In a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority ("FINRA") Arbitration Statement of Claim, public customer Claimant Daversa (appearing pro se) alleged that Respondents Ken Cole and Merrill Lynch had failed to execute an order for the purchase of Boise, Inc. ("BZ") common stock and, thereafter, attempted to deceive him as to the circumstances of the order. Respondents generally denied the allegation, asserted various affirmative defenses, and sought an expungement of the matter from Respondent Cole's Central Registration Depository ("CRD") records. In the Matter of the FINRA Arbitration Between John J. Daversa, Claimant vs. Ken Cole and Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc., Respondents (FINRA Arbitration 10-02673, May 2, 2011).
Claimant alleged that Respondents failed to follow his order to buy 1,000 shares of BZ at $.25 or better. As a consequence of that failure, Claimant alleged that he would have sold BI at $6 a share, and requested both compensatory and punitive damages. In reply, Respondents alleged that they never failed to enter the Claimant's orders for BZ.
SIDE BAR: Given that Claimant didn't own the disputed BZ shares to sell, he presented the sole FINRA Arbitrator with quite a challenge.
First, if Claimant could have purchased BZ shares, what basis price should he be credited with?
In deciding this arbitration, the sole FINRA arbitrator determined that on December 18, 2008, Respondent Merrill Lynch did, in fact, place a Limit Order in Claimant's account to buy 1,000 shares of BZ for $.25. That order ("First Order") was to remain open until either filled or cancelled for the first business day after January 16, 2009. Respondent Merrill Lynch sent Claimant a confirmation of this order.
On January 16, 2009, Respondent Merrill Lynch placed a second Limit Order in Claimant's account to buy 1,000 shares of BZ for $.25. This order ("Second Order") was to remain open until either filled or cancelled for the first business day after February 13, 2009). Again, Respondent Merrill Lynch sent Claimant a confirmation of this order.
Unlike the First Order, the Second Order was not renewed, and on February 17, 2009, Respondent Merrill Lynch sent Claimant confirmation that the Second Order had been cancelled according to its terms. As of February 17th, the price of BZ had not hit Claimant's $.25 limit. Consequently, during the relevant periods that the two Limit Orders were in effect, BZ failed to trade at or below $.25.
During the weeks of February 23 and March 2, 2009, BZ finally hit $.25, As of May 4, 2011, BZ traded at $8.25.
Given that the FINRA Arbitrator's findings of fact contradict Claimant's assertions that Respondents failed to properly enter and execute his BZ Limit Orders, the claims were dismissed. Accordingly, the Arbitrator recommended the expungement of Respondent Cole's CRD record.
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