Wells Fargo Ordered to Buy Back $94 Million in Auction-rate Securities

by InvestorLawyers on January 9, 2014

in Auction Rate Securities (ARS),FINRA,Merrill Lynch,Morgan Stanley,UBS

Investment fraud lawyers are currently investigating claims on behalf of Wells Fargo customers who suffered significant losses in municipal auction-rate securities. On December 24th, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel ordered Wells Fargo Advisors to buy back $94 million in securities at face value because the adviser allegedly misrepresented the investments, which would have violated the firm’s obligation to fully disclose all the risks of a given investment when making recommendations.

Wells Fargo Ordered to Buy Back $94 Million in Auction-rate Securities

According to Investment News, the award is related to securities purchased since March 2008 by the now-deceased Robert B. Cohen, his family and Hudson News, Cohen’s affiliated business. Reportedly, Cohen’s family has accused Wells Fargo and one of its advisors of misleading and fraudulent statements regarding municipal auction-rate securities.

Reportedly, when the financial crisis struck and investors found these securities difficult to sell, a Wells Fargo advisor allegedly told the Cohens they could earn back their investment within months with relatively high rates of return. According to investment fraud lawyers, a case is still pending against Timothy P. Shannon, a Wells Fargo adviser based in New Jersey. The FINRA panel also denied Wells Fargo’s request to have the dispute expunged from Shannon’s regulatory records.

Securities arbitration lawyers say that Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley and UBS Wealth Management Americas have agreed to pay millions in fines and have bought back billions in auction-rate securities since 2008 in an attempt to settle charges of failure to properly inform investors and supervise advisors regarding these securities.

If you are a Wells Fargo, Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley or UBS Wealth Management customer who suffered significant losses in municipal auction-rate securities, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact a securities arbitration lawyer at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or newcases@investorlawyers.net for a no-cost, confidential consultation.

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