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Court Upholds Reinstated Arbitrators' Ruling vs. Merrill

Wall Street Journal

A U.S. district court has upheld an arbitration panel’s half-a-million dollar award against Merrill Lynch, capping a controversy in which the three arbitrators were fired after rendering their decision–and then re-hired. The federal court in Atlanta on Thursday tossed out Merrill’s argument that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel prejudged the case and showed […]

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Bad news for Lerner in REIT flap

InvestmentNews

David Lerner Associates Inc. isn’t out of the legal woods despite the stiff sanctions leveled against it last week from securities regulators over the firm’s sale of nontraded real estate investment trusts and municipal bonds. The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc. last Monday slammed the longtime purveyor of muni bonds and REITs for alleged unfair […]

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Appeals court reinstates Morgan Keegan ruling

Reuters

A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated a $9.2 million securities arbitration ruling against Morgan Keegan & Co stemming from a group of bond funds that became the subject of a civil fraud action by regulators. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit ruled that a district court’s decision to throw out the […]

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Taking a stand for investors

InvestmentNews

U.S. District Judge Jed S. Rakoff shook the securities establishment to its core in 2009 when he refused to sign off on a $33 million settlement between the Securities and Exchange Commission and Bank of America Corp. The SEC had sued the bank for not disclosing an agreement to pay up to $5.8 billion in […]

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Ruling could help reps get rid of BrokerCheck blemishes

InvestmentNews

A California appeals court ruling that makes it easier for brokers to expunge customer complaints and disciplinary actions from their records could have far-reaching implications for brokers everywhere. In an Aug. 23 decision, the California Court of Appeal for the First Appellate District in San Francisco ruled that brokers may expunge their records under a […]

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