UBS AG faces dozens of arbitration claims from U.S. clients who bought 100 percent principal protected notes issued by Lehman Brothers Holdings that turned out to be virtually worthless after the company filed for bankruptcy in September. Now, in one of the first cases to be heard by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), an arbitration panel has awarded an investor $200,000, ruling that her UBS broker inappropriately sold her the risky investments.
As reported Dec. 5 by the Wall Street Journal, the case serves as one of the first that FINRA has ruled upon concerning Lehman principal protected notes and could be a sign of how future cases may unfold.
Steven Caruso, an attorney with Maddox Hargett & Caruso, said in the article that hundreds or thousands of additional arbitration cases are expected to be filed in connection with Lehman principal protected notes. Caruso’s firm alone will represent roughly 100, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Lehman principal protected notes were structured notes that many banks and securities firms represented as low-risk investments. What they failed to emphasize to investors was the fact that the notes were unsecured obligations of Lehman Brothers. When Lehman filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, holders of the notes found themselves with investments that traded for pennies on the dollar.
If you have suffered losses in Lehman principal protected notes and wish to discuss filing an individual arbitration claim with FINRA or have questions about these investments, please contact us.