FTC Sends Warning Letters to CBD Companies Advertising Treatments for Serious Diseases

FTC Sends Warning Letters to CBD Companies Advertising Treatments for Serious Diseases

The FTC announced today that it sent letters to multiple companies that sell CBD products, waring them that claims they made regarding CBD violate federal law.  These “warning letters” state that it is illegal to advertise that a product can prevent, treat, or cure human disease without competent and reliable scientific evidence to support such

CFTC and CME Charge Trader for Violations Related to Live Cattle Futures

CFTC and CME Charge Trader for Violations Related to Live Cattle Futures

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) issued an Order filing and settling charges against Nathan Harris, a registered trader, for fraud, unauthorized trading, and violating speculative position limits in live cattle futures contracts. It’s alleged that between January 2012 and August 2014, Harris engaged in fraud and unauthorized trading by

California’s College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Bill Amended to Prohibit Conflicts Between Athlete Contracts and University Contracts

California’s College Athlete Name, Image, and Likeness Bill Amended to Prohibit Conflicts Between Athlete Contracts and University Contracts

As it continues to move closer to becoming law, SB 206, the pending California bill that would allow college athletes to be compensated for the use of their names, images, and likenesses (NILs), has been amended.  Specifically, yesterday’s amendment states that an athlete cannot enter into a contract that provides compensation for the use of

Federal Judge Denies NCAA’s Request for Evidence Gathered in Connection with FBI’s College Basketball Investigation

Federal Judge Denies NCAA’s Request for Evidence Gathered in Connection with FBI’s College Basketball Investigation

In a development that likely hinders the NCAA’s ongoing investigations into several high-profile men’s basketball programs, a federal judge has denied the NCAA’s request seeking certain materials gathered by the FBI during its college basketball investigation and used during the subsequent trial. The NCAA was seeking 24 trial exhibits and an unredacted copy of a

FinCEN Adds Global Investigations Division to Combat Overseas Money Laundering

FinCEN Adds Global Investigations Division to Combat Overseas Money Laundering

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (“FinCEN”) unveiled its Global Investigations Division (“GID”), which will be responsible for both domestic and international investigation under the Bank Secrecy Act (“BSA”). GID will utilize FinCEN’s BSA authorities to investigate and target terrorist finance and money laundering threats, and GID will work with foreign counterparts to coordinate actions against

Latest Sealed Filings in CFTC v. Kraft Imply a CFTC Appeal

Latest Sealed Filings in CFTC v. Kraft Imply a CFTC Appeal

Yesterday, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) filed a motion with the court in CFTC v. Kraft and Mondelez (15-2881 N.D. Ill.) to vacate its order setting an evidentiary hearing or, in the alternative, stay the matter pending appellate review.  It also requested an enlargement to the briefing page limitations. The motions were filed under

FDA Guidance on CBD Products Expedited to Fall

FDA Guidance on CBD Products Expedited to Fall

The FDA could begin enforcement actions against companies that manufacture, market, or sell CBD products as soon as this fall.  Previously, the FDA indicated that it was “expediting” its efforts to develop a comprehensive approach to CBD, which it hoped to release by fall. Last week, the head of the FDA’s division on CBD policy

In an Unusual Agreement, Kraft and Mondelez Consents to $16 Million Penalty for Futures Manipulation with the CFTC

In an Unusual Agreement, Kraft and Mondelez Consents to $16 Million Penalty for Futures Manipulation with the CFTC

The CFTC action against Kraft and Mondelez for manipulation of the wheat futures markets is over. Yesterday, Kraft and Mondelez agreed to a $16 million civil monetary penalty and an injunction against future manipulative actions. Interestingly, the CFTC cannot comment on the action because it agreed to the following provision in the consent order: “Neither

Kansas Department of Revenue issues notice requiring any seller providing goods or certain services in Kansas to register, collect and remit state sales tax beginning October 1, 2019

Kansas Department of Revenue issues notice requiring any seller providing goods or certain services in Kansas to register, collect and remit state sales tax beginning October 1, 2019

On August 1, 2019, Kansas issued Notice 19-04 that requires any remote seller, regardless of physical presence, to register, collect and remit sales taxes on any sales of tangible personal property and/or certain services in Kansas. This notice interpreted K.S.A. 79-3702(h)(1)(F) “to the fullest extent permitted by the law.” As provided in the Notice, “Kansas

Citibank Unit fined $1.25 Million Fine for Poor Background Check Procedures

Citibank Unit fined $1.25 Million Fine for Poor Background Check Procedures

According to FINRA, Citigroup’s brokerage unit, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc., failed in running background checks on at least 10,400 non-registered associated persons, which led to three individuals who’d been convicted of crimes working for the firm. Federal securities laws require broker-dealers to fingerprint associated persons working in a non-registered capacity before or upon association with