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

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

January 2019- Fargo, N. Dakota

The FINRA records of Regan A. Rohl  , a stock broker who is employed by Wells Fargo Advisors Financial Network , disclose  2 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 19-9987 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.

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TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Jack W. Griffith Jr-Janney Montgomery Broker-Subject of $4.2M Customer Suit Over Energy Investments-Columbia, S. Carolina

June 2018- Columbia, South Carolina

The FINRA records of Jack Wendell Griffith, Jr.  , a stock broker who is employed by Janney Montgomery Scott , disclose  3 pending customer disputes, 2 prior customer disputes,  and an outstanding judgment 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.

Three FINRA arbitrations are currently pending:

  • Case 17-2080-A customer of Janney Montgomery Scott (Janney) seeks damages of $4.2 million and alleges that Griffith recommended unsuitable securities and caused the client’s accounts to be over concentrated in energy investments.
  • Case 18-081-A customer of Janney seeks damages of $200,000 and alleges the Griffith made questionable recommendations and exposed the the client to overconcentration.
  • Case 18-0083- Another customer of Janney seeks damages of $150,000 alleging that Griffith made unsuitable investments in their accounts.

Griffith  has been employed by Janney Montgomery Scott since 1/2014. His securities industry employment prior to that includes Ameriprise Financial and A.G. Edwards.

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 Jack W. Griffith, Jr. , 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

Meredith A. McCutchen-Former Berthel Fisher/Concorde Investment Broker-Settles Customer Suit-Houston, TX

May 2018-Houston, Texas

According to FINRA records,  Meredith Ann McCutchen   a stock broker who was previously  employed by Concorde Investment Services and Berthel Fisher and who is currently employed by Moody Securities , discloses a recent settlement of a customer complaint.

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 17-02096 a customer of McCutchen, while employed by Berthel Fisher and Concorde Investments, alleged that their account was mishandled by McCutchen. The investments involved were Oil and Gas and Real Estate securities. In January 2018, the customer was paid $44,000 to resolve the arbitration.

McCutchen has been employed by Moody Securities since 3/2016.

If you have questions about losses  an account handled  by Meredith A. McCutchen, call for a no charge consultation to learn how you may be able to recover 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.

Nationwide Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Tom Brolle Investigation-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Newton, PA

May 2018-Newton, PA

According to FINRA records, Bruce Thomas Brolle ,  a stockbroker who is not currently registered with any broker dealerdiscloses 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.

In May 2018 a customer of Morgan Stanley filed FINRA case 18-01665 alleging unsuitability with respect to investments made from June 2007-December 2016. The pending claim seeks damages of $562,086.

We are investigating  Brolle  on behalf of a retired couple who allege that they have suffered losses as a result of  unsuitable investments in energy, biotech and precious metals, including but not limited to:

  • Breitburn Energy Partners, L.P.
  • Seadrill, Ltd.
  • NRG Yield
  • Vanguard Natural Resources
  • Goldman Sachs MLP Energy Terraform Global
  • Crescent Point Energy
  • Celldex Therapeutics 
  • First Trust Precious Metals unit investment trusts

Thomas Brolle  was employed by Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-11/2016. From 11/2016-12/2017 he was employed by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments. He operates Brolle Wealth Management in Newton, PA.

If you have questions about an account handled by Bruce Thomas “Tom” Brolle, call for a no charge consultation 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

Losses on EV Energy Partners ? You May be Entitled to Damages.

April 2, 2018

Houston based EV Energy Partners, L P (EVEP) , an oil and gas master limited partnership (MLP) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

According to a press release EVEP listed between $50-$100 million in assets and liabilities between $500 million and $1 billion. EVEP has oil & gas properties in the Barnett Shale, San Juan Basin, Appalachian Basin, Permian Basin and Karnes County, Texas.

If the broker who recommended an investment in  EV Energy Partners misrepresented the risks associated with the investment  or if the broker did not have reasonable basis to make such a recommendation, losses may be recoverable from the firm employing the broker. Call for a no charge consultation to discuss your options.

Chart of EV Energy Partners

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