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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

Mickey Long-Former VSR Financial Broker-DIscloses Numerous Customer Complaints Over Alternative Investments-Plano, TX

November  2017-Plano, Texas

According to public records former VSR Financial Services broker M. F. (Mickey) Long discloses a prior final regulatory event, 10 prior customer disputes that are final and 4 pending customer disputes. In addition Long discloses a prior regulatory matter that is final.

Three of the prior customer disputes were brought by Long’s customers while he was employed by VSR Financial Services and allege damages related to investments in real estate investment trusts (REITs), oil and gas, equipment leasing and promissory notes (alternative investments). Settlements paid by VSR Financial in those three cases are $196,500, $82,500 and $235,000.

The three pending cases against Long are all brought by customers of VSR Financial and relate to alternative investments such as REITs, oil and gas and equipment leasing. Damages sought in the four pending cases range from  $94,438 to $838,389. Claims alleged are highly unsuitable investments that are illiquid and that were overly concentrated.

In October 2016, the Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) entered a Disciplinary Order against M. F. (Mickey) Long II. 

The TSSB Order made certain findings with regard to Mr. Long’s business practices during the time he was employed by VSR Financial Services (6/2002-6/2016), including the following:

  • Long routinely recommended that VSR Financial clients invest in non-listed real estate investment trusts (REITs) and interests in exploratory drilling programs sold through private offerings (Alternative Investments)
  • Long recommended that a client of VSR Financial who was over 70 years of age invest in Alternative Investments at risk tolerance levels that were excessive.
  • Long did not have a reasonable basis to believe that the recommendations he made to invest in the Alternative Investments were suitable for this elderly client.

Long and and his new employer Calton & Associates agreed that so long as Mr. Long is registered with Calton he will not sell or recommend the purchase of any Alternative Investments.  In addition, Long and Calton agreed that Calton will establish a heightened supervision plan for the supervision of Mr. Long’s practice for two years. Mr Long’s registration with TSSB was suspended for 45 days as a part of the Order.

See this for prior posts on Mickey Long. 

VSR Financial’s Prior Issues with Alternative Investments

VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers. VSR Financial announced that they were winding down their brokerage business and transferring many of their brokers and customer accounts  to an affiliated entity Summit Brokerage Services in the fall of 2016.

See this for prior posts on VSR Financial Services.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

Long was employed by VSR FInancial  Services from 6/2002-7/2016. He has been registered with Calton & Associates since 6/2016. Long discloses a business affiliation with Wealth Preservation Consultants and  First FInancial Services Group.

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Mickey Long or  another VSR Financial Services broker, contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

The Law Offices 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

Christopher Anthony-Former Rhodes Securities Broker-Subject of $2M Customer Suit-Arlington, TX

October 2017-Arlington, Texas

The FINRA records of  Christopher P. Anthony, (CRD #1157930) a  stockbroker who is not currently  registered and who was last employed by  Rhodes Securities, Inc. , disclose a currently pending customer dispute, a prior customer dispute that was settled , a discharge from employment and an outstanding IRS lien.

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 FINRA Case #16-02297, a customer of Rhodes Securities alleged damages of $100,000 for unsuitable investments, churning and failure to supervise in connection with the investment in options, foreign stock and index exchange traded funds (ETFs). That case was settled for $200,000 in 3/2017.

In the currently pending matter,  a customer of Rhodes Securities filed FINRA Case #16-03753 in 1/2017, alleges damages of $2 million for breach of fiduciary duty, negligence and breach of contract.

Anthony began working for Rhodes Securities 6/1995 and  was discharged  4/28/2015. Rhodes Securities made the following allegations on Anthony’s FINRA record in connection with the discharge: “Failure to adhere to heightened supervision. Trading with discretion and trading outside the investment objectives stated on the client accounts.”

If you have losses in an account in an account handled by Christopher Anthony contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses from his former 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

William Merriam IV – Former Merrill Lynch Broker- Barred from Securities Industry- Jacksonville, FL

October 2017 – Jacksonville, FL

According to publicly available records William  H. Merriam IV, (CRD#5222110) , a  former stockbroker who was last employed by Merrill Lynch , disclose  a prior regulatory event and a termination for conduct involving forgery of customer signatures on account documents.

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 of 2017 Merriam was permanently barred from the securities industry by FINRA to resolve allegations that he refused to appear for on the record testimony during a FINRA investigation in allegations that he resigned after Merrill Lynch commenced an internal review into allegations of forgery.

Merriam was allowed to voluntarily resign from Merrill Lynch in  December 2016 after allegations involving forgery of customer signatures on account documents. He began working for Merrill Lynch in June 2014.

If you have questions about an account handled by William H. Merriam, IV,  contact us 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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Terry Lee Brodt Jr.-Garden State Securities Broker-Discloses Customer Complaints-Boise, Idaho

October 2017 – Boise, Idaho

According to publicly available records  Terry Lee Brodt, Jr. (CRD#2033812) , a stockbroker currently registered with Garden State Securities, Inc. , disclose a regulatory event , five prior customer disputes and 10 outstanding judgment/liens.

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 May of 2017 FINRA entered into an agreement with  Terry Lee Brodt, Jr.  resulting in a $10,000 fine and a two month suspension.   According to the agreement,  “Without admitting or denying the findings, Brodt consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he exercised discretion in accounts maintained by customers without written authorization from these customers and without having obtained approval from his member firm to treat these customer accounts as discretionary.   The findings stated that Brodt provided inaccurate responses about his use of discretion in connection with his firm’s annual compliance documents.”

Prior customer disputes include:

  • FINRA Case 16-1108- a dispute was filed by Garden State Securities, Inc.  customer alleging churning, excessive losses and commissions.   The case was settled for $120,000 with Brodt being personally responsible for $45,000.
  • FINRA Case 12-3841- a Garden State Securities customer filed a dispute alleging unauthorized trading and unsuitable investments.   The case settled for $24,900 with Brodt being personally responsible for the entire amount of the settlement.

Brodt has been  employed with Garden State Securities, Inc. since August of 2010. Brodt discloses a business affiliation with Brodt Capital Management in Boise.

Brodt discloses the filing of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy in Boise, Idaho in 2012 that was dismissed and filing of a Chapter 13 bankruptcy in 7/2016 that is currently pending.

If you have questions about losses in an account handled by Terry Lee Brodt, Jr., contact us 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.

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Parks Brown, Jr. Investigation-Update-Marietta, GA

OCTOBER 2017- Marietta, Georgia

We continue our investigation of former VSR Financial Services broker Parks H. Brown, Jr. who operated  IM Portfolios, Inc.  in Marietta, Georgia,.

Our investigation relates to the sale of various investments which our clients allege were unsuitable. The investments include the following securities:

  • Exco Resources
  • Linn Energy
  • Rock Creek Pharma Inc.
  • Star Scientific, Inc. 

According to FINRA records Brown was registered with VSR Financial Services from 10/2005 until 7/2016.  As of October 26, 2017, Parks Brown is not currently registered with any brokerage firm.

Parks Brown was named in a FINRA arbitration in 2014 (#14-1744) by a VSR Financial Services customer who alleged unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trades and breach of fiduciary duty. That case was settled in 9/2015 for $71,500.

In 2001, Parks Brown, who at the time was working for A.G. Edwards,  was named in another arbitration ( NASD 01-1817) by a customer alleging unauthorized transactions, churning excessive concentration and violations of securities laws. A FINRA arbitration panel awarded  $229,839 to the customer.

VSR Financial’s Recent Regulatory Woes

NOVEMBER 2016-FINRA Censured and fined VSR Financial $400,000, required VSR pay restitution of $4.5 million and required that the firm conduct undertakings for supervisory failures related to the sale of annuity products.

MAY 2013- VSR Financial Services was fined $550,000 by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in May 2013 in connection with the sale of alternative investments. In their findings, FINRA criticised VSR Financial for recommending high concentration levels of alternative investments in customer accounts and for its lack of supervision over the use of consolidated reports prepared by brokers and provided to customers.

Alternative investments include non publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITS) , hedge funds, real estate, commodities and derivatives contracts and, managed futures. It may also include art, wine, antiques, coins or stamps. These investments tend to be complex, illiquid, nontransparent, hard to value and expensive. Many of the alternative investments sold over recent years are not traded on any public market making them difficult to value and even more difficult to liquidate if cash is needed.

If you have information you think may be helpful to our investigation, we would like to hear from you.

If you have losses in an account handled by Parks Brown or losses in a VSR Financial Services account handled by another VSR broker , contact us to discuss how you may be able to recover damages for those losses.

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