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Jeffrey Blackwood has practiced in the Jackson office for over 22 years and has handled a variety of complex commercial litigation matters. He recently represented a private equity firm in a breach of contract matter during the pandemic that involved numerous hearing and over 25 depositions. He is actively representing broker-dealers and registered investment advisors in FINRA arbitrations and investigations before the Mississippi Secretary of State Securities Division. Jeffrey has successfully tried a case in Delaware Chancery Court representing a trust in litigation involving investment LLCs, where the client prevailed and was awarded attorneys’ fees, and he recently obtained dismissal of a putative class action in federal court in Mississippi representing a healthcare client. He routinely speaks and writes on topics related to securities regulatory and enforcement matters. He also has significant experience in representing life insurance companies and brokers in a variety of matters, including sales practice litigation, regulatory actions and professional negligence actions. View articles by Jeffrey.

State and Federal Regulators Open Probe into 403(b) Plans for TeachersIn what appears to be a growing trend, state and federal regulators are launching investigations into the sales practices and administration of 403(b) retirement plans for school districts.

Two weeks ago, on January 10, 2020, Delaware Attorney General Kathy Jennings announced a settlement with Horace Mann Investors, Inc., concluding the state’s multi-year investigation into the

Be careful before you forward that email. That’s the lesson from the recent Supreme Court decision in Lorenzo v. Securities and Exchange Commission, in which the court held that that Think before Hitting “Send”: Supreme Court Upholds Liability under Securities Laws for Forwarding Someone Else’s False Statementthe director of investment banking for a broker-dealer was liable for participating in a scheme to defraud investors when he forwarded two emails prepared