Category Archives: Morgan Stanley Smith Barney

Richard Bernstein-Wells Fargo Broker-Dislcoses 2 Pending & 6 Final Customer Disputes-Incline Village, NV

March 2019 – Incline Village, NV

According to publicly available records  Richard Jay Bernstein  (CRD# 1113777) ,  a   registered stockbroker currently employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services,  disclose 2 pending and 6 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 a prior customer dispute (case #95-03046) an arbitration panel awarded  a customer of Smith Barney Shearson $91,200 to resolve allegations of unauthorized trading, misrepresentation, suitability and breach of fiduciary duty.

The currently pending matters include:

January of 2019, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer filed FINRA case #19-00013 alleging  unsuitability with respect to investment recommendations and is seeking damages of $175,500.

January of 2017,  a Morgan Stanley  customer filed FINRA case #17-00137 alleging  unauthorized trading that conflicted with the client’s stated investment goals and is seeking damages of $81,738.

Bernstein has been employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services since November  2016.   He was previously employed with Morgan Stanley from April 2009 to July 2015.   He was with USB Financial Services prior to that time.

If you have losses in an account handled by Richard J. Bernstein, contact us for a no charge consultation 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 

Texas-512-329-2870

Matt Streif-UBS Financial Broker-Discloses $350K Customer Settlement-Austin,TX

January 2019, Austin, TX

According to publicly available records  Matthew T. Streif, a stockbroker registered with UBS Financial Services , discloses a customer dispute that was resolved by a  cash settlement of $350,000.

The Financial 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, a customer of  Streif’s prior employer, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,  filed FINRA case #16-03596, alleging that their  account was churned and that profits were shared with the broker on equities, futures,  commodities and exchange traded funds, from 2009 until 2015.   The case was settled in 4/2018 for $350,000.

Streif has been employed by UBS Financial Services since October 2015.    He was with Morgan Stanley from 2005-2015.

If you have questions about account handled by Matt Streif contact us for a no charge consultation to learn about your legal options for recovery of 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

Michael Ralby – Former Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Broker- Barred From Securities Industry- Boca Raton – FL

October 2018- Boca Raton, FL

According to publicly available records  Michael B. Ralby (CRD#1301072), a stockbroker who formerly was registered with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, disclose a regulatory event, 2 pending customer disputes and six prior customer disputes.

The Financial 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 require to disclose certain financial matters such as personal bankruptcies, judgments and liens.

In March of 2018  Ralby was permanently barred from the securities industry after  he refused to appear for a FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with its investigation into whether Ralby had accepted loans from a customer in violation of FINRA rules.

In 9/2014, a customer of Above the Line Consulting, LLC alleged civil conspiracy and willful statutory violation of Florida statutes .    The case was filed in Miami Dade County, Florida in the Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial Circuit, and resulted in judgment to the customer of $2.2 million.

In July of 2018 a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer alleged unsuitability with respect to purchase of structured products.    The case was settled for $13,604.

In January of 2017 a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney customer alleged unauthorized trading and the case settled for $35,450.

In April of 2009,  a Stanford Group Company customer alleged being misled regarding the risk level of his purchase of the Stanford International Bank CD.    He submitted to complaints to FINRA – one alleging compensatory Damages of $587.698 and the other for $140,721.   This case is still pending.

Michael Ralby worked for  Oppenheimer & Co. from March 2009 until July 2013 when he went to work with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney from July 2013 until January 2018.

If you have questions about an investment account handled by Michael Ralby, 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Matthew Singer- Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Customer Suits Over Option Investments- Aventura, FL

August 2018 – Aventura, FL

The FINRA records of  Matthew Singer,  a  broker previously employed by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney disclose 3 prior customer disputes and a regulatory event.

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 March of 2018,  without admitting or denying the findings, Singer consented to sanctions and entry of findings that he refused to appear for FINRA on-the-record testimony in connection with its investigation into whether Singer made unsuitable options recommendations to customers.   In March of 2018, Singer was permanently barred from the securities industry.

In December of 2016,  a client of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney,  filed FINRA Case 16-1063 and alleged unauthorized trading and misrepresentation with respect option investments from May 2015 to January 2016.    The case settled for $60,000.

In October of 2015, a client of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, filed FINRA case 15-2767 alleging  that  Singer recommended investments were recommended that were not suitable for their level of risk.   The case was settled for $365,000.

If you have losses in an account  handled by Matthew Singer , 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

Regan A. Rohl-Wells Fargo Broker-Subject of Numerous Customer Suits Over Oil & Gas Investments-Fargo, N. Dakota

July 2019- Fargo, N. Dakota

The FINRA records of Regan A. Rohl  , a stock broker who is employed by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network , disclose  3 pending customer disputes and 13 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.

The  FINRA arbitrations that are currently pending include:

  • FINRA Case 19-0891 in which a customer of Wells Fargo seeks damages of $200,000 and alleges that Rohl engaged in unauthorized trading and made unsuitable investment recommendations.
  • FINRA Case 19-9987 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleges that Rohl made unauthorized trades and that he over concentrated their accounts in oil and gas related investments. The customer is seeking damages of $1million.
  • FINRA Case 18-3050 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleges that Rohl engaged in authorized trading and made unsuitable investments to purchase master limited partnerships beginning in 2011 and is seeking damages of  $3 million.

Customer disputes that have been previously resolved include:

  • FINRA Case 18-562 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleged that Rohl made unsuitable investments in direct investments and limited partnerships. The customer was paid a settlement of $375,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-1013 in which a customer of Wells Fargo and his former employer Morgan Stanley alleged that Rohl misrepresented the risks associated with concentrated investments in energy stocks. The was paid a settlement of $15,000.
  • FINRA Case 17-1914 in which a customer of Wells Fargo alleged that Rohl made unsuitable recommendations to invest in limited partnerships and direct investments. The customer received a settlement of $55,000
  • FINRA Case 17-1577-a Wells Fargo customer alleged that between 4/2011 and 12/2016 Rohl made unsuitable recommendations to buy and concentrate their portfolio of four accounts into oil and gas sector master limited partnerships and closed end funds. They also allege that Rohl recommended they utilize a line of credit secured by their Wells Fargo account to refinance existing loans and that they paid exorbitant interest as a result. A settlement of $475,000 was paid to the customer.
  • FINRA Case 17-782 in which a Wells Fargo client alleged that Rohl purchased unsuitable master limited partnership in their accounts between 2011-2015 and that they were moved into a discretionary trading account without authority. The case was settled for $68,500.

Regan Rohl   has been employed by Wells Fargo since 3/2011 and has a business affiliation with Rohl Arabians, a company that raises Arabian horses.

DUTY TO MAKE SUITABLE RECOMMENDATIONS-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.

DUTY TO OBTAIN AUTHORIZATION TO TRADE-Unless a customer has granted permission, in writing, to trade an account, the broker is required to obtain the customer’s permission prior to executing any purchases or sales in the account.

If you have questions about  an account handled by Regan Rohl, 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