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Reuters News Story

CHARLOTTE, N.C., May 19 (Reuters) - Raymond James Financial Inc ( RJF.N ) must pay a Texas man and his wife’s estate $1.5 million to resolve allegations the company improperly sold annuities to the couple, according to a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration panel filing.

In May 2010, Hurshel and Mildred Tyler, now deceased, claimed a broker for the St. Petersburg, Florida-based company recommended they purchase various deferred variable annuities and individual stocks such as JDS Uniphase Corp JDSU.O, Infospace Inc INSP.O and Alcatel Lucent SA ALUA.PA, according to a FINRA dispute resolution agreement issued on May 10.

The broker moved the Tylers’ investment portfolio of $3.8 million from municipal bond investments into annuities, said Tracy Stoneman, a Westcliffe, Colorado and Dallas-based securities attorney who represents investors.

That broker then moved to LPL Financial Corp in 2006. LPL Financial settled with the Tylers before the arbitration was concluded.

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Raymond James and LPL Financial denied the allegations and the Tylers’ requested $2.3 million in compensatory and actual damages, according to the filing.

“For five years, the Tyler trusted their broker and the panel found they had a right to do so,” said Stoneman.

In a statement to Reuters, Raymond James spokeswoman Anthea Penrose said the company was disappointed by the award and was reviewing all available options.

The couple, voluntarily followed the financial adviser to LPL Financial and had an unrealized profit of $800,000 on the investments before market conditions changed, Penrose said. (Reporting by Joe Rauch; editing by Bernard Orr and Andre Grenon)

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If you suspect securities or brokerage fraud against your hard-earned investments and need an advocate, call Tracy Pride Stoneman - NOW! I was a victim of churning, improper sale of unsuitable private placements, compliance violations, and more. I blamed myself at first and didn't think I had a case, but I was referred to Tracy after another lawyer balked, thinking all was lost. She took the emotion out of it, got down to the facts, made the case, and in hands-on fashion worked hard for the best result possible. She's an excellent communicator and the kind of experienced securities arbitration lawyer you need in your corner. Ms. Stoneman achieved a settlement for me that far exceeded expectations. She has my highest recommendation. Jeffrey B.
Tracy was a wonderful lawyer in my and my husband's huge case against Prudential Securities. She was relentless in going after the stockbroker and firm, determined to obtain all of the documents that helped our case and hurt theirs (that's why the firm didn't want to produce them!). No matter what curve ball the brokerage firm threw, Tracy came up with an angle to overcome it. My husband always commented how smart Tracy was in handling our case. Throughout it all, Tracy was extremely cheerful and easy to work with - unlike most lawyers I know! Carolyn W.
I think that you did a great job for the Tylers, and I believe you are one of the most organized and effective attorneys I have worked with. John B.