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JUDGE RULES AGAINST LAW FIRM IN SANCTIONS MOTION

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Workers are generally entitled to equal pay and other protections based on gender and other attributes. A $100 million lawsuit against the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, which was originally founded in California and has an office in Los Angeles, claims that pregnant workers were...

FINRA SANCTIONS BROKER FOR UNDISCLOSED CUSTOMER LOAN

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Monday, April 29, 2019. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) suspended a prominent broker who provided financial services in California and across the country. The suspension came after the man allegedly borrowed $200,000 from one of his customers in 2013 without informing his employer at the time, LPL Financial. The...

OVERVIEW OF THE SEC’S ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in securities arbitration and litigation on Friday, April 26, 2019. Many financial professionals in the Los Angeles area, basically all of those who trade in regulated stocks, bonds and other securities, may find themselves under investigation by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, or SEC. The SEC is responsible for regulating...

Tags: Securities Arbitration And Litigation

MAN RECEIVES FINRA BAN IN BITCOIN CASE

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Monday, April 22, 2019. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has recently banned a trader involved in a $1.5 million Bitcoin scheme. The trader told investors that they could buy the Bitcoin at a discount and receive higher than normal returns. According to FINRA, the money was sent to the...

CIVIL SUIT AGAINST SECURITIES AMERICA MAY HEAD TO ARBITRATION

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Monday, April 15, 2019. Finance professionals in California and around the country who are accused of misconduct may face serious civil and criminal sanctions. A pending civil case against a brokerage firm called Securities America demonstrates the types of penalties that might be assessed. A former financial adviser who was...

UNFAIR TRADE PRACTICES IN THE INSURANCE BUSINESS

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in insurance bad faith and construction claimson Friday, April 12, 2019. A previous post on this blog discussed the elements of a claim of bad faith. That post mentioned that a bad faith claim can help homeowners in the Los Angeles area, as well as those who own houses as investment property, fight...

Tags: Insurance Bad Faith And Construction Claims

SECOND CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT FILED AGAINST JONES DAY

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in employment law litigation on Monday, April 8, 2019. Employment discrimination and unequal pay based on gender continue to be pervasive problems in workplaces in California and throughout the country. Despite the fact that women are protected from employment discrimination based on their sex under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act...

SURVEY REVEALS GENDER BIAS IN THE TECHNOLOGY SECTOR

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Monday, April 1, 2019. Most women in the technology sector are paid less than men who perform the same jobs, according to a study released on March 28 by the California-based recruitment firm Hired. After polling 2,600 technology sector workers, the company found that the average gender pay gap in...

WE FIGHT BACK WHEN BROKERAGE FIRMS TAKE ADVANTAGE OF OTHERS

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in securities arbitration and litigation on Friday, March 29, 2019. Many people in the Los Angeles area have some extra money to invest. For example, Californians often are looking to invest money so that they can further shore up their retirement savings or work on building a legacy for their loved ones....

Tags: Securities Arbitration And Litigation

ROBERT J. GIRARD II INCLUDED ON CALIFORNIA 2019 SUPER LAWYERS LIST

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Monday, March 25, 2019. Robert J. Girard II has earned a place on the roster of accomplished securities litigation lawyers at Super Lawyers in 2019. The prestigious rating service has selected him multiple times since 2015. Super Lawyers announces new selections every year as the agency applies a patented formula...