I read today about a lawsuit that two registered persons, one of whom is a Chief Compliance Officer, filed against FINRA in federal court a couple of weeks ago. Mind you, lawsuits against FINRA are not particularly common, given the fact that FINRA has “absolute immunity” against monetary claims arising out of its regulatory activities.

It may be the ultimate example of the heavy price that a BD pays for being subject to FINRA regulation, and it happens all the time. Broker-dealer A decides to cease operations, for whatever reason, so it files a Form BDW (which, technically speaking, is a request by the BD to withdraw its FINRA membership