The Labor Department’s proposal to delay the full implementation of the fiduciaryrule to July 2019 will likely meet a legal challenge fromconsumer advocate groups, according to several sources.

“If they finalize the delay as it is proposed, Labor shouldexpect a legal challenge,” said Micah Hauptman, an attorney withthe Consumer Federation of America, which filed a comment letteropposing the delay of the scheduled January 1, 2018 implementationof the rule.

The proposed delay, released in August, was opened to a 15-dayperiod of public comment, which closed September 15.

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Nick Thornton

Nick Thornton is a financial writer covering retirement and health care issues for BenefitsPRO and ALM Media. He greatly enjoys learning from the vast minds in the legal, academic, advisory and money management communities when covering the retirement space. He's also written on international marketing trends, financial institution risk management, defense and energy issues, the restaurant industry in New York City, surfing, cigars, rum, travel, and fishing. When not writing, he's pushing into some land or water.