Adjudication and Decisions
When FINRA determines that violations of securities rules have occurred and formal disciplinary action is necessary, the Enforcement Department or Market Regulation Department files a complaint with the Office of Hearing Officers (OHO).
The Office arranges a three-person panel to hear the case. The panel is chaired by a hearing officer who is an employee of the Office of Hearing Officers. The Chief Hearing Officer appoints two industry panelists, drawn primarily from a pool of current and former securities industry members of FINRA's District Committees, as well as its Market Regulation Committee, former members of FINRA's National Adjudicatory Council (NAC) and former FINRA Governors.
At the hearing, the parties present evidence for the panel to determine whether a firm or individual has engaged in conduct that violates FINRA rules, SEC regulations or federal securities laws. In reaching its decision, the hearing panel also considers previous court, SEC, and NAC decisions to determine if violations occurred. The NAC is the national committee which reviews initial decisions rendered in FINRA disciplinary and membership proceedings.
For each case, the hearing panel will issue a written decision explaining the reasons for its ruling and consult the FINRA Sanction Guidelines to determine the appropriate sanctions if violations have occurred. FINRA also, when feasible and appropriate, can order firms and individuals to make restitution to harmed customers.
Under FINRA's disciplinary procedures, a firm or individual has the right to appeal a hearing panel decision to the NAC, or the NAC may on its own initiate a review of a decision. On appeal, the NAC will determine if a hearing panel's findings were legally correct, factually supported and consistent with FINRA's Sanction Guidelines. While a panel decision is on appeal, the sanction is not enforced against the firm or individual.
Unless FINRA's Board of Governors decides to review the NAC's appellate decision, that decision represents FINRA's final action. A firm or individual can appeal FINRA's decision to the SEC and then to federal court.
|Date of Decision||Proceeding No.||Title||Type|
|Aug 1, 2012||2006005786501||Joseph A. Padilla and Andrea M. Ritchie(f/k/a Andrea M. Bruno)||Disciplinary Decision|
|Oct 18, 2010||2006005786501||Hearing Panel Decsion in Department of Enforcement v. Joseph A. Padilla and Andrea M. Ritchie||Disciplinary Decision|
|Mar 18, 2008||2006005849101||Order Denying Motion to Set Aside Default Decision||Disciplinary Order|
|Jul 31, 2007||20060058633||NAC Redacted Membership Decision 20060058633||Membership Decision|
|Nov 6, 2007||2006005936701||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. William D. Mattes, Sr.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Oct 16, 2009||2006005977901||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Kale E. Evans||Disciplinary Decision|
|Oct 3, 2011||2006005977901||Kale E. Evans||Disciplinary Decision|
|Dec 18, 2009||2006006046401||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. James Richard Willard, III||Disciplinary Decision|
|Dec 15, 2008||2006006192901||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Denis William Kraemer, Jr.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Dec 18, 2009||2006006192901||Denis William Kraemer, Jr.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Oct 28, 2010||2006006259501||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Respondent||Redacted Decision|
|Nov 24, 2009||2006006259501||Order Denying Respondent's Motion to Compel Production of List of Withheld Documents||Disciplinary Order|
|Aug 19, 2008||2006006705601||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. John M. E. Saad||Disciplinary Decision|
|Oct 6, 2009||2006006705601||John M. Saad||Disciplinary Decision|
|Mar 16, 2015||2006006705601r||APPEALED: John M.E. Saad||Disciplinary Decision|
|Oct 14, 2008||2006006890801||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. CMG Institutional Trading, LLC and Shawn Baldwin||Disciplinary Decision|
|May 3, 2010||2006006890801||CMG Institutional Trading LLC and Shawn D. Baldwin||Disciplinary Decision|
|Aug 20, 2008||2006007101701||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Flavio G. Varone||Disciplinary Decision|
|Feb 8, 2011||2006007105101||Order Denying Respondent’s Motion for Summary Disposition||Disciplinary Order|
|Dec 3, 2009||2006007544401||Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. M. Paul De Vietien||Disciplinary Decision|
|Dec 28, 2010||2006007544401||M. Paul De Vietien||Disciplinary Decision|
|May 2, 2012||2007007151101||Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Dec 8, 2010||2007007151101||Hearing Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Merrimac Corporate Securities, Inc.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Sep 1, 2011||20070072538-03||Amended Extended Hearing Panel Decision in Department of Enforcement v. Max International Broker-Dealer, Corp.||Disciplinary Decision|
|Nov 11, 2009||2007007255603||Order Following Final Pre-Hearing Conference and Granting, in Part, Enforcement's Motion to Preclude Testimony and Exhibits||Disciplinary Order|