Competing claims by customers of Securities America who lost $400 million in allegedly fraudulent securities in Medical Capital and Provident Royalties have finally been resolved. As followed in this blog, the proponents of a class action lawsuit against Securities America and its parent, Ameriprise Financial, sought to force investors who filed their own arbitration proceedings to abandon their own claims and compel them to participate in the class action settlement. The investors in arbitration successful argued for their right to pursue their own claims, and the judge overseeing the class action rejected the onerous settlement agreement. This week, Securities America agreed to settle the class action claim and the individual arbitration proceedings for a total of $150 million. While that is certainly a significant settlement amount, it nonetheless still means that investors, who will recover slightly more than 30% of their losses, will have to bear the brunt of the MedCap and Provident losses. Given the fact that an investor won an award of $1.2 million against Securities America earlier this year — an award that included punitive damages to punish the firm for its conduct — it seems that Securities America secured a global settlement on favorable terms. Investors who believe they have been defrauded by an investment advisor, or who believes they have suffered investment losses due to broker misconduct, should contact an investment fraud lawyer to investigate their right to recover damages.
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