A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel awarded $79,730 to a client of Morgan Stanley’s who sued the firm for allegedly losing almost $1 million of his money on Apple call options. More than half of the money granted represented punitive damages awarded under Alabama state law. David Searcy, the Morgan Stanley broker who had been with the firm for almost five years, was accused of selling the options to the customer. He resigned from the firm in February 2013 during an internal review against him, alleging that he was “soliciting a client to purchase certain CDOs and to participate in a real estate investment outside the firm.” According to FINRA records, David Ross Searcy was previously registered with Amsouth Investment Services in Birmingham, Alabama from August 1992 until September 1999, and Merrill Lynch in Birmingham from September 1999 until March 2013. He is currently registered with Morgan Stanley in Birmingham, and has been since February 2013. He has four customer disputes against him, one of which is currently pending.
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