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Firms Get Tough; File Counterclaims Against Disgruntled Customers

Weary from investigations and bad press, the securities industry has gotten tougher with clients who threaten legal actions. Plaintiffs’ attorneys say firms have, for one thing, begun counterclaiming disgruntled investors. This is usually done by requesting that the claimant pay the firm’s attorneys’ fees. One such counterclaim by Merrill Lynch has had a “real chilling […]

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Private Litigation Looms After Wall Street Settlement

Dow Jones Newswires

WASHINGTON — Regulators’ $1.4 billion settlement with Wall Street Friday concluded a potentially expensive and lengthy investigation, but all eyes are now on the potential for private litigation against the firms involved. The settlement requires 10 major investment banks and brokerage firms to pay fines, provide independent research for their customers, end the practice of […]

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Wells Fargo must pay $1.15 million to woman wrongly arrested by FBI

San Diego Union Tribune

Paula Whitsell was at her desk in Wells Fargo’s branch in Chula Vista when the FBI burst in, put her in handcuffs and led her past a line of stunned customers and bank clerks. Five years later – long after federal prosecutors dropped their charges – arbitrators with the National Association of Securities Dealers last […]

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Panel Rules Wells Fargo Must Pay, Admit Mistake

Wall Street Journal

An arbitration panel of the National Association of Securities Dealers ordered Wells Fargo Securities Inc., a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco, to pay a former financial consultant $1.15 million and admit that an error by the company caused her to be arrested and indicted. In 1997, federal authorities charged the consultant, Paula […]

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Wells Fargo Securities, Inc. Found Liable and Ordered To Pay

PR Newswire

Paula Whitsell, a former financial consultant at Wells Fargo Securities, Inc. (“Wells Fargo”) in San Diego, California, a subsidiary of Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC – news) was awarded $1.15 million by an NASD Dispute Resolution arbitration panel. The award against Wells Fargo came after more than two years of litigation stemming from a […]

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