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Dispute Over Landscaping Repairs Results in Personal Penalties against Condo Directors and a Fascinating Governance War Story

Court decisions holding corporate directors personally liable for acting in bad faith tend to be few and far between in Canadian jurisprudence. The recent Ontario Court of Appeal decision in Boily et al v Carleton Condominium...more

Vascular Solutions Inc. and its CEO Face Criminal Charges for Selling Unapproved Medical Devices

Last week, the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an indictment charging Vascular Solutions Inc. (VSI) and its CEO Howard Root with (1) selling medical devices without the approval of the U.S. Food...more

SEC Charges Audit Committee Chair for Failing to Investigate Red Flags

The SEC recently brought an enforcement action against the Chairman of the Audit Committee of AgFeed Industries, Inc. The Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, called the AgFeed action “a cautionary tale of what...more

Participation Not Required: SEC Charges Mayor as Control Person in Municipal Bond Offering

In an unprecedented exercise of its authority to charge municipal officials with “control person” liability, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently announced fraud charges against the City of Allen Park,...more

Hold Your Cards Close: Data Protection and the Gaming Industry

Increased cybercrimes and data security threats have recently made headline news with reports of massive data security breaches at major U.S. companies, including Target and more recently, The Home Depot. Risks of data...more

SEC Ramps Up Municipal Enforcement

The SEC continues to ramp up its Enforcement efforts in the municipal-securities realm. The agency announced a series of settled actions on November 6....more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 11 - November 2014

In This Issue: - Court Orders Department of Finance to Release Corporate Tax Return Records to City Comptroller - ALJ Upholds State Tax Department Policy on Personal Liability of LLC Members for Sales...more

Court Holds that Restaurant Owner May Be Personally Liable for FLSA Violations

A new federal case out of Illinois demonstrates the extreme importance of complying with wage and hour laws, especially where the law provides for individual liability against those who control the terms and conditions of...more

A Royal Fan Responds: Russ Berland on the SEC Financial Report for FY 2014

Ed. Note-today we have a guest post from KC Royals fan and Stinson Leonard Street partner Russ Berland. As a Kansas City Royals fan, I would like to use this opportunity to congratulate the Royals on a great season...more

Operation Delaware Shield: The Corporate Veil Is Alive and Well

In the recently concluded Cornell Glasgow, LLC v. Nichols, the Delaware Court of Chancery endorsed and upheld shielding individuals from personal liability through the "best practices" use of limited liability entities in...more

Eyes Wide Shut: Recent Second Circuit Concurrence Continues Debate on Conscious Avoidance Doctrine

The legal doctrine of “conscious avoidance,” which provides that a defendant who deliberately shields himself from clear evidence of critical facts is considered equally liable as one who has actual knowledge, continues to...more

Status Updates - October 2014 #9

Court spanks parents. In a landmark decision, the Georgia Court of Appeals ruled in Boston v. Athearn that parents can be held responsible for the social media activities of their kids. The case involved a seventh-grade boy...more

Advertising Law - October 2014 #2

Hashtags and Ads: Top 10 Legal Considerations for Brands Involved in Digital and Social Media Advertising - Advertising, marketing and promotions, both via digital and traditional channels, are governed in the United...more

Tommy Lewis, Dicky Maegle and the DOJ Call for Individual Prosecutions

Tommy Lewis died this week. For those of you uninitiated in college football, Lewis was an Alabama football player who jumped up off the Alabama bench to tackle Rice University halfback Dicky Maegle, who was scampering...more

When "Free" Is Too Good To Be True: Rethinking Interns And Volunteers Under Wage & Hour Laws

Educational institutions of all kinds often utilize the services of volunteers or so-called interns to assist with coaching sports or other extracurricular activities, and to participate in programs that are mutually...more

The Justice Department and Individual Criminal Prosecutions

Recently, Attorney General Holder and DAAG Marshall Miller from the Criminal Division delivered important speeches on the Justice Department’s initiative to increase individual criminal prosecutions....more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2014

In This Issue: - Export-Import Bank Is Reauthorized Through June 2015 - Roadblocks to Bali Package Implementation Remain As Summer Deadline Passes Without A Clear Path Forward - Customs Litigation: Federal...more

Recent Remarks By Officials Reinforce DOJ’s Focus On Criminal Fraud Investigations And Prosecutions Of Culpable Individuals

In a trio of speeches given at separate events on September 17, 2014, Department of Justice (“DOJ”) officials announced new initiatives and points of emphasis in the Government’s ongoing efforts to hold corporations and...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That "Tag Jurisdiction" Does Not Apply to Corporations - The Court's Decision Limits Personal Jurisdiction...

Following closely on the heels of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark personal jurisdiction decision in Daimler AG v. Bauman, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has issued a decision that further reinforces the...more

Criminal Conduct and Corporate Liability

Some blame a general quest for the almighty dollar, others, a decline in moral fiber, but white-collar crime has been around as long as commerce itself, or at least as long as there have been white collars. The film "The Wolf...more

"Federal Circuit Decision Underscores the Importance of Customs Compliance for All Parties to an Import Transaction"

A decision issued last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. has shaken fundamental assumptions held by many U.S. importers and their business partners (including...more

Customs Litigation: Federal Circuit Decision In United States v. Trek Leather Broadens Personal Liability For Penalties Under 19...

On September 16, 2014, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued its en banc decision in United States v. Trek Leather, Inc. No. 2011-1527, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 17746 (Fed. Cir. Sept. 16, 2014). The decision is...more

Speech by DOJ’s Marshall Miller Could Be Harbinger of Bad Things to Come

So here’s a thing. Last week Marshall Miller, the No. 2 official in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, made a speech urging corporations to focus its investigations into misconduct on individual malefactors and...more

Introducing Personal Liability Into Corporate Negligence: An Analysis of the Trek Leather Decision

Are you an owner or officer of a small or midsize business? An import or trade compliance professional? Someone whose job responsibilities include some aspect of the process of importing merchandise into the United States,...more

Investment Firm Fined $15 Million for Cherry Picking and Soft Dollar Schemes

An investment firm's plan to defraud clients out of $10.9 million landed it a $15 million penalty from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). On top of the penalty, the firm must disgorge — or give up the profits...more

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