Eccleston Law News and Updates

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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Finra Sanctions Ex-LPL Broker Over ‘Outside’ Notary Biz

June 17th, 2021 at 1:27 PM
Finra is “laser-focused” on brokers’ unreported outside business activities, according to James Eccleston, a lawyer in Chicago who often represents brokers.
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Eccleston Law Launches Search to Hire Additional Attorneys Nationwide

April 15th, 2021 at 12:37 PM
The needs of financial advisors for legal services never have been greater.  Advisors have come to realize that they cannot rely upon counsel provided by their firms, due to inherent conflicts of interest.
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Just Saying “No” to Firm-Provided and Conflicted Legal Counsel in Your Transition may avoid problems later

April 14th, 2021 at 3:55 PM
Our recently filed court case of Armstrong and Kiefner vs. Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, and Michael Taaffe alleges behavior that financial advisors should be aware of in considering whether or not they should have agreed to be represented by legal counsel selected/referred by their new firm in connection with their employment transition.
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Affidavit of Merit Received in Eccleston Law’s $25 Million Legal Malpractice Action

April 1st, 2021 at 9:36 AM
Affidavit of Merit Received in Eccleston Law’s $25 Million Legal Malpractice Action On Behalf of Transitioning Morgan Stanley Advisors Who Retained Michael Taaffe and the Shumaker Loop Firm
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