FINRA Panel Renders $50+ Million Award Against Hedge Fund and Execs
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

As widely reported in the media, a former D.E. Shaw money manager prevailed to the tune of $52.1 million in his defamation claim against the firm and four senior executives.

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Consumer Coalition to SEC: Look Into RIA Use of PDAAs Calling for Non-FINRA Arbitration
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A broad coalition of a dozen consumer advocacy groups – including PIABA – has written to the SEC. urging that the Commission investigate the use by RIAs of mandatory predispute arbitration agreements (“PDAA”) providing for the use of non-SRO arbitration fora,

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Former Merrill Broker Hit with a $7.5 Million Award Months After Release From Prison
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

As widely reported in the media, a former Merrill Lynch broker, who had earlier this year been released from prison after serving a three-plus year sentence resulting from his misconduct,

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Alabama Securities Commission Moves to Vacate FINRA Expungement Award for Procedural Improprieties
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By Harry A. Jacobowitz, Esq.*

In a timely move, the Alabama Securities Commission (“ASC”) raises serious questions about the procedure employed in a recent FINRA expungement proceeding,

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SEC’s Division of Examinations Releases 2022 Exam Priorities – Dispute Resolution Again Not on the List
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By George H. Friedman, SAA Publisher & Editor-in-Chief

The SEC’s Division of Examinations (“DOE”) has issued its exam priorities for 2022. Once again,

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Raiding Award Features Dueling Explanations of Split Decision
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by Harry A. Jacobowitz

A 35-page explained Award in a raiding case resulted in an award in excess of $18 million against the respondents,

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