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Securities America: Is a Settlement In The Works?

A deal may in the works between Securities America and investors who lost hundreds of millions of dollars from soured private-placement deals in Medical Capital Holdings and Provident Royalties. The story was first reported by Investment News on March 28.

Financial problems related to investor lawsuits in the private placements have been a growing source of concern for the broker/dealer. Now, it appears a settlement offer could be on the table.

Details of the offer have not been revealed.

Securities America sold about $400 million in private placements in Medical Capital Holdings. In July 2009, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged the company with fraud, accusing it of essentially running a Ponzi scheme. That same month, the SEC also charged Provident Royalties with fraud.

Earlier this month, a federal judge denied a proposed $21 million settlement between Securities America and the plaintiffs in the case. If the settlement had occurred, investors would likely have received only pennies on the dollar.

And while Securities America may not have enough capital to pay plaintiffs 100 cents on the dollar, its parent company, Ameriprise, does.

As reported in the Investment News article, Securities America has reportedly informed its 1,800 brokers of the proposed settlement.

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