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ERISA: Thou Shall Not Pay Excessive Fees!

The latest ERISA trend involves lawsuits against universities alleging excessive fees were paid out of their sponsored retirement plans. José M. Jara provides an ERISA overview, examines recent decisions, and advises on how to mitigate these risks.

I don’t know what I consented to!

In late January 2019, the French Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) (in English, the National Data Protection Commission) imposed a significant financial penalty of 50M € ($57M) against Google for violations of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. The CNIL found that Google’s knowing and continuing violations of the transparency, accessibility, and consent obligations in the GDPR justified a large fine.

Are You Ready for March 1st?

On March 1, 2019, the two-year implementation period under the New York State Department of Financial Services (“DFS”) Cybersecurity Regulation, 23 NYCRR 500 (the “Regulation”), will expire and the final requirement (third party service providers) will become effective.

CKR Law Selected as Counsel in Giga Watt, Inc. Bankruptcy Case

CKR Law LLP is happy to report that its Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group was selected this week as counsel to the Chapter 11 Trustee in the Giga Watt, Inc. bankruptcy case. The selection is approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Washington. Pamela M. Egan will lead the team.

CKR Law Selected as Counsel to Creditors' Committee in Centerstone Linen Services Bankruptcy Case

CKR Law LLP is proud to report that its Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Group was selected this week as counsel to the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Centerstone Linen Services, LLC, d/b/a Clarus Linen Systems bankruptcy cases. The selection is pending approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York.

Ripple XRP Price Prediction for 2019

Ripple (XRP) is one of the top decentralized blockchain-based multidimensional platforms. It serves as a direct solution to vulnerabilities in the system of cross-border remittance and the general transference of money from a sending point to a receiving one.

SEC Releases 2019 Regulatory and Examination Priorities

On December 20, 2018, the Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations ("OCIE") of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") published its 2019 Examination Priorities. OCIE oversees investment advisers, mutual funds and exchange-traded funds, broker-dealers, transfer agents, clearing agencies, national securities exchanges, municipal advisors, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA"), the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board ("MSRB"), the Securities Investor Protection Corporation ("SIPC") and the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board ("PCAOB").

CKR Law LLP Announced As Winner of the 13th Annual Turnaround Awards

The M&A Advisor announced the winners of the 13th Annual Turnaround Awards on Thursday, December 20th. CKR Law LLP was named winner of the Financial Deals of the Year Award. The awards will be presented at a Black Tie Gala on Thursday, March 28th at The Colony Hotel, Palm Beach, FL.

A Closer Look At New Calif. Pension Fund Climate Law

Landmark new California legislation signed into law on Sept. 23, 2018, and going into effect Jan. 1, 2019, requires the two largest pension funds in the country with over $550 billion in combined assets under management — the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS, and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System, or CalSTRS — to publicly report on their climate-related financial risks every three years starting in 2019.

FINRA Releases its Annual Report on Examination Findings for 2018

December 21, 2018 The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (“FINRA”) issued its Report on FINRA Examination Findings for 2018 (the “Report”) on December 7, 2018. In the Report, FINRA notes that its examination, surveillance and risk monitoring programs of registered broker-dealers are critical in the furtherance of FINRA’s mission of investor protection and ensuring the integrity of financial markets.