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Seller of alternative investments in fight over car dealerships

February 5, 2018

One of the current leading sellers of illiquid, high-commission alternative investments through independent broker-dealers, GPB Capital Holdings, is in the middle of an ugly dispute with a former business partner who allegedly recently reneged...

In case of Ariel v. Ariel, the little Ariel triumphs

February 2, 2018

A federal appeals court in Illinois has reversed a lower court's decision that Florida-based RIA Ariel Capital Advisors had infringed on the trademarks of Chicago-based Ariel Investments, an asset manager. In March, a federal court in Chicago...

Morgan Stanley sued for racial bias

February 1, 2018

A former Morgan Stanley wealth manager sued the bank, saying he was terminated following a "campaign of harassment," even after the settlement a decade ago of a class-action discrimination lawsuit. The suit was filed in federal court in New...

Securities class-action lawsuits set record in 2017, report finds

January 31, 2018

The number of federal securities class-action lawsuits filed in 2017 reached a record high for the second straight year, due to a sharp increase in suits targeting mergers and acquisitions, according to a report released Tuesday by Cornerstone...

Capital Group, sponsor of American Funds, wins 401(k) lawsuit

January 26, 2018

Capital Group, which sponsors the American Funds brand of investment products, has won a lawsuit alleging the company profited at the expense of its employees by loading its 401(k) plan with costly in-house funds. The decision was sure to be...

Finra arbitrators award $878,712 to broker wrongfully terminated by Ameriprise

January 24, 2018

Finra arbitrators awarded $878,712 to a broker who they found was wrongfully fired by Ameriprise Financial Services Inc., but the victor will continue to serve a Finra suspension over a related investigation until April. The Financial Industry...

Why 401(k) advisers should be aware of contractual language limitations

January 18, 2018

As counsel for investment managers and investment advisers, we endeavor to draft documents precisely, making clear the obligations of our clients and seeking to limit their exposures to the extent permissible by the Employee Retirement Income...

Legislation would make it harder for investors to sue mutual funds over high fees

January 17, 2018

[Update: On Jan. 18, the House Financial Services Committee approved the Mutual Fund Litigation Reform Act, 31-25.] Legislation that would make it more difficult for investors to sue mutual fund companies for excessive fees was poised to advance...

In rare move, investment adviser named as defendant in NYU retirement plan case

January 16, 2018

In an unusual turn of events, the investment adviser to New York University's retirement plan has been named as a co-defendant in litigation attacking the plan's allegedly excessive fees. Plaintiffs contend the adviser, Cammack LaRhette Advisors,...

Supreme Court review of SEC judges could roil pending cases

January 16, 2018

A Supreme Court case on the Securities and Exchange Commission's use of internal judges could put into limbo more than 100 pending enforcement actions but may not end the agency's ability to adjudicate such matters on its home court. On Jan....

Supreme Court to review appointment of SEC's in-house judges

January 12, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether the Securities and Exchange Commission's in-house judges were appointed in violation of the Constitution, agreeing to hear a case that could upend administrative hearing systems across the federal government....

Morgan Stanley and adviser win lawsuit over annuity distribution

January 8, 2018

Morgan Stanley has prevailed in a lawsuit alleging the company and one of its advisers acted negligently when it told clients to take a particular type of annuity distribution, which cost the clients nearly $300,000 in tax liabilities. While...

Allianz agrees to settle 401(k) fee lawsuit for $12 million

January 2, 2018

Allianz has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit alleging it peppered its company 401(k) plan with dozens of high-cost, in-house funds. Participants in the 401(k) plan originally brought the suit, Urakhchin v. Allianz Asset Management...

Ex-Smith Barney broker who needed new heart in fight with Morgan Stanley over clients

December 19, 2017

When Douglas Garban left Salomon Smith Barney in 2003 with a debilitating heart condition that ultimately led to a heart transplant, he claims he had an agreement with a fellow broker who took over his book of business that they would split...

Industry opponents urge appeals court to rule on DOL fiduciary rule

December 11, 2017

Financial industry opponents of the Labor Department's fiduciary rule are urging an appeals court to rule on their case, despite the fact that major parts of the regulation won't be implemented until 2019. In a Dec. 8 letter to the U.S. Court...

Unions could be 'next frontier' for retirement plan litigation

December 1, 2017

Defined contribution plans for labor unions appear to be the newest target of retirement plan litigation, following the filing of a lawsuit that legal experts say is likely the first to attack a union for excessive fees. The lawsuit, Ybarra...

How to balance marketing and compliance

December 1, 2017

As InvestmentNews noted in its Sept. 14 article, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a risk alert based on the results of a 2016 exam (The Touting Initiative) that focused on common marketing and compliance missteps. The findings prompt...

Texas REIT sues hedge fund boss Kyle Bass

November 30, 2017

A troubled real estate development company in Texas, United Development Funding, on Tuesday filed a lawsuit against hedge fund boss Kyle Bass for making allegedly "false and disparaging statements" in 2015 conveying that various UDF real estate...

UBS broker-protocol exit shows independent channel is bleeding wirehouses of advisers

November 27, 2017

UBS Wealth Management America's decision to leave an industry agreement known as the protocol for broker recruiting is a clear indication that the large wirehouse firms are losing more brokers through attrition than they are gaining from recruiting,...

Filial laws put kids on the hook for parents' health-care costs

November 22, 2017

State laws known as filial responsibility laws have the potential to stick unwitting family members with relatives' hefty long-term-care costs. One of the best-known examples comes from a court case in Pennsylvania, in which a man was ordered...

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