Daily Archives: October 13, 2008, 4:31 pm

Law Firm Trend Watch: Financial Crisis Practice Groups Update (Foley & Lardner, Buchanan Ingersoll, Roetzel & Andress)

Our running list of law firms launching Financial Crisis practice groups and task forces grows daily.  The latest to add to the list are: Foley & Lardner: Foley launched a Financial Crisis Response Team on September 23, 2008.  The Team “enables corporations, financial service providers, and individuals to understand the implications and opportunities resulting from legislative and regulatory actions and…

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Australia: ASIC Brings $200 Million Action Against KPMG Related to Westpoint Group

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has sued KPMG for $200 million for alleged negligence in auditing collapsed Australian property empire Westpoint Group. The Age reports that the collapse of Westpoint in 2006 cost investors more than $300 million. ASIC brought the case under section 50 of the ASIC Act, which allows it to launch damages suits in the public…

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Stanford Law School’s “Global Class Actions Exchange”

Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse is well-known and for years has been an extremely useful information tool for anyone needing detailed information about securities class actions.  Less known, however, is a new website by Stanford Law School called the “Global Class Actions Exchange.” The GCAE contains detailed memoranda from attorneys and scholars from nearly 30 countries describing the…

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2008 SEC Enforcement Stats Boosted by Record Number of Deregistration Cases

The SEC is reportedly set to announce its second-highest number of enforcement actions ever in 2008, but a record number of “deregistration” cases in 2008 may cast some doubt on the significance are those numbers.  Read the post below on my Enforcement Action blog over at Compliance Week for the details. Read “The SEC’s September Surge, Part II: Boosting Stats…

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Ripples of WaMu Failure May Hit Deloitte

As previously discussed here, the high-profile failures of many Big 4 audit clients in the financial sector can mean greater litigation risk and the possible loss of a significant client engagement for auditors.  The collapse of Washington Mutual appears to be presenting both challenges to its auditor, Deloitte. The Puget Sound Business Journal reports that the demise of Washington Mutual…

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