Jason A. Archinaco

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Jason A. Archinaco (born 1970) is an attorney known for the handling of the first virtual property lawsuit in the United States, Bragg v. Linden Research, Inc.[1] That case is believed to have resolved confidentially.[2]

Archinaco also handled the case of John Carl v. AllianceBernstein and Lewis Sanders that resulted in a $12 million verdict for Carl in FINRA arbitration including $2 million in punitive damages.[3] It is believed to be the largest single-Claimant paid verdict in FINRA history with no appeal ever being filed.

Archinaco is also known for representing whistleblower Timothy P. Flynn against his former company UBS Financial Services Inc. In a complaint filed with the US Department of Labor, Flynn alleged that shortly after cooperating with regulators and providing testimony with regard to auction rate securities, he was retaliated against, being locked out of his office and forced to resign.[4] UBS settled its auction rate securities issues with the State of Massachusetts for $37 million and $22 billion with the SEC, in addition to a fine of $150 million.[5]

The Flynn case drew national attention after the Department of Labor asked Flynn to prove that UBS Financial Securities was covered by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act since it was not a publicly traded entity, only a subsidiary of one.[6] Subsequently, a number of Wall Street Journal articles were written by Jennifer Levitz, culminating in a joint letter written by Senators Patrick Leahy and Charles Grassley opposing the Department of Labor’s restricted view of the Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower protections.[7]

In October 2010, Archinaco obtained a FINRA arbitration award of $925,000 for whistleblower Michelle Ford. Ford complained to her employer about what she believed were prohibited transactions in a 401(k) plan and improper sales of annuities. After she complained to superiors, she was retaliated against, culminating in her termination. Ford's employer interfered with her Green Card application, leading to her removal from the United States. $100,000 of the arbitration award was for discovery sanctions that Archinaco described as "classic shenanigans" like hiding documents or producing them “late at night the day before the next day's hearings . . . ." The award was paid in full with no appeal being filed.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Craig, Kathleen (18 May 2006). "Second Life Land Deal Goes Sour". Wired. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  2. ^ Nino, Tateru. "Evans et al vs Linden Lab: The new lawsuit on the block". Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Jamieson, Dan (1 May 2008). "Fund exec wins $12 million in arbitration". Investment News. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  4. ^ Healy, Beth (3 July 2008). "Ex-UBS broker sues, alleging firm retaliated". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "UBS Securities LLC and UBS Financial Services, Inc. Agree in Principle to Auction Rate Securities Settlement". Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  6. ^ Healy, Beth (4 September 2008). "http://www.boston.com/business/articles/2008/09/04/strange_twist_for_plaintiff_in_ubs_case/". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 9 August 2010.  External link in |title= (help)
  7. ^ Levitz, Jennifer (10 September 2008). "Senators Protest Whistleblower Policy" (PDF). Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2010. 
  8. ^ Jamieson, Dan (18 October 2010). "Whistle-blower wins arbitration award against B-D". Investment News. Retrieved 8 December 2010.