Compliance

  • February 14, 2024

    Feds, Power Line Developer Decry Tribes' Suit As 'Too Late'

    The federal government and SunZia Transmission LLC, the developer of a 550-mile power line, urged an Arizona federal judge Tuesday to deny a request from tribes and conservations groups for a preliminary injunction halting the project's construction, saying they waited too long to make their challenge.

  • February 14, 2024

    Deputy AG Warns Of Harsher Penalties For Crimes Aided By AI

    Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco on Wednesday said the U.S. Department of Justice will seek harsher penalties for crimes committed with the aid of artificial intelligence, calling the technology a "double-edged sword" that can be exploited by criminals but utilized by prosecutors with the right controls in place.

  • February 14, 2024

    Glancy Prongay To Lead Wood Pellet Co. Dividend Suit

    Glancy Prongay & Murray LLP has been appointed lead counsel in an investor suit alleging wood pellet manufacturer Enviva misled investors about the financial health of the company and its ability to pay dividends.

  • February 14, 2024

    Juul Gets More Antitrust Claims To Arbitration

    A California federal judge has sent two more claims against Juul to arbitration and dismissed a request for an injunction to block Altria's already-unwound investment in the company.

  • February 14, 2024

    2nd Circ. Nixes LGBTQ Groups' Suit Against HHS Grant Policy

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday affirmed a trial court's dismissal of a suit by a group of LGBTQ advocacy organizations against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services challenging a Trump-era notice that the agency wouldn't enforce a rule barring HHS grant recipients from discriminating.

  • February 14, 2024

    Ex-Cognizant Execs Fight Co.'s Bid To Shield Bribe Evidence

    Two former Cognizant executives have called on a New Jersey federal court to reject the company's attempt to shield evidence related to a purported bribe as the executives face a criminal trial over a separate bribery scheme.

  • February 14, 2024

    Gen Digital Says FCA Suit Award Was Raised $16M Too Far

    Gen Digital Inc. urged a D.C. federal judge Tuesday to reduce the $53 million judgment he recently increased from an initial $1.6 million award in a whistleblower False Claims Act case, saying he wrongly included some sales in his calculations.

  • February 14, 2024

    Insurer Wants Out Of Covering SC Club Shooting

    A Nationwide unit has told a South Carolina federal court it doesn't have to defend a nightclub operator against a former patron's negligence suit, arguing that an assault and battery exclusion in its liquor liability policy bars coverage for the claimant's shooting-related injuries.

  • February 13, 2024

    $19M Mortgage Relief Case Is 1st Calif. DFPI, FTC Joint Win

    The Federal Trade Commission and the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation have secured a $19 million judgment against four individuals and their corporations for running a mortgage assistance relief services scam, the agencies announced Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Fluoride Can Harm Brain, EPA Scientist Says As Trial Wraps

    The government wrapped its defense Tuesday in a California federal bench trial over environmental groups' efforts to ban fluoride in America's drinking water, with the government's final witness acknowledging under cross-examination that fluoride is capable of causing "neurodevelopmental harm."

  • February 13, 2024

    9th Circ. Revives Challenge To Calif. Rent Control Law

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday revived a mobile home park owner's challenge of a California rent control law, saying it adequately pled standing based on a preenforcement injury because it could either raise rents and face an enforcement action or maintain rents and conform to a law that may not apply.

  • February 13, 2024

    PrizePicks Pays $15M To Settle NY Fantasy Sports Claims

    Daily fantasy sports operator PrizePicks has agreed to pay $14.9 million to settle allegations it offered fantasy sports contests to New York residents without a permit, the New York State Gaming Commission said Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Feds Want 'Free Pass' Out Of Climate Suit Trial, Youths Say

    Twenty-one plaintiffs suing to force the U.S. government to curb fossil fuel use and cut carbon emissions told the Ninth Circuit on Monday that the government's latest attempt to pause their lawsuit amounts to its shunning procedural rules and asking for "a free pass out of trial" not available to other people.

  • February 13, 2024

    BofA Unit Hit With Trader's Suit Over Alleged Spoofing

    A Bank of America unit faces a trader's proposed class action seeking to hold it liable for allegedly manipulating markets for U.S. Treasury futures and options after the firm paid a $24 million fine to the U.S. Financial Industry Regulatory Authority over the same alleged misconduct.

  • February 13, 2024

    FinCEN Eyes Enlisting Fund Managers In Illicit Finance Fight

    The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network moved Tuesday to expand federal anti-money laundering requirements to hedge fund managers, private equity firms and other so-called investment advisers, issuing a proposal that seeks to harden a multitrillion-dollar segment of the financial sector against exploitation by criminals.

  • February 13, 2024

    FCC Runs Into Reality Of Limited Power To Fight Deepfakes

    The Federal Communications Commission drew headlines last week when it declared that cloned voices fall under a federal ban on junk calls. But the ruling may not be as powerful as supporters would like, especially as campaign shenanigans heat up as election season draws near.

  • February 13, 2024

    Esquire Bank Faces Merchant Action Over Chargeback Fees

    Esquire Bank NA and a payment processing company face a proposed class action alleging they deceptively charged their merchant payment processing customers certain improperly high fees without appropriate disclosure.

  • February 13, 2024

    Accused Crypto Mixer 'Key' To Online Drug Market, Gov't Says

    Bitcoin Fog laundered hundreds of millions of dollars worth of bitcoin and played a "key role" in the online drug economy, prosecutors said in an opening statement Tuesday to kick off the trial of the accused operator of the cryptocurrency mixer in D.C. federal court.

  • February 13, 2024

    Exxon Investors Urge Judge To Toss SEC 'Proxy Battle'

    The ExxonMobile Corp. investors who backed off plans to call for a shareholder vote on the company's climate change policies now say the company's lawsuit attempting to bar the proposal should be dismissed, arguing the company is only moving forward with the case to indirectly challenge the authority of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • February 13, 2024

    Apache Agrees To Pay $4M For Air Pollution Violations

    Apache Corp. reached a deal Tuesday with the federal government and New Mexico to pay $4 million in civil penalties over allegations the company failed to capture and control air emissions from its oil and gas production operations.

  • February 13, 2024

    SEC's Gensler Promises 'War' On AI Fraud

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler told an audience of Yale Law School students on Tuesday that financial firms using so-called artificial intelligence could face the agency's wrath if they don't put proper safeguards in place to combat fraud against investors.

  • February 13, 2024

    COVID Watchdogs Unclear On Whistleblower Rules, GAO says

    Of the three COVID-19 oversight bodies responsible for handling complaints from contractor and grantee whistleblowers, only one believes that whistleblowers are clearly protected from retaliation under the law, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a report Tuesday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Insurers Must Pay Pharma Co. Defense Costs In SEC Probe

    A drug development company formed by a merger is entitled to insurance payments for expenses it paid two of its former officers in connection with federal subpoenas because the insurer failed to show that an exclusion applied, a California federal judge ruled Monday.

  • February 13, 2024

    Biden Admin Drops Appeal Over Trump 'Conscience Rule'

    The Biden administration will not pursue a Ninth Circuit appeal of two lower court decisions that struck down Trump-era regulations addressing the conscientious objection rights of healthcare providers, citing new rules that moot the case.

  • February 13, 2024

    Kroger Says Its Past Shows Albertsons Deal Will Drop Prices

    Kroger has shared some statistics that it says show its merger with the country's second-biggest grocery chain, Albertsons, won't be a bad thing, pointing to evidence that prices usually drop at a grocery chain after being acquired by Kroger.

Expert Analysis

  • The FINRA Reports That May Foreshadow New AI Rules

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    By reading the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s 2024 annual report detailing the regulatory implications of artificial intelligence tools alongside a similar 2020 FINRA publication, member firms may be able to anticipate which industry areas may soon face AI-specific regulations, say attorneys at Mintz.

  • Opinion

    Vidal Should Amend USPTO Precedent In Automaker Review

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    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Kathi Vidal's recent decision to review Ford and Honda patent challenges that were rejected by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board provides an opportunity to revisit precedents that have unfairly denied companies a fair review process and align them with commonsense principles of legal equity, says former Sen. Patrick Leahy.

  • Vagueness In Calif. Climate Law Makes Compliance Tricky

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    California's recently enacted Voluntary Carbon Market Disclosures Act requires companies making claims of carbon neutrality, or significant greenhouse gas emissions reductions, to disclose information supporting those claims — but vague and conflicting language in the statute poses multiple problems for businesses, say John Rousakis and Chris Bowman at O'Melveny.

  • Grant Compliance Takeaways From Ga. Tech's FCA Settlement

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    Georgia Tech’s recent False Claims Act settlement over its failure to detect compliance shortcomings in a grant program was unique in that it involved a voluntary repayment of funds prior to the resolution, offering a few key lessons for universities receiving research funding from the government, says Jonathan Porter at Husch Blackwell.

  • Series

    Competing In Dressage Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    My lifelong participation in the sport of dressage — often called ballet on horses — has proven that several skills developed through training and competition are transferable to legal work, especially the ability to harness focus, persistence and versatility when negotiating a deal, says Stephanie Coco at V&E.

  • What Financial Cos. Must Know For Handling T+1 Settlements

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted a groundbreaking new T+1 settlement rule for securities transactions in order to improve market efficiency — but it presents significant challenges for the financial services industry, especially private equity firms, hedge funds and institutional asset managers, says Adam Weiss at Petra Funds Group.

  • Breaking Down FDIC's New Advertising And Signage Rule

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    The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.’s final rule on signage and advertising, coming on the heels of a campaign against nonbank businesses purporting to offer FDIC-insured deposit products, introduces important new requirements and clarifies existing regulations for both traditional depository institutions and novel digital platforms, say attorneys at Venable.

  • What Cos. Evaluating M&A Can Glean From Latest HSR Report

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    The recently released Hart-Scott-Rodino report for fiscal year 2022 helps unearth important data points for companies as they evaluate potential transactions, including that, despite a historically low enforcement rate, the number of actions exceeds the number of second requests for the first time in nearly 20 years, say Ryan Quillian and John Kendrick at Covington.

  • Legal Issues Loom For Driverless Trucking

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    Companies' recent experiments with driverless trucking technology herald a transformation of the logistics sector — but stakeholders must reckon with increasing regulatory scrutiny, emerging liability issues, and concerns around ethical guidelines, insurance and standardization, say Zal Phiroz at Pier Consulting Group and Nicolas Bezada at Unishippers.

  • How 2 CFPB Advisory Opinions Affect Reporting Agencies

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued two advisory opinions last month that demonstrate a continued commitment to address inaccuracies in background check reports and consumer file disclosures through broad interpretation of the Fair Credit Reporting Act, expanding on a coordinated federal agency effort, say attorneys at Cooley.

  • A Close Look At The FCC's Revised SIM Card Fraud Rules

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    Carolyn Mahoney and John Seiver at Davis Wright break down recently proposed revisions to the Federal Communications Commission's customer proprietary network information and local number portability rules for wireless providers, discuss the revisions' implications on artificial intelligence regulation, and provide tips to prevent SIM swap and port-out fraud.

  • CFTC Moves May Boost Interest In Voluntary Carbon Markets

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    As companies try to reduce their net greenhouse gas emissions, many have been cautious about embracing voluntary carbon credit markets — but recent moves by the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission to regulate this sector may address some of its well-known challenges, say Deborah North and Laura Daugherty at Cleary.

  • EEO-1 Ruling May Affect Other Gov't Agency Disclosures

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    By tightly construing a rarely litigated but frequently asserted term, a California federal court’s ruling that the Freedom of Information Act does not exempt reports to the U.S. Department of Labor on workplace demographics could expand the range of government contractor information susceptible to public disclosure, says John Zabriskie at Foley & Lardner.

  • Algorithmic Pricing Programs Caught In Antitrust Crosshairs

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    The Justice Department's investigation into software company RealPage follows a host of federal antitrust cases alleging that property owners and casino hotel operators use the same proprietary software programs to fix and maintain pricing, which means algorithmic pricing programs are considered a key price-fixing tool in the digital age, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Del. Ruling Adds Momentum For Caremark Plaintiffs

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    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent opinion in Lebanon County Employees' Retirement Fund v. Collis could be viewed as expanding plaintiffs' ability to viably plead a Caremark claim against directors, so Delaware companies should be on heightened alert and focus on creating a record of board oversight, say attorneys at V&E.

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