Category Archives: Oil related investments

Thomas Brolle Investigation-Former Morgan Stanley Broker-Allentown, PA

April 2018-Allentown, PA

We are investigating former Morgan Stanley broker Thomas 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

According to FINRA records, Thomas Brolle is not currently  registered with any broker dealers. He was employed by Morgan Stanley from 6/2009-11/2016. From 11/2016-12/2017 he was employed by Purshe Kaplan Sterling Investments.

We are interested in hearing from anyone having information helpful to our investigation.

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

How to Recover Losses on Reef Oil and Gas Fund Investments

April 2018-Richardson, TX

Reef Securities Inc. and its owner and president Frank Mauceli were sanctioned by FINRA on April 11, 2018, for failing to timely notify investors in an Oil and Gas Drilling and Income Fund L.P. , sold in 2014, of revisions to an offering prospectus and of the investors’ rights to rescind his or her investment.

In addition Reef was sanctioned for advertising violations in another Reef offering. According to the FINRA sanction the subject advertising communications:

“failed to provide a balanced presentation or a sound basis for evaluating the investments being promoted, contained misleading and unwarranted claims, and, in addition, made prohibited profit projections.”

FINRA noted the following as being inconsistent and unwarranted statements in the subject advertising materials:

  • a 3 year profit range of 45%-75% in one communication vs a 35-45% range in another communication
  • a divest period of 24-36 months in one communication vs. 3-5 years in another communication
  • prohibited investor performance projections such as “Total Anticipated Profit 45%-75%”

Reef Securities was censured and fined $40,000. Mauceli was fined $5,000 and suspended 4 months from association from any FINRA member firm in all principal capacities. FINRA AWC2015043469001

Reef Oil and Gas, an affiliate of Reef Securities, engages in the developing, exploiting and producing oil and natural gas.

A partial list of recent Reef oil and gas offerings we have been investigating:

  • Reef 2015 Oil & Gas Opportunity Fund
  • Reef 2015 Income Fund
  • Reef Bakken Bear Cat Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2012-A Private Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2011 Private Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2010 Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2009 Drilling Fund
  • Reef 2007-2009 Drilling Program
  • Reef Oil & Gas Drilling & Income Fund
  • Reef Oil & Gas Income & Development Fund III
  • Reef Oil & Gas Income & Development Fund IV

Reef Oil and Gas investments were sold by many brokerage firms, including Reef Securities. These investments can be unsuitable for certain individuals, including the elderly and retired. If you have losses on an investment in one of the Reef Oil and Gas offerings, call for a no charge consultation 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 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

Steven H. Orr-H.Beck Stockbroker-Discloses Settlement of Customer Suits Involving Limited Partnerships-Victoria, TX

March 2018-Victoria, Texas

According to FINRA records, Steven H. Orr , currently a stockbroker employed by H. Beck, Inc.  doing business as Orr Financial Group discloses that he has 5 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 15-01527 , a customer of H. Beck alleged damages of between $1million and $5 million for unsuitable investments , including direct investments and limited partnership interests, that were sold between 1/2008-7/2015. That case was settled for $280,000.

In FINRA Case 13-2205, a customer of H. Beck alleged damages of $1,000,000 for the sale of direct participation programs and limited partnerships, between 2004-2012. That case was resolved for $900,000.

In FINRA Case 13-0120, a customer of H. Beck alleged damages of $252,000 for the sale of direct participation investments, including equipment leasing and real estate limited partnerships. That case was settled for $200,000.

Orr has been registered with H. Beck, Inc. since 4/2011.  From 4/2009-5/2011 he was registered with Dewaay Financial Network.  Steven Orr discloses business affiliations with Press On Publications, Financial Strategies Class and Diversify Sportfishing Inc.

If you have losses in an account handled by Steven H. Orr, you may be able to recover damages through FINRA arbitration. Call for a no charge consultation 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 Representation

Rex Securities Law

TollFree: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870

Walter M. Stucker-Former UBS Stockbroker-Subject of Customer Suit Over Oil & Gas Investments-Fort Worth, TX

March 2018- Fort Worth, Texas

The FINRA records of Walter M. Stucker , a stockbroker who until 5/2017 was  employed by UBS Financial Services , disclose  a currently pending customer dispute involving energy securities.

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 2017 a customer of Stucker’s prior employer, UBS Financial Services, brought a complaint alleging misrepresentation, suitability issues and over concentration in oil and gas limited partnerships. The customer seeks damages of $632,907.

Stucker was employed by UBS Financial Services  from 4/2008-5/2017. He has been employed by Wells Fargo Clearing Services since 5/2017.

If you have questions about an account handled by Walter M. Stucker 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

National Toll Free: 877-224-3199

Florida-561 391 1900 

Texas-512-329-2870