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Play nice order.

Remember the professional donnybrook between former Merrill Lynch co-workers turned competitors: John Turbeville versus Erin Eason?

A ruling has arrived in their long-running dispute, which hit arbitration with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in August 2010.

The professional conduct board denied with prejudice Turbeville's claim and Eason's counterclaim and ordered the Little Rock investment advisers to stop the verbal fisticuffs.

"The parties shall cease and desist from talking about the other in any meetings involving their respective clients and prospective clients."

Eason worked with Turbeville on pension fund accounts and became a pesky competitor after leaving Merrill Lynch in December 2008.

After losing some business to Eason, Turbeville lashed out and accused Eason of defamation, tortious interference, conversion and breach of contract.

Eason denied the allegations and filed a counterclaim seeking $100,000 to $500,000 in compensatory damages plus punitive damages, attorneys' fees and costs.
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Publication:Arkansas Business
Date:Jun 4, 2012
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