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FINRA targets non-attorneys representing clients in arbitration

The Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association has known of a troublesome arbitration-linked fact for some time. So too have proven securities law attorneys who diligently represent clients in private arbitration matters before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

A look at seminal study’s conclusions regarding FINRA arbitrations

Talk about exhaustive research that can’t easily be called into question. A team of researchers who recently published a paper on FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority) arbitration buttressed the validity of their results through research spanning nearly 9,000 decisions rendered by approximately 8,000 arbitrators.

SEC Sues Elon Musk Over his Tweets to Take Tesla Private

On September 27, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") sued Tesla CEO, Elon Musk ("Musk"), alleging his August tweets about being prepared to take his Tesla private at a much higher price than its stock at the time were baseless assertions and violated federal securities laws.

A look at Finra-overseen securities arbitration

As an investor, how do you resolve a material dispute with your financial adviser and/or securities brokerage? Where do you turn for help if you reasonably suspect that one or more professsionals you justifiably rely upon have defrauded you through illegal behavior?

SEC Alleges Two Brokers Made $4.6 Million Through High-Frequency Trading Fraud

On September 7, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filed two federal lawsuits on accusing New York-based brokers, Emil Botvinnik ("Botvinnik") and Jovannie Aquino ("Aquino"), of violating the anti-fraud provisions of the federal securities law and earning a combined $4.6 million through excessive high-frequency trading.

Citigroup 401(k) Plan Committee to Settle Mismanagement Suit for $6.9 Million

Members of the class of participants in the Citigroup Inc. ("Citigroup") 401(k) retirement plan are finalizing a $6.9 million settlement to conclude an Employee Retirement Income Security Act ("ERISA") suit alleging the committees charged with managing the plan selected funds associated with Citigroup over less expensive options.

Former Equifax Employee Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading Accusations

On July 23, 2018, Sudhakar Reddy Bonthu ("Bonthu"), a 44-year-old former software development manager at Equifax Inc. ("Equifax"), pled guilty to a single count of insider trading in the Northern District of Georgia. Bonthu is accused of leveraging his inside information about the credit reporting company's massive data breach to earn over $70,000.

Class of Investors Certified in Stock Suit Against Twitter

On July 16, 2018, Northern District of California Judge Jon S. Tigar granted class certification to a group of investors who purchased shares of Twitter Inc. ("Twitter" or the "Company") between February 6, 2015, and July 28, 2015 (the "Class Period"), in a case alleging that Twitter exaggerated its user engagement, resulting in an almost 15 percent drop in its stock shares in a single day.