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Peggy Jean Doherty-Punderson of Hill, New Hampshire submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which she was barred for refusing to provide information and documents in violation to FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010.


In May 2013, Peggy Jean Doherty-Punderson joined Morgan Stanley as a General Securities Representative until being discharged in September of 2019. According to FINRA, a form U5 was filed by Morgan Stanley in which Peggy Jean Doherty-Punderson was discharged due to a pending review which stated that she allegedly acknowledged and refused to provide documents requested by FINRA. The FINRA findings stated that the request was sent concerning a mortgage deed executed by Punderson and a customer. In addition, Ms. Punderson allegedly violated FINRA Rule 8210 and 2010, is no longer registered with any FINRA member firm, and remains under FINRA’s jurisdiction.


FINRA Rule 8210(a)(1) states, in relevant part, that FINRA may “require a member, person associated with a member, or any other person subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction to provide information orally, in writing, or electronically … with respect to any matter involved in [a FINRA] investigation.” FINRA Rule 8210(c) further states that “[n]o member or person shall fail to provide information pursuant to this Rule.” A violation of FINRA Rule 8210 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires member firms and their associated persons to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”


Without admitting or denying FINRA’s findings, Peggy Jean Doherty-Punderson consented to the sanctions and has been barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities.


Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many practices that may violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures. In order to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a supervisory system. The implementation of these industry rules requires supervisors to monitor their employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker-dealers and/or their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages which flow from the broker’s misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered losses stemming from misconduct and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like Morgan Stanley, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.


Have you suffered losses in your Morgan Stanley account due to misconduct by your broker? Was Peggy Jean Doherty-Punderson your stockbroker? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against Morgan Stanley stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.


The most important of investors’ rights is the right to be informed! This Investors’ Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 40 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors’ rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please visit our website, www.secatty.com, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at pearce@rwpearce.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.

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Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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