A South Carolina federal judge granted class action status Tuesday to a former Wells Fargo financial adviser’s suit alleging the bank improperly cut him and other employees out of deferred compensation they were owed under a retirement benefits plan.
Holland & Knight LLP has hired finance and bankruptcy attorney Keith Sambur from Haynes and Boone LLP as a partner at its financial services practice group in the Denver office.
Using a private chatroom dubbed “the cartel,” three former foreign currency exchange traders for Barclays PLC, Citigroup Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. units colluded to suppress competition in the forex market, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday as the trio's criminal forex-rigging trial began.
Navient Corp. told a Pennsylvania federal judge on Wednesday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has been withholding documents in the agency’s suit over the company’s student loan servicing practices and ought to have a special master check over its work.
New York’s financial services regulator filed a consent order Wednesday saying it has reached an agreement with United Arab Emirates-based Mashreqbank PSC and its New York branch, which will pay a $40 million civil penalty and take remedial steps to address deficiencies in its compliance infrastructure.
LeClairRyan has brought on an attorney from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco who specializes in privacy, data security, financial services and white collar matters and litigation, the firm announced Tuesday.
A Florida federal judge denied Raymond James’ bid to toss a putative class action alleging the financial services company charges unauthorized commissions via a “processing fee,” rejecting the company's argument that the payments are unrecoverable because they were made voluntarily.
Federal prosecutors in Delaware reported an agreement Wednesday to scale back initial life sentence recommendations for four Wilmington Trust Corp. executives convicted of an estimated $196 million securities fraud in May, opting instead to seek prison terms topping out at 11¼ years.
The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission is penalizing investment banks that fail to uphold standards when sponsoring initial public offerings, the agency’s enforcement director said Wednesday, and is promising additional disciplinary action until regulators see improvement.
About 1,900 Bank of America NA workers have asked a California federal judge to give preliminary approval to an $11 million deal settling claims that the bank failed to reimburse loan officers for use of their personal vehicles, saying the deal balanced the risk of going to trial given the lack of mileage records.
Labaton Sucharow LLP has apologized and will pay $4.8 million and accept oversight by a retired judge to resolve a Massachusetts federal court’s investigation into the firm's excess fees and a controversial payment to a Texas lawyer, according to Wednesday court filings.
Prosecutors called for a five-year sentence Tuesday for a former vice president of State Street Corp. convicted of overbilling clients by millions, a substantially shorter prison term than federal guidelines suggest but enough to send a message, the government said.
International regulators should vigilantly monitor virtual currencies such as bitcoin, which could threaten financial stability if they escalate in popularity, the Financial Stability Board warned Wednesday.
The Financial Conduct Authority detailed amendments on Wednesday that it said would implement existing European Union law into its handbook and allow Europe’s firms to operate in Britain for a limited time if the U.K. leaves the bloc without a transition period.
While some may still fear it's a fickle fad, the market for initial coin offerings is maturing and becoming more structured, financial technology and legal experts said Tuesday at a Silicon Valley conference hosted by DLA Piper.
The Utah Supreme Court has changed its mind about whether Utah law necessarily applies to national banks seeking to foreclose on real property in the state, overturning its “clearly erroneous” 2013 decision that held federal law doesn’t preempt Utah state law limits on this authority.
A former assistant to the CEO of Goldman Sachs who was expected to plead guilty on Tuesday to stealing $1.2 million in rare wines from his former employer was found dead at a Manhattan hotel that afternoon in an apparent suicide.
The National Credit Union Administration has urged a New York federal judge to allow the substitution of a new plaintiff to pursue claims against Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. over a number of residential mortgage-backed securities trusts, arguing that this swap would address standing issues highlighted in a similar suit brought by the agency against U.S. Bank.
A New York appellate court said Tuesday that a lower court was right to toss Royal Park Investments SA/NV's $3.7 billion suit accusing four major banks of committing fraud in connection with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities, finding the Belgian bank did not have standing to bring negligence and fraud claims.
BuzzFeed told a Florida federal court Tuesday that despite Aleksej Gubarev’s protestations, the Russian technology executive is a public figure for the purposes of his defamation suit over the website’s publication of a dossier alleging ties between Russia and President Donald Trump.
The House and Senate are entering their respective final runs before the November midterm elections. The most pressing items of business are funding the government and the pending Senate confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. But several lower-profile issues remain as well — including a Republican push for further tax reform, says Layth Elhassani of Covington & Burling LLP.
The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
The recent rollback of Obama-era fair lending enforcement does not mean that the risks have disappeared. New York guidance issued last month for indirect auto lenders shows that states are stepping up to fill in where the Trump administration has backed off, says Melanie Brody of Mayer Brown LLP.
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a pivotal antitrust decision in Ohio v. American Express. Three partners at Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP who represented AmEx explain how one of the most significant antitrust enforcement actions in recent history led to a landmark precedent for two-sided platforms.
In June 2019, the Federal Housing Finance Agency will require Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to begin issuing standardized mortgage-backed securities. Accordingly, the IRS last month encouraged Freddie Mac investors to convert their existing securities by stating that conversions won't trigger taxable gains or losses, say Mark Leeds and Steven Garden of Mayer Brown LLP.
As the southeastern United States braces for Hurricane Florence, the governors of several states have authorized National Guard response efforts. Creditors can do their part by being aware of the laws protecting military service members, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.
In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.
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 Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
Following the 2008 economic downturn, many observers blasted mortgage-backed securities and collateralized debt obligations. Today, we're hobbled with numerous regulations that stem from a fundamental misunderstanding of what these instruments were designed to do, says Edward Stringham of the American Institute for Economic Research.
Starting next year, municipal issuers will need to report the incurrence of certain financial obligations, if material. However, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has offered little guidance on how to make a materiality determination, says Laura Kurtz of Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC.