The Department of Justice (DOJ) under President Joe Biden is widely expected to increase its focus on white collar enforcement actions against individuals and financial institutions. We anticipate that we will see, as we did in the Obama years, an uptick in actions relying on the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act (FIRREA). It has already been employed to address misconduct in connection with the government’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP): In January 2021, the DOJ announced a civil settlement with the borrower of a PPP loan for violations of FIRREA and the False Claims Act based on false statements … Read more
On July 7, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit offered significant guidance regarding the circuit’s class certification requirements in In re Petrobras Securities, No. 16-1914. In addressing an issue of first impression, the Second Circuit underscored the need to consider the individualized nature of determining whether a plaintiff engaged in a “domestic” securities transaction under the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank Ltd., 561 U.S. 247 (2010). The decision effectively creates an additional hurdle for plaintiffs seeking to certify a class of investors in nonexchange-traded securities.
In In re Petrobras … Read more