Securities Law

Unfortunately, there are some disreputable securities brokers out there. Some engage in churning, a type of broker misconduct, which can have serious financial consequences for their clients. All investors need to know what churning is, how to spot it, and what to do about it if they suspect their broker is engaging in this activity.

We often advise readers of this blog to act promptly if they suspect that their stockbroker mishandled their accounts or gave them unsuitable or misleading recommendations. Usually, we just post a general warning that potential filing deadlines can bar investment claims. But we thought it might be a good idea to explain a bit more

The Most Notorious US Financial Scammers Every civilized society is dependent for its success on its citizens being able to trust one another. And most people actually do tend to trust one another. Why? Because they themselves are basically good, or at least reasonably honest, and believe they will be treated honestly by others –

Stockbroker Christopher Tolmacs was found liable in FINRA arbitration for breach of fiduciary duty, gross negligence, willful wanton misconduct, conversion of funds, securities fraud and violation of the SEC Act of 1934. He was most recently employed with Triad Advisors,  Harbinger Asset Management, LLC, and Harbinger Financial Group, Inc. His recommendation of unsuitable alternative investment

FINRA has suspended Mount Pleasant, S.C. stockbroker Mark S. Perry from associating with any brokerage firm in any capacity for a period of eighteen months. Perry was most recently employed by Independent Financial Group. Before that, he was associated with Royal Alliance Associates and Cambridge Investment Research Advisors. Perry made unsuitable investment recommendations to four

Beachwood and Independence, Ohio – Ryan Paugh is under FINRA investigation for violating NASD Rule 3040 and FINRA Rule 3040. Paugh has been associated with J.P. Morgan Chase Securities, and Chase Investment Services. He is being investigated for soliciting 5 individuals to participate in unregistered securities allegedly bearing high interest rates. The securities were for

Scott Newsholme, of Farmingdale New Jersey has been charged by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with stealing more than $1 million from clients. Newsholme was a tax preparer and investment advisor who convinced clients to invest in securities, private ventures, and businesses. He cashed their checks and pocketed the money to support his gambling

The firm of J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC was investigated by FINRA for breach of fiduciary duty; negligence, negligent supervision and other securities violations. In a case involving J.J. B. Hillard’s registered representative, all of Claimants’ blue chip stocks were sold and invested in funds of highly speculative oil and gas company known as Breitburn