Personal Liability

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Court Held That Plaintiff Stated A Claim Against Bank’s Employees For Individual Liability Based On Alleged Fiduciary Breaches

In Medve v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., a plaintiff sued a bank and three of its employees for breaches of fiduciary duties arising from fiduciary accounts. No. H-15-2277, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 11961 (S.D. Tex. February 2,...more

When to Hire an Attorney for a Car Accident

Accidents happen unexpectedly. When they happen, there are many things to consider. Health and safety are the most immediate concerns, followed by recovering compensation for personal injuries and property damage. As soon as...more

The New Face of Commercial Crime - Cybersecurity Risks for Companies and their Directors

The threat of commercial crime against companies is transforming. Technology has created new and innovative ways for fraudsters to exploit individuals and companies through cyber attacks. This new face of fraud can give rise...more

New Jersey’s Appellate Division Declines to Pierce Corporate Veil and Impose Personal Liability on Company Principal for Cleanup...

Action Item: On January 14, 2016, the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court in New Jersey Dep’t of Envtl. Prot. v. Navillus Group, No. A-4726-13T3, 2016 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 77 (N.J. Super. Ct. App. Div....more

Pitfalls for the Unwary: Long Arm Jurisdiction of State Enforcement of Money Transmittal Company Laws

Last month we alerted our clients to newly proposed anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering regulations in New York that sought to impose increased compliance requirements and vastly expanded personal liability (including...more

Ghost Offers in Real Estate Transactions

Too Clever by Half - Not so long ago I received a draft agreement of purchase and sale from a practitioner in which he named his purchaser client as “John Doe, in trust, and without personal liability, for a corporation...more

AML Litigation and Individual Liability: FinCEN's Landmark Haider Case Moves Forward

A federal district court in Minnesota recently held that the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) permits the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) to bring suit against individuals for willfully violating the BSA's AML program...more

"Delaware Supreme Court Clarifies Earlier Rulings, Chancery Court Stakes Out New Positions"

Delaware courts tackled a number of issues of importance in 2015. The Delaware Supreme Court clarified prior inconsistent case law by reiterating that deference must be given to decisions made by disinterested directors. It...more

"Aggressive Government Enforcement Continues: How Will Individual Prosecutions Impact Activity Against Institutions?"

U.S. authorities have been increasingly aggressive in their law enforcement and regulatory actions against multinational corporations and financial institutions, as well as individuals, in areas including market manipulation...more

Corporate Governance Considerations in Light of the Yates Memo

Last fall, United States Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates released a memorandum titled “Individual Accountability for Corporate Wrongdoing.” The “Yates Memo” is the latest installment in a series of prosecution guidelines...more

"Insights Conversations: Developments in US Export Controls"

The U.S. export control system has undergone major reform in recent years, and companies have experienced both increased enforcement of export control laws and fines for violations, with more changes on the way. Skadden...more

A Comprehensive Look at Potential Drone Related Liability and Insurance Coverage Implications

In May, I posted a blog article regarding the burgeoning use of commercial drones and potential liability associated with state enacted privacy legislation. The popularity of that post, coupled with my interest in both...more

Reimbursement of Employee Political Contributions Could Lead to Jail Time for CEO

Recent charges against a Pennsylvania CEO serve as a reminder of how important it is for corporate counsel and executives to ensure that corporate funds are not being used to support political candidates in violation of...more

Testing the Limits of Bank Officer Accountability – The NYDFS AML Personal Liability Proposal

The New York Department of Financial Services (“NYDFS”) is currently soliciting public comment on a proposed regulation that would require certain NYDFS-regulated financial institutions (“Regulated Institutions”) and their...more

Is New York's Proposal a Harbinger of Things to Come? Certification of BSA/AML Compliance and Personal Liability for Mistaken or...

Why it matters - The New York Department of Financial Services (DFS) may have launched its strongest offensive yet against observed shortcomings in the Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (BSA/AML) compliance...more

Who's Going Under the Bus? Federal Policy on Individual Responsibility for Corporate Wrongdoing - Corridors January 2016

In a wake-up call to health care corporate officers and managers, Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates earlier this fall announced a new, tougher U.S. Department of Justice policy regarding individual responsibility for...more

Director prosecution and conviction in New South Wales

The NSW work health and safety regulator has brought a successful prosecution against a company director resulting in a criminal conviction and fines against the director and the company. An order was also made requiring the...more

ESMA updates AIFMD FAQ

ESMA has updated its FAQs on the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (AIFMD). A new question addresses how the depositary’s liability regime applies to those assets...more

Regulatory Enforcement in the UK - A Retrospective on 2015. Can the Fines Get Any Bigger?

When the UK Financial Services Authority became the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) in April 2013, we were told that this would herald a tougher and more intrusive style of regulation. The FCA’s enforcement record in the...more

Cybersecurity Legislation Stalks Bank Directors

To avoid potential personal liability for cybersecurity breaches, bank directors should take proactive steps to make sure their institution complies with all applicable regulations. In the wake of recent well-publicized...more

CFTC Enforces Insider Trading Rules and Aggressively Pursues Its New Enforcement Authority under the Dodd-Frank Act

On December 2, 2015, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) issued an order (“Order”) instituting proceedings against, and settling with, Arya Motazedi, for various violations of CFTC Rules. In a significant first...more

Putting Food Donation Liability Protection Laws to Use

Although many of us will share a bountiful table of food with loved ones this holiday season, there are many for whom putting food on the table is a struggle (and not just during the holidays). At the same time, 40% of food...more

California Court Permits FCA Claim Involving Medicare “Referral and Regeneration” Scheme to Proceed Against Healthcare CEO

In a recent opinion, the Northern District of California allowed FCA claims to proceed against the CEO of a skilled nursing facility operator. John Orten, the whistleblower in the suit, was a former nursing home...more

SEC Enforcement Chief Andrew Ceresney Discusses CCO Liability

On November 4, 2015, Andrew Ceresney, director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Division of Enforcement (Enforcement Division), delivered the keynote address at the 2015 National Conference of the National...more

Newly Proposed Anti-Money Laundering Regulations in New York Signal Increasing Personal Criminal Liability for AML/BSA Compliance...

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York announced newly proposed anti-terrorism and anti-money laundering regulations that impose increased compliance requirements and more importantly, vastly expanded...more

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