Banking

  • February 09, 2024

    No More Shady Trading For Ex-FBI Trainee After BigLaw Theft

    The former FBI trainee who secretly traded nonpublic information that he stole from his BigLaw associate ex-girlfriend has agreed to a civil judgment against him permanently barring him from violating securities laws, a judgment entered just months after he pled guilty to insider trading.

  • February 09, 2024

    Merrill Customer Sues Over Lax WhatsApp Supervision

    A Merrill customer has filed suit against two of the broker-dealer's branch managers for allegedly failing to supervise advisers who used WhatsApp to communicate about risky options strategies that ultimately wiped out his account.

  • February 09, 2024

    Honda Finance Arm Discloses CFPB Credit-Reporting Probe

    Honda's U.S. automotive finance arm told investors Friday that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is investigating its consumer credit-reporting practices.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Won't Revive Credit Suisse Delisted Trade Note Suit

    The Second Circuit declined on Friday to revive a proposed class action accusing Credit Suisse of causing retail investors substantial losses by delisting a popular exchange-traded note, saying the bank gave adequate warnings of the risks investors faced and cautioned them against holding the note for more than a day, among other things.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC's 'Orwellian' Trade Database Is Unlawful, 11th Circ. Told

    Citadel Securities LLC and the American Securities Association have laid out their objections to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission directive that requires brokerage firms to fund the buildup of a database known as the consolidated audit trail, telling the Eleventh Circuit that the tool created an "Orwellian surveillance regime" that puts American investors at risk of being hacked.

  • February 09, 2024

    Seattle YWCA Says BNY Mellon Mismanaged $20M Fund

    A Seattle-area chapter of the nonprofit Young Women's Christian Association has sued BNY Mellon alleging the bank's mismanagement of an investment portfolio caused $1.4 million in losses for the organization.

  • February 09, 2024

    2nd Circ. Revives Investors' Mexican Bond-Rigging Claims

    The Second Circuit on Friday reinstated U.S. investor claims accusing major banks of a yearslong collusion to rig Mexican government bond prices, saying a New York district court wrongly found it didn't have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • February 09, 2024

    Apartment Sellers Didn't 'Cook' The Books, Mich. Panel Rules

    A lender stuck with a failed $19 million student apartment deal can't blame the seller for trying to entice them into a bad deal because the original buyers ignored red flags about the property and went ahead anyway, a Michigan appellate panel has ruled. 

  • February 09, 2024

    NY AG Wins $77M Judgment For Predatory Lending Suit

    New York Attorney General Letitia James has secured a $77 million judgment against three merchant cash advance companies and their principals accused of harming small businesses through high-interest loans and undisclosed fees.

  • February 09, 2024

    FCRA Immunity Waiver Ruling Tees Up Compliance Frenzy

    A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the Fair Credit Reporting Act waives federal agencies' immunity from lawsuits will not only open the door to more litigation against government lenders but may also trigger housecleaning to ensure that debts are correctly reported, experts told Law360.

  • February 09, 2024

    Jordan Calls For Investigation Into DOJ's Deal With IRS Leaker

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is investigating whether federal prosecutors were politically motivated to allow the former IRS contractor who leaked former President Donald Trump's tax returns to plead guilty to a single count of illegal disclosure, calling the arrangement "a sweetheart deal."

  • February 09, 2024

    Kaufman Dolowich Adds Ex-Financial Services CLO In Fla.

    Kaufman Dolowich has added the former chief legal and compliance officer for accounts receivable management firm Vengroff Williams Inc., one of the firm's clients, to its Orlando, Florida, office.

  • February 09, 2024

    SEC To Collect $81M In Fines In Latest Texting Probe Cases

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Friday that it has secured agreements to pay more than $81 million in fines from 16 firms over their employees' use of personal messaging apps to do business, though the agency added that one set of firms ended up paying much less for having self-reported the violations.

  • February 09, 2024

    DLA Piper Adds Structured Finance Atty To NY Office

    DLA Piper hired Joo Kim, a structured finance attorney with more than 23 years of experience, as a new partner for its structured finance practice in its New York office, the firm announced.

  • February 09, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a Saudi Arabian property investor file legal action against RLS Solicitors, Aspire Pharma and Bayer Intellectual Property tackle a patent dispute, the owners of soccer club West Ham United FC raise a red card against E20 Stadium LLP with a commercial fraud action, and accountants BDO file another commercial claim against the managing directors of KGJ Insurance Services. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • February 08, 2024

    High Court Ruling Solidifies SOX Whistleblower Protections

    The U.S. Supreme Court's unanimous decision Thursday in favor of a UBS whistleblower has solidified whistleblower protections across a wide range of industries, with one attorney saying the ruling has made the Sarbanes-Oxley Act the most pro-employee labor law in the country.

  • February 08, 2024

    Hudson City Investors Lose Cert. In $3.7B M&T Merger Suit

    A proposed investor class can't be certified in a suit alleging M&T Bank Corp. and Hudson City Bancorp Inc. hid regulatory problems that led to a yearslong delay of their $3.7 billion merger over a decade ago, a federal judge said after finding his previous order to certify the class "clearly erred in applying the Third Circuit's legal standard."

  • February 08, 2024

    Fed, OCC Urged To Create 'Unaffiliated' Director Rule For Banks

    The Federal Reserve Board and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency were petitioned Thursday to issue new rules mandating that large banks appoint at least some outside, independent directors to their boards as a safeguard against conflicted decision-making within big corporate families.

  • February 08, 2024

    First Citizens Says HSBC Execs OK'd SVB Poaching Plan

    First Citizens Bank has beefed up allegations that HSBC Holdings stole confidential information and poached employees from the failed Silicon Valley Bank, filing an amended complaint Wednesday in California federal court, claiming HSBC's top executives and chief legal officer knew of the alleged poaching conspiracy.

  • February 08, 2024

    M&T Bank's Freeze 'Crumbled' Fla. Law Firm, $1.5M Suit Says

    A Florida law firm has sued M&T Bank for $1.5 million in Tampa federal court over allegations that the bank "crumbled" the firm's business by unreasonably restricting its trust account during a recent chargeback dispute.

  • February 08, 2024

    SEC, CFTC Jointly Demand More Hedge-Fund Disclosures

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission jointly passed rules Thursday requiring additional disclosures from hedge funds and other private fund advisers, aimed at improving market stability and transparency, despite dissent from Republican commissioners of both agencies who say the requirements are overreaching.

  • February 08, 2024

    Ex-CEO Accused Of Embezzling $5.9M Cops To Wire Fraud

    The ex-CEO of an alternative energy startup he founded pled guilty Thursday to one count of wire fraud in D.C. federal court, after being accused of embezzling $5.9 million.

  • February 08, 2024

    SEC Challenger References Son Of Sam In 'Gag Rule' Row

    Counsel for a financial radio show host referenced Son of Sam as she challenged a so-called gag rule issued by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission before the Fifth Circuit on Thursday, telling the panel that even serial killers are afforded First Amendment rights when faced with allegations by the government.

  • February 08, 2024

    Genesis Says Parent Crypto Co. Must Pay For $33M 3AC Deal

    Bankrupt cryptocurrency lender Genesis says its parent company, conglomerate Digital Currency Group, should be on the hook for a $33 million settlement to defunct crypto hedge fund Three Arrows Capital.

  • February 08, 2024

    FSOC 'Very Focused' On Nonbank Mortgage Risk, Yellen Says

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen told lawmakers on Thursday that federal regulators have "concern" about potential nonbank fragility in the mortgage market, and offered encouragement for legislative efforts to guard against artificial intelligence risks to the financial sector.

Expert Analysis

  • Perspectives

    6 Practice Pointers For Pro Bono Immigration Practice

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    An attorney taking on their first pro bono immigration matter may find the law and procedures beguiling, but understanding key deadlines, the significance of individual immigration judges' rules and specialized aspects of the practice can help avoid common missteps, says Steven Malm at Haynes Boone.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Canada

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    In Canada, multiple statutes, regulations, common law and industry guidance address environmental, social and governance considerations, with debate over ESG in the business realm potentially growing on the horizon, say attorneys at Blakes.

  • Bank M&A Considerations Amid 2024's Regulatory Uncertainty

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    Following the decline in banking mergers to the lowest level in more than a decade last year, receptiveness to community bank combinations and positive macroeconomic factors may help banks with less than $50 billion in assets see increased deal-making opportunities this year, despite regulatory uncertainty, say Robert Azarow and Amber Hay at Arnold & Porter.

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • What To Expect From High Court In Corp. Disclosure Case

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    Oral argument in Macquarie v. Moab Partners — a case with the potential to significantly alter corporate disclosures and private securities litigation liability — suggests that the U.S. Supreme Court is focused on answering the narrow question presented, say Elizabeth Gingold Clark and Madeleine Juszynski Davidson at Alston & Bird.

  • 11 Noteworthy CFPB Developments From 2023

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    Under Rohit Chopra’s leadership, 2023 was an industrious year for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, with developments including the release of the proposed personal financial data rights rule, publication of proposed rules involving public registries for nonbanks and the bureau's continuous battle against junk fees, all of which are sure to further progress in 2024, say attorneys at Husch Blackwell.

  • Unpacking PCAOB's Sanctions Against China-Based Auditors

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    Following the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board's first major enforcement actions against audit firms located in China and Hong Kong for violating quality control standards, China-based U.S. issuers should be prepared for more rigorous audits in the upcoming cycle, and for continuing strict scrutiny from the regulator, say attorneys at Debevoise.

  • NC Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    Two new North Carolina financial services laws went into effect in the fourth quarter of 2023 that amended the state's Retail Installment Sales Act and Consumer Finance Act, increasing the maximum interest rates and default late charges that may be assessed for loans, says Gursharon Shergill at Wagner Hicks.

  • 3 Areas Of Focus In Congressional Crosshairs This Year

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    Companies must prepare for Congress to build on its 2023 oversight priorities this year, continuing its vigorous inquiries into Chinese company-related investments, workplace safety and labor relations issues, and generative artificial intelligence, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • NY CRE Lenders Need Clarity On Foreclosure Standing

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    Recent contradictory New York case law regarding issues of standing in commercial real estate litigation creates confusion for borrowers and lenders alike, and should be addressed by courts in advance of the anticipated onslaught of commercial mortgage-backed securities foreclosures, say Christopher Gorman and John Muldoon at Rosenberg & Estis.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • 3 Key Class Action Trends To Use As Guidance In 2024

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    Telephone Consumer Protection Act, privacy and false advertising class actions saw significant shifts last year — including a trend toward expanding the application of preexisting laws to current technologies — that businesses should keep in mind to navigate the class action landscape in 2024, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • Time To Step Up PFAS Due Diligence In Cross-Border M&A

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    Regulations in the U.S. and EU governing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances will likely evolve to become global standards out of necessity and scale, so PFAS due diligence — particularly for buyers, sellers, and lenders and investors involved in multijurisdictional mergers and acquisitions — will be essential in 2024, say attorneys at Shipman & Goodwin.

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    NY Banking Brief: All The Notable Legal Updates In Q4

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    New York's banking and financial sector saw a number of notable regulatory and legislative changes in the final quarter of 2023, including guidance on climate risks and heightened cybersecurity protocols issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services, as well as final revisions to virtual currency listings in the state, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

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