Eccleston Law News and Updates

Attorney Eccleston Quoted in Barron's Article

November 1st, 2023 at 9:46 AM
Attorney Jim Eccleston was recently quoted in a Barron's Article on Goldman Sachs' intent to pursue arbitration after dozens of advisors left the firm following the announcement that its Personal Financial Management unit was being sold to Creative Planning. 
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Welcome Attorney Anthony Bingham

June 26th, 2023 at 9:47 AM
Eccleston Law, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Attorney Anthony Bingham, expanding the firm’s practice representing financial advisors and investors to Arizona.
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RIAs Increasingly Rely on Non-Competes Borrowed From Broker-Dealers

December 22nd, 2022 at 12:15 PM
Registered investment advisory firms (RIAs) have borrowed a legal tactic from the broker-dealer space, as RIAs increasingly take defectors to court with allegations of non-compete clause violations, according to a recent article published by AdvisorHub. 
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Eccleston Law LLC Investigates Fallout at Firms Fined by the SEC Over Electronic Communications

December 16th, 2022 at 1:34 PM
The SEC charged several broker-dealers with failure to maintain and preserve electronic communications, including text messages, assessing over $1 billion in fines.  According to the SEC press release, “The firms admitted the facts set forth in their respective SEC orders, acknowledged that their conduct violated recordkeeping provisions of the federal securities laws, agreed to pay combined penalties of more than $1.1 billion, and have begun implementing improvements to their compliance policies and procedures to settle these matters.”
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Morgan Stanley Seeks to Send Brokers’ Deferred Comp Lawsuit to Arbitration

July 18th, 2022 at 3:33 PM
Morgan Stanley has asked a federal court to stay a proposed class action lawsuit related to its deferred compensation plan and compel 12 of its former brokers who filed the suit to arbitrate their claims.
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Eccleston Law LLC Investigates Recovery Options for NRIA Investors

June 23rd, 2022 at 8:33 AM
Headquartered in Secaucus, NJ, National Realty Investment Advisors (NRIA) recently declared bankruptcy amid investor redemption requests, federal and state investigations, and unsustainable debt.    
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More Ex-Morgan Stanley FAs Demand Deferred Comp — in Arbitration

March 30th, 2022 at 10:02 AM
Eccleston Law is representing 10 ex-Morgan Stanley advisors in their claim over forfeited deferred compensation which was filed last week with FINRA.    
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Morgan Stanley Hit With Another Deferred Compensation Claim

March 29th, 2022 at 12:18 PM
Morgan Stanley’s legal woes over its withholding of deferred compensation from brokers who leave for another firm are multiplying. Attorney James Eccleston stressed that a threat still persists in the federal proposed class action that Morgan Stanley will persuade the court to compel the plaintiffs to arbitrate.          
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DocuSign Use Dooms “Swath” of LPL Brokers

February 17th, 2022 at 10:04 AM
LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer by its sales force of close to 20,000, is terminating “a swath of brokers” over allegations related to their use of electronic signature software DocuSign, according to a lawyer and a recruiter working with affected brokers.
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Opinion: Three Ways Regulators Throw Advisors Under the Bus

July 7th, 2021 at 1:23 PM
Financial services is the only industry where you are guilty after being found innocent.
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February 21, 2024
SEC Alleges Fraud Against Morgan Stanley and Former Executive in Block Trading Business

As reported by the Wall Street Journal, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has charged Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC and its former head of equity syndicate desk, Pawan Passi, with a multi-year fraud involving the disclosure of confidential information related to block trades.

February 20, 2024
Challenges Persist: Firms Struggle to Comply with Regulation Best Interest

FINRA's annual report for 2024 reveals a concerning trend among broker-dealers, with numerous instances of violations of Regulation Best Interest (Reg BI).

February 19, 2024
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During a two-year-old targeted examination, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has identified potential violations in 70 percent of broker-dealers' communications about cryptocurrencies.