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March 11, 2019. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ ERISA Lawsuit Claims Fidelity Investments Took Secret Kickbacks ]
Boston, MA On February 21, 2019, Andre W. Wong, a participant in T-Mobile USA Inc.'s 401(k) plan, filed a class action ERISA lawsuit in Massachusetts District Court. The lawsuit may ultimately affect nearly every 401k plan participant in every plan that has offered investment options managed by Fidelity Investments since 2017. Wong v. FMR LLC lays out a complicated pay-to-play scheme (disarmingly and perhaps deceptively described in internal documents as “supermarket fees”).
December 12, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ SEI Investments Company Accused of Self-Dealing in 401(k) Mismanagement Lawsuit ]
Philadelphia, PA On September 28, 2018, Gordon Stevens filed a class action ERISA lawsuit claiming that his employer, SEI Investments Company, forced him and other SEI 401(k) plan participants into retirement investments that made money for the company, regardless of the employees’ own best interests.
October 15, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Read [ 401(k) Lawsuit Continues against Franklin Templeton ]
San Francisco, CA An ERISA pension plan lawsuit has survived numerous procedural challenges and will proceed as a class action against investment manager Franklin Templeton. Fernandez v. Franklin Resources Inc. claims that the fiduciaries in charge of managing the Franklin Templeton 401(k) Plan breached their duty to plan participants by causing the Plan to invest in funds offered and managed by Franklin Templeton, when better-performing and lower-cost funds choices were available. The motive was to benefit Franklin Templeton’s investment management business.
May 9, 2018. By Anne Wallace.
Atlanta, GA On April 12, 2018, two Home Depot 401(k) plan participants, Jaime Pizarro and Craig Smith, filed an ERISA lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Georgia. The complaint alleges that The Home Depot breached its duty to Plan participants in three ways: by choosing poorly-performing investment options, allowing investment advisors to charge unreasonable fees and ignoring a kickback scheme between an investment adviser and the plan’s record keeper. A nickel here, a buck and half there – it adds up.Read [ Home Depot Employees File ERISA Class Action Lawsuit over 401(k) Mismanagement ]
September 29, 2017. By Gordon Gibb.
Washington, DC: A former executive with a real estate investment trust who brought an SEC whistleblower lawsuit against his former employer has seen his case mushroom into a debate over protections for whistleblowers couched in the Dodd-Frank Act and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Also debated within the lawsuit, which has since been elevated to the US Supreme Court, is the relationship between the various provisions within Dodd-Frank / Sarbanes-Oxley, and those within the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).Read [ Is Fired Executive’s Case an SEC Whistleblower Lawsuit? Supreme Court to Decide ]
September 20, 2017. By Anne Wallace.
Washington, DC:. Insiders with information about securities fraud should know three important things before filing an SEC fraud whistleblower lawsuit:Read [ SEC Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits Fly under the Radar ]
July 19, 2017. By Lucy Campbell.
Santa Clara, CA: Sears Holding is facing an Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action lawsuit filed by employees who allege the company used its own stock as an investment option in the 401(k) plan, despite knowledge that the company was in in “extremely poor financial condition.”Read [ Sears Facing 401K Class Action Lawsuit ]
June 7, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC: Morgan Stanley has been ordered to pay $8.6 million in a stockbroker arbitration claim that alleged unauthorized trading. The award was given to Denis Doyle, who filed the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration after his accounts experienced a drastic decline in value. Although FINRA typically does not comment on its rulings, according to The Wall Street Journal (6/3/16), the panel cited financial elder abuse when it awarded $2 million in punitive damages.Read [ Morgan Stanley Ordered to Pay $8.6 Million ]
April 15, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
San Francisco, CA: California’s Attorney General Kamala Harris has filed a securities lawsuit against Morgan Stanley, related to mortgage-backed securities sold by Morgan Stanley. The lawsuit alleges Morgan Stanley failed to disclose important information about the quality of the investments, causing various state pension funds to lose hundreds of millions of dollars.Read [ California Files Securities Lawsuit against Morgan Stanley ]
February 17, 2016. By Heidi Turner.
Washington, DC: The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred two brokers from the securities industry after finding the brokers guilty of fraud related to their sale of the Prestige Wealth Management Fund, LP. The brokers reportedly consented to the entry of FINRA’s findings but neither admitted nor denied the claims of stockbroker fraud.Read [ FINRA Bars Two Stockbrokers ]
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- When a Car Recall Leads to a Securities Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Nov-14-15)
- FINRA Orders More Fines Linked to Puerto Rico Bonds By Heidi Turner (Oct-29-15)
- FINRA Orders UBS to Pay Almost $3M By Heidi Turner (Sep-10-15)
- FINRA Hands Out $2.3 Million Judgment against Morgan Stanley By Heidi Turner (Aug-18-15)
- FINRA Awards Couple $16.6 Million By Heidi Turner (Jul-16-15)
- FINRA Orders Millions in Stockbroker Arbitration Rulings By Heidi Turner (Jun-5-15)
- Supreme Court Rules In Favor of Employees in ERISA Class Action By Lucy Campbell (May-18-15)
- SEC Files Securities Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (May-7-15)
- Could Rule Change Stop Stockbroker Fraud? By Heidi Turner (Apr-13-15)
- FINRA Fines Increased in 2014 By Heidi Turner (Mar-7-15)
- ERISA Lawsuit to Be Heard by Supreme Court in February By Heidi Turner (Feb-6-15)
- Report: $1.3 Billion in Top ERISA Class-Action Settlements in 2014 By Heidi Turner (Jan-8-15)
- Labor Department Wins $4.7 Million in ERISA Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Dec-5-14)
- Supreme Court Petitioned to Hear Another ERISA Case By Heidi Turner (Nov-12-14)
- Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Stock Options Case By Heidi Turner (Oct-4-14)
- ERISA Turns 40 By Heidi Turner (Sep-17-14)
- Preliminary Approval of Settlement in Regions Morgan Keegan ERISA Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Aug-22-14)
- Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Prudence in ERISA Lawsuits By Heidi Turner (Jul-6-14)
- ERISA Lawsuits: DOL Taking Action against ERISA Violations By Heidi Turner (Jun-12-14)
- Boeing Faces ERISA Suit Linked to Autism Coverage By Heidi Turner (May-15-14)
- DOL Forces Advisor to Pay for ERISA Violations By Heidi Turner (Apr-15-14)
- Are Many ERISA Plans Being Run Improperly? By Heidi Turner (Mar-12-14)
- Puerto Rico Lawsuit Filed By Heidi Turner (Feb-3-14)
- Excessive Fees ERISA Lawsuit Filed against Fidelity By Heidi Turner (Feb-2-14)
- UBS Puerto Rico Closed-End Funds Lose $1.66 Billion Last Year By Gordon Gibb (Jan-24-14)
- UBS Puerto Rico Investors Look to 2014 By Heidi Turner (Jan-17-14)
- Supreme Court Sides with Plan in ERISA Lawsuit By Heidi Turner (Jan-3-14)
- Following Suit: Variable Annuities Litigation Update By Lucy Campbell (Dec-26-13)
- Will Buyback Offer Placate UBS Puerto Rico Closed-End Investors? By Gordon Gibb (Dec-26-13)
- Some UBS Puerto Rico Funds Reportedly Suffer Heavy Losses By Heidi Turner (Dec-14-13)
- Variable Annuities Not Necessarily Suitable for Everyone By Heidi Turner (Dec-11-13)
- ERISA Lawsuit Results in $99 Million Settlement By Heidi Turner (Dec-1-13)
- Variable Annuities Can Be a Minefield for the Elderly By Gordon Gibb (Nov-23-13)
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- Securities Lawyer: Securities Fraud Happens Every Day By Heidi Turner (Nov-12-13)
- Variable Annuities Might Be Unsuitable for Some Elderly Investors By Heidi Turner (Nov-7-13)
- Does ERISA Cover Your Health Insurance Complaint? By Heidi Turner (Nov-1-13)
- Securities Lawsuit Could Affect Future Securities Fraud Claims By Heidi Turner (Oct-25-13)