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This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission filed another in a series of actions against an investment adviser who put wrap fee program clients into more expensive mutual fund shares that benefited the adviser and disadvantaged the client. Two more...more

Edison must pay in long running Tibble lawsuit

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A federal court ruled that Edison International must pay more than $7.5 million to compensate plan participants for its decision to include high-fee retail share mutual funds in its 401(k) plan when identical institutional...more

Financial Services Weekly News - September 2017

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - The Roundup has been on hiatus since its August 23 edition. Since then, we have had the misfortune to witness the widespread devastation inflicted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Our hearts go out to the...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard’s not well known for making waves, but the $4.5 trillion mutual-fund manager has quietly increased its corporate engagement activity over the past year—discussing governance, pay, and other issues with nearly a...more

Mutual Funds Should Consider Accelerating Filings in Advance of Increase in SEC Registration Fee Rate - August 2017

by Goodwin on

As a result of upcoming increases in securities registration fee rates applicable to mutual funds, funds with fiscal year ends of July or August and net sales should consider accelerating their annual Rule 24f-2 filings....more

Can Financial Institutions Use In-House Funds for Their Own Retirement Plans?

by Burns & Levinson LLP on

Financial institutions that sell mutual funds to the public often maintain 401(k) and other retirement plans for their own employees. In these plans, many financial institutions make their own mutual funds available to...more

The real reason why bad funds are in 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

Researchers once looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund lineups. The researchers identified one fairly clear explanation: a sub-par fund is much more likely to stay on...more

Mutual Fund Advisers Win Again on Section 36(b) Claims

by Carlton Fields on

Following a four-day bench trial, New Jersey District Judge Renee Bumb granted judgment to defendant Hartford mutual fund advisers on "excessive fee" claims brought by fund shareholders under Section 36(b) of the Investment...more

More Fund Companies Sanctioned for Misusing Fund Assets for Distribution

by Carlton Fields on

The SEC recently settled enforcement actions against William Blair and two Calvert companies for using mutual fund assets to pay distribution-related expenses in violation of Investment Company Act Rule 12b-1 and for certain...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Vanguard CEO William McNabb announced plans yesterday to step down, a big announcement for the mutual fund giant that finds itself “in the middle of one of the biggest growth spurts ever experienced by a large asset...more

Chipping Away - Does the DOL's Fiduciary Rule Continue to Be on the Chopping Block?

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (the “DOL”) published in the Federal Register on July 6, 2017 a Request for Information (the “RFI”) regarding the final regulation defining who is a “fiduciary” of an employee benefit plan as a...more

SROs to Receive More Power at the Expense of Procedural Fairness

The Ontario Government is proposing to allow self-regulatory organizations (SROs) to use the civil court system to collect fines from their current and former members. The Budget for 2017, released earlier this year, calls...more

Charitable Giving Strategies

by Bowditch & Dewey on

If you have been looking for ways to give back this summer, you might want to try something different. The majority of people donate to charitable organizations through gifts of cash, but this may not be the most...more

My problem with Target Date Funds

by Ary Rosenbaum on

When it comes to consumer products and food products, we have stringent labeling requirements. Products must have the contents to support that they are Made in the USA, organic, and juice in order to put that claim on their...more

ETF Boards Need to Apply Gartenberg Differently

by WilmerHale on

The differences between the respective cost structures of exchange-traded funds and mutual funds and the nature of advisory services provided for each product may require boards to think about the Gartenberg factors...more

Food for Thought, part 3

Below, a continuation of our bibliography of thought-provoking articles on issues related to right-sizing regulation, staying private versus going public, and related topics...more

Fund Liquidity Risk Management Task Force

by Dechert LLP on

Implementing the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) fund liquidity risk management rules presents distinct challenges for open-end mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs), and compliance with the rules will...more

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Case Against University Retirement Plan Fiduciaries Survives Motion to Dismiss

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

A plaintiffs' class action law firm in St. Louis made national headlines last August when it filed a series of breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits under ERISA, the federal employee benefits law, against the fiduciaries of...more

Financial Services Weekly News - May 2017 #2

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - In this Issue. The House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act that would make significant changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; the U.S. Securities and Exchange...more

Why you have bad funds in 401(k) plans

by Ary Rosenbaum on

A few years ago, researchers from the business schools at the University of Indiana and the University of Texas at Austin looked at some data to try to figure out why many poor 401(k) investment choices linger on fund...more

SEC Guidance Signals Approval for “Unbundled” Pricing for Mutual Funds

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

A recent ruling by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicates approval for mutual funds to be sold without servicing costs already built into the cost of the fund. In other words, the SEC ruling states that...more

Federal Court Upholds Attorney-Client Privilege for Mutual Fund Independent Trustees

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

In a decision affirming the importance of the attorney-client privilege in the mutual fund board setting, an Illinois federal court ruled on April 25, 2017 that fund shareholders were not entitled to access privileged...more

Federal Court Denies “Fiduciary Exception” Challenge in Connection with Section 36(b) Excessive Fee Lawsuit

by Dechert LLP on

The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois denied a motion to compel production of attorney-client privileged documents on April 25, 2017, in connection with the Section 36(b) lawsuit Chill v. Calamos...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Investors’ decreasing appetite for actively managed mutual funds appears to have helped drive the major shake-up at AllianceBernstein Holding, which said so long to CEO Peter Kraus and removed nine board members in favor of 6...more

Revenue sharing costs money

by Ary Rosenbaum on

I guess my comments regarding revenue sharing is a bit sarcastic, but I think accurate. While revenue sharing payments from mutual funds to TPA to help defray the costs of administration of a plan sponsor’s plan is legal, it...more

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