FINRA Cracks Down on Bad Brokers, Small Firms

FINRA Cracks Down on Bad Brokers, Small Firms

Securities industry regulatory body, FINRA (the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority), released its proposal for a rule that would crack down on firms with a high concentration of “bad” brokers. With its latest regulatory notice, FINRA stated that it would increase oversight of brokerages with a “significant history of misconduct,” requiring them to set aside additional funds that cannot be withdrawn without FINRA’s consent.

OSHA, Vaccines, and the Workplace

OSHA, Vaccines, and the Workplace

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for vaccinating employees who respond to medical incidents in the workplace are mandatory requirements under OSHA regulations, the Eighth Circuit has recently ruled.  The Circuit Court was tasked with whether Walmart was required to administer Hepatitis B vaccines to its employees who rendered first aid in the workplace.

Senior Abuse Often Hits Uncomfortably Close to Home

Senior Abuse Often Hits Uncomfortably Close to Home

Approximately one in five Americans who are over 65 will suffer some form of elder financial abuse, and estimates suggest that more than $30 billion is lost every year due to investor fraud, caregiver abuse, and other forms of financial exploitation.

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University in Philadelphia

Mumps Outbreak at Temple University in Philadelphia

At nearby Temple University, over 100 confirmed cases of mumps have been confirmed as an outbreak hit the university hard after just a few documented cases in February 2019. Across the United States, it’s not just the mumps that have seen outbreaks.  The number of measles cases in the US jumped to the second-highest level in 25 years.

PA House Approves New Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Rules

PA House Approves New Child Sexual Abuse Reporting Rules

This week, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved to toughen penalties for people who do not report instances or suspicions of repeated child abuse. The bill also stipulated that nondisclosure agreements do not apply to reporting child molestation to the police for investigation.

Flu Season in Pennsylvania & New Jersey

Flu Season in Pennsylvania & New Jersey

According to a new research brief released in March 2019 by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4), the number of influenza hospitalizations in Pennsylvania increased from 5,328 in fiscal year 2017 to 8,647 in fiscal year 2018.  This 62% increase shows substantial variation in the number of hospital admissions for influenza, a pattern that is similar to national trends.

When Your Broker Departs

When Your Broker Departs

The financial industry self-regulator, FINRA, issued a new regulatory notice today aimed at broker-dealers with departing brokers. The notice was intended to urge broker-dealers to be more clear and forthright with customers about departing brokers and what will happen to the customers’ accounts. If you’ve ever been in the situation where your broker has either left for another firm, left the industry, or passed away, you understand just how confusing things can get when it comes to who will be handling your investments and why.

PA Legislature May Pass Child Sexual Abuse Reform Bills

PA Legislature May Pass Child Sexual Abuse Reform Bills

Two related bills are up for consideration in Harrisburg, both of which may pass in the House in upcoming days. This week, the House Judiciary Committee voted overwhelmingly for a bill that would remove the statue of limitations for child sexual abuse crimes and for a constitutional amendment that would permit child sexual-abuse lawsuits that would otherwise be outdated during a two-year period.

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and the Flu Shot

 Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) and the Flu Shot

Guillain-Barré syndrome is the most common and most severe acute paralytic neuropathy, with about 100,000 people developing the disorder every year worldwide.  GBS can be preceded by infections, by viral and bacterial, or by vaccination. While somewhat uncommon, cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome have been linked to recent influenza vaccines.

'Trust But Verify' When It Comes to Friendly Advisor Recommendations

'Trust But Verify' When It Comes to Friendly Advisor Recommendations

In many cases, the operators of financial frauds and Ponzi Schemes the world over rely on people who have already been duped to bring in new suckers. Of course, the ones touting the services of a particular fraudster have no idea they’ve not only been deceived, but that they are helping weave an even larger web of deception. While it’s appealing to let others pick your advisor for you, the best thing to do is ‘trust but verify’ all financial opportunities.

Do I Really Need a Vaccine Lawyer?

Do I Really Need a Vaccine Lawyer?

In order to handle vaccine cases, an attorney must be admitted to the United States Court of Federal Claims and licensed in the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Licensed vaccine attorneys must possess the vast knowledge and intricacies of the vaccine court, the applicable law, the medicine and the science.  Not every personal injury attorney has this specialized knowledge. In fact, there are very few vaccine attorneys nationwide.

FDA Issues Statement About Unsafe Medical Device Materials

FDA Issues Statement About Unsafe Medical Device Materials

The FDA announced that in the future it would be looking more closely at a range of medical devices and products — along with the materials they’re made from — that have caused the most trouble for consumers in recent years. The agency singled out breast implants, metal-on-metal hip replacement systems, and the components of birth control implant system Essure. Most strikingly, the announcement targeted not just the final products manufactured by medical device companies, but the materials they used to make the products.

Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

Shoulder Injuries Related to Vaccine Administration (SIRVA)

SIRVA, or Shoulder Injury Related to Vaccine Administration, manifests as shoulder pain and limited range of motion occurring as a result of the administration of a vaccine injection.  While some degree of pain may be expected from any shoulder injection, the improper administration of a vaccine can cause severe, often debilitating, pain, which can lead to complications.  Pain lasting longer than a few days is not associated with the normal side effects of receiving a vaccination.

Warren Wants FINRA to Toughen Broker Expungement Rules

Warren Wants FINRA to Toughen Broker Expungement Rules

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts who recently announced she would be running for president, urged the CEO of the securities industry self-regulator, FINRA, to toughen new rules controlling the expungement of incidents on the permanent records of financial professionals.

Vaccine Injuries Are Real and Supported by Science

Vaccine Injuries Are Real and Supported by Science

Vaccines are a critical part of our society and are extremely necessary in preventing diseases that were eliminated decades ago. They are also helpful in curbing outbreaks.  Measles, polio, and chicken pox are just some of the diseases that have largely been eliminated due to vaccines. Influenza on the other hand is common place in our culture, but the flu shot helps minimize the impact and limits any nationwide outbreaks.

NJ Catholic Church Names Names of Clergy Accused of Abuse

NJ Catholic Church Names Names of Clergy Accused of Abuse

For decades, leaders of the Roman Catholic dioceses of New Jersey remained silent on allegations of abuse by clergy members. But this month, the truth will out. Five archdioceses in New Jersey have begun to divulge information related to abuses that stretch back nearly one hundred years. They are finally naming names.

New Rule May Have Big Impact on Older Investor Claimants

New Rule May Have Big Impact on Older Investor Claimants

According to a recent announcement from FINRA’s Office of Dispute Resolution, they are drafting a new rule which would tag cases involving claimants 75 years or older for expediting processing. FINRA already has expedited processing available for 65 year or older or sick claimants — but the deadlines that generally determine the timing of the arbitration do not change. FINRA’s new rule would tackle that problem and hopefully greatly improve how quickly expedited claims move through the process by changing — ie, shortening — the actual deadlines.

Massive Medical Implant Industry Tech Not Tested by FDA

Massive Medical Implant Industry Tech Not Tested by FDA

The FDA is the government agency responsible for making sure that the food and drugs sold to us and that ultimately go into our bodies are safe. They conduct their own independent testing on thousands of new food and drug products everywhere. What the FDA does not test, however, is the tech that goes into our bodies. Specifically, the FDA does not test the medical device implant technology that is becoming more and more a part of our lives — and our bodies.

Fund Will Compensate New Jersey Victims of Clergy Abuse

Fund Will Compensate New Jersey Victims of Clergy Abuse

Victims of clergy abuse in New Jersey can look forward to the prospect of compensation for their suffering at the hands of Roman Catholic clergy thanks to the imminent opening of the state’s victims’ compensation fund.