the duty of prudence by holding that investments of benefit plan funds in employer securities pursuant to plans calling for such...more

Court Grants in Part Motions to Dismiss Allstate RMBS Lawsuits

On March 15, Judge Eileen Bransten of the Supreme Court of the State of New York granted in part and denied in part motions to dismiss brought by Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Morgan Stanley entities (together Defendants)...more

Breaking Bad: When A Good Employee Goes Bad?

No matter how strong a company’s compliance program, there is always a risk. No matter how many times employees are trained, complete certifications and are reminded of their FCPA compliance obligations, there is always a...more

DOJ Fraud Official Offers An Insider’s View Of The FCPA Resource Guide

Charles Duross, deputy chief of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Criminal Division, Fraud Section, offered white collar crime practitioners rare insight into the DOJ’s and the Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC)...more

Internal Investigation Fees Awarded To Goldman Sachs

On Monday, February 25, Goldman Sachs won its bid to force former director Rajat K. Gupta to pay legal fees it incurred while investigating Gupta’s insider trading activities. In October 2012, Gupta was sentenced to two years...more

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