Category Archives: Oil & Gas Master Limited Partnership (MLP)

Timothy T. Gibbons-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Ordered to Pay Former Customers $749K-New Orleans,LA

NOVEMBER 2017 UPDATE-FOLLOW THIS LINK.

May 2017-New Orleans, LA

According to FINRA records, Timothy T. Gibbons a former Morgan Stanley broker, without admitting or denying the findings, entered into an agreement with FINRA to resolve allegations that he made unsuitable investment recommendations to five elderly customers ranging in age from 72 to 90.

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 Letter of Acceptance Waiver and Consent No. 2015047910601, Gibbons over concentrated the accounts of these elderly clients in a single energy sector security. The concentration level in the customer’s accounts ranged from 65% to 79%.

The recommendation to invest in such a manner was unsuitable based on the customer’s age, risk tolerance, investment objectives and financial circumstances. FINRA Rule 2111(a) requires stockbrokers to have a reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy is suitable for the customer taking those and other factors such as tax status, investment experience time horizon and liquidity needs, into account.

Gibbons, who was employed by Morgan Stanley from 2009-2015,  was suspended from association with any FINRA member for 18 months, fined $20,000 and ordered to pay partial restitution to the customers of $716,750.

 

If you have questions about an account handled  by Timothy Gibbons or if you believe your broker over concentrated your portfolio in energy stocks or made other unsuitable recommendations, call for a no charge consultation.

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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Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

RBC Capital Ordered to Pay $723K For Sale of MLPs to Senior Citizen-Tampa, FL

November 2017-Tampa, FL

A FINRA arbitration panel comprised by an all public panel of three arbitrators, ordered RBC Capital Markets and broker Bruce Cameron of Norwell, Massachusetts,  to pay a former client, an elderly lady, $723,000 for losses suffered in an over concentration of oil and gas master limited partnerships (MLPs), which included:

  • Breitburn Energy Partners
  • Enable Midstream Partners
  • Enterprise Products
  • Ferrellgas Partners
  • Gramercy Property Trust, 
  • JP Energy Energy Partners
  • Mid Con Energy Partners
  • Southcross Energy Partners
  • Summit Midstream Partners
  • Tallgrass Energy Partners
  • CrossAmerica Partners
  • Enlink Midstream Partners

The panel found RBC and Cameron liable on the claims of negligence, negligent supervision and breach of fiduciary duty. FINRA Case #17-0305, Nourie, et al v RBC Capital Markets

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) is the agency that licenses and regulates stockbrokers and brokerage firms. When a customer seeks to recover damages for losses incurred in a stock brokerage account, cases are typically filed as arbitrations with FINRA dispute resolution. Arbitration is generally must quicker and more efficient than court litigation. Cases are often resolved in 12 months or so.

Brokers have a duty to make suitable recommendations to customers, taking into account their age, health, net worth and risk tolerance.

If you have losses in your account that you believe are the result of the negligence or improper advice of a broker, call to learn about how you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration.

The Law Office of Robert H. Rex, P.C.  , 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

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

SEC Files Action vs. FL and TN Oil and Gas Deal Scammers

August 2017-Ft. Lauderdale, FL/ Gallatin, TN

The Securities and Exchange Commission charged two men from Tennessee and a man from Florida with allegedly defrauding investors by false promises of high returns from an oil drilling investment.

The SEC Complaint, filed in Savannah, GA, alleges that David R. Greenlee and David A. Stewart, Jr. orchestrated a $15 million scheme through a network of salesmen who raised money from investors who were promised profits of 15-55% per year for decades on wells that would use enhanced recovery techniques to boost production.

Neither Greenlee nor Stewart was registered to sell investments and they routinely used fake names , like “Dave Johnson”, when speaking with investors in order to hide their past criminal records. According to the SEC, only a small fraction of the money raised was actually used as intended.

The SEC alleges that Richard “Ric” Underwood helped draft brochures and oversaw a boiler room sales team of telemarketers in Florida who solicited victims nationwide.

The U.S. Attorneys Office for the Southern District of Georgia has instituted criminal charges in a parallel action.

Companies listed by the SEC as being used in the scam include:

  • Tennstar Energy
  • Black Gold Resources (BRG)
  • Southern Energy Group

Other individuals involved, but not named defendants, per the SEC complaint are Robert Dorrance, 60, of Gallatin, TN, and Jared G. Forrester, 33, of Glasgow, KY.

If you invested in this scheme at the suggestion of a licensed stock broker , you may be able to recover damages from the broker’s employer. Call for details.

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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Couple Awarded $550,000 For Losses on Breitburn Energy Investments-St. Louis

September 2017-St. Louis, MO

A FINRA arbitration panel ordered J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons to pay a couple $450,000 in compensatory damages, $100,000 in punitive damages and costs of over $18,000. The couple alleged that the firm and broker sold all of their blue chip stocks and invested all of the funds in a highly speculative oil and gas company, Breitburn Energy Partners Limited.

The couple contended that the lack of diversification exposed them to massive risk which was contrary to their conservative investment objectives and risk tolerance. Benitone, et al vs. J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC, FINRA Case 16-01819. 

Stockbrokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable in light of your age, health and level of financial sophistication. Brokers are required to make recommendations that comply with your stated investment objectives and risk tolerance.

Many investors have suffered significant losses in oil and gas and other energy related investments over recent years. If you have questions about losses on energy investments, call for a no charge consultation.

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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

John S. Simpson – Former RBC Capital Markets Broker-Discloses $11M Customer Suit- Hunt Valley, MD

June 2017- Hunt Valley, MD

According to publicly available records John Scott Simpson  (CRD#719367) ,  a  former stockbroker who was last employed by  RBC Capital Markets,   discloses one regulatory event, a currently pending customer dispute, five prior customer disputes and two terminations from employment.

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 12/2016 to resolve allegations that Simpson refused to appear for on the record testimony in connection with FINRA’s investigation of the conduct giving rise to his discharge from RBC Capital Markets, Simpson was permanently barred from the securities industry.

In   2016 four customers of  RBC Capital Markets settled customer complaints against Simpson citing allegations of unsuitability, unauthorized trading, not monitoring accounts, over concentration in the oil sector,  and ignoring requests to reduce exposure to the oil and gas sector in portfolio. Those cases were settled for various cash amounts.

In currently pending FINRA case 16-02205 a customer of RBC Capital Markets alleges that his portfolio was concentrated in the energy and metals sectors and was unsuitable for people of that age and risk tolerance.   The alleged damages are $11,000,000.

In 1/2016, Simpson  was discharged from RBC Capital Markets who made the following allegation on his FINRA record: “violation of firm policy regarding use of discretion in clients accounts“.

In 2003 Simpson, employed by UBS PaineWebber,  was discharged after allegations of “unauthorized trading, violation of the firm’s solicitation policy and management’s loss of confidence“.

John Scott Simpson was employed by RBC Capital Markets from 3/2009 to2/2016, with Ferris, Baker, Watts 5/2003 – 3/2009 and PaineWebber 11/1980 until 5/2003.

If you have losses  in an account handled by John Simpson 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

Brian K. Hardwick-Former Red River Securities Broker-Discloses Sanctions Over Oil & Gas Deals

May 2017 – Carrollton, TX

According to publicly available records Brian K. Hardwick  (CRD#4522460) ,  a  former stockbroker who was barred by FINRA from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with firms that sell securities to the public discloses 2 final regulatory events and two pending 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 February 2017 Hardwick was fined $16,214, ordered to pay restitution of over $24 million and barred from the securities industry.  A FINRA hearing panel found that Hardwick violated securities laws by making material misrepresentations and omissions related to joint venture offerings that were set up as general partnerships for the purpose of engaging in oil and gas drilling. The findings stated that Hardwick did not provide authorizations for expenditures (AFEs) to investors and wildly inflated income distributions on prior wells and failed to disclose conflicts of interest.

A petition pending in Nueces County, Texas, seeks damages of $5.8 million and alleges misrepresentations in connection with an oil and gas investment. 2011-PR-00490-4

Hardwick’s registration history includes:

  • Red River Securities of Plano, TX                12/2009-2/2014
  • Sethi Financial Investments, Plano, TX    2/2009-3/2009
  • Texas Securities Inc, Carrollton, TX            11/2002-3/2007

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

Douglas Hardwick-Former Texas Securities Broker-Sanctioned for Sale of Oil & Gas Investments

May 2017 – Carrollton, TX

According to publicly available records Douglas R. Hardwick  (CRD#4522610) ,  a  stockbroker currently not registered, but who was previously registered with  Texas Securities, Inc.,  discloses a pending regulatory matter.

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 December 2016 Alabama securities regulators issued a cease and desist order naming Hardwick and others for the solicitation and selling of working interests in oil and gas ventures to Alabama residents without being properly registered as an agent. Admin Order CD 2016-0011. 

 

Hardwick  has not been registered as a securities broker since he left Texas Securities in 8/2009.

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