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Third Circuit Holds Transfer from Non-Debtor Precludes Liability Under Delaware Fraudulent Transfer Law

In Crystallex Int'l Corp. v. Petróleos de Venez., S.A., Nos. 16-4012, 17-1439, 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 95 (3d Cir. Jan. 3, 2018), the U.S. Court of Appeals held there could be no fraudulent transfer liability under the Delaware...more

Dept. of Education proposes disclosure of pre-dispute arbitration agreements by schools receiving Title IV aid for student...

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Department of Education, in an issue paper submitted as part of negotiated rulemaking on its final “borrower defense” rule, is proposing to require schools that use pre-dispute arbitration agreements and class action...more

Mexico Signs ICSID Convention

On January 11, 2018, Mexico became the 162nd country to sign the 1965 Convention on the Settlement of Investment Disputes between States and Nationals of Other States (the ICSID Convention or the Convention)....more

Failure to Supervise Selling Away Arbitrable as “Connected with Business”

by Burr & Forman on

The Sixth Circuit recently affirmed that failure-to-supervise claims against a brokerage firm over outside business activities it knew nothing about nevertheless were arbitrable under FINRA Rule 12200(2) as “arising in...more

Financial Services Weekly News - December 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - Banks Look Like Winners in Tax Reform Bill. On December 20, the House of Representatives, by a vote of 224-201, and the Senate, by a vote of 51-48, passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the nation’s first...more

OHADA's 17 African States Adopt the Uniform Act on Mediation

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, 17 states of sub-Saharan Africa adopted the Uniform Act on Mediation. The Result: The practice of mediation, although it already has legislative support in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, and...more

Investment Treaty Arbitration: cost, duration and size of claims all show steady increase

by Allen & Overy LLP on

Update to Allen & Overy 2012 study shows increases on all metrics but, importantly, tribunals taking more nuanced and rigorous approach to parties’ costs Please enter Byline. ?Investors abroad are increasingly aware of their...more

Foreign Investments Made before 9 January 2013 Will Soon No Longer Benefit from the Protection Standards Afforded by the...

by K&L Gates LLP on

The bilateral treaty between the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Italy on the promotion and protection of investments signed in Warsaw on 10 May 1989 (the “Polish-Italian BIT”) expired on 9 January 2013. However,...more

October and November Developments

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For the first time in my memory, the Congress passed a joint resolution to disapprove a final regulation of a federal agency—in this case the CFPB and the rule was related to arbitration clauses in contracts for consumer...more

With Mugabe's Departure, Should Foreign Investors Reconsider Zimbabwe?

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In November 2017, Robert Mugabe, the only leader Zimbabwe had known in 37 years, was ousted from power. The Development: Will this change in leadership usher in a new era of good governance and economic...more

Dealing With Policies and Protocols of Banking Institutions In Texas

by Winstead PC on

On December 1, 2017, David F. Johnson presented his paper “Dealing with Policies and Protocols of Banking Institutions in Texas” to the State Bar of Texas’s 19th Annual Fiduciary Litigation Course in San Antonio, Texas. This...more

Court Finds Confidentiality Provision In Arbitration Agreement Unconscionable, Compels Consumer Arbitration

by Carlton Fields on

The Eleventh Circuit has determined that a confidentiality provision in an arbitration clause was substantively unconscionable. The case involved a putative class action by David Johnson alleging that KeyBank National...more

Customer Fails To Satisfy Burden To Vacate FINRA Arbitration Award In Favor Of Its Broker

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A federal district court in California confirmed a FINRA arbitration award last month in a lawsuit by Global eBusiness against its broker for alleged mishandling of Global’s margin account. Overall, the court found that...more

Trump Blocks CFPB Arbitration Rule, but the Story’s Not Over Yet

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President Donald Trump effectively stopped the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) so-called “arbitration rule,” signing legislation repealing the rule on Nov. 1. The rule would have prohibited providers of certain...more

CFPB to Remove Arbitration Rule from CFR

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB is scheduled to publish a notice in tomorrow’s Federal Register removing the agency’s final arbitration rule from the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). ...more

Situs of Debt Owed under Letters of Credit

Supreme Court of England clarifies terms for enforcement of international arbitral awards in Taurus Petroleum Limited v State Oil Marketing Company of the Ministry of Oil, Republic of Iraq [2017] UKSC 64 - The English...more

CFPB’s Arbitration Rule Dies at Hands of Senate and President

by Goodwin on

Three months after the U.S. House of Representatives voted on July 25, 2017 to block the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) Arbitration Rule, the U.S. Senate followed suit. On October 24, 2017, the Senate passed a...more

Financial Services Weekly News - November 2017 #3

by Goodwin on

Editor's Note - A Rare Example of Common Sense From Washington. On November 13, Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and four Democratic members of the committee announced an agreement on legislative...more

CFPB News: Supervisory Highlights, Consumer Protection Principles

In the latest roundup of Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (CFPB or the Bureau) news, the Bureau published another edition of Supervisory Highlights, released nonbinding Consumer Protection Principles and was officially...more

District Of Colorado Affirms FINRA Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

A Colorado federal court affirmed a FINRA arbitration award, despite a cross-motion to vacate the award on the bases of alleged panel misconduct; exceeding its powers; manifest disregard of the law; and that the award did not...more

Consumer Financial Services Arbitration: Another Perspective

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Much has been said and written about Congress’ rejection of the CFPB proposal to ban class action waivers in arbitration agreements between consumers and financial services companies. One of the most frequent statements I...more

CFPB Finally Acknowledges Arbitration Rule “Has No Force or Effect”

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Two weeks after President Trump signed H.J. Res. 111, the joint resolution passed by the House and Senate disapproving the CFPB arbitration rule, the CFPB has formally acknowledged Congress’ override of the rule under the...more

Third party debt orders and letters of credit

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Supreme Court decided that the legal ‘location’ (situs) of a debt due under a letter of credit is the place of residence of the debtor, not where the debt is due to be paid. The decision opens the door for third party...more

Extension of Fiduciary Rule Transition Period Likely Official End of November

by Morgan Lewis on

Thrivent wins injunction on anti-arbitration clause. Update on the Fiduciary Rule Delay - On November 1, the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) received a much-anticipated notice from the US Department of...more

Director Cordray criticizes CRA override of CFPB arbitration rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a blog post last week, we noted that there had been no official statement from the CFPB about Congress’ override of the CFPB’s arbitration rule, which President Trump signed on November 1....more

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