Massachusetts Secretary Asks Schwab to Reconsider Forced FINRA Arbitrations

We posted a blog entitled FINRA’s Ruling in Charles Schwab Case “Kills” Customer Class Actions, which detailed FINRA hearing panel’s decision to uphold Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.’s use of securities arbitration agreements that force customers to bring all disputes into FINRA arbitration forums, and effectively precluding customers from pursuing class claims. On February 26,…

FINRA Appeals Loss in Schwab Class Action Waiver Dismissal

On February 22, 2013 we posted a blog entitled FINRA’s Ruling in Charles Schwab Case “Kills” Customer Class Actions, which detailed FINRA hearing panel’s decision to uphold Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.’s use of arbitration agreements that force customers to bring all disputes into FINRA arbitration forums, and effectively precluding customers from pursuing class claims.…

Former Life-Settlement Executives Sentenced to 10-Years in Prison for Ponzi Scheme

Howard G. Judah and Gergory F. Jablonski, former executives at National Life Settlements LLC, were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for their parts in a $30 million investment scheme that utilized insurance agents to sell products. In 2009, the Texas Securities Board uncovered their securities fraud and selling of unregistered securities. They have…

FINRA’s Ruling in Charles Schwab Case “Kills” Customer Class Actions

On February 21, 2013, a FINRA hearing panel dismissed two of three causes in a February 2012 complaint against Charles Schwab & Company. The complaint focused on Charles Schwab’s amendment to its customer agreements to prohibit customers from bringing class actions in court. FINRA brought its disciplinary proceeding that alleged that the provision violated FINRA’s…