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Law360 (May 14, 2024, 9:40 PM EDT) -- Massachusetts-based Berkshire Bank is facing a proposed class action brought by an investor seeking to hold the bank liable for providing financial services to a bankrupt local business person whom the investor has accused of operating a...

The U.S. Department of Labor on Tuesday said it has finalized a fiduciary rule governing retirement accounts that will close loopholes and widen the swath of financial advisors who must put their clients interests ahead of commissions or face penalties and restitution. The final rule, which...

Some financial advisors did not get a lot of love from the White House bully pulpit on Tuesday when President Joe Biden rolled out the Department of Labor’s newly proposed fiduciary rule governing retirement accounts. The proposed rule would “close loopholes” and impose a requirement that...

“Following last month’s report by the SEC to the House Appropriations Committee on private arbitration (and the use of forced arbitration clauses) in the RIA industry, investor advocates vow that if the commission won’t mandate more industry transparency, they’ll push Congress to step in. “I realize there’s all...

Real estate crowdfunding platform CrowdStreet is coming under fire after tens of millions of investor dollars allegedly went missing from accounts connected to Nightingale Properties. The dramatic disclosure, made last week by a fiduciary for the retail investors, related to two Nightingale deals in Atlanta and...

The Securities and Exchange Commission has no way to track the number of registered investment advisor arbitrations or unpaid arbitration awards, according to a just-released report. Last year, the House Appropriations Committee expressed concerns about the proliferation of mandatory arbitration clauses among SEC-registered investment advisors and...

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