Adjudication & 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|
|May 03, 2018||2014039775501||Order Regarding Enforcement’s Motion to Strike Respondent’s Witnesses and Exhibits and Respondent’s Motion to Strike Enforcement Exhibits||Disciplinary Order|
|May 03, 2018||2014039775501||Order Granting Enforcement’s Motion Regarding Sequestration of Witnesses||Disciplinary Order|
|May 02, 2018||2014041860801||Omnibus Order on Pre-Hearing Motions||Disciplinary Order|
|April 30, 2018||201404186800||APPEALED: Dennis A. Mehringer, Jr.||Disciplinary Decision|
|April 25, 2018||2015046971701||Order Granting Enforcement’s Motion for Leave to Offer Telephone or Videoconference Testimony||Disciplinary Order|
|April 24, 2018||2014041860801||Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Renewed Motion to Compel.||Disciplinary Order|
|April 11, 2018||2014040761001||Amended Order Denying Respondent’s Motion for Partial Summary Disposition||Disciplinary Order|
|April 05, 2018||SD-2150||David P. Brown||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|April 05, 2018||2015044600801||Gerard Chandler Gremillion||Disciplinary Decision|
|April 02, 2018||2015047069701||Order Granting in Part and Denying in Part Enforcement’s Motion In Limine and to Strike Portions of Respondent’s Pre-Hearing Brief and Related Evidence||Disciplinary Order|
|March 28, 2018||2011030293503||Richard Gomez||Disciplinary Decision|
|March 20, 2018||2015046971701||Order Granting Motion to Allow De Bene Esse Deposition||Disciplinary Order|
|March 19, 2018||2014040876001||Kenneth J. Mathieson||Disciplinary Decision|
|March 14, 2018||2016052347901||APPEALED: Austin Wayne Morton||Disciplinary Decision|
|March 13, 2018||SD-2137||APPEALED: Gabriel Block||Statutory Disqualification, Denials|
|March 05, 2018||2015047154001||Order Denying Respondent’s Motion for Admission of Additional Exhibits||Disciplinary Order|
|February 27, 2018||2012032731802||APPEALED: Wilson-Davis & Co., Inc., James C. Snow, and Byron B. Barkley||Disciplinary Decision|
|February 27, 2018||2015045254501||APPEALED: Richard O. White||Disciplinary Decision|
|February 22, 2018||SD-2123||Catherine Ann Sheridan||Statutory Disqualification, Approvals|
|February 14, 2018||2016049420501||Second Order Rescheduling Initial Pre-Hearing Conference||Disciplinary Order|
|February 06, 2018||DFC170004||APPEALED: Dakota Securities International, Inc.||Expedited Decision|
|February 02, 2018||2015046759201||APPEALED: Todd B. Wyche||Disciplinary Decision|
|January 11, 2018||2015047069701||Case Management and Scheduling Order||Disciplinary Order|
|January 10, 2018||2014041860801||Order Denying Respondents’ Motion for More Definite Statement and Department of Enforcement’s Motion to Strike||Disciplinary Order|
|January 10, 2018||2014041862701||Case Management and Scheduling Order||Disciplinary Order|