Author Archives: Julie Firestone

About Julie Firestone

Julie Firestone is a member of Briggs and Morgan's Business Litigation Section and the Financial Markets Group. Julie practices primarily in the following areas: complex commercial disputes and class actions; securities litigation and arbitration; SEC and FINRA regulatory investigation and enforcement; and shareholder and partnership disputes. Julie represents corporations, investment firms, broker-dealers, insurance companies, issuers of securities, registered representatives and insurance agents in class actions, regulatory proceedings and other adversary matters. She also focuses on customer complaints and regulatory compliance, as well as customer disputes in arbitration. Julie’s legal experience includes matters involving securities fraud, breach of contract, common law fraud, RICO, breach of fiduciary duty, suitability, selling away and unauthorized trading.

DOL Moves Step Closer to 18-Month Delay on Fiduciary Duty Rule and BICE

On August 28, 2017, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved the Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposal to delay the full applicability dates of the Fiduciary Duty Rule and the Best Interest Contract Exemption (BICE). The proposal still must … Continue reading

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DOL Seeks Additional Delay on Fiduciary Duty Rule and BICE

The Department of Labor (DOL) is seeking once again to delay final implementation of the Fiduciary Duty Rule and the Best Interest Contract Exemption (BICE), leading to further speculation as to whether the full Fiduciary Duty Rule or BICE will … Continue reading

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DOL Issues Request for Information on the Fiduciary Duty Rule; DOL and SEC Indicate They Will Work Together on Standard for Investment Advice

On June 29, 2017, the Department of Labor announced in a news release (available here) that it has published a Request for Information (“RFI”) (available here) related to the DOL Fiduciary Duty Rule, to allow the public to provide input that may … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Rules 5-4 That Pendency of Class Action Suit Does Not Toll 3-Year Statute of Repose for Claims Brought Under § 11 of Securities Act

On June 26, 2017, the Supreme Court ruled, in California Public Employees’ Retirement System v. ANZ Securities, Inc., that a pending putative class action does not toll the running of the three-year time bar for claims brought under § 11 … Continue reading

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Supreme Court Limits SEC’s Disgorgement Power

On June 5, 2017, the United States Supreme Court unanimously held in Kokesh v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 16-529, that “any claim for disgorgement in an SEC enforcement action must be commenced within five years of the date the … Continue reading

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Acosta and New DOL FAQs Confirm: Fiduciary Standard Will Take Effect June 9, But Expect Changes to the DOL Rule Before January 1, 2018

On May 22, 2017, new DOL Secretary Alexander Acosta published an Op-Ed piece in the Wall Street Journal (found here; a subscription to the Journal is required to access the piece), confirming that, as we previously suspected, the DOL will … Continue reading

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SEC Chair and DOL Secretary Both Confirmed: Who Will Take Lead on Fiduciary Duty Rule?

On April 27, 2017, the Senate confirmed Alexander Acosta as the new Secretary of Labor, and on May 2nd, the Senate confirmed Jay Clayton as SEC Chairman. With Trump’s nominees for the respective positions now in place, some insiders expect … Continue reading

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