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    Top-Notch Lawyer Roland Dale Peddicord Joins Premium Website Mediation.com

    West Des Moines, Iowa (PRWEB) August 31, 2013  –  Roland Dale Peddicord, founder of PeddicordWharton, announced it has entered into a partnership with Mediation.com, an online portal of the...

    • September 1, 2013
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    July 2013 – The Real, Real Estate Scoop

    Chicago, IL (PRWEB) August 31, 2013 — Looking at July 2013 has given a lot of insight into the overall Chicago foreclosure market, but what’s great about the statistics compiled by...

    • September 1, 2013
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  • Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) August 31, 2013 On August 5, 2013, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota introduced the Investor Choice Act of 2013 (HR 2998) in the U.S. House of Representatives. If enacted, the bill would prohibit stockbroker and investment advisory firms from using mandatory pre-dispute arbitration agreements thus allowing investors and their attorneys to choose where their claims should be decided. The bill recognizes that investor confidence is essential to the health of the securities markets, and that broker-dealers and investment advisors hold powerful advantages over investors. The proposed legislation would make three things unlawful: 1. It would prohibit broker-dealers and investment advisors from requiring that customers arbitrate their disputes. 2. The bill would make it unlawful to limit an investor's choice of forum for dispute resolution. 3. It would prohibit broker-dealers and investment advisors from restricting customer rights to pursue class actions. As things now stand, anyone who opens an account at virtually every broker-dealer, from Merrill Lynch to Morgan Stanley to Edward Jones to the smallest local brokerage firm, is required to sign an account agreement that includes in small print a provision requiring any disputes to be resolved in arbitration, typically through FINRA's dispute resolution program. FINRA arbitration has had its share of detractors. Investor attorneys, state regulators and aggrieved investors often complain that the process is weighted in favor of the industry and against investors. They point to the fact that historically investors bringing claims only receive any monetary award about half the time, and that arbitrators are careful not to punish a brokerage firm for bad behavior for fear of never being chosen again to be an arbitrator. Those are valid concerns. However, Robert Banks, a nationally recognized attorney with over 30 years of experience successfully representing investors in court and arbitration, states that, “The FINRA arbitration process can be and often is the best investor choice for those who understand the process and how to use it. For investor disputes, our firm usually prefers FINRA arbitration over other arbitration forums run by the American Arbitration Association, Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services (JAMS), and regional commercial arbitration programs. In fact, in many of our cases, given the choice between court and FINRA arbitration, we would still advise many of our investor clients to use the FINRA forum." Why? Banks says "It is cost-effective, it is usually faster than court, its rules are generally party-neutral, and we have found most FINRA arbitrators to be conscientious and ethical. However," Mr. Banks continues, “there are those cases which ought to be heard by judge and jury, either because of the size and complexity of the case, the importance of the issues being decided, or the investor's reluctance to have their case decided in a forum operated by the financial services industry.” The Investor Choice Act of 2013 addresses the issue fairly and simply. It preserves the FINRA arbitration process, which plays an important role for many aggrieved investors. At the same time, it re-establishes the fundamental right of aggrived investors to submit their case to the American judicial system as created by our Constitution and the state and federal legislatures to fairly resolve disputes. As Banks sees it, "Passage of the Investor Choice Act should be a non-brainer. There is just no credible argument to allow the industry to block the gates of the courthouse to investors who have lost their life savings due to a mistake or misconduct by a financial advisor." Despite Banks's views, however, the bill is given only a 7% chance of making it out of committee. Says Banks, "That says more about the flaws in our democratic process than it does about the wisdom of Representative Ellison's bill." Banks Law Office joins the North American Securities Administrators Association, the Consumer Federation of America, and a host of other organizations in supporting the Investor Choice Act of 2013.
    The Investor Choice Act of 2013

    Portland, Oregon (PRWEB) August 31, 2013 — On August 5, 2013, Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota introduced the Investor Choice Act of 2013 (HR 2998) in the U.S. House of Representatives. If...

    • September 1, 2013
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  • Los Angeles Residents Ranked Among the Worst Drivers in America

    Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) September 01, 2013 Los Angeles, California has been ranked as one of the worst driving cities in America, according to an Allstate Insurance Co. survey,...

    • September 1, 2013
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  • Medical Malpractice Case
    Do I have a Medical Malpractice Case?

    You think you have got a medical malpractice case? It’s not so easy to determine whether your case is really such or not. Of course, there is a standard...

    • September 1, 2013
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  • personal injury claim
    Making a Personal Injury Claim

    It’s a dangerous world out there. Even if you dot all of your i’s and cross all of your t’s, unforeseen events and occurrences can and do happen daily....

    • September 1, 2013
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  • Small business legal advice
    Small Business Legal Advice: Hiring an Attorney

    Small business legal advice is a necessary thing when starting a new small business. Many people prefer hiring a small business attorney for their small business to help them...

    • September 1, 2013
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  • School bullying
    School Bullying: When to Seek Legal Advice?

    School bullying is one of the worst things that can happen to a child. Most children go to school ready to make friends with their peers and to learn...

    • August 31, 2013
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  • Social Security Retirement Age
    What is My Social Security Retirement Age?

    It is important to know your Social Security retirement age to be able to calculate how much benefit you will receive after your retirement. The original Social Security Act...

    • August 30, 2013
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  • Elements of Negligence Case
    Basic Elements of Negligence Case

    There are different types of negligence cases; however there are four basic elements of negligence case the presence of which will give privileges to the plaintiff in the court....

    • August 30, 2013
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