Category Archives: Discretionary Trading

Thomas Meier – Former Morgan Stanley Broker- Discloses 14 Customer Disputes- Miami, FL

September 2018 – Miami, FL

According to publicly available records Thomas Alan Meier  (CRD#1146044) ,  a  former stockbroker who was last registered with Morgan Stanley disclose a Regulatory Event and 14 prior 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.

Thomas Meier Barred From Securities Industry

In March of 2018, without admitting or denying the findings, Meier consented to the entry findings that he effected approximately 1,290 unauthorized transactions, including both purchases and sales of equity securities, in eight accounts belonging to six customers.    Meier did not have discussions with the customers about the trades prior to the transactions and did not obtain the customers’ authorization prior to executing any of the transactions.

Meier received approximately $265,000 in commissions for those transactions.   One of the customers realized a loss of approximately $120,000 and another realized a net loss of approximately $520,000.      Meier has been permanently barred from the securities industry as a result of these findings.

Numerous Settlements with Customers, Including: 

In December 2016 , two  Morgan Stanley customers alleged that Meier over concentrated their accounts in energy investments.   One case was settled for $80,000 and the other was settled for $65,000.

In January of 2017, a customer with Morgan Stanley alleged breach of fiduciary duty and negligence with regard to the handling of their accounts.    The case was settled for $450,000.

In December  2016, a Morgan Stanley customer alleged damages of $1,000,000 after Meier made unsuitable recommendations and traded the account to generate commissions.    The case was settled for $250,000.

In August 2016, a Morgan Stanley customer alleged breach of fiduciary duty and negligence with regard to the handling of their account.   The case was settled for $300,000.

In September of 2016, a Morgan Stanley customer alleged that Financial Advisor placed unauthorized trades and excessively traded her account between 2012-2016.   Her case settled for $366,577.

In March of 2016, another Morgan Stanley customer alleged misrepresentation related to their investments and liquidity from 2013-2016.   Their case settled for $497,245.

Other cases filed from March 2016 until October of 2016 by Morgan Stanley customers alleging, inter alia, “unauthorized trading, risky investments, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, unsuitability, excessive trading and misrepresentation” were settled for the amounts of:  $49,999, $37,610, $60,000, $90,000, $40,580, $50,000 and $215,000.

Thomas Meier worked for Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-4/2016.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Thomas Meier, contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Gerald O’Halloran-Former Kovack Securities Broker-Subject of Florida Securities Regulator Complaint-Punta Gorda, FL

August 2018-Punta Gorda, Florida

The FINRA records of  Gerald J. O’Halloran,  a  previously registered stock broker who was recently employed by  Kovack Securities ,  disclose that he was recently named in an administrative action by Florida Securities Regulators.

In June 2018, the Florida Office of Financial Regulation filed an administrative complaint alleging that O’Halloran failed to observe high standards of commercial honor and equitable principles of trade and failed to report an outside business activity and timely update regulatory records. The complaint seeks a bar from the securities industry and other relief.

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.

O’Halloran’s  FINRA record discloses that a customer of Kovack Securities awarded  over $76,000 by a FINRA arbitration panel to resolve allegations that O’Halloran made unauthorized trades in the customer’s account.

Four other customers were paid cash settlements to resolve allegations that O’Halloran mismanaged their accounts.

O’Halloran  was employed by Kovack Securities from 5/2004-3/2018 and operates Daedalian Financial Services.

If you have losses in an account handled by Gerald J. O’Halloran call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options for recovery of damages.

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

Dominick J. Diorio, Jr.-Aegis Capital Broker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Suit-Melville, NY

June 2018-Melville, New York

The FINRA records of Aegis Capital Corp. broker Dominick J. Diorio, Jr. disclose a pending customer dispute and two prior 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 FINRA Case 17-2321 a customer of Aegis Capital residing in Florida alleged that from 12/2012-7/2017 Diorio engaged in unsuitable investment strategy involving real estate securities and alternative investments. The case was settled in 5/2018 for $837,500.

In currently pending FINRA Case 18-408 a customer of Aegis Capital alleges that Diorio made unsuitable investment recommendations and traded the account without authority. The customer is seeking damages of $769,690.

Dominick has been employed by Aegis Capital since 7/2011.

If you have questions about an account handled by Dominick Diorio, contact us for a no charge consultation 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Anthony Sica-Joseph Gunnar Broker-Sanctioned Over Sale of Speculative Securities to Elderly Client-New York

June 2018- New York

The FINRA records of Anthony Sica  , a stock broker who is employed by Joseph Gunnar & Co. , disclose  3 regulatory sanctions, a pending customer dispute and  8 prior 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.

Maryland Sanction for Abusing Account of Elderly Lady

In December 2017, the Maryland Securities Commissioner alleged that Sica repeatedly recommended that an elderly customer, living on fixed income,  purchase high-risk, speculative securities that were inconsistent with her investment profile and which were unsuitable. Sica’s recommendations often resulted in an undue concentration of the her liquid assets in speculative securities resulting in losses of over $150,000. The regulator also found that Sica made unauthorized trades in the IRA account of a customer Sica knew was deceased causing losses. Sica was suspended for three months, fined $20,000 , ordered to pay restitution and to complete continuing education concerning how to deal with senior customers.

Prior customer disputes by customers of Sica include:

  • FINRA Case 14-1574- a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleged unsuitable recommendations, frequent trading, unauthorized trading and sought damages of $479,000. The case was settled for $302,500.
  • FINRA Case 10-969- a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleged that Sica mismanaged his account and made unsuitable recommendations and sought damages of $356,773. The case was settled for $157,500.

In currently pending FINRA Case 17-02160 a customer of Joseph Gunnar alleges unsuitable investments and breach of fiduciary duty from August 2011-March 2015, and is seeking damages of $49,181.

Anthony Sica has been employed by Joseph Gunnar since 10/2003.

Brokers have a duty to make recommendations that are suitable, taking into account the age, health, level of financial sophistication, risk tolerance and investment objectives of the customer.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Anthony Sica, call for a no charge consultation 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

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870