New DOL Fiduciary Rule is Final
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) final fiduciary rule has been published; it goes into effect September 23.

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SEC Investor Advocate Recommends Halt on RIA Arbitration Clause Use
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The SEC Office of the Investor Advocate has issued a report recommending that predispute arbitration agreement (“PDAA”) use by investment advisers be studied and that in the meantime PDAA use be suspended.

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PIABA Issues Updated Expungement Report
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

On the heels of the October 16 effective date of a number of rule amendments affecting the expungement of customer dispute information,

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FINRA Issues Long-Awaited Regulatory Notice in the Highly Restrictive 2023 Expungement Rule Changes
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By Harry A. Jacobowitz, Esq.

The Notice announces an effective date of October 16, 2023 for the new, restrictive rules, beginning a countdown for the last chance to preserve the opportunity to expunge many customer complaints from the Central Records Depository (CRD).

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Ex-Morgan Stanley Broker Asks Court to Invalidate His Promissory Note, Objects to Arbitration of Dispute
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By Harry A. Jacobowitz, Esq.

 A former financial advisor at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (“MSSB”) has filed a complaint in federal court with implications for the enforceability of promissory notes for MSSB loans to California-based brokers.

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Expungement Update: Few Comments on Amended Proposal. PIABA and NASAA Supportive, But SIFMA Urges Disapproval
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The comment period closed December 7 on FINRA’s proposed changes to its expungement rule filing.

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