Los Angeles Legal Issues Blog

ROBERT J. GIRARD II TO PRESENT AT PIABA MID-YEAR MEETING

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in securities arbitration and litigation on Friday, March 15, 2019. A founding partner of Los Angeles, California-based Girard Bengali, APC, Robert J. Girard II has 18 years of experience practicing in the area of complex securities litigation. As a result of his background, he has been asked to deliver a presentation at...

ELEMENTS OF AN INSURANCE BAD FAITH CLAIM

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in insurance bad faith and construction claimson Thursday, March 14, 2019. Insurance companies have an obligation to their clients, whether it is to pay the insurance holder's legitimate claim or to investigate and process a claim within a reasonable time period. This is because they often have more resources than the...

Tags: Unfair trade practices in the insurance business

WHAT COUNTS AS DISCRIMINATION IN THE WORKPLACE?

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in employment law litigation on Thursday, February 28, 2019. Though California residents may consider themselves more liberal and open than their counterparts across the country, the truth is that many of them still face discrimination in the workplace. This takes place when they are treated negatively because of their age, religion, race,...

Tags: Employment Law Litigation

ARE LAWS CURBING ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE WORKING?

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in securities arbitration and litigation on Friday, February 15, 2019. California residents may not be aware that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. Rule 2156 went into effect in February 2018. As per this rule, broker-dealers can put a hold on an elderly client's disbursements if they believe that their client is being financially...

Tags: Securities Arbitration And Litigation

CAN YOU RECOGNIZE THE SIGNS OF AFFINITY FRAUD?

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. Investing is all about minimizing your risk. Part of the way to do that is going through people you trust and listening to sound advice. Unfortunately, there’s a specific kind of scam that uses friends and family to sell you on faulty investments. It’s called affinity...

WOMEN DISCRIMINATED AGAINST WHEN NOT ABLE TO BREASTFEED AT WORK

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in employment law litigation on Friday, February 1, 2019. California residents may be surprised to hear that breastfeeding discrimination cases have increased by 800 percent in the last decade. Even though protections being afforded to nursing mothers have gone up, there is still a long way to go before things become equal....

Tags: Employment Law Litigation

BARRIERS REMAIN FOR WOMEN IN THE FINANCIAL INDUSTRY

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in employment law litigation on Thursday, January 17, 2019. While there have been improvements in gender equity in the financial field, the industry still has a long way to go. For one, while there have been increases in women in higher level positions in finance, the very top remains highly male-dominated. Also,...

Tags: Employment Law Litigation

FEDERAL FRAUD INDICTMENT FOR EX-STATE ASSEMBLYMAN

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in blog on Wednesday, December 5, 2018. Ex-State Assemblyman Terrence Patrick Goggin served as CEO of Metropolitan Coffee & Concessions (MC2), which ran a chain of Peet's Coffee & Tea shops located in BART stations in the bay area. Now he faces a grand jury indictment for fraud charges, including wire fraud...

THE BASICS OF ELDER FINANCIAL ABUSE

On behalf of Girard Bengali, APC posted in blog on Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Elder financial abuse is a serious problem. When organizations target the elderly they are taking advantage of people who are more susceptible to scams. It's an issue that affects everyone. Whether you are a target yourself, have elderly family members or may be aging into...