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|New York Puts Assets in Foreign Bank Branches Beyond the Reach of Judgment Creditors|
Lee A. Armstrong, Sevan Ogulluk; Jones Day;
December 16, 2014, previously published on November 2014Two weeks ago, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision of great importance to global financial institutions. For the first time, the state's highest court confirmed that New York common law prevents a court from freezing a civil judgment debtor's assets held in foreign bank accounts....
|Florida Court Casts Doubt on Ability to Rely on Account Histories of Prior Note Holders and Servicers|
Craig S. Barnett, Avi Benayoun, Michele L. Stocker; Greenberg Traurig, LLP;
November 28, 2014, previously published on November 13, 2014On Oct. 13, 2014, the First District Court of Appeal issued a significant decision in Burdeshaw v. The Bank of New York Mellon, et al., -- So. 3d -- (Fla. 1st DCA Oct. 13, 2014) which now calls into question whether a note purchaser can rely on the business records of prior note holders and...
|Recent Judgment Handed Down in Swaps Litigation|
Richard Caird, Sam Coulthard, Alexandra Doucas; Dentons Canada LLP;
November 17, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014In the continuing march of swaps litigation, each new judgment handed down represents a fresh carcass over whose bones those involved in such litigation inevitably pick for insights as to how future cases are likely to be decided. The recent judgment in the Crestsign litigation may well prompt the...
|Pontiac General Employees Retirement System v. Healthways, Inc.: Delaware Chancery Court Declines to Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims Against Directors and Aiding and Abetting Claims Against Lender in Connection with Dead Hand Change of Control Provision in Credit Agreement|
Francis J. Aquila, Audra D. Cohen, H. Rodgin Cohen, Mitchell S. Eitel, John E. Estes; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 27, 2014In a bench ruling issued on October 14, 2014, the Delaware Court of Chancery (VC Laster) declined to dismiss fiduciary duty claims against the directors of Healthways, Inc. (“Healthways”) and an aiding and abetting claim against SunTrust Bank (“SunTrust”), the lender...
|New York’s Highest Court Endorses Application of “Separate Entity Rule” to International Banks: Landmark Ruling by Court of Appeals Confirms that Service of Asset Freeze Order on New York Branch of International Bank Does Not Reach Overseas Branches|
Bruce E. Clark, Justin J. DeCamp, Robert J. Giuffra, Sharon L. Nelles, Bradley P. Smith; Sullivan & Cromwell LLP;
November 14, 2014, previously published on October 23, 2014In Motorola Credit Corporation v. Standard Chartered Bank, the New York Court of Appeals confirmed that the separate entity rule, which has existed for nearly 100 years, remains a valid rule of law. Specifically, the Court of Appeals held that “a judgment creditor’s service of a...
|Massachusetts Treasurer Demands National Mutual Fund Records in Multistate Unclaimed Property Audit|
Sutherland Asbill Brennan LLP;
October 14, 2014, previously published on October 8, 2014Late this summer, the Massachusetts Treasurer demanded mutual fund records on a nationwide basis as part of a multistate unclaimed property audit. Thirty-five (35) states are involved in the audit, but the Treasurer has sought records pertaining to all fifty (50) states.
|Yet Again, the Supreme Court Narrows Patent Eligibility, This Time Targeting Computer-Related Inventions|
Bruce D. Sunstein; Sunstein Kann Murphy & Timbers LLP;
October 10, 2014, previously published on July 1, 2014In the wake of its decisions denying eligibility for patent protection to diagnostic procedures (Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, 2012), and isolated genomic DNA (Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, 2013), the Supreme Court has denied patent eligibility to...
|Supreme Court of Canada Rules that Provincial Consumer Protection Laws Apply to Bank-Issued Credit Cards|
Suhuyini Abudulai; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
October 9, 2014, previously published on October 1, 2014On September 19, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada (the “SCC”) released its long-awaited decision in Bank of Montreal v. Marcotte and two companion cases (Amex Bank of Canada v. Adams and Marcotte v. Fédération des caisses Desjardins du Québec). Significantly, the...
|Debt Collectors Beware: Venue Provision of FDCPA Reinterpreted|
Brian C. Langs, Joseph R. Marconi; Johnson & Bell, Ltd.;
October 8, 2014, previously published on September 2014In Suesz v. Med-1 Solutions, LLC, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 12562 (7th Cir. 2014), the Seventh Circuit recently reinterpreted the venue provision of the federal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (“FDCPA”). The issue for the court was whether township small claims courts in Marion County,...
|Edgeworth: Commercial Reasonableness in Receivership Proceedings|
Seema Aggarwal, Jane Dietrich, Shayne Kukulowicz; Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP;
September 24, 2014, previously published on September 17, 2014Recently, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice released a decision regarding amending a receivership order and re-allocating the proceeds of sale in a receivership proceeding (Romspen v Edgeworth, 2014 ONSC 4340). The effect of the decision is to confirm that, notwithstanding any final orders made...