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U.S. Supreme Court Takes Cases on LGBT Discrimination in Employmentby Andrew Whiteman

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The following blog, well-written by Raleigh lawyer Cullen Stafford, discusses the Supreme Court’s recent decision to grant certiorari in cases involving the issue of whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Click here for

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In LTD Cases, Tax Consequences Often Take a Huge Bite out of Lump-Sum Settlementsby Andrew Whiteman

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Lump-sum settlements often carry significant adverse tax consequences for the claimant. Often the tax bite makes taking a lump sum settlement less attractive than receiving monthly benefits. This can best be explained by an example. Consider a 45-year-old claimant whose gross LTD benefit is $2,750 and who is receiving Social

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Andrew Whiteman Assists Securities Law Clinics with Amicus Brief Filingby Andrew Whiteman

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Andrew Whiteman Assists Securities Law Clinics with Amicus Brief Filing On April 19, 2019, Andrew Whiteman filed an amicus curiae brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on behalf of three law school law clinics: University of Miami School of Law Investor Rights Clinic, Elizabeth

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FINRA Requires Brokerage Firms to Communicate with Customers when a Broker Leaves the Firmby Andrew Whiteman

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Ask questions if your broker leaves his firm. According to new regulatory guidance from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, known as FINRA, member firms are required to do the following: In the event of a registered representative’s departure, the member firm should promptly and clearly communicate to affected customers how

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New ERISA Disability Claim Regulations – Part 9by Andrew Whiteman

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New ERISA Disability Claim Regulations – Part 9 On April 1, 2018, a new disability claim regulation came into effect. The regulation was promulgated by the United States Department of Labor (referred to herein as “DOL”) under the authority of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and

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Senators Warner and Kennedy Introduce Bill to Expand SEC Powers to Assist Investorsby Andrew Whiteman

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On March 14, 2019, Senators Mark Warner (D-Va.) and John Kennedy (R-La.), both members of the Senate Banking Committee, introduced the Securities Fraud Enforcement and Investor Compensation Act. This legislation would give the Securities and Exchange Commission power to seek restitution for retail investors harmed by securities fraud scams. In

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New ERISA Disability Claim Regulations – Part 8by Andrew Whiteman

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New ERISA Disability Claim Regulations – Part 8 On April 1, 2018, a new disability claim regulation came into effect. The regulation was promulgated by the United States Department of Labor (referred to herein as “DOL”) under the authority of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”) and

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SEC Announces Results of Share Class Selection Disclosure Initiativeby Andrew Whiteman

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On March 11, 2019, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it had settled charges with 79 investment advisers who agreed to return more than $125 million to their clients, with a substantial majority of the funds going to retail investors. The SEC entered into the settlements after the  advisers

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