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Finra arbitration panel orders Credit Suisse to pay former broker $844,621

October 12, 2018

A Finra arbitration panel awarded $844,621 to a broker who sought deferred compensation from Credit Suisse related to the firm's shutdown of its brokerage operation three years ago. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitrators...

Ex-Wells Fargo brokers sue for damages, claiming they lost business in wake of scandals

October 18, 2018

Two brokers who left Wells Fargo Advisors at the start of the month have sued the firm, along with Wells Fargo Bank, alleging that the steady stream of scandals over the past two years at the bank and brokerage substantially damaged their business....

PIABA: Finra proposal to ease oversight of brokers' outside activities would spur selling away

October 4, 2018

A Finra proposal to ease requirements for brokerages' oversight of their registered representatives' work outside the firm will create a regulatory "black hole" and lead to more investor rip-offs, according to new report from securities attorneys....

Discrimination claim filed by ex-Morgan Stanley rep sent to arbitration

October 4, 2018

In February, a black former Morgan Stanley registered rep sued the wirehouse, saying he was terminated following a "campaign of harassment," even after the settlement a decade ago of a class-action discrimination lawsuit. A federal judge on...

Former Bank of America employee files Finra arbitration claim

July 5, 2018

Former Bank of America Corp. employee Joe Voboril filed an arbitration claim against the firm, claiming he was wrongfully terminated after an investigation into another banker's alleged inappropriate sexual conduct, according to Mr. Voboril's...

Finra panel orders Woodbury to pay customers $1.1 million

June 26, 2018

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitration panel has ruled that Woodbury Financial Services must pay $970,107.21 in compensatory damages and $121,468 in interest to two clients as a result of the firm's failure to supervise a...

Finra panel awards clients $5 million for churning, but from defunct brokerage

August 14, 2018

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. has slapped a defunct New York brokerage firm with a $5 million fine related to excessive account trading — churning — in what was supposed to be a conservative investment strategy. The challenge...

Sen. Warren gets Republican cosponsor on bill to fund unpaid arbitration awards

May 30, 2018

Bipartisan backing for legislation targeting unpaid Finra arbitration awards has supporters hoping the measure will advance this year. Under the bill, written by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc....

UBS wins $9.7 million Finra award

May 18, 2018

UBS Financial Services Inc. of Puerto Rico has been awarded $9.7 million by Finra to compensate for costs related to a lawsuit settlement with the ex-wife of a former client of the broker-dealer. The dispute originates in 2001 when a divorce...

An arbitration with a twist: Both sides lose

April 25, 2018

In an unusual decision, a Finra arbitration panel has ordered Ameriprise Financial and William Barker, a former broker, to pay each other compensatory damages. The case stems from Mr. Barker's alleged failure to repay a promissory note due Ameriprise...

Fired Merrill broker gets $750,000 in damages for defamation

May 1, 2018

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitration panel has awarded former Merrill Lynch broker Miguel Ballestas $750,000 in compensatory damages, saying that the firm defamed Mr. Ballestas on his U5 form. Mr. Ballestas was employed...

Former Merrill Lynch execs' lawyer feels good about chances in $1 billion arbitration

April 5, 2018

A lawyer for dozens of former Merrill Lynch managers said they have a good chance of prevailing against the wirehouse now that their complaints will be heard in arbitration. The cases involve more than 60 former Merrill executives who claim...

Finra panel awards firm $780,424 against broker to repay legal costs

March 27, 2018

It's not just investors who can get stiffed by brokers who lose arbitration cases. It's possible their firms could get the short end of the stick, too. A Finra arbitration panel awarded $780,424 in compensatory damages to Alliance Affiliated...

Former broker wins $1.8 million arbitration award against PNC Investments for wrongful firing, defamation

April 19, 2017

A former broker won an $1.8 million arbitration award against PNC Investments in a dispute over her termination from the firm. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. arbitration panel in an April 18 decision gave Adrienne M. Mennemeyer...

Finra bars former Morgan Stanley broker who sought client loan for outside activities

March 29, 2018

Finra barred from the industry a former Morgan Stanley broker who allegedly violated rules governing work brokers do outside their firms. In a March 28 agreement, David Warren Olson accepted the ban from the Financial Regulatory Authority Inc.,...

Dawn Bennett loses $1 million arbitration claim

March 22, 2017

Dawn Bennett, a former star adviser who was thrown out of the securities industry, has lost a $1 million Finra arbitration claim for making unsuitable investment recommendations for one of her clients. The plaintiff, Steven Santagati, is to...

Finra unpaid arbitration increased in 2017, PIABA report finds

March 7, 2018

Lawyers representing customers in Finra arbitration released a report Wednesday asserting the number of awards that went unpaid rose in 2017, and called on the broker regulator to establish a fund to compensate investors. The study by the Public...

Finra panel awards $404,482 to client after broker overdoes put options

March 7, 2018

A Finra arbitration panel awarded $404,482 to a client after a broker allegedly filled his portfolio with complicated products that were too risky for him. Mark Watson alleged that Allegis Investment Advisors, Allegis Investment Services and...

Client wins $357K clawback in arbitration from Wells Fargo over unsuitable investments

March 13, 2017

An investor won a $357,000 arbitration award against Wells Fargo Advisors for unsuitable energy and housing investments. The case summary in the March 9 award cited "investments in unspecified energy and housing products, and use of a margin...

Finra arbitrator awards $1.5 million in damages to oil and gas investor

July 6, 2018

A Finra arbitrator has ordered Texas E&P Partners and its principal, Mark Plummer, to pay a former customer $1 million in punitive damages and $521,000 in compensatory damages. The customer, Eli Garza, claimed the firm and Mr. Plummer breached...

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