Articles Posted in Broker Misconduct

Are You An Investor Who Suffered Losses After A Fidelity Broker Made Unsuitable Investment Recommendations?

Whistleblower Claims That Brokerage Firm Fired Him For Disclosing Best Interest Violations Against Customers 

SSEK broker misconduct Attorneys are continuing to investigate claims of losses by investors who worked with Fidelity Investments financial advisors. Earlier this year, we filed one six-figure lawsuit for a claimant after the broker-dealer connected him with an outside adviser who made risky, unsuitable investment recommendations, including a concentrated position with Apple.

Investor Seeks Up $1M In Damages Over UBS YES Losses. Our Broker Fraud Lawyer Are Representing This Claimant and Others Against UBS Financial Services

The Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas Broker Fraud Lawyer Team (investorlawyers.com) is representing another investor in their UBS Yield Enhancement Strategy (YES) loss lawsuit against UBS Financial Services. The claimant, an inexperienced New Jersey investor, is suing for up to $1M in damages. Unfortunately, she is just one of many who have suffered significant losses in the brokerage firm’s internally managed, high-risk options trading strategy.

Touted by UBS brokers as a way for investors to obtain marginally higher yields on existing portfolios while taking limited risks, the UBS YES program has caused serious losses for many of the firm’s wealthy clients. Its “iron condor” options overlay approach was allegedly implemented with reckless abandon.

Estate of Texas Retiree With Dementia Files Six-Figure Broker Fraud Lawsuit Against LPL Financial And Broker Bradley Bowman. Brokerage Firm Allegedly Unsuitably Sold FS Energy & Power Fund and KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III

The Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas Texas broker fraud law firm (investorlawyers.com) are representing the estate of a deceased widow in a FINRA lawsuit against LPL Financial and its Houston broker Bradley Alan Bowman. The Katy, Texas investor, who was in his eighties, suffered from dementia. Now, his estate is seeking up to $500K in damages for losses sustained in the non-traded real estate investment trust (non-traded REIT) KBS Real Estate Investment Trust III, the non-traded business development company (non-traded BDC) FS Energy & Power Fund, and an annuity. All of these were too risky for someone of his age with this health issue.

In the broker fraud claim, the estate is alleging best interest violations, unsuitable investment recommendations, misrepresentations and omissions, breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, failure to supervise, and more. LPL and its Texas broker earned high commissions and fees from the illiquid alternative investments it sold to this elderly investor who entrusted them to manage his money properly so he could take care of himself and his family.

Are You An Investor Who Suffered Losses While Working With Broker Bill Shopoff?

California Financial Advisor Who Paid $42 Million in Settlements Is Accused of Running Ponzi Scam 

The Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) Broker Misconduct Attorney teams are investigating claims involving Irvine, CA stockbroker William Anthony Shopoff (Bill Shopoff) of Shopoff Securities. According to his CRD, this financial advisor has paid investors more than $40 million in settlements since 2018. This includes a $28,750,000 settlement, a $6,500,000 settlement, and other seven-figure settlements related to puts and guarantees that were sold to sophisticated, accredited investors.

Couple Sues Charles Schwab After Broker Purportedly “Chased Returns” That Led To Serious Life Savings Losses. Our Financial Advisor Misconduct Attorneys Represent Seniors and Retirees Investors Against Broker-Dealers

Two California investors are seeking up to $500K in damages from Charles Schwab & Co. over significant losses they sustained while working with the brokerage firm. While the broker-dealer is most known for offering a platform for those seeking to direct their own investment decisions and self-manage their accounts, these two older investors entrusted their money to one of the firm’s lesser-known divisions, which provides discretionary management of customer accounts.

These claimants, whom Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) are representing, contend that during the last years of working with Schwab, one of the broker-dealer’s financial advisors used a purported needlessly risky strategy that involved turning over these investors’ accounts allegedly to chase returns. In their FINRA lawsuit, our clients are claiming misrepresentations and omissions, gross mismanagement, negligence, and breach of fiduciary duty that we believe led to not just lost savings but also lost growth of said savings during a period when the markets reached all-time highs.

Should HJ Sims Have Exercised More Caution When Marketing and Selling Its Reg D Offerings To Customers? Our Broker Misconduct Law Firm Are Continuing Our Investigation Into Investor Losses

The Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas Broker Misconduct Law Firm (investorlawyers.com) are taking very seriously the number of alleged investor losses related to the Regulation D private placements sold by brokerage firm Herbert J. Sims (HJ Sims). For the last 10 years or so, this broker-dealer has sold more than 90 Reg D offerings valued at over $2B, purportedly whether or not these were suitable for customers given their respective investment profiles, risk tolerance levels, or financial goals.

84 of these HJ Sims private placements were sold exclusively by the firm’s brokers, who earned steep commissions in the process. Not only that but some of the issuers for these Reg D bonds may have been HJ Sims executives. If that is true, then these individuals made money both during the issuing process and when these alternative investments were purchased.

Dallas, Texas Financial Advisor Fraud Law Firm

Representing Investors Over Losses Caused by Stockbroker Misconduct or Negligence

Founded in 1990, Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) is proud to be one of the most recognized and well-respected financial advisor fraud law firms both in Texas and the United States. Led by Senior Securities Law Partners Kirk SmithSam Edwards, and William Shepherd, we represent investors in going after the brokerage firms and investment advisers whose wrongful or negligent actions caused serious investment losses.

There is Still Time To Try To Recover Your GWG L Bond Losses

California Brokers From Expelled Firm Ordered To Pay More Than $1M To Investor

A Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) arbitration panel recently awarded over $1 million in damage to a GWG L Bond investor. The three respondents in the case were all former financial advisors at the now-expelled broker-dealer Accelerated Capital Group in Costa Mesa, CA. Two of them, Michael Barrows and Eric Ludovico, were ordered to pay the award. (They are now registered M Stevens Securities brokers in Irvine, CA.)

Did You Suffer Investment Losses In Dutch General Life Insurance/Conservatrix?

The Time To Sue Your Broker For Damages Is Now 

Earlier this month, Dutch General Life Insurance Company, doing business as Conservatrix, asked a North Carolina federal court to enforce an approximately $158 million award against embattled US billionaire Greg Lindberg. Conservatrix is one of a number of his insurers that are demanding that he pay them back.

Did Emerson Equity Broker Tony Barouti Sell You GWG L Bonds?

The Investment Broker Fraud Law Firm of Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas Is Continuing To Investigate Investor Losses

If you are an investor who suffered losses in GWG Holdings L Bonds, please contact Shepherd Smith Edwards and Kantas (investorlawyers.com) today. To date, our Investment Broker Fraud Law Firm has filed a number of broker fraud lawsuits against the broker-dealers and, in some cases, their registered representatives who allegedly unsuitably sold these high-risk junk bonds to investors. GWG Holdings is accused of operating a more than $1.6B Ponzi scam.

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