Here is the situation: I left the firm that I was at for personal reasons. At the time that I left I had built up a bank, not much money, but still some. The contract stipulates that the firm has the discretion to withold that money if the trader decides to leave before three yrs. However, the firm paid me out. Turns out that the person reasons I left for fell through, so I decided to open up an account with another prop house. My previous firm found out, I guess by looking up my series 7, and decided to ask for the money back...stating that I lied and that they had given me the money out of the kindness of their hearts. They said that if they don't have the money back, they will sue me for it. Question: since they gave it to me, can they ask for it back? and since it is money that I had earned, would a court of law grant them the entitlement to that money? at first, i was concerned they would mark my u-5, but i guess they found out that i had joined another firm after the required 30 days...hence, they had already released my u-5... any insights would be great.