SEC Reaches $137M Settlement With Bank Of America Subsidiary In Municipal Bond Investigation

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A former subsidiary of Bank of America Corp. that is now part of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith LLP on Dec. 7 agreed to a $137 million settlement of a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation into allegations of bid rigging during the investment of proceeds...

COMMISSION NAMES ADVISER AND FINDER IN FRAUD ACTION

The SEC filed an action against a Texas and Mexico based unregistered investment adviser, Jorge Gomez, charging that he misappropriated millions of dollars from one client. The Commission's complaint also named as a defendant the broker and investment adviser for whom he acted as a "finder,"...

Southern District of California Holds that Professional Liability Carrier Breached Its Duty to Defend Because the Underlying Action Alleged Both Non-Covered Professional Services and Potentially Covered Professional Services

Isaacs v. Chartis Specialty Ins. Co. , 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 44053 (S.D. Cal. Mar. 31, 2014), [ enhanced enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. In Isaacs , the district court held that the insurer breached its duty to defend an underlying action alleging that the insureds were negligent...

Fourth Circuit Limits Liability under Maryland Mortgage Finder’s Fee Act

By Daniel J. Tobin, Alan S. Kaplinsky, Richard J. Andreano, John D. Socknat, and Michael S. Waldron In two recent opinions, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit substantially limited the potential scope of liability under the Maryland Finder’s Fee Act, [ enhanced version available...