Scope of Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Anti-Retaliation Provision Remains Critical, Open Question (Video)

Can an employee who blows the whistle on alleged securities law violations within the company (and is therefore protected by the anti-retaliation provision of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act), but does not blow the whistle externally to the SEC, also invoke the more advantageous anti-retaliation protections of the Dodd-Frank Act in a private lawsuit? View Full Post
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Inside Information: Understanding Consumer Complaint Topics As a Key Defense Against UDAAP

In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (Dodd-Frank Act) introduced the current version of unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices (UDAAP), making it unlawful for any service provider of consumer financial products or services to engage in any UDAAP. View Full Post
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Dodd-Frank Diversity Standards: Just Out of the Gate and Already Under Fire

Just days after the release of the final diversity standards under Section 342 of the Dodd-Frank Act, several prominent lawmakers and business leaders have criticized the new standards for not going far enough to promote diversity and inclusion within the financial services industry. View Full Post
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Second Circuit Tackles “Whistleblower” Protection Under Dodd-Frank

Last week, the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in Berman v. Neo@Ogilvy, a case that places squarely before the Court the question of who is a “whistleblower” within the meaning of the Dodd-Frank Act Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”). View Full Post
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California District Court Holds That Internal Tipsters Are Protected Under Dodd-Frank

On May 5, 2015, in Somers v. Digital Realty Trust Inc., No. C-14-5180, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California held that an internal complaint of an alleged securities law violation is sufficient to invoke the Dodd-Frank Act’s anti-retaliation protection.  View Full Post
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Dodd-Frank and Seller Financing

While there has been much attention given to the wide variety of new rules and regulations imposed on lenders under Dodd-Frank, those of us not in the business of regularly making mortgage loans may not be aware that we could be impacted by certain provisions of that law if we sell real estate and provide purchase money financing by holding a mortgage.  View Full Post
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