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The Sting of a Thousand Cuts - China Cleans Up its Act on the Environment

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On October 18, 2017, President Xi Jinping, in a three and a half hour speech to the Party Congress emphasized that building an ecological civilization is necessary for the continued development of China. He chose his words...more

The SEC Enforcement Division 2017 Annual Report: Continued Focus On Individual Wrongdoers And Enhanced Protections For The “Main...

Almost a year into the new administration, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement released its annual report last week, providing a recap of the SEC’s enforcement results over the past 12...more

Anti-Money Laundering Update: California Card Club Clubbed by FinCEN for AML Violations

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

Post at a glance: • FinCEN imposes $8 million penalty against California’s biggest and oldest card club • Club failed to implement and maintain an effective anti-money laundering (AML) program and failed to detect,...more

First Circuit Decision Finds No Private Right of Action Under PURPA Against a Utility

On November 13, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit held in Allco Renewable Energy Ltd. v. Mass. Elec. Co. that a Qualifying Facility (QF) does not have a private right of action against a utility company...more

Guidelines for best practices in real estate enforcement proceedings

The avalanche of bad loans that has hit Italy in recent years has drawn attention on the inefficiency of the judicial debt collection system, one of the leading causes of the banking crisis and the low prices that the banks...more

Attention All 134.5 Operators, Your FAA Inspector Is Coming

by SmithAmundsen LLC on

We don’t have a crystal ball but it doesn’t take magic to recognize the warning signs to operators conducting illegal charter flights. For those who aren’t familiar, Part 91 of the Federal Aviation Regulations (“FARs”)...more

SEC to Begin Regulating Initial Coin Offerings More Heavily

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On November 16, 2017, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chairman Jay Clayton announced in a symposium on cybersecurity and financial crimes that the SEC would start taking enforcement action against coin offering...more

To Disclose or Not To Disclose: The FTC’s Dueling Concurrences over Deceptive Omissions in Lenovo

On September 5, 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced that it and 32 state attorneys general had settled charges with Lenovo, Inc., regarding the company’s practice of pre-loading advertising software on its...more

Environmental Protection is Enshrined as Official Ideology in China Amid Major Reforms

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

President Xi announces a comprehensive, 14-point reform policy that has long-term implications for companies with business interests in China. Key Points: ..President Xi Jinping has formalized a national commitment to...more

Bank Of Tokyo Mitsubishi Sues DFS And Alleges That DFS Has No Investigatory Or Enforcement Authority Over It Since It Is Now...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On November 7, 2017, in the midst of a pending examination by, and implementation of previously agreed upon consent orders with, the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”), the Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ...more

SEC Claims Individual, Firm Engaged In Unregistered Dealer Business

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Commission’s recently released report on the Enforcement Division identified retail investors and cyber as key areas of emphasis for Enforcement under Chairman Clayton. Examples of the retail focus are actions involving...more

Federal jury convicts operator of payday lenders sued by CFPB and FTC

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Richard Moseley Sr., the operator of a group of interrelated payday lenders, was convicted by a federal jury on all criminal counts in an indictment filed by the Department of Justice, including violating the Racketeer...more

SEC Enforcement: Another Look At Last Fiscal Year

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The SEC published its statistics for the last fiscal year in a glossy report centered on a discussion of the new retail/cyber focus of the Enforcement Division. Statistics are not the sole measure of success the agency...more

SEC Releases FY 2017 Enforcement Results: Maintaining Focus on Individual Accountability and Investment Advisers

Last night, the SEC announced its enforcement results for the Fiscal Year 2017, accompanied by a report from the Co-Directors of its Division of Enforcement. While the total number of actions was down slightly from 2016, the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest, Featuring Topics on Broker/Dealer, Derivatives, CFTC and UK/EU Developments

by Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP on

BROKER-DEALER - FINRA Releases New Targeted Exam Letter Regarding Order Routing Conflicts - On November 10, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority released the contents of a new Order Routing Conflicts targeted...more

FTC Steps Up Scrutiny of Social Media Marketing

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has settled its first-ever complaint against social media influencers for deceptive endorsements. According to the FTC’s complaint, Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Thomas “Syndicate” Cassell, two...more

Laying Down the Law(son): Jury Returns Defense Verdict in First SOX Whistleblower Case to Reach the U.S. Supreme Court

An individual who convinced a divided U.S. Supreme Court in 2014 that Sarbanes-Oxley’s (“SOX”) whistleblower protections extend to the employees of a public company’s contractors and subcontractors has ultimately lost her...more

DOJ Sues Foreclosure Trustee for Illegally Foreclosing on Homes of Servicemembers

by Goodwin on

On November 9, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) annou?nced its lawsuit against a foreclosure trustee for wrongfully foreclosing on at least twenty-eight servicemembers in violation of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act...more

FCPA Violators Beware—SEC To Double Down On Enforcement

The SEC has signaled plans to double down on its FCPA enforcement efforts and speed up FCPA investigations. On November 9, 2017, Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division, delivered a speech at New York...more

Skilled Nursing Facilities Targeted in Government Enforcement Actions and Qui Tam Lawsuits

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have been the subject of multiple high-profile False Claims Act settlements in recent years, and new pronouncements and pending enforcement actions suggest that SNFs will continue to face...more

CFPB Files Suit Against National Debt-Settlement Services Provider For Allegedly Misleading Consumers

by Goodwin on

On November 8, 2017, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced it filed suit in federal court in California against a national debt-settlement services provider and its CEO based on alleged violations of the...more

SEC Expected to Expedite FCPA Investigations in Light of Kokesh

by McGuireWoods LLP on

On November 9, 2017, Steven R. Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, delivered a keynote speech at a conference commemorating the 40th anniversary of the enactment of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act...more

SEC Announces Enforcement Results, Sets New Priorities

On November 15, 2017, the SEC announced the results of its enforcement actions for fiscal year 2017 and stated its enforcement priorities for fiscal year 2018. During fiscal year 2017, the SEC brought 754 enforcement...more

SEC’s Announcement of Chief of FCPA Unit Signals Possible Anti-Bribery Enforcement Focus on Non-U.S.

by Reed Smith on

Non-U.S. companies traded on the United States stock exchanges, take notice: you may be receiving increased attention from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC’s”) anti-bribery arm. This client alert by...more

Financial Regulatory Developments Focus - November 2017

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

In this newsletter, we provide a snapshot of the principal US, European and global financial regulatory developments of interest to banks, investment firms, broker-dealers, market infrastructure providers, asset managers and...more

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