Finra arbitrators order Pennsylvania brokerage to pay client $1 million in damages

James E. Grimes accused Trustmont Financial of breaching fiduciary duty in a case related to two annuity exchanges and a private REIT

Aug 23, 2018 @ 2:36 pm

By Sarah Min

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitrators ordered Pennsylvania-based Trustmont Financial Group Inc. to pay a client more than $1 million in damages.

James E. Grimes accused Trustmont, headquartered in Greensburg, Penn., of breaching fiduciary duty, committing fraud and negligence in a case related to two 1035 annuity exchanges and a private real estate investment trust.

Mr. Grimes demanded damages of approximately $500,000. Trustmont denied all the allegations.

(More: Finra arbitrator awards $1.5 million in damages to oil and gas investor)

A representative from Trustmont was not immediately available for comment.

Trustmont was ordered to pay Mr. Grimes $848,002.31 in compensatory damages and $100,000 in punitive damages. The firm is also liable for costs and attorney fees of $15,596 and $82,500, respectively. The sum of all relief awarded is $1,046,098.31.

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