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Notice of Appeal Filed in Legal Challenge to Department of Labor Rule that Prevents Financial Professionals from Best Serving Retirement Savers

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Notice of Appeal Filed in Legal Challenge to Department of Labor Rule that Prevents Financial Professionals from Best Serving Retirement Savers

February 24, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Financial Services Institute, Financial Services Roundtable, Insured Retirement Institute, and Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (Co-Plaintiffs) issued the following statement on their notice of appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which was filed today:

“We remain confident in the merits and strength of our case and stand by our assertion that the Department of Labor exceeded its authority. We have long supported a best interest standard, adopted by the appropriate regulatory authority and across all individual investor accounts, not just retirement. This is a misguided rule that will harm retirement savers and financial services firms that provide needed assistance and options to their clients, including modest savers and small business employees. Further the ‘private right of action’ mechanism creates unwarranted litigation risk for financial advisors, who will face the threat of meritless class action lawsuits challenging their every move.”

The five national co-plaintiffs filed the appeal in conjunction with the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, and Texas Association of Business.

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