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Fox Financial Representative Barred Amid Allegations of Unsuitable Life Settlement Recommendation

James Edward Rooney Jr., a former registered representative with Carrollton, Texas-based Fox Financial Management Corp. (Fox Financial) submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he consented to, but did not admit to or deny, the entry of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority’s (FINRA) sanctions in which he was permanently barred for refusing to provide documents and information requested in connection with an investigation regarding the suitability of his life settlement recommendation to a customer.

FINRA’s investigation arose from a customer complaint regarding a life settlement investment recommendation. According to FINRA, Mr. Rooney allegedly made the life settlement recommendation without conducting the proper due diligence and expecting to receive a commission. The findings also state that Mr. Rooney allegedly misrepresented the investment and provided the customer with misleading sales materials which were oversimplified and incomplete.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many types of practices which violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures. In order to protect customers from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require broker-dealers like Fox Financial Management to not only establish and implement a reasonable supervisory system but enforce the rules, policies and procedures. The implementation of the rules require supervisors to monitor employees to ensure they comply with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker dealers and/or their supervisors do not establish, implement and enforce these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages which flow from the misconduct. As a result, investors who have suffered losses because of their stockbroker’s unlawful or prohibited conduct, including unsuitable recommendations and negligent misrepresentations, can file a claim to recover damages against broker dealers like Fox Financial Management, which should consistently oversee its employees in order to prevent stockbroker misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your Fox Financial Management account due to your stockbroker’s unsuitable recommendation? If so, call Robert Pearce at the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. for a free consultation. Mr. Pearce is accepting clients with valid claims against brokers who failed to do their due diligence and/or who made unsuitable recommendations of life settlement contracts when they sold these products to investors.

The most important of investors’ rights is the right to be informed! This Investors’ Rights blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 35 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities, and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors’ rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, send Mr. Pearce an email at pearce@rwpearce.com, and/or visit our website at www.secatty.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.