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FINRA Arbitration Panel Awards $500,000 in Punitive Damages and $3.4 Million Compensatory

In an arbitration that lasted 38 hearing sessions, a Chicago panel awarded damages to a former employee of Advanced Equities, Inc. for injuries suffered as a result of the Respondents allegedly failing to pay him commissions for his efforts in raising capital for Advanced Equities funded transactions.  The arbitrators also awarded interest and expert witness fees.  This case represents a rare example of punitive damages being awarded in an employment context.  DAW did not represent the Claimants.  FINRA Arbitration No. 10-00048.