|Comments Off on U.S. Attorney announces that the Southern District of Indiana has collected 7.7 million dollars in criminal and civil actions in 2016

U.S. Attorney Josh J. Minkler recently announced that his federal office collected for the Southern District of Indiana a total of $7,707,955 in criminal and civil actions in fiscal year 2016

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|Comments Off on Whistleblower Tips, Recoveries on the Rise

Statutory enactments by federal financial regulatory and various state enforcement agencies have made it easier, safer and financially enticing for employees and former employees to report corporate wrongdoing.

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|Comments Off on Biz Group Loses Stay Bid In DOL Fiduciary Rule Challenge

A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday denied a renewed request by a financial services industry group to block the U.S. Department of Labor’s rule expanding the definition of a fiduciary for retirement account investment advisers, saying the court had already determined the DOL’s interpretation was reasonable.

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|Comments Off on FINRA Fines Ameriprise For Missing Fraudulent Transfers

Ameriprise Financial Services Inc. agreed Wednesday to pay a fine to settle the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s claims it failed to catch and stop a sales assistant who was siphoning cash from his relatives’ accounts, even though the firm had just improved its supervisory systems after a similar failure.

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|Comments Off on DOL Gets First Victory In Fiduciary Rule Challenges

The U.S. Department of Labor’s so-called fiduciary rule for retirement account investment advisers was promulgated after an adequate analysis and within the agency’s authority, a D.C. federal judge ruled Friday, giving the government its first victory in one of many challenges to the new rule.

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|Comments Off on Government’s Willful Blindness Theories Put Lawyers At Risk

The government’s recent focus on holding individuals accountable for corporate misdeeds is supporting the rise of aggressive theories of prosecution, including the idea that even absent actual knowledge, they should have known something was amiss — and defense experts say that’s an especially dangerous development for attorneys.

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|Comments Off on State regulators reveal top enforcement targets

Agencies brought more cases against registered advisers than unregistered entities, and certain products featured in many of them

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|Comments Off on SEC Wants Firms To Watch Reps With Troubled Pasts

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Monday that it is launching exams to test the compliance oversight and controls of investment advisers that hire individuals with a disciplinary history.

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|Comments Off on 2 Firms To Pay Fines Over Wrap Fee Compliance

James & Associates and Robert W. Baird & Co. agreed Thursday to pay a fine to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission over claims they failed to ensure clients enrolled in programs with a single annual fee weren’t being overcharged commissions for certain trades.

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|Comments Off on SEC Says Advisers Must Report Clients’ Derivatives Risk

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday investment advisers must disclose more about assets held in separately managed accounts, including their level of exposure to derivatives, cementing rules industry stakeholders previously worried could expose trading strategies.

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