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UBS sues Ohio National over lost variable annuity commissions

December 17, 2018

UBS has sued The Ohio National Life Insurance Co. and its subsidiaries for the insurer's new policy of ending adviser trail commissions on some variable annuity products. The wirehouse joins several other broker-dealers fighting the cessation...

New York adviser pleads guilty to $11.5 million Ponzi scheme

December 14, 2018

The president of a New York-based registered investment adviser pled guilty Thursday in federal court to stealing $11.5 million from investors in a Ponzi scheme, and now faces up to 25 years in prison. Hector May, president of Executive Compensation...

Finra fines Merrill $300,000 for failing to supervise rogue broker

December 14, 2018

Finra has fined Merrill Lynch $300,000 for failing to supervise the actions of rogue broker Eva Weinberg, who was employed by the wirehouse for one year in 2010. The fine is part of the lingering ripple effect of a series of court battles that...

Edward Jones settles 401(k) lawsuit for $3.2 million

December 13, 2018

Edward Jones will pay $3.2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging the firm enriched itself at the expense of employees through mismanagement of its company 401(k) plan. The lawsuit, which was filed in August 2016, claimed the brokerage firm stacked...

Waddell & Reed settles 401(k) lawsuit for $4.9 million

November 21, 2018

Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. is settling a lawsuit that alleges it loaded its company 401(k) plan with costly in-house investments by agreeing to pay nearly $5 million. The class-action lawsuit claimed the asset manager breached its fiduciary...

Cetera broker-dealers latest to file legal claim against Ohio National

November 21, 2018

This story has been updated to include additional information not available when originally published. The six broker-dealers in the Cetera Financial Group network have filed arbitration claims against Ohio National Life Insurance Co. and affiliates,...

Commonwealth files Finra arbitration, lawsuit against Ohio National for 'unlawful' VA scheme

November 15, 2018

Commonwealth Financial Network has brought both a lawsuit and Finra arbitration against Ohio National Life Insurance Co. for the alleged "unlawful scheme" orchestrated by the insurer involving variable annuity compensation. Ohio National shocked...

UBS reaches last leg of two largest court battles

November 9, 2018

UBS Group AG's two biggest legal cases in years are entering the final stretch in a test of CEO Sergio Ermotti's strategy of taking on French and U.S. authorities. The Swiss bank was hit with a long-expected U.S. fraud lawsuit that accused it...

Ex-Morgan Stanley broker sues firm for wrongful termination, smear campaign

November 9, 2018

A former Morgan Stanley broker is suing his ex-employer for what he claims was a calculated plan to destroy his career and take control of his clients. In a lawsuit filed Thursday with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc., 61-year-old...

Ohio National sued by broker-dealer Veritas over annuity trail commissions

November 8, 2018

Ohio National Financial Services Inc. and its affiliates have been sued by an independent broker-dealer, Veritas Independent Partners, over the insurer's recent termination of trail commissions on some variable annuities. In September, Ohio...

LPL broker sues Ohio National for 'unlawful' move on variable annuity compensation

November 6, 2018

A broker with LPL Financial has filed a class-action lawsuit against Ohio National Life Insurance Co. and two affiliates for the allegedly unlawful termination of trail commissions on certain variable annuity policies. Ohio National stunned...

Jackson National to settle 401(k) self-dealing lawsuit for $4.5 million

November 5, 2018

Jackson National Life Insurance Co. has reached a $4.5 million settlement in a self-dealing lawsuit that alleged the company profited at the expense of its employees by adding high-cost proprietary investment funds to its 401(k) plan. The settlement...

David Bach and Ric Edelman lock horns in cease-and-desist tit-for-tat

October 31, 2018

With financial services industry consolidation hitting record levels, it's only logical that breakups will also become more common, and some breakups are messier than others. The latest example is the ongoing tit-for-tat between David Bach and...

Morgan Stanley case shows how firms smear departing brokers

October 23, 2018

Dale Cebert was managing over $400 million for Morgan Stanley Smith Barney when the bank fired him. That wasn't the only blow. The bank also claimed he had drawn multiple customer complaints and run a side business without approval — allegations...

Ex-Wells Fargo brokers sue for damages, claiming they lost business in wake of scandals

October 18, 2018

Two brokers who left Wells Fargo Advisors at the start of the month have sued the firm, along with Wells Fargo Bank, alleging that the steady stream of scandals over the past two years at the bank and brokerage substantially damaged their business....

Ex-Wells Fargo broker complaint wins class action status in fight over deferred compensation

October 16, 2018

A federal judge has granted class action status to a lawsuit brought by a financial adviser who claimed Wells Fargo Advisors cheated him out of $200,000 in deferred compensation. The adviser, Robert Berry, worked at Wells Fargo Advisors and...

Fidelity sued again for 401(k) plan mismanagement

October 11, 2018

Fidelity Investments Inc. has been sued by participants in its company 401(k) plan for alleged self-dealing that caused the firm to profit at the expense of its employees saving for retirement. The lawsuit filed against Fidelity — Moitoso...

Transamerica pays $195 million to settle lawsuit over universal life insurance

October 4, 2018

Transamerica Life Insurance Co. will pay $195 million to settle a class-action lawsuit alleging the company improperly increased the monthly charges on 70,000 universal life insurance policies. According to Harvey Rosenfield, an attorney with...

Discrimination claim filed by ex-Morgan Stanley rep sent to arbitration

October 4, 2018

In February, a black former Morgan Stanley registered rep sued the wirehouse, saying he was terminated following a "campaign of harassment," even after the settlement a decade ago of a class-action discrimination lawsuit. A federal judge on...

Another 403(b) plan sponsor beats back fee lawsuit

October 1, 2018

Washington University in St. Louis has won the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging it caused employees participating in the school's 403(b) plan to pay excessive fees for record keeping and investment management. Judge Ronnie L. White, who oversaw...

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