Our colleagues at Epstein Becker Green have a post on the Financial Services Employment Law blog that will be of interest to our readers: “FINRA Issues New Guidance to Member Firms Regarding Customer Communications When Registered Representatives Depart.”

Following is an excerpt:

On April 5, 2019,

In Valentine Capital Asset Management, Inc. v. Agahi, 174 Cal. App. 4th 606, the California Court of Appeals, First District, recently looked at the issue of whether an associated person of a FINRA member could be compelled to arbitrate his company’s trade secret and unfair competition claims against former employees who were also associated persons of a FINRA member.
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We previously wrote concerning a May 22, 2009 temporary restraining order granted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio against three former employees of UBS Financial Services Inc. (“UBS”), in effect pending an arbitration hearing before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”). On June 3, 2009, UBS successfully moved the District Court to expand the TRO and for a preliminary injunction on the basis of additional evidence. The expanded TRO shows that even a plaintiff who has secured temporary injunctive relief from a court need not wait for a scheduled FINRA injunctive hearing if its business interests continue to be threatened in the interim.
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