FINRA Panel Awards $1 Million to Morgan Stanley Investor

By December 16, 2015 September 20th, 2017 News

A Massachusetts FINRA Panel recently awarded Claimant Genevieve Lenehan over $1 million in damages – including punitive damages and attorneys’ fees — against investment adviser Justin Amaral and brokerage firm Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC d/b/a Morgan Stanley.

Lenehan filed her FINRA arbitration claim on December 12, 2014 and asserted claims including: breach of fiduciary duty; negligence; breach of contract and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing; violation of Massachusetts and federal securities statutes; fraud; undue influence; and failure to supervise.

The FINRA Panel found Morgan Stanley and Amaral jointly and severally liable, and awarded the following damages

  • Compensatory Damages: $256,000
  • Punitive Damages: $512,000
  • Interest on the award of compensatory damages at the rate of 6% per annum from December 12, 2014
  • Attorneys’ fees: $226,517.74
  • Costs: $63,500
  • Refund of filing fee: $600

The Panel also assessed the hearing fees of $15,750 jointly and severally to Amaral and Morgan Stanley.

The FINRA case was No. 14-03705; the decision was released December 8, 2015.

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