Dec 27 An arbitration panel has ordered Wells
Fargo & Co's brokerage unit to buy back about $94
million of auction-rate securities from investors.
The San Francisco-based bank's brokerage unit was ordered to
pay at par value to investors including James Cohen and a family
trust for the securities, the Financial Industry Regulatory
Authority arbitration panel said in an award dated Dec. 24. ()
The Cohen family accused Wells Fargo Advisors of fraud,
negligence and breach of fiduciary duty related to investments
in municipal auction-rate securities or MARS.
The family sought damages of $20 million for investments in
MARS starting in March 2008, which the panel denied.
A Wells Fargo spokesman Tony Mattera told Reuters the bank
was disappointed by the decision and was reviewing it. A lawyer
for the Cohens wasn't available for comment.