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Maurice Wutscher’s Brady Hermann Discusses Compliance Concerns Over Brokers’ Excessive Trading in Own Accounts

May 6, 2022 ­— Maurice Wutscher attorney Brady Hermann spoke to AdvisorHub recently about the termination of a broker for excessive trading in his personal account and why brokers who trade frequently in their own accounts should tread carefully.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority requires firms to keep track of brokers’ trading as a way of protecting clients’ interests.

Mr. Hermann said compliance departments are paying attention to what financial advisors do in their personal accounts, looking for potential red flags that could lead to harmful conduct in client accounts. This is especially true if a broker is on heightened supervision.

“When brokers are on this heightened supervision, they have, obviously, a set of rules that they have to follow, and then if they break it, they typically get fired,” Mr. Hermann told AdvisorHub.

Brady Hermann is senior counsel in the Boston and New York offices of Maurice Wutscher LLP. He regularly represents financial services companies including banks, broker-dealers, financial advisors, financial asset buyers and third party debt collectors in individual, class action and regulatory matters. He has successfully represented clients throughout the country against claims for violations of securities laws, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.

Maurice Wutscher’s Shannon Miller Discusses New Guidance to Data Furnishers on How to Handle Medical Debt in Westlaw Today

April 1, 2022 — Maurice Wutscher attorney Shannon P. Miller has published an article, “Credit reporting agencies begin to roll out guidance to data furnishers on how to treat, report medical debt,” on Thomson Reuters Westlaw Today.

In the article, Mr. Miller discusses the guidance the three major credit reporting agencies are providing to data furnishers on how they should handle medical debt.

“As the [credit reporting agencies] have changed their policies and procedures, so too must the industry. Be sure that your compliance team is adjusting your policies and procedures regarding how medical debt is treated and data thereon furnished to be consistent with the … new directives. Furnishing data inconsistent with the … directives may potentially lead to consumer claims against such furnishers as well as consequences from the [agencies],” he writes.

To read the full article, click here.

Shannon P. Miller is a principal attorney in Maurice Wutscher’s Pennsylvania office, where he focuses his practice on various aspects of financial services law with an emphasis on consumer financial services litigation. He has successfully represented financial institutions and law firms across the country for claims filed under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, Fair Credit Reporting Act, and various state consumer protection statutes.