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Mortgage Fraud Blog

Mortgage Fraud Blog

Covers mortgage fraud information, fraud schemes and indictments. By Rachel Dollar.

http://mortgagefraudblog.com/
  • Oct 30

    Purported Foreclosure Rescuer Gets 10 Years in Prison for Fraud

    Purported Foreclosure Rescuer Gets 10 Years in Prison for Fraud
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Jeremy Michael “Mike” Head, 34, Huntington Beach, California, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for a nationwide foreclosure rescue scam. The case began on February 28, 2008, when a grand jury indicted Mike…
  • Oct 29

    Court Orders Judgment of Nearly $515,000 Against Mortgage Relief Pitchman

    Court Orders Judgment of Nearly $515,000 Against Mortgage Relief Pitchman
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. Mark Nagy Atalla, a defendant in a 2013 Federal Trade Commission action targeting deceptive mortgage and debt relief pitches, is the subject of a Southern California federal district court judgment of nearly $515,000. The…
  • Oct 29

    Man Sentenced for Stealing Mortgage Payment

    Man Sentenced for Stealing Mortgage Payment
    Mortgage Fraud Blog. James P. Kyricopoulos, 65, Haverhill, Massachusetts, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Thomas Drechsler to three to five years in state prison followed by eight years of probation during which he must pay $24,000 in…
Rank this Week: 4

Broke and Broker

Broke and Broker

Covers the Wall Street docket of criminal, civil, regulatory, and arbitration cases. By Bill Singer.

http://brokeandbroker.com/index.php
  • Oct 23

    Can A Granddaughter Marry Her Uncle?

    Can A Granddaughter Marry Her Uncle?
    As with virtually every job, the practice of law often becomes mind-numbingly boring. Every so often, however, the profession presents you with a fascinating puzzle. A recent federal case may strike some as a religious question raising basic…
  • Oct 23

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com

    EMPLOYMENT TUESDAY at BrokeAndBroker.com
    Stockbroker, Compliance, Legal, and Regulatory JobsEmployment Page BrokeAndBroker.com Jobs...
  • Oct 23

    Gifts And Loans From Customers Get Broker Fined And Suspended

    Gifts And Loans From Customers Get Broker Fined And Suspended
    For the purpose of proposing a settlement of rule violations alleged by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), without admitting or denying the findings, prior to a regulatory hearing, and without an adjudication of…
Rank this Week: 173

Australian Regulatory Compliance…

Australian Regulatory Compliance Review

Covers legal and regulatory impacts on Australian businesses. By David Jacobson.

http://www.djacobson.com/australian_regulatory_rev/
  • Jun 15

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?

    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private?
    Are ASIC investigations of financial service providers private? Not automatically. In dealing with ASIC and other regulators it is important to understand that the Freedom of Information Act 1982 applies to government agency records and…
  • Jun 15

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?

    Can a special general meeting be adjourned?
    In the matter of Re1 Limited (ABN 80 145 743 862) and Re2 Limited as responsible entities for Westfield Retail Trust 1 and Westfield Retail Trust 2 (No 3) [2014] NSWSC 762 the NSW Supreme Court considered the adjournment of the adjournment of…
  • Jun 15

    Small amount credit change

    Small amount credit change
    The National Consumer Credit Protection Amendment (Small Amount Credit Contracts) Regulation 2014 was registered on 12 June 2014. The Regulation clarifies the changes introduced on 1 July 2013 which imposed a cap on costs and a limit on fees…
Rank this Week: 151

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

TheCorporateCounsel.net Blog

Covers corporate and securities law. By Broc Romanek.

http://www.thecorporatecounsel.net/Blog/
  • Oct 30

    Board Leadership Debate

    Board Leadership Debate
    Stephen Bainbridge recently shared his comments opposing ISS’s proposed revised policy on independent board chair shareholder proposals. The proposal (issued in connection with draft policy changes) adds new…
  • Oct 29

    Our New “SEC Enforcement Handbook”

    Our New “SEC Enforcement Handbook”
    Spanking brand new. By popular demand, this comprehensive “SEC Enforcement Handbook” covers a topic that many have requested – what to do if your company – or someone working there – is investigated by the SEC.…
  • Oct 28

    Coming Next Year: SEC Concept Release on Audit Committee

    Coming Next Year: SEC Concept Release on Audit Committee
    For those practicing long enough, you will recall that the commencement of the SEC’s foray into modern corporate governance kicked off a few years before Sarbanes-Oxley – then-Chair Arthur Levitt focused on audit committees in the…
Rank this Week: 425

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities…

Jim Hamilton's World of Securities Regulation

Commentaries on security regulation.

http://jimhamiltonblog.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 29

    Assistant AG Lauds Cybersecurity Planning, Cooperation

    Assistant AG Lauds Cybersecurity Planning, Cooperation
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Amy Leisinger, J.D.In remarks at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Third Annual Cybersecurity Summit today, Assistant Attorney General John Carlin highlighted the…
  • Oct 28

    Entire Fairness Review Not Triggered Where Investment Firm Was Not Controlling Stockholder

    Entire Fairness Review Not Triggered Where Investment Firm Was Not Controlling Stockholder
    [This story previously appeared in Securities Regulation Daily.]By Lene Powell, J.D.The Delaware Chancery court dismissed a shareholder challenge to the merger of two oil and gas companies, finding that entire fairness review was not…
  • Oct 27

    Key Senators Say CFTC Must Work with FERC on Oversight of Energy Market

    Key Senators Say CFTC Must Work with FERC on Oversight of Energy Market
    Three U.S. Senators are profoundly disappointed by the CFTC’s settlement with a former hedge fund trader who sold massive volumes of futures contracts in order to manipulate the price of natural gas and make illicit profits. In a letter…
Rank this Week: 437

Mandelman Matters

Mandelman Matters

Covers the foreclosure crisis. By Martin Andelman.

http://mandelman.ml-implode.com
Rank this Week: 545

InfoBytes Blog

InfoBytes Blog

Monitors and reports on news, legal developments and legislative actions affecting the financial services industry. By Buckley Sandler LLP.

http://www.infobytesblog.com/
  • Oct 28

    Special Alert: CFPB Finalizes Points-and-Fees Cure and Other Mortgage Rule Amendment

    Special Alert: CFPB Finalizes Points-and-Fees Cure and Other Mortgage Rule Amendment
    Last week, the CFPB finalized an important amendment to its ATR/QM Rule that provides a mechanism for curing points-and-fees overages on qualified mortgage (“QM”) loans, as well as more minor amendments to its mortgage origination…
  • Oct 24

    CFPB Finalizes Qualified Mortgage Points & Fees Cure

    CFPB Finalizes Qualified Mortgage Points & Fees Cure
    On October 22, the CFPB finalized targeted amendments to the Dodd-Frank Act mortgage rules that took effect in January 2014.  The amendments include: Points and fees cure.  Under the Ability-to-Repay/Qualified Mortgage Rule, loans…
  • Oct 24

    Regulators Jointly Approve Final Risk Retention Rule

    Regulators Jointly Approve Final Risk Retention Rule
    On October 22, coordinated by the Department of Treasury, six federal agencies – the Board of Governors, HUD, FDIC, FHFA, OCC, and SEC – approved a final rule requiring sponsors of securitized transactions, such as asset-backed…
Rank this Week: 852

Mortgage Crisis Watch

Mortgage Crisis Watch

Covers business and legal issues affecting loan repurchases, mortgage-backed securities and mortgage insurance. By Bilzin Sumberg.

http://www.mortgagecrisiswatch.com/
  • Oct 17

    Connect at the 2014 MBA Annual Convention & Expo

    Connect at the 2014 MBA Annual Convention & Expo
    The 2014 MBA Annual Convention & Expo will be held in Las Vegas, NV from October 19-22. My colleague Robert M. Siegel and I will be attending the conference. As many of you know, we lead the mortgage industry team here at Bilzin Sumberg.…
  • Oct 14

    Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Wall Street Lending

    Regulators Increase Scrutiny of Wall Street Lending
    Federal bank regulatory agencies are significantly increasing their scrutiny of Wall Street bank lending, moving from annual reviews to a system of monthly audits in a major effort to curtail aggressive underwriting practices. Until recently,…
  • Sep 30

    Webinar Addresses the CFPB’s Jurisdiction & Authority

    Webinar Addresses the CFPB’s Jurisdiction & Authority
    What are the boundaries of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s authority? How might those boundaries continue to expand in the future? Are there ways that the CFPB can take action against a company even if it does not have true…
Rank this Week: 846

RESPA Lawyer Blog

RESPA Lawyer Blog

Covers the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA). By Sterbcow Law Group LLC.

http://www.respalawyer.com/
  • Sep 30

    CFPB ANNOUNCES RESPA MSA ENFORCEMENT ACTION

    CFPB ANNOUNCES RESPA MSA ENFORCEMENT ACTION
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced today, September 30, 2014, that they had entered into a Consent Order with Lighthouse Title, a Michigan title insurance agency, for entering into Marketing Service Agreements (MSAs)…
  • Sep 29

    Wells Fargo announces RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure Form Plan

    Wells Fargo announces RESPA-TILA Integrated Disclosure Form Plan
    Wells Fargo announced that effective August 1, 2015 it will control the generation and delivery of the borrower's Closing Disclosure form in anticipation of the TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure Rule. The new Closing Disclosure is a mix of…
  • Aug 29

    CFPB ENFORCEMENT: IS THE CFPB LOOKING AT RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LEAD GENERATION COMPANIES?

    CFPB ENFORCEMENT: IS THE CFPB LOOKING AT RESIDENTIAL MORTGAGE LEAD GENERATION COMPANIES?
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau often provides subtle clues as to where they may be headed on the enforcement front and on November 6, 2013 they addressed the topic on their website about online Lead Generation and consumer safety…
Rank this Week: 547

Redeye VC

Redeye VC

Offers a view of startup ecosystem. By Josh Kopelman.

http://redeye.firstround.com/
  • Sep 24

    WhatsApp Used This Pricing Strategy to Win and You Can Too

    WhatsApp Used This Pricing Strategy to Win and You Can Too
    Seven years ago, First Round Partner Josh Kopelman wrote a seminal blog post on the importance of free services in consumer-facing business models. He argued that most entrepreneurs misunderstand how subscription pricing works and…
  • Sep 22

    7 Tactics to Get the Most Out of Your Startup's Advisor

    7 Tactics to Get the Most Out of Your Startup's Advisor
    It happens all the time. A founder surrounds him or herself with a skilled group of advisors — maybe one or two from investors, a trusted mentor from their past, perhaps someone influential who can open doors. But as the company…
  • Sep 15

    Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program

    Make Engineering Interns Truly Effective with This Startup's Program
    At just three years old, Sift Science has accomplished a surprising amount. Its product, which combats fraud using machine learning, is an important tool for companies like Kickstarter, Airbnb, Uber and Opentable. But with just over 30…
Rank this Week: 432

Asset Hunter: Tracking…

Asset Hunter: Tracking International Financial Fraud

Covers the legal ramifications of financial fraud related to multinational corporations, multinational financial institutions, foreign governments, foreign officials and high-profile individuals in sensitive regulatory, civil and international criminal matters. By Michael Diaz, Jr.

http://www.michaeldiazjr.com
  • Feb 5

    Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning…

    Diaz Reus & Targ LLP scored a stunning victory in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York last week on behalf of the government of Venezuela, obtaining complete and final dismissal with prejudice of a suit brought by…
  • Sep 25

    Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October

    Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Colonel, Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, Arrested in Miami FBI Sting | Trial period set for October
    Mario Fabrizio Ormachea, the colonel leading Bolivia’s Anti-Corruption Unit, is being held without bail in Miami, awaiting an October 21 trial period after being arrested in an August 31 Miami FBI sting operation where he attempted to…
  • Aug 14

    Are You Too Busy To Be A Good Parent?

    Are You Too Busy To Be A Good Parent?
    The ongoing custody battle between R&B singer Usher and his ex-wife, Tameka Foster, highlights the challenges that busy parents face today. It is already hard enough for two parents to manage busy professional schedules and still make…
Rank this Week: 666

Bank D&O Liability Law Blog

Bank D&O Liability Law Blog

Covers bank director and officer liability. By Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, PLC.

http://www.bankdandolaw.com/
Rank this Week: 492

Big Four Blog

Big Four Blog

Covers accounting news, events and opinions by Big Four alumni.

http://bigfouralumni.blogspot.com/
Rank this Week: 357

North Carolina Business Litigation…

North Carolina Business Litigation Report

Reports on judicial decisions of significance to business and shareholders. By Mack Sperling of Brooks Pierce LLP.

http://www.ncbusinesslitigationreport.com/
Rank this Week: 1062

Investment Fund Law Blog

Investment Fund Law Blog

Provides updates and insights on legal issues facing fund managers and investors. By Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

http://www.investmentfundlawblog.com/
  • Oct 29

    SEC Brings Custody Rule Enforcement

    SEC Brings Custody Rule Enforcement
    On October 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced an administrative enforcement action against an investment advisory firm and three top officials for violating rule 206(4)-2 under the Investment…
  • Oct 13

    China’s New Foreign Exchange Control Rule on Outbound and Round-Trip Investment

    China’s New Foreign Exchange Control Rule on Outbound and Round-Trip Investment
    Replacing Circular 75, Circular 37 simplifies the SAFE registration process for Chinese residents seeking offshore investments and financings, and it liberalizes cross-border capital outflow by Chinese residents. In addition, Circular 37 also…
  • Sep 23

    When Sharing Isn’t Caring

    When Sharing Isn’t Caring
    On September 22, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) charged private equity fund adviser, Lincolnshire Management, Inc. (“Lincolnshire”), with misallocating expenses shared between two portfolio…
Rank this Week: 3067

Lenders 360.

Lenders 360.

Covers business and legal issues affecting the financial services industry. By Winstead PC.

http://www.lenders360blog.com
  • Oct 29

    How to Delete Your Way Into Liability

    How to Delete Your Way Into Liability
    I always assume that people who like NASCAR are really watching for the wrecks.  The cars loop around the track for hours, but only the wrecks make the highlight reels.  In a recent Texas Supreme Court case, the high court…
  • Oct 27

    Regulatory Cost Collaboration By ALL! (Even the Lawyers)

    Regulatory Cost Collaboration By ALL! (Even the Lawyers)
    In meetings with senior executives and their in-house counsel, I hear this consistent cry: due to ever-increasing regulations, costs associated with compliance are soaring at commercial banks and at financial institutions that own banks (such…
  • Oct 22

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished When Accepting Payment from a Non-Borrower on Behalf of a Borrower

    No Good Deed Goes Unpunished When Accepting Payment from a Non-Borrower on Behalf of a Borrower
    I have found this to be true over and over again.  Maybe it’s just my line of work. Part of my regular practice is being called in by the transactional lawyers (paper pushers) as they paper up a new loan or re-fi.  My job in…
Rank this Week: 3583

Blog y Lana finanzas personales…

Blog y Lana finanzas personales que se entienden

Porque de nada sirve ganar mucho dinero si no sabemos mantenerlo en nuestra bolsa. Finanzas personales que se entienden.

http://www.blogylana.com/
  • Oct 29

    Anatomía de una tarjeta de crédito

    Anatomía de una tarjeta de crédito
    ¿Clases de anatomía? ¡si! cuales son las partes que forman una tarjeta de crédito. ¿Qué son todas esas cosas raras que vemos en los estados de cuenta como pago mínimo, cargo por mora y CAT? En…
  • Oct 27

    El reto de los diez pesos [update]

    El reto de los diez pesos [update]
     Ya estamos por terminar el 2014 y es el momento perfecto para revisar ¿Cómo va el reto de los diez pesos? Si no sabes lo que es el reto de los diez pesos lee todo aquí y ponlo como propósito de año…
  • Oct 24

    Cáncer de mama y sus números. Podcast #149

    Cáncer de mama y sus números. Podcast #149
    En México fallecen 5,000 mujeres al año a causa del cáncer de mama. Un cáncer que si se detecta a tiempo tiene una muy alta tasa de supervivencia. Aquí lagunos números interesantes y por supuesto mis…
Rank this Week: 4438

Bank Lawyer's Blog

Bank Lawyer's Blog

Covers accounting/auditing, commercial lending, credit unions, electronic banking, privacy, RESPA and stocks. By Kevin Funnell.

http://www.banklawyersblog.com/3_bank_lawyers/
  • Oct 28

    Redirecting The Potshot

    Redirecting The Potshot
    Jim Nussle, CEO of the Credit Union National Association wrote an opinion piece in The American Banker (paid subscription required) that rang a bell with this bank lawyer. As I've been urging for some time, Jim thinks it would be...
  • Oct 21

    The FDIC's Left Hand Slaps Its Right Hand

    The FDIC's Left Hand Slaps Its Right Hand
    I'm on vacation for a week, so y'all will be spared further abuse until at least the 29th. Before I bow out, however, I'd like to give a hat tip to the FDIC for its exercise of pure chutzpa and...
  • Oct 19

    Coakley's Special Friend

    Coakley's Special Friend
    Massachusetts Attorney General and wanna-be governator, Martha Coakley, has tried to make political capital out of her lawsuit against the FHFA and its wards, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, over their policy of refusing to permit the sale of…
Rank this Week: 2089

Financial Industry Review

Financial Industry Review

Covers asset management, litigation, and rating agencies. By Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

http://blogs.orrick.com/financial/
  • Oct 28

    EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&A

    EBA Updates Single Rulebook Q&A
    On October 17, the European Banking Authority (EBA) updated its Q&As on the single rulebook, publishing two new answers to questions relating to supervisory reporting and credit risk. The question IDs and topics for the new…
  • Oct 28

    PRA Publishes Speech on Solvency II Models, Bonus Caps and Governance

    PRA Publishes Speech on Solvency II Models, Bonus Caps and Governance
    On October 16, the Bank of England (BoE) published a speech given by Andrew Bailey, BoE Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation and Chief Executive Officer, Prudential Regulation Authority, that considered, among other things, the…
  • Oct 28

    ESMA Publishes Responses to Consultations on MAR

    ESMA Publishes Responses to Consultations on MAR
    On October 17, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) published responses that it received to consultations published in July 2014 relating to the Market Abuse Regulation (Regulation 596/2014) (MAR) on: (i)…
Rank this Week: 3294

Florida Banking Law Blog

Florida Banking Law Blog

Covers legal developments impacting banking, finance and loan enforcement in Florida. By Rogers Towers, PA.

http://www.floridabankinglawblog.com/
  • Oct 28

    Spouse-Guarantor Rule: A Split Between Federal Circuit Court

    Spouse-Guarantor Rule: A Split Between Federal Circuit Court
    Authored by Jon Sacks and Heather S. Nasonand Jon Sacks and Heather S. Nason of Rogers TowersWhen a closely-held entity applies for a loan, the financial institution usually requires the entity’s owner(s) to guaranty the loan.  If…
  • Oct 23

    Discovery and Social Media

    Discovery and Social Media
    Authored by Scott J. Kennelly and Scott St. Amand and Scott J. Kennelly and Scott St. Amand of Rogers TowersThe advent of social media has brought about many changes in the world of litigation, not the least of which is the availability of…
  • Oct 21

    Written Document Retention and Destruction Policy Saves the Day (Again)

    Written Document Retention and Destruction Policy Saves the Day (Again)
    Authored by Scott St. Amand and J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr. and Scott St. Amand and J. Ellsworth Summers, Jr. of Rogers TowersAs we mentioned in our previous posts regarding document preservation, establishing a written document retention and…
Rank this Week: 3423

Pension Risk Matters

Pension Risk Matters

Focuses on pension financial risk issues from a governance and fiduciary perspective. Published by Susan M. Mangiero.

http://www.pensionriskmatters.com/
  • Oct 27

    Pension Risk Matters Cited As Newsletter That 401k Advisors Should Read

    Pension Risk Matters Cited As Newsletter That 401k Advisors Should Read
    As I have stated many times, this blog was created more than seven years as a labor of love (excuse the pun). Objectives include the following: (a) encouraging conversations about the importance of investment risk governance for U.S. and…
  • Oct 24

    Pension De-Risking Gets Political

    Pension De-Risking Gets Political
    I have long maintained that retirement plan issues receive considerable attention whenever politicians enter the fray. Certainly that is the case with the U.S. debate about fiduciary standard rules among lawmakers, industry and…
  • Oct 18

    ERISA Plan Investment Committee Governance

    ERISA Plan Investment Committee Governance
    Following up on the theme I discussed about investment committee dynamics in "Decision Making When You Don't Like Your Colleagues" (September 9, 2014), Strafford Publications is sponsoring a related webinar. Entitled "ERISA Plan Investment…
Rank this Week: 3077

The Swap Report

The Swap Report

Covers regulatory and transactional issues related to derivatives. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.theswapreport.com/
  • Oct 27

    CFTC Chairman Massad Announces Open Meeting on Three End-User Issue

    CFTC Chairman Massad Announces Open Meeting on Three End-User Issue
    This afternoon, CFTC Chairman Timothy Massad announced a public meeting of the CFTC to take place on November 3, 2014 at 10:30 am (Eastern). The meeting will address the "further fine-tuning of [the CFTC] rules" with respect to…
  • Oct 15

    Approaching Ambiguities in the Financial Entity Definition

    Approaching Ambiguities in the Financial Entity Definition
    The third installment of our ongoing series on the 2014 CFTC Reauthorization Act covers a potential change to the definition of a "financial entity", which has been a particularly troublesome and confusing definition for end-users, and the…
  • Sep 18

    CFTC Approves Important Rule Amendment for Government-Owned Utilities and Their Swap Counterpartie

    CFTC Approves Important Rule Amendment for Government-Owned Utilities and Their Swap Counterpartie
    By Patricia Dondanville and Tom Watterson On September 17, 2014, at the first Open Meeting of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission chaired by Timothy Massad, the CFTC approved an important amendment to its Dodd-Frank Act rules for…
Rank this Week: 3825

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

The Reverse Merger & SPAC Blog

Covers reverse mergers, special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), and other alternatives to initial public offerings (IPOs). By David Feldman.

http://www.reversemergerblog.com/
  • Oct 27

    Using Reverse Mergers as an Exit Strategy for Investor

    Using Reverse Mergers as an Exit Strategy for Investor
    In the capital financing markets when founders are out pitching various investors they all-too-frequently fail to look at it from the perspective of the investor. Like betting on horses at the track, most investors can see a winner very early…
  • Oct 24

    Reverse Mergers & The Closing IPO Window

    Reverse Mergers & The Closing IPO Window
    Initial public offerings are funny things. In most cases an IPO is all about macro timing. Sure a company may have the brand recognition to get an initial pop on the stock (unless of course your Facebook), but unless the market remains strong…
  • Oct 23

    Capital Returns vs. Capital Appreciation

    Capital Returns vs. Capital Appreciation
    Seemingly conflicted investment philosophies abound. The goals of the individual and institutional investor alike will drive the way we see stocks and their relative value. There are two ways to look at a stock. Long term investors are…
Rank this Week: 1724

The 10b-5 Daily

The 10b-5 Daily

Covers securities class action litigation. By Lyle Roberts.

http://www.the10b-5daily.com/
  • Oct 24

    Middle Ground

    Middle Ground
    How to evaluate corporate scienter continues to be an unresolved issue in securities litigation.  Some courts, notably the Fifth Circuit (and arguably the Eleventh Circuit), have taken the position that a court can only “look…
  • Oct 10

    Confirmatory Information

    Confirmatory Information
    In its Halliburton II decision, the Supreme Court held that a securities fraud defendant can overcome the fraud-on-the-market presumption of reliance at the class certification stage of a case “through evidence that the…
  • Oct 3

    Duties to Disclose

    Duties to Disclose
    Item 303 of Regulation S-K requires issuers to disclose known trends or uncertainties “reasonably likely” to have a material effect on operations, capital, and liquidity.  Plaintiffs often contend that if the disclosure…
Rank this Week: 2075

Payment Law Advisor

Payment Law Advisor

Provides legal commentary and resources for the payment industry. By Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

http://www.paymentlawadvisor.com/
  • Oct 24

    CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovative Product

    CFPB Proposes No-Action Letter Policy for Innovative Product
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed a no-action letter policy under which the agency would issue letters stating that its staff “has no present intention to recommend initiation of an enforcement or supervisory…
  • Oct 21

    Chip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government

    Chip-and-PIN is Coming…To the US Government
    Last Friday, in the wake of numerous data breaches, President Obama signed a new Executive Order that will change how federal agencies use payment cards and allow access to certain government portals.  Those changes include the…
  • Oct 15

    CFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offer

    CFPB Identifies Deceptive, Abusive Practices in the Marketing of Credit Card Promotional APR Offer
    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued a bulletin (CFPB Bulletin 2014-02) warning credit card issuers to avoid potentially deceptive and abusive practices in connection with the marketing of credit card promotional APR…
Rank this Week: 1394

Securities Law Blog

Securities Law Blog

Features news, commentary and thoughts on the law of the securities markets. By Mark Astarita.

http://seclaw.blogspot.com/
  • Oct 22

    Is Dodd-Frank Responsible For Market Volatility?

    Is Dodd-Frank Responsible For Market Volatility?
    Last week’s market gyrations sparked questions about whether bank regulations implemented after the 2008 financial crisis exacerbated price declines by limiting the ability of Wall Street banks to make markets.Read More - Did Bank Rules…
  • Oct 17

    Customer Hit with $80,000 in Respondents' Attorney's Fee

    Customer Hit with $80,000 in Respondents' Attorney's Fee
    It is not often that a public customer is forced to pay a respondent's attorneys fees, but in a recent FINRA arbitration, that is exactly what happened.According to the description in the FINRA arbitration award it appears that a public…
  • Oct 16

    Third Party Bene is Not a Customer for Arbitration Purpose

    Third Party Bene is Not a Customer for Arbitration Purpose
    A FINRA arbitration panel has dismissed a $32 million claim because the claimant was not a customer of the brokerage firms, and did not have an account with the Respondents.The Claimant had alleged that he was an undisclosed third-party…
Rank this Week: 2069

NC Business & Banking Law Blog

NC Business & Banking Law Blog

Legal news and analysis on matters affecting financial institutions and other businesses, with an emphasis on North Carolina. By Matt Cordell.

http://bizlawnc.com/
  • Oct 19

    Bank Holding Companies, It Is Time To Update Your Tax Sharing Agreement

    Bank Holding Companies, It Is Time To Update Your Tax Sharing Agreement
    It is time to update tax allocation agreements between bank holding companies and affiliated entities, say the federal regulators.  According to guidance issued this summer, examiners will be looking for updated tax allocation…
  • Oct 8

    To Register Your Arbitration Clauses with AAA or Not to Register? That Is the Question!

    To Register Your Arbitration Clauses with AAA or Not to Register? That Is the Question!
    art by Todd Berman / flickrDoes your organization have consumer contracts that include an arbitration clause?  Does the clause reference the American Arbitration Association?You may…
  • Oct 8

    An Important Decision from the North Carolina Surpreme Court

    An Important Decision from the North Carolina Surpreme Court
    image by Silver SeasonIn February, I wrote about an important case for lenders in North Carolina. The North Carolina Supreme Court has issued a highly-anticipated opinion that is important for lenders in North Carolina to understand.Under…
Rank this Week: 3628

RIA Compliance Blog

RIA Compliance Blog

Covers registered investment advisor regulations. By Parker MacIntyre.

http://www.riacomplianceblog.com/
  • Oct 17

    Is your firm prepared? October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

    Is your firm prepared? October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month
    Earlier this year, the SEC announced one of its focus areas for examinations in 2014 would be cybersecurity. The SEC Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations published a Cybersecurity Initiative Risk Alert in April that provides a…
  • Sep 9

    New Indiana Crowdfunding Act Exemption

    New Indiana Crowdfunding Act Exemption
    The Indiana Securities Division recently issued an emergency rule to explain new distinctions in Indiana's crowdfunding exemptions, which became effective July 1, 2014. Indiana's new rule is similar to Georgia's "Invest Georgia" rule, which…
  • Jul 14

    SEC fines RIA for failure to disclosure conflicts of interest on Form ADV

    SEC fines RIA for failure to disclosure conflicts of interest on Form ADV
    In a consented-to Administrative Order dated July 2, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission fined a Missouri-based Registered Investment Adviser, SignalPoint Asset Management ("SignalPoint" or "SAM"), $215,000 for breaching its'…
Rank this Week: 3250

The Venture Alley

The Venture Alley

Covers business and legal issues for entrepreneurs, startups, venture capitalists and angel investors. By DLA Piper.

http://www.theventurealley.com
  • Oct 16

    Why do VCs require legal opinions in venture deals?

    Why do VCs require legal opinions in venture deals?
    Contributed by Jeffrey A. Showalter Most large venture deals require that the Company’s outside legal counsel issue a customary legal opinion, addressed to the investors in the financing, in order to give the investors comfort that…
  • Oct 13

    2014 Technology Leaders Forecast Survey Results Released

    2014 Technology Leaders Forecast Survey Results Released
    CONTRIBUTED BY Trent Dykes trent.dykes@dlapiper.com Thank you to all who participated in the Technology Leaders Forecast Survey that we posted last month. As posted earlier, on October 7, DLA Piper hosted its 2014 Global Technology Leaders…
  • Oct 9

    Recent SEC Interpretations Facilitate Intrastate Crowdfunding

    Recent SEC Interpretations Facilitate Intrastate Crowdfunding
    CONTRIBUTED BY Andrew Ledbetter andrew.ledbetter@dlapiper.com   The SEC has recently issued interpretations regarding Rule 147.  This rule provides a safe harbor under Section 3(a)(11) of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,…
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Canadian M&A Perspectives

Canadian M&A Perspectives

Covers developments in private and public mergers and acquisitions, and private equity. By McCarthy Tetrault.

http://www.canadianmergersacquisitions.com
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OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal Lawyers

OFAC SDN Sanctions Removal Lawyers

Covers the Department of Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control and its Specially Designated Nationals list. By McNabb Associates, P.C.

http://ofac-sdn-list-removal.com/
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Sharesleuth.com

Sharesleuth.com

Offers investigative reporting aimed at exposing securities fraud. By Chris Carey.

http://sharesleuth.com/
  • Oct 7

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill

    Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The return of the cyber shill
    Last June, shares of Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI) doubled in the space of a week, spurred on by a mysterious network of social-media touters who later deleted their posts or shut down their accounts…
  • Jun 17

    Telestone Technologies revisited: SEC letters reveal doubts about revenues and receivable

    Telestone Technologies revisited: SEC letters reveal doubts about revenues and receivable
    Recently released letters between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Telestone Technologies Corp. (Pink Sheets: TSTC) show that regulators have significant concerns about the Chinese wireless communication company’s reported…
  • Jun 3

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection

    Guanwei Recycling Corp. and Kandi Technologies Group Inc.: The Rui Wang Connection
    A Chinese businessman who figures into a fraud case involving Guanwei Recycling Corp. (Nasdaq: GPRC) also has an intriguing connection to Kandi Technologies Group Inc. (Nasdaq: KNDI), whose shares were allegedly manipulated by the same group.…
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That Credit Union Blog

That Credit Union Blog

Covers current issues affecting the credit union industry. By the law firm of Weltman, Weinberg & Reis.

http://thatcreditunionblog.wordpress.com
  • Sep 24

    Your Legal Right to Setoff (or lack thereof) for Credit Card Account

    Your Legal Right to Setoff (or lack thereof) for Credit Card Account
    By Matthew Young, Attorney When your member defaults on his or her loan, your Credit Union is going to want your member to cure the default as quickly as possible or exercise the quickest and most cost effective means to recover the balance.…
  • Aug 29

    The Importance of Updating your Credit Union’s Statutory Agent

    The Importance of Updating your Credit Union’s Statutory Agent
    By Matthew Young, Attorney At least a couple of times a month, a credit union will reach out to me with a summons or other court pleading which was directed to a former employee or retired/deceased board member.  Commonly, the credit…
  • Aug 20

    Representative Payee Account

    Representative Payee Account
    By Matt Young, Attorney What is a Representative Payee Account and when is it appropriate, or even necessary, to open such an Account? First, it is important to understand the role of a Representative Payee. A Representative Payee is an…
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Financial Regulatory Report

Financial Regulatory Report

Covers financial services regulation, compliance, enforcement and litigation. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.financialregulatoryreport.com/
  • Sep 12

    Mobile Payments - The Future is NOW

    Mobile Payments - The Future is NOW
    This post was written by Angela Angelovska-Wilson and Christopher Fatherley. At this week’s highly anticipated new product launch, Tim Cook (Apple’s CEO) introduced Apple Pay, Apple’s new payment platform driven by the…
  • Sep 9

    Spotlight on Fair Lending

    Spotlight on Fair Lending
    The past several months have seen numerous important happenings under fair lending developments, both in the courts, by the DOJ, and by at least one state attorney general. DOJ Blog Posting On August 1, Greg Friel, Deputy Assistant Attorney…
  • Jul 18

    OFAC Targets Russia's Financial and Energy Sectors in New Sectoral Sanction

    OFAC Targets Russia's Financial and Energy Sectors in New Sectoral Sanction
    Our Global Regulatory Enforcement colleagues, Hena M. Schommer and Leigh T. Hannson, recently wrote about the the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control’s ("OFAC") issuance of new sanctions targeting Russian…
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Al-Mirsal

Al-Mirsal

Covers Middle East banking and finance law. By Latham & Watkins LLP.

http://www.al-mirsal.com/
  • Sep 9

    5 Ways to Protect your Business from a Cyber Attack

    5 Ways to Protect your Business from a Cyber Attack
    Global cyber-attack threats stand at the highest ever recorded level, jumping 14 percent from 2012 to 2013 (Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report). Furthermore, a recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report found that operating system infection…
  • Sep 9

    5 Ways to Protect your Business from a Cyber Attack

    5 Ways to Protect your Business from a Cyber Attack
    Global cyber-attack threats stand at the highest ever recorded level, jumping 14 percent from 2012 to 2013 (Cisco 2014 Annual Security Report). Furthermore, a recent Microsoft Security Intelligence Report found that operating system infection…
  • Sep 7

    Top 3 Employment Issues in the United Arab Emirate

    Top 3 Employment Issues in the United Arab Emirate
    The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has reported a 24 percent increase in newly registered companies since last year; in part due to the recent successful World Expo 2020 bid, among other positive economic forces. As companies look to…
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Southeast VC

Southeast VC

Covers businesses, trends, technology and venture investing in the Southeast. By Jason Caplain.

http://southeastvc.blogs.com/southeast_vc/
  • Sep 9

    WedPics CEO Shares Investor Email

    WedPics CEO Shares Investor Email
    I referenced WedPics' CEO/founder Justin Miller in my last blog post. He sends a monthly email to us. His emails serve 2 purposes: 1) Keeps Justin and WedPics top of mind 2) Shows off his continued success as he thinks...
  • Sep 9

    Fundraising Tip

    Fundraising Tip
    Raising capital from investors can be a long, tough and often an incredibly frustrating process. Entrepreneurs often ask us for help (even when we're not in their company). I thought I would share my email I just sent in response...
  • Jun 26

    Bull City Venture Partners III, L.P.

    Bull City Venture Partners III, L.P.
    We are really excited to announce the closing of Bull City Venture Partners III, a $26 million venture capital fund. David and I sincerely appreciate the commitment from all of our LPs and the overwhelming support from the entreprenurial…
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Cosgrove Law Securities and…

Cosgrove Law Securities and Investment Blog

News and commentary on the latest securities and investment developments.

http://securitiesandinvestmentblog.blogspot.com/
  • Sep 6

    New FINRA Rule Limits usage of Expungement Requests in Arbitration

    New FINRA Rule Limits usage of Expungement Requests in Arbitration
    The SEC has approved FINRA Rule 2081 that would disallow brokers from conditioning settlement of a customer dispute on a customer’s consent to the broker’s request for expungment from the Central Registration Depository…
  • Aug 12

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?

    Does your Investment Adviser Firm Have a Social Media Policy?
    Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or blogs have become popular mechanisms for companies to communicate with the public. Social media allows companies to communicate with clients and prospective clients, market their services,…
  • Aug 1

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?

    Who has the Right to Enforce Your Promissory Note?
    A customary practice in the securities industry is for financial advisors to receive a transition bonus above and beyond an advisor’s standard commission compensation upon joining to a new firm. The bonus amount is usually determined…
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Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Texas Debt Suit Defense 101

Covers credit card and other debt suit litigation in Texas from the defense side, including substantive legal and evidentiary issues, and comparative analysis of pleadings, legal theories, and litigation strategy. By Wolfgang Demino.

http://debt-suit-litigation-in-texas.blogspot.com
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Banking Law Update

Banking Law Update

Provides updates and commentary on developments in law affecting banks and financial institutions. By Verrill Dana LLP.

http://www.bankinglawupdate.com/
  • Aug 26

    Tips for Merchants and Consumers Facing a Data Breach

    Tips for Merchants and Consumers Facing a Data Breach
    The high-profile data breach at Target made international news. But small and midsized businesses face the majority of cyber attacks and are even more likely to have employees mishandle data than large enterprises.
  • Aug 25

    CFPB Issues Advisory on Bitcoin, Virtual Currencie

    CFPB Issues Advisory on Bitcoin, Virtual Currencie
    On August 11, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau released a Consumer Advisory about virtual currencies.  The Advisory followed a directive by the U.S. Government Accountability Office for the CFPB to conduct a close…
  • Aug 8

    Maine Updates Truth-In-Savings, Funds Availability Rule

    Maine Updates Truth-In-Savings, Funds Availability Rule
    Maine’s Truth-in-Savings and Funds Availability Rule is getting an overhaul.  On August 6, 2014, Maine’s Bureau of Financial Institutions announced that changes to Chapter 118, Funds Availability and Truth-in-Savings had…
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Ponzitracker

Ponzitracker

Covers Ponzi schemes. By Jordan Maglich.

http://www.ponzitracker.com/
  • Aug 21

    Ponzi Schemes Remain Prevalent In 2014; Over $1 Billion In New Schemes Uncovered

    Ponzi Schemes Remain Prevalent In 2014; Over $1 Billion In New Schemes Uncovered
    Nearly six years after the word "Ponzi scheme" became a household name thanks to Bernard Madoff, Ponzi schemes continue to proliferate and leave a trail of financial destruction in their wake as demonstrated by newly-compiled data showing…
  • Aug 20

    Former Attorney Gets 10-Year Sentence For $4 Million Ponzi Scheme

    Former Attorney Gets 10-Year Sentence For $4 Million Ponzi Scheme
    A now-disbarred Minnesota attorney who swindled victims out of more than $4 million in an elaborate Ponzi scheme was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison.  Mark Holt, 45, received the sentence from U.S. District Judge Susan…
  • Aug 20

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme

    California Men Sentenced For $5 Million Real Estate Ponzi Scheme
    Two California men will each serve at least a decade in prison for operating a real estate Ponzi scheme that duped victims out of nearly $5 million.  Terrance Brown, of San Jose, California, and Antranik Kabajouzian, of Morgan City,…
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Strictly Business

Strictly Business

Covers business law for entrepreneurs, emerging companies and the investment management industry. By Alexander J. Davie.

http://www.strictlybusinesslawblog.com/
  • Aug 19

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 13: Drag-Along Right

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 13: Drag-Along Right
    This post is the thirteenth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior twelve posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation of the…
  • Aug 19

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 13: Drag-Along Right

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 13: Drag-Along Right
    This post is the thirteenth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior twelve posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation of the…
  • Jul 7

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 12: Preemptive Right

    Venture Capital Term Sheet Negotiation — Part 12: Preemptive Right
    This post is the twelfth in a series giving practical advice to startups with respect to understanding and negotiating a venture capital term sheet. In the prior eleven posts, we provided an introduction to negotiation of…
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Financial Institutions Law Blog

Financial Institutions Law Blog

Covers issues such as usury, form compliance for federal and state consumer transactions, UCC and securitization issues. By Sheppard Mullin.

http://www.financialinstitutionlawblog.com/
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Private Funds Law Update

Private Funds Law Update

Covers private funds and alternative investments. By Reed Smith LLP.

http://www.privatefundslaw.com/
  • Jun 20

    AFIMD update for US managers of non-EU alternative investment fund

    AFIMD update for US managers of non-EU alternative investment fund
    This post was authored by Winston Penhall, Editor of this blog and partner in the Investment Funds practice of Reed Smith LLP, London. We are frequently asked by non-EU managers broadly what their options are in relation to AIFMD compliance…
  • Oct 8

    What should UK and non EU AIFMs be doing now?

    What should UK and non EU AIFMs be doing now?
    This post was authored by Jacqui Hatfield, regulatory partner at Reed Smith LLP, London. The AIFMD trigger date occurred on 22 July this year, with a 12-month transitional period (TP) in place in the UK for (i) existing UK managers of AIFs…
  • Oct 8

    SEC proposes new rules under the JOBS Act

    SEC proposes new rules under the JOBS Act
    On August 29, 2012, the SEC issued proposed rules to implement Congress' mandate, under the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (the "JOBS Act"), that the agency eliminate the existing ban on use of general solicitation and/or general…
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Illinois Business Law Journal

Illinois Business Law Journal

Covers recent developments affecting business law. From the University of Illinois College of Law.

http://www.law.illinois.edu/bljournal/
  • Jun 12

    Crowdfunding Limits – Raising the Cap

    Crowdfunding Limits – Raising the Cap
    Almost everyone has heard of Kickstarter by now: it’s the premier place for a team with an idea and a plan to raise capital to fund almost any sort of product. However, your return on your investment is the product itself if you pay…
  • Jun 12

    The Contraceptive Mandate: Birth Control or Business Control?

    The Contraceptive Mandate: Birth Control or Business Control?
    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments on March 25th, 2014, on the Tenth Circuit Case Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. v. Sebelius and the Third Circuit Case Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Sebelius; a ruling is expected in late June.[i] Hobby Lobby…
  • Apr 17

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality

    Owning the Internet: The Demise of Net Neutrality
    The Internet is the modern day printing press; a revolutionary game changer. The Internet owes much of its success to the theory of net neutrality. While net neutrality is not a new topic of discussion, it has been thrust in the limelight…
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Financial Industry Resource Center

Financial Industry Resource Center

Covers the financial crisis. By Hunton & Williams.

http://www.huntonfinancialindustryresourcecenter.com/
  • May 7

    CFPB Proposes New GLB Privacy Notice Rule

    CFPB Proposes New GLB Privacy Notice Rule
    As reported on our Privacy and Information Security Law Blog, on May 6, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (“CFPB”) announced a new proposed rule impacting privacy notices that financial institutions are required to…
  • Jan 23

    SEC Releases "Regulation A+" Proposal

    SEC Releases "Regulation A+" Proposal
    On December 18, 2013, the SEC proposed rules under Title IV of the JOBS Act to amend Regulation A (Rules 251-263 under the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act")). The proposed rules, which have been referred to informally as…
  • Nov 27

    CFTC Court Case and New Rules Establish Bank Duties to Monitor Commodity Broker

    CFTC Court Case and New Rules Establish Bank Duties to Monitor Commodity Broker
    A recent court order in favor of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (or CFTC) and new rules issued by CFTC establish a standard of liability for depository institutions that fail to fulfill their customer funds protection obligations…
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