Articles Tagged with Investment Losses

FINRA issued an award in the arbitration between claimants Joseph R. Ritz, Susan F. Ritz and respondents Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC (#CRD 149777) and Charles Alan Correal (CRD# 1366202).

According to the award documentation, the claimants asserted claims for breach of fiduciary duty, violations of the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, suitability, professional negligence, breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, failure to supervise  and vicarious liability by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Charles Alan Correal.

The claimants allege that respondents invested their funds in risky and unsuitable energy stocks, including Seadrill, Ltd., Copano Energy LLC, and Interoil.

Our lawyers are investigating oil and gas securities fraud claims against Wells Fargo broker John B. Leonard (CRD# 2113842).

According to Leonard’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) BrokerCheck report, his 25 years in the securities industry has been relatively clean.  But in the past three months, two customers have filed FINRA arbitration complaints against him, alleging unsuitable recommendations in the oil and gas industry totaling close to $300,000.  The two complaints are currently pending.

While many brokers and brokerage firms have unsuitably recommended oil and gas securities, Wells Fargo has been accumulating many complaints recently.  Our firms have previously investigated Irvine, California Wells Fargo brokers Charles B. Lynch Jr. (CRD# 3004877) and Charles H. Frieda (CRD# 5502319).  The brokers have a combined 60 misconduct disclosures on their FINRA BrokerCheck reports, all but two coming in the last two years and a significant majority alleging unsuitable recommendations and overconcentration in the oil and gas industry.

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