Berthel Fisher & Co., et al v. Larmon, et al, No. 11-2877 (8th Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
This case arose out of securities issued by a group of Minnesota liability companies (Geneva) and purchased by defendants (Investors) in 2007 and 2008. Plaintiff, a licensed broker-dealer and member of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), served as managing broker-dealer for the offering. The district court's grant of plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction and denial of defendants' motion to compel arbitration was challenged on appeal. Because the court held that the district court correctly concluded that defendants were not plaintiffs' "customers" under the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes, the court affirmed the judgment.