Securities Law

When seeking professional financial guidance, there are two main options: brokers and investment advisors. There are several similarities, as both brokers and financial advisors offer professional financial advice. While these jobs may seem indistinguishable at first, in reality, there are significant fundamental differences between the two.  Investors should be aware of these differences and their

Many investors retain financial advisors and brokers to help them invest their hard-earned money. They rely on financial advisors and brokers to provide insight and investment guidance. Unfortunately, there are instances where investors lose money due to the negligence or fraud of their financial advisors or brokers. While many brokers and financial advisors will blame

At the risk of stating the painfully obvious, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  The latest evidence supporting that timeless gem is Robinhood’s promise of free stock trading available to anyone.  It sounds great, except when Robinhood’s trading platform goes offline, leaving tens of millions of clients unable to buy,

Robinhood has been in the news a lot again lately, and that news isn’t terribly favorable.  Given that we represent investors, not firms, we fielded a lot of calls about Robinhood’s potential responsibility related to folks’ losses related to GameStop, AMC, Nokia, and Blackberry.  To our great surprise, we concluded that, based on what we

We’ve received dozens of calls from distressed investors, all with the same complaint: “I woke up today, saw that my stock is trading at a much higher price, but when I went to sell, I had a fraction of the shares I had yesterday.  Help!  My broker stole my stock!” There are certainly examples of

Unfortunately, there are some disreputable securities brokers and financial advisor 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 or financial

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