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Securities & Exchange Commission Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act

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The United States Securities and Exchange Commission was created in 1934 in response to the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929. The Commission was created to protect investors, ensure fairness in the market, and encourage capital formation. The Commission is headed by five presidentially-appointed Commissioners who oversee the Commission’s five divisions: Division of Corporation Finance, Division of Trading and Markets, Division of Enforcement, Division of Investment Management, and the Division of Risk, Strategy and Financial Information.  less -

The SEC’s Long-Awaited Security-Based Swaps Rules May Be Approaching

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

The SEC has proposed all of its major Title VII rules regulating the security-based swaps market. The authors discuss the current status of this and related rulemakings, the relief the SEC has granted, and the provisions of...more

In Case You Missed It - Interesting Items for Corporate Counsel - April 2017

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A host of things happened in the last few months regarding Conflict Minerals, although likely not much that will affect what a public company reports on its Form SD, due May 31. (Spoiler alert: The same thing companies have...more

SEC Announces First Whistleblower Award During Trump Era

On April 25, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a Dodd-Frank whistleblower award of nearly $4 million, the first bounty award issued during the Trump administration. To maintain the whistleblower’s...more

Blog: It’s baaaack — the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017

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A draft of the Financial CHOICE Act of 2017 (fka version 2.0), a bill to create hope and opportunity for investors, consumers, and entrepreneurs — a masterpiece of acronyming — has just been released (and weighs in at 593...more

A Review of Recent Whistleblower Developments

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Whistleblower Developments is a periodic report covering significant cases, decisions, proposals, and legislation related to whistleblower statutes and how they may impact your business. ...more

Third Circuit Revives In-House Attorney’s Whistleblower Claim

On April 12, 2017, the Third Circuit partially revived a former in-house attorney’s whistleblower retaliation lawsuit against his previous employer. Danon v. Vanguard Group, Inc., No. 16-cv-2881....more

Conflict Minerals Update – SEC Releases Guidance Following District Court Decision

by White & Case LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the US District Court for the District of Columbia (the "Court") entered a final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers, et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission,1 ruling that Section 1502 of...more

SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance Issues Statement on Conflict Minerals Disclosure Requirements

Ruling & Enforcement: Conflict Minerals’ Disclosure - On April 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia entered a final judgment in favor of the National Association of Manufacturers, declaring that...more

Blog: Senate Hearing On Conflict Minerals Law Reveals Common Theme

by Cooley LLP on

On April 5, just prior to the release of Corp Fin’s Updated Statement on conflict minerals, the Senate Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health Policy held a hearing on the effects on the Democratic Republic of the Congo of...more

SEC Will Not Enforce Part of the Conflict Minerals Disclosure Rule

by Bracewell LLP on

On Friday, April 7, 2017, the acting Chief of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “Commission”) Michael Piwowar released a statement that the Commission will not recommend enforcement of certain parts of its Conflict...more

Utah District Court Limits Reach Of Morrison By Holding That Section 10(b) Of The Exchange Act And Section 17(a) Of The Securities...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah granted the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) motion for a preliminary injunction in a securities fraud case against Traffic Monsoon, LLC, an...more

SEC Issues Updated Statement on Conflict Minerals Rule

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued an Updated Statement on the Conflict Minerals Rule (the “Rule”). An updated Statement was widely anticipated. Earlier in the week, on April 3rd, the U.S....more

Traffic Monsoon Limits the Bounds of Morrison

On March 28, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the District of Salt Lake City granted the SEC’s request for a preliminary injunction in SEC v. Traffic Monsoon, LLC. The SEC’s complaint was brought in connection with Traffic...more

New Developments and Uncertainties for Conflict Minerals Disclosure

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) Division of Corporate Finance issued a new statement adding some uncertainty to company obligations and enforcement exposure under the SEC conflict minerals rule...more

SEC Staff Issues New Guidance on Conflict Minerals Rule for 2017 Filings

by Bryan Cave on

Late Friday, April 7, the SEC issued two statements relating to the conflict minerals rule which reflect a significant change in the staff’s guidance for public companies. The upshot of these statements is that the staff...more

SEC Staff Relaxes Conflict Minerals Reporting

Effective immediately, the SEC staff has relaxed conflict minerals reporting requirements by public companies. The change was triggered by the entry of a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. ...more

Whistleblower Split Widens

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Employers take heed: there is a further split in authority as to whether whistleblowers are protected under the Dodd-Frank Act if they only report securities-law violations internally, and not to the Securities and Exchange...more

Conflict Minerals Rule is Still in Effect – For Now

by Locke Lord LLP on

On April 3, 2017, the D.C. District Court entered its final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and the SEC’s conflict minerals rule, Rule 13p-1 and Form SD...more

We Know What You Really Meant: Utah Court Holds that SEC Can Bring Extraterritorial Enforcement Action Based on Conduct or Effects...

A federal court in Utah recently held that the Securities and Exchange Commission may bring an enforcement action based on allegedly foreign securities transactions involving non-U.S. residents if sufficient conduct occurred...more

Financial Services Weekly News - April 2017

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Editor's Note - A New Argument for Financial Regulatory Reform. Over the past several weeks, there has been a steady stream of pessimistic views on the prospects for meaningful financial regulatory reform. Senate Banking...more

Case Closed! – The Conflict Minerals Rule Litigation Is Over, but the Drama Continues

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

After 1,627 days and enough law firm memos to deforest a small country, the litigation relating to the Conflict Minerals Rule came to an end yesterday. In this Alert, we discuss what this means for calendar year 2016...more

Blog: Final Judgment Entered In Conflict Minerals Case, National Association Of Manufacturers V. SEC

by Cooley LLP on

Today, the D.C. District Court entered final judgment in National Association of Manufacturers v. SEC, holding that Section 1502 of Dodd-Frank and Rule 13p-1 and Form SD, Conflict Minerals, violate the First Amendment to the...more

Court Enters Final Judgment in Conflict Minerals Case

The United States District Court for the District of Columbia has entered a final judgment in the conflict minerals case. The final judgment is identical to the proposed judgment which we described previously....more

Window On Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 2

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Budget/Appropriations - April Deadline: The first deal Trump must cut is one to keep the government open past April 28, and here Republicans and Democrats mostly want him to get out of the way. Senate appropriators in...more

Employment Law - March 2017 #2

Continuing Violation Doctrine Keeps Title VII Suit Alive - Why it matters - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit allowed a professor to move forward with her Title VII hostile work environment claims...more

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