Category Archives: Margin

Merrill Lynch Fined $7M Over Leveraged Management Account Inadequacies

November 2016- New York

Merrill Lynch was fined $7 million by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) for inadequately supervising the use of leverage (margin) in customer accounts.

Merrill Loan Management Accounts (LMAs) permit customers to borrow money from an affiliated bank using securities in the account as collateral. From 2010-2014, FINRA found that Merrill’s supervisory procedures were inadequate with regard to the use of the loan proceeds from the LMA’s and that customers were using the loan proceeds to purchase securities in violation of the LMA agreements.

In addition FINRA found that from 2010-2013 Merrill’s supervisory procedures were inadequate to ensure the suitability of transactions in certain Puerto Rican securities, including municipal bonds and closed-end funds, where customer accounts were highly leveraged through LMA or margin borrowing.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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Steven R. Luftschein-Aegis Capital Broker-Discloses $2M Customer Dispute

July 2016-Melville, New York

The FINRA records of Steven R. Luftschein ,  a  stock broker currently employed  by Aegis Capital Corp. , disclose a pending customer dispute and 11 prior final customer disputes.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In the currently pending dispute, received in June 2016 , a customer of Aegis Capital  alleges damages of $2,000,000  for unsuitable investment recommendations and mishandling of their account from June 2013-January 2016.

The prior customer disputes include:

  • FINRA Case 10-03873 in which a customer of Luftschein’s prior employer, GunnAllen Financial, alleged damages of $1,000,000 for failure to supervise. That case was settled for $275,000.
  • NASD Case 06-3161 in which a customer of Luftschein’s prior employers Investec Ernst and Maxim Group alleged damages of $392,387 for excessive and unauthorized trading in unsuitable securities and use of margin without authorization. That case was settled for $77,500.

Luftschein has been employed by Aegis Capital since  6/2013. Prior to that he was employed by John Thomas Financial (expelled by FINRA 10/2013) and before that Rockwell Global Capital.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Brandt B. Wendland-Feltl & Co. Broker-Named in Customer Arbitration Involving Penny Stocks

Minneapolis, MN

According to FINRA records, Brandt B. Wendland  a broker who has been  registered  with Feltl & Company since  3/2004 , discloses a pending customer dispute involving penny stocks and leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs).

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In pending FINRA Case 14-2132, a customer alleges damages of $300,000 for unsuitable trading in penny stocks, leveraged exchange traded funds, margin and unauthorized trading.

Feltl & Co. Prior Regulatory Issues related to Penny Stocks and ETFs

Feltl & Co. was fined $1 million in 2014 for issues related to inadequacy of supervision in connection with the sale of penny stocks. See this for more. 

That same year Feltl & Co. was fined $225,000 to resolve allegations that firm procedures related to the sale of ETFs were inadequate. See this for more.

If you have losses in an account handled by Brandt B. Wendland, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Patrick H. Maddren-Former Dawson James Broker-Discloses Settlment of $1M Customer Dispute

UPDATE FEBRUARY 2017-FINRA records disclose that arbitration 16-00849, discussed below, was settled for a payment $295,000 by Dawson James Securities.

ORIGINAL POST-May 2016-Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

According to FINRA recordsPatrick H. Maddren has been registered with Laidlaw & Company since 8/2012. Prior to that he was registered with Dawson James Securities from 8/2009-8/2012.

Patrick H. Maddren discloses on his FINRA records disclose that   FINRA Case 16-0849 is currently pending. The customer alleges that while Maddren was registered with Dawson James Securities he failed to follow instructions, made material misrepresentations and omissions, traded the account excessively, charged excessive commissions, traded without authority and made unsuitable recommendations. Damages are alleged to be $1,000,000.

If you have losses in an account handled by Patrick H. Maddren contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

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Joseph M. Fedorko-Laidlaw & Company Broker-Named in Customer Disputes

May 2016-Stamford , CT

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

According to FINRA recordsJoseph M. Fedorko, Jr. has been registered with Laidlaw & Company since 6/2009.

FINRA records disclose that Joseph M. Fedorko, Jr. has been named in 16 customer disputes, 15 of which have been finalized and one of which is pending. The cases that have been resolved include:

  • FINRA Case 14-0801- a client alleged unsuitable investments. That case was settled for $120,000.
  • FINRA Case 12-3931- a customer alleged negligence, breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract. That case was settled for $120,000.
  • FINRA Case 11-01077- a customer alleged excessive and unsuitable trading. That case was settled for $490,000.

FINRA Case 13-0139 is currently pending. The customer in that case alleges unsuitable and unauthorized use of margin borrowing and claims damages of $90,000.

If you have losses in an account handled by Joseph M. Fedorko, Jr.  contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Craig G Langweiler Investigation- Meyers Associates Stock Broker

April 7, 2016-Newton, PA

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. FINRA requires brokers and brokerage firms to report customer complaints and disputes as well as regulatory sanctions. In addition brokers are required to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

FINRA records are public and can be accessed on the BrokerCheck website. 

The FINRA records of Craig G. Langweiler, a stock broker with Meyers Associates,  report 36 disclosure events, including 1 pending and 2 final regulatory events, 1 pending and 12 final customer disputes and 18 judgment/liens.

The pending regulatory event , FINRA Case 2011029549201, alleges that Langweiler willfully failed to amend FINRA reporting documents to disclose tax liens and civil judgments.

Prior customer disputes that have been resolved include:

  • FINRA Case 14-01038- customer alleged that Langweiler churned the account, charged excessive commissions, made unauthorized trades, excessive use of margin and solicited a loan from the customer. That case was settled for $140,000.
  • FINRA Case 11-03089-customer alleged that Langweiler over traded the account, made unsuitable recommendations and improper use of discretion. Case settled for $112,750.

Below is a  screenshot of a portion of Langweiler’s FINRA record. Follow this link to see complete details.

Craig Langweiler CRD

Langweiler has been employed by Meyers Associates since 10/2011. Prior to that he was employed by Summit Brokerage Services from 10/2008-10/2011.

If you have losses in an account handled by Craig G. Langweiler  contact us to learn how you may be able to recover damages from his employer.

Rex Securities Law , with offices in Boca Raton, FL,  and  Austin, TX,   provides representation to  investors  nationwide who are seeking recovery of investment losses due to the negligence or fraud of stockbrokers and broker dealers. If you have questions about how your account has been handled, call to speak with an experienced securities attorney.

Most cases handled on a contingent fee basis meaning that you do not pay legal fees unless we are successful.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870