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It’s a bit more overtly political than business-oriented, but given China’s economic might, we felt it worth noting that China’s Communist Party has cleared the way for President Xi Jinping to “stay in power indefinitely” by...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds CFPB’s Constitutionality: Why the PHH Case Underscores the Importance of Internal Agency Discipline

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On January 31, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a plurality opinion en banc that confirmed the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (“CFPB”) governance by a sole Director, while...more

CFTC and DOJ File a Flurry of Spoofing Actions

On January 29, 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) announced the filing of eight anti-spoofing enforcement actions: three settlements with financial institutions and five complaints filed in federal district...more

Delaware Supreme Court Issues Opinion Affirming the Preclusive Effect of a Prior Dismissal of Derivative Claims on Demand-Futility...

The Delaware Supreme Court recently unanimously affirmed the Delaware Court of Chancery's dismissal of a stockholder derivative claim against directors of Wal-Mart, holding that these claims were precluded because a federal...more

2017-18 Supreme Court Update

In the 2017-18 term, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide a number of potentially significant disputes relevant to businesses, including those involving constitutional protections, class actions and other corporate liability...more

Supreme Court Grants Cert in Lucia Case – Will Decide Whether SEC Administrative Law Judges are Subject to Appointments Clause

by Weiner Brodsky Kider PC on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to consider a case from the D.C. Circuit which may call into question the legitimacy of past rulings made by numerous administrative law judges (ALJ) across the federal government. The...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Daniel Loeb and his Third Point fund is pushing Nestle—despite its recent sale of its US confectionary business to Italy’s Ferrero for $2.8 billion last week—to make further changes, including dropping its stake in cosmetics...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to hear the appeal from the D.C. Circuit of Raymond J. Lucia Companies on the question of whether the Constitution’s Appointments Clause applied to SEC ALJs. While the Court will presumably resolve...more

Administrative Proceedings in Peril? Supreme Court Grants Certiorari in Lucia v. SEC

• On January 12, 2018, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. SEC, to resolve a circuit split over whether the SEC’s administrative law judges serve in violation of the Appointments Clause of the Constitution. •...more

Supreme Court to Review SEC ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On January 12, the US Supreme Court agreed to review the constitutionality of the SEC’s administrative law judges. On November 29, 2017, the SEC did an abrupt about-face, telling the Court it now regards its ALJs as...more

Supreme Court to Decide Who Can Appoint ALJs

The Supreme Court of the United States, on Friday, January 12, 2018, agreed to decide whether the former practice of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of having its chief judge appoint administrative law judges...more

The Supreme Court Agrees To Review Appointment Requirements For SEC's In-House Judges

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On January 12, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, agreeing to resolve a circuit split regarding the appointment process for Securities and Exchange...more

SEC Venue Selection: Avoiding Ground-Hog Day

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court agreed to determine whether the SEC’s use of hearing officers is contrary to the Constitution’s Appointments Clause in an order entered in Raymond J. Lucia Companies v. SEC, No. 17-130 on Friday, January 12,...more

Second Department Affirms Commercial Division Decisions Leaving Withdrawing LLC Members Without Compensation for Their Membership...

In Matter of Jacobs v. Cartalemi, No. 2016-05041, 2017 BL 435890 (2d Dep’t Dec. 6, 2017) (“Jacobs I”), a unanimous Appellate Division, Second Department panel affirmed an order by Westchester County Commercial Division...more

Michigan Strikes Back . . . In Pennsylvania

by Reed Smith on

A (relatively) long time ago in a state not so far away, the Michigan Legislature enacted the Michigan Product Liability Act. It contained a provision providing the manufacturers of FDA-approved drugs with immunity from...more

Spokeo Standing in 2017

by McGuireWoods LLP on

With the year ending, and McGuireWoods’s webinar next week on class actions’ Hot Issues of 2017 approaching, this seems like a good time to take note of a few of the trends we have seen arising in class actions over the last...more

DOJ sides with Lucia against the SEC in dispute over whether ALJs are inferior officers

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Supreme Court is considering a cert petition requesting that it hear the Lucia case, which we have blogged about extensively due to its potential impact on the outcome of the PHH case. Significantly, the DOJ recently...more

In Reversal, SEC Agrees That Its Administrative Law Judges Are Inferior Officers That Require Commission Appointment, But Still...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 29, 2017, the U.S. Solicitor General submitted a brief to the United States Supreme Court in Lucia v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, urging the Court to grant certiorari and resolve a circuit...more

SEC Reverses Course on ALJ Appointments Issue, but Uncertainty Remains

by K&L Gates LLP on

On Thursday, November 30, 2017, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC” or the “Commission”) took action to settle an issue that had been impacting its enforcement efforts for some time: whether its administrative law...more

The SEC Urges Supreme Court Review Of The Constitutionality Of Its Administrative Law Judges

On November 29, 2017, the Solicitor General filed a brief on behalf of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "Commission") in Raymond J. Lucia et al. v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 17-130, asking the Supreme...more

Sports betting could be fast approaching on the horizon

by Ropes & Gray LLP on

If the Supreme Court rules in New Jersey's favor in Christie v. National Collegiate Athletic Association, states around the country will want to capitalize on opportunities presented by the widespread public interest in...more

SEC About-Face, About Time, on ALJs

by Burr & Forman on

On November 29, the SEC did an about-face and admitted its ALJs are “inferior officers” (not merely employees) subject to the Constitution’s Article II appointment provisions. The Solicitor General’s brief on behalf of the...more

Preliminary Hurdle for Cayman Derivative Claims Does Not Bar Suit in New York

A shareholder bringing a contested derivative claim in the Cayman Islands must seek leave from the court before proceeding. This litigation prerequisite -- imposed by Rule 12A of the Rules of the Grand Court of the Cayman...more

Continuing Trends in M&A Disclosure Litigation

Over the past two years, the deal litigation landscape has changed dramatically. In early 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery announced a new rule for evaluating disclosure-based settlements in deal litigation — the “plainly...more

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

by White & Case LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

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