A FINRA arbitration panel of three public arbitrators in Omaha, Nebraska ordered Ameriprise Financial Services to pay a customer $440,000 in compensatory damages. The customer alleged breach of fiduciary duty, omission of facts and breach of contract and that Ameriprise made improper distributions to an individual who was not a proper beneficiary of a non-qualified account and two IRA accounts. Larson v Ameriprise, FINRA Case 16-01613.
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is a not-for-profit organization authorized by Congress to protect America’s investors by making sure the broker-dealer industry operates fairly and honestly.
As stated on the FINRA website:
Arbitration is a method of resolving a dispute between two or more parties by neutral, qualified individuals, who serve as decision-makers after weighing the facts of each case presented. The decision-makers are called arbitrators. Arbitration of securities disputes against brokerage firms, brokers, or both provides a prompt and inexpensive means of resolving issues. There are certain laws governing the conduct of an arbitration proceeding. The most important of these is perhaps the fact that an arbitration award is final and binding, subject to review by a court only on a very limited basis. Parties should also recognize that arbitrating their claims precludes them from pursuing the same claims through the courts.
If you have questions about an account with Ameriprise Financial Services or any other brokerage firm , call to learn about how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.
Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL, and Austin, TX, provides representation to investors nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.
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