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SEC charges $54 million Louisiana RIA and owners for cherry-picking scheme

September 20, 2018

The Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday charged a Louisiana-based advisory firm and its two owners — a husband and wife — for defrauding clients via a cherry-picking scheme perpetuated over several years. World Tree Financial...

Universal life insurance lawsuits underscore product risk

September 19, 2018

Lawsuits filed against insurers in recent years for their practices around universal life insurance policies highlight the risks these products can pose to unwary financial advisers and clients. Transamerica Life Insurance Co., AXA Equitable...

How to keep your 401(k) clients out of court

September 10, 2018

While 401(k) lawsuits show no sign of letting up, the man at the forefront of class-action retirement plan litigation foresees a day when this will change. "Ultimately, it may be that 401(k) cases end because [retirement plan] sponsors change...

A market sell-off could mean more 401(k) lawsuits

September 10, 2018

The current bull market is nearly 10 years old. Unemployment is low in many industries, there are more 401(k) millionaires than ever before and wage growth is looking up. Anyone saving in a 401(k) is likely doing pretty well right now. However,...

Star broker, now at Morgan Stanley, alleges sexual discrimination at UBS

September 7, 2018

Christine Carona was a star broker at UBS Group AG. In the Boston office, she managed more than $300 million and was a member of the President's Council, an elite club for top producers. So it was headline news in the trade press when Morgan...

JPMorgan Chase reaches settlement in race case

September 4, 2018

As racial diversity tumbles on Wall Street, JPMorgan Chase & Co. has reached a settlement with financial advisers who say they were treated poorly because they're black. Six current and former employees at the largest U.S. bank filed what they...

Former Wells Fargo broker could face 15 years in prison for embezzlement

August 16, 2018

A former Wells Fargo adviser, who was barred from the industry in 2015, is facing felony embezzlement charges for allegedly stealing more than $500,000 from a trust fund he was overseeing. David Homan of Saginaw, Mich., could face up to 15 years...

Deutsche Bank settles 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $21.9 million

August 15, 2018

Deutsche Bank has reached a $21.9 million settlement in a lawsuit alleging the investment bank enriched itself at the expense of its employees by loading its company 401(k) plan with proprietary funds. Deutsche's settlement, which still needs...

Finra panel awards clients $5 million for churning, but from defunct brokerage

August 14, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has slapped a defunct New York brokerage firm with a $5 million fine related to excessive account trading — churning — in what was supposed to be a conservative investment strategy. The challenge...

Ed Butowsky plans to serve Schwab with $100 million lawsuit Monday

August 10, 2018

Now that financial adviser Ed Butowsky has put two major defamation lawsuits behind him, he is refocusing his efforts on suing Charles Schwab Corp. for kicking his advisory practice off its custodian platform in January. Mr. Butowsky, managing...

Citigroup reaches $6.9 million settlement in 401(k) lawsuit

August 6, 2018

Citigroup Inc. has reached a $6.9 million settlement with plaintiffs in a more than decade old lawsuit alleging the financial services firm stuffed its retirement plan with expensive in-house investments, thereby enriching the company at the...

Appeals court upholds dismissal of Wells Fargo 401(k) lawsuit

August 6, 2018

A federal appeals court in St. Louis upheld a U.S. District Court judge's dismissal of an ERISA breach claim against Wells Fargo & Co. by a participant in the company's 401(k) plan, who alleged fiduciaries could have offered a better-performing...

Ohio brokerage tries to buck Finra settlement

August 6, 2018

After agreeing last month to pay a $275,000 arbitration settlement related to the actions of a rogue broker, Westminster Financial Securities is employing a unique legal strategy to renege on the award, according to the lawyer representing the...

Exonerated in defamation suits, Ed Butowsky is out for blood

August 6, 2018

The dismissal last week of two lawsuits against Plano, Texas-based financial adviser Ed Butowsky has not yet taken the form of a warm and fuzzy feeling. "Anybody who did anything negative to me as a result of the lawsuit will pay," Mr. Butowsky...

Wells Fargo to pay $2 billion settlement to end loan probe

August 1, 2018

Ten years after faulty mortgages upended the global financial system, Wells Fargo & Co. agreed to pay $2.09 billion to settle a U.S. probe into its creation and sale of loans that contributed to the disaster. The long-anticipated penalty, announced...

Whistleblower claims she was fired for raising red flags about broker-dealer's alternative investments

August 1, 2018

A former compliance executive for a broker-dealer has filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the firm, Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments Inc., alleging she was fired days after she called securities regulators over concerns about the firm's...

Fidelity seeks injunction against rep who oversaw $2.7 billion

July 31, 2018

Fidelity Brokerage Services has asked a U.S. District Court in Connecticut for an injunction against a former broker, Laurence Rollins, for allegedly taking confidential information, including client names and addresses, with him when he left...

NYU beats back Jerry Schlichter and 403(b) lawsuit

July 31, 2018

A federal judge on Tuesday ruled in favor of New York University in a lawsuit alleging the university charged excessive fees in its retirement plan. According to NYU employees represented by the law firm Schlichter Bogard & Denton, NYU's retirement...

Appeals court says university cannot force ERISA lawsuits into arbitration

July 25, 2018

A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the University of Southern California cannot compel participants in two retirement plans to accept arbitration rather than proceed with a trial to address ERISA complaints against university fiduciaries....

Judge dismisses amended complaint in Wells Fargo stock-drop case

July 24, 2018

A U.S. District Court judge in Minneapolis dismissed for the second time a lawsuit by participants in the 401(k) plan of Wells Fargo & Co., saying plaintiffs failed to prove their complaints of fiduciary breaches regarding the management of...

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