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Asset Management

  • August 17, 2018

    PG&E Fire Liability Has Calif. Considering Ch. 11 Alternative

    As wildfires again ravage swaths of California forests in what has become a deadly summer ritual, the threat of a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. bankruptcy looms over state lawmakers who are hastily debating how to apportion liability for billions of dollars' worth of damage stemming from last year's infernos.

  • August 17, 2018

    Fraudster's Ex-Wife Gets Email Hunt Paused In Atty Tryst Suit

    An Indiana federal court on Friday temporarily paused discovery for emails sent by the ex-wife of an incarcerated hedge fund manager in his suit claiming that his attorney had an affair with his wife while representing him in his criminal case, but refused to halt discovery all together. 

  • August 17, 2018

    BREAKING: Ex-Katten Atty Gets 18 Months In Prison For Shkreli Fraud

    Former Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP attorney Evan Greebel on Friday was sentenced to 18 months in prison over allegations that he aided now-imprisoned former pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli in defrauding Retrophin Inc.

  • August 17, 2018

    Scottrade To Face Mass. Securities Watchdog In State Court

    A Massachusetts federal judge said Thursday that the state securities division’s administrative complaint alleging Scottrade Inc. flouted its own internal impartial standard conduct should not have been removed to federal court, remanding the action to a state administrative court.

  • August 17, 2018

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Madoff 'Feeder Fund' Class Action

    A three-judge panel of the Second Circuit rejected an effort by investors in two so-called feeder funds that were linked to Bernie Madoff’s fraudulent investment scheme to revive their class action against the funds’ managers, auditors, consultant and administrator, ruling Friday that a lower judge was right to dismiss the case.

  • August 17, 2018

    Investment Firm Says Clients' Conflict Suit Barred By Fed. Law

    An investment firm facing a proposed class action claiming it transferred investors’ money into a mutual fund while concealing conflicts of interest motivating the move asked an Illinois federal judge to dismiss the suit Thursday, arguing the claims are precluded by federal law governing securities class actions.

  • August 17, 2018

    Real Estate Rumors: Lennar, Amerra Capital, Google

    Lennar is reportedly under contract to buy 18.2 acres in Miami, private equity shop Amerra Capital is said to be subleasing 12,750 square feet in New York and Google is reportedly close to a deal to lease nearly 14,000 square feet in Chicago, where it plans to open a retail store.

  • August 16, 2018

    Kessler Topaz, Quinn Emanuel To Lead Volatility Index MDL

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday appointed Kimberly A. Justice of Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check LLP and Jonathan C. Bunge of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP as lead co-counsel in multidistrict litigation over alleged Chicago Board Options Exchange’s volatility index manipulation.

  • August 16, 2018

    Double Jeopardy Saves 3 Ex-Georgeson Advisers From Retrial

    Double jeopardy prevents the federal government from retrying a trio of former Georgeson LLC advisers after a mistrial was declared when prosecutors refused to proceed with the fraud case after a juror exited on its penultimate day, a Massachusetts judge ruled Thursday.

  • August 16, 2018

    Will Law Schools Start Counting ‘Generation ADA’?

    No one is tracking law students with disabilities to see where the education system may be failing them, but some advocates are working to change this dynamic and build a better pipeline.

  • August 16, 2018

    Ambac Sues Deutsche Bank Over $900M RMBS Trust Losses

    Ambac asked a New York federal court Thursday to release it from an obligation to insure some of the $900 million in losses suffered by a residential mortgage-backed securities trust managed by Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., saying the banking giant did not hold the underlying loan issuer accountable.

  • August 16, 2018

    Chancery Points To Contract In $167M Amur Finance Default

    Expressing deep frustration with calls for continued Chancery Court intervention in a multiyear lender and borrower dispute, a Delaware vice chancellor on Thursday told both sides to look to their contract in sorting out a potential $167 million loan default finding.

  • August 16, 2018

    Geothermal Firm Fights Chancery Toss Of $110M Merger Suit

    Attorneys for a proposed class of investors in U.S. Geothermal Inc. asked Delaware Chancery Court to keep alive their challenge to the company's recent $110 million merger with Ormat Technologies Inc., alleging that self-interested moves by a large shareholder and director made for an unfair process.

  • August 16, 2018

    Rakoff Shaves Objector Atty's Fee Bid In $3B Petrobras Deal

    U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff has ruled that the Center for Class Action Fairness can have just a small fraction of the nearly $200,000 in attorneys' fees requested for it by its client, an objector to the $3 billion class action settlement resolving securities fraud claims against Brazilian oil giant Petrobras.

  • August 16, 2018

    SEC Returns Clearing Firm Disciplinary Case To CBOE

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has set aside a disciplinary action brought by Chicago Board Options Exchange Inc. against member clearing firm ABN AMRO Clearing Chicago LLC, sending the matter back to CBOE’s board of directors for review under a different standard.

  • August 16, 2018

    UChicago Workers' Attys Seek $1.95M In Fees In ERISA Row

    Attorneys for a class of University of Chicago workers asked an Illinois federal judge on Wednesday to sign off on a request for $1.95 million in attorneys’ fees and grant final approval to a $6.5 million settlement that would lay to rest allegations the university mismanaged workers’ retirement savings.

  • August 16, 2018

    Citigroup To Pay SEC $10M Over Faulty Loans, Trader Woes

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filed two orders on Thursday saying Citigroup Inc. had agreed to pay $10.5 million to settle a pair of enforcement actions over substantial losses incurred by misconduct involving three of the bank’s traders and loans fraudulently procured by a Mexican marine services provider.

  • August 16, 2018

    Buchalter Adds 2 Attys To Corp., Litigation Groups In LA

    Buchalter PC’s Los Angeles office has added two new attorneys as shareholders, one from Clark & Trevithick AP and one from Rimon Law, entering the firm’s corporate and litigation practice groups, respectively.

  • August 16, 2018

    A Chat With Ogletree Knowledge Chief Patrick DiDomenico

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Patrick DiDomenico, chief knowledge officer at Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • August 15, 2018

    In Closing, Manafort Defense Says Gov't Is 'Desperate'

    Attorneys for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort threw their final punches Wednesday in an effort to knock down the government’s tax and bank fraud case against him in Virginia federal court, painting cooperating witness Rick Gates as a serial liar and slamming the prosecution as “desperate” during closing arguments.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Lipez Reviews 'Last Great Colonial Lawyer'

    Judge Kermit Lipez

    In his new book, "The Last Great Colonial Lawyer: The Life and Legacy of Jeremiah Gridley," Charles McKirdy argues that Gridley — someone I had never heard of — was the last great colonial lawyer, and that his cases illuminate his times. The author largely substantiates both claims, says First Circuit Judge Kermit Lipez.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 2

    Jeff Bialos

    The newly enacted Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act significantly expands the authority of the U.S. government to review and restrict foreign investments on national security grounds. But FIRRMA also has provisions that may exempt some transactions from review, and accelerate review of others, say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Long-Awaited Bonus Depreciation Insight For Partnerships

    Junaid Chida

    Earlier this month, the IRS finally released proposed regulations under the bonus depreciation provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The guidance provides long-awaited clarification on the availability of 100 percent bonus depreciation to partnership basis adjustments, say attorneys at O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • How FIRRMA Will Change National Security Reviews: Part 1

    Jeffrey Bialos

    The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act empowers the U.S. government to review a far broader group of transactions than ever before to determine if they threaten national security. FIRRMA's expansive new coverage includes oversight of real estate investments and transfers of "emerging and foundational technologies," say Jeffrey Bialos and Mark Herlach of Eversheds Sutherland LLP.

  • Alternative Trading Systems Face New Regulatory Burdens

    Julian Rainero

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last month approved rule changes that would impose extensive new transparency requirements on alternative trading systems that effect transactions in National Market System stocks. Julian Rainero and William Barbera of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP break down the new disclosure requirements and highlight areas that may prove particularly burdensome.

  • A Guide To Terminating PBGC-Insured Benefit Plans

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
    Edward Thomas Veal

    From the issuance of a notice of intent to terminate, to the filing of a plan’s final Form 5500, Edward Thomas Veal of Steptoe & Johnson LLP traces the standard termination process of a defined benefit plan insured by the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. and offers practical guidance for each stage.

  • Rebuttal

    Judges Can Demand Diversity In Rule 23(g) Applications

    Kellie Lerner

    A recent Law360 guest op-ed criticized the judge in the Chicago Board Options Exchange antitrust litigation for requesting more diversity in plaintiffs’ lead counsel applications. The author’s argument misinterprets the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and reinforces archaic misconceptions about women and minorities in the courtroom, say Kellie Lerner and Chelsea Walcker of Robins Kaplan LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.