Investigation: Former Morgan Stanley Broker James Mewhinney III

Investigation: Former Morgan Stanley Broker James Mewhinney IIIJames Mewhinney III (CRD#: 857321) is a former registered broker and investment advisor. From 2009 to 2018, Mr. Mewhinney III was a representative of Morgan Stanley in Dallas, Texas. According to information available through Brokercheck, two investors have previously filed claims complaints against this individual. In this article, our FINRA arbitration lawyers review these two customer claims.

Unsuitable Investments: Allegations Against Financial Advisor James Mewhinney III

In February of 2008, an investor filed a complaint related to the sale of an auction rate security (ARS). Auction rate securities are debt products sold through ‘Dutch’ auctions. In February of 2008, the ARS market failed — a consequence of severe liquidity problems. James Mewhinney III settled this complaint for $2.2 million in compensation.

Notably, Mr. Mewhinney III included a comment on this settlement stating that it was not based on the merits of the client’s specific concerns with him and that it was not made after any finding of wrongdoing.

In November of 2018, a Morgan Stanley customer filed a complaint alleging that Mr. Mewhinney III made excessive trades and unsuitable investments in violation of securities industry rules. The customer sought $550,000 in financial damages. Brokercheck indicates that this complaint was denied. No finding of misconduct was entered against this financial advisor.

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