Category Archives: Merrill Lynch

Joshua E. Danforth-Kestra Investment Services Broker-Discloses Termination of Employment-Little Rock, AR

April 2017,  Little Rock, AR

According to publicly available records Joshua E. Danforth, (CRD# 4884480 ),  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Austin, Texas based Kestra Investment Services discloses an employment separation after allegations.   

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.

Danforth was discharged from Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Incorporated in May 2016 who made the following allegation in connection therewith: “conduct including alteration of client documents”.

Danforth has been employed by Kestra since 7/2016. He was employed by Merrill Lynch from 5/2005-6/2016.

If you have losses in an account handled by Joshua E. Danforth, contact us to learn how you may be entitled 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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Joshua E. Danforth-Former Merrill Lynch Broker-Discloses Separation From Employment-Austin, TX

April 2017,  Austin, TX

According to publicly available records Joshua E. Danforth, (CRD#4884480),  a  stockbroker who is currently registered with Kestra Investment Services discloses an employment separation after allegations.   

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.

Danforth was discharged from Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Incorporated in 5/2016 who made the following  allegation in connection therewith:   “Conduct including alteration of client documents”.

Danforth has been employed by Kestra Investment Services since 7/2016.

If you have losses in an account handled by Joshua E. Danforth, contact us to learn how you may be entitled 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Joel H. Kassewitz-Former Credit Suisse Broker-Discloses Customer Disputes-Coral Gables, FLA

February 2017-Coral Gables, FL

According to publicly available records Joel H. Kassewitz , (CRD# 1674124) ,  a   stockbroker who is  not currently registered discloses one pending and seven 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 pending FINRA arbitration 16-2746, a customer of his prior employer, Credit Suisse Securities , alleges damages of $400,000 for  recommending unsuitable  investments in oil and gas, violations of FINRA rules and Florida statutes, fraud and  breach of fiduciary duty.

His prior customer disputes include FINRA arbitration 11-2814 in which a customer of Kassewitz’s prior employer, Merrill Lynch, alleged damages of $1,000,000 for unsuitable investments. That case was settled in 2012 for $450,000.

Kassewitz  was employed previously by Wells Fargo Advisors, Credit Suisse Securities, Merrill Lynch, Prudential Securities and PaineWebber Inc.

If you have losses  in an account handled by Joel H. Kassewitz, call to discuss your options.

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

Patrick C. Gugliotta-Former K.C. Ward Broker-Discloses Pending Customer Dispute

July 2016-Ronkonkoma, NY

According to publicly available records Patrick C. Gugliotta  , (CRD# 5033421) ,  a   stockbroker who was formerly employed by K.C. Ward Financial, discloses a  pending customer dispute.

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.

A customer of K.C. Ward Financial has filed FINRA arbitration #15-03359 alleging damages of $450,000 for speculative trading.

Gugliotta is currently employed by Merrill Lynch. He was employed by K.C. Ward Financial from 2/2008-9/2016.

If you have questions about an account in an account handled by Patrick C. Gugliotta, contact us to discuss your legal options.

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

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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

James E. Mahan-Former Raymond James Broker-Sanctioned by Securities Regulator

August 2016-New Braunfels, Texas

The FINRA records of  James E. Mahan,  a  former stockbroker who most recently worked for Raymond James Financial Services  disclose a recent regulatory matter resulting in his permanent bar from the industry.

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 August 2016, Mahan, without admitting or denying the findings, consented to a permanent bar from the securities industry and entry of findings that he refused to appear for on the record testimony requested by FINRA related to an internal review for recommending an unapproved outside investment to a client of the firm. FINRA Case 2015047115101.

Mahan was registered with Raymond James Financial Services from 5/2015-7/2016. Prior to that he was registered with J.P Morgan , Merrill Lynch and Chase Investments Services. Mahan was also affiliated with South Texas Capital Advisors. 

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

J.J. Heaton-Former Merrill Lynch Broker-Discloses Customer Dispute Over Annuity Purchase

August  2016-The Villages, Florida

The FINRA records of J.J. Heaton ,  a  stock broker who is currently employed by Raymond James & Assoc. , disclose a pending customer dispute brought by a customer of Merrill Lynch,  Heaton’s prior employer.

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 pending complaint received June 2016, a customer alleges unspecified monetary damages  for misrepresentation and omission of material facts regarding a variable annuity issued in July 2014.

Heaton has been employed by Raymond James & Assoc. since 1/2016.  He was employed by Merrill Lynch from 7/2012-1/2016.

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