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Did James Michael Rapisarda Cause You Investment Losses?

James Michael Rapisarda of Scottsdale, Arizona was fined $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of 15 business days. The sanctions were based on findings that he allegedly engaged in private securities transactions which was in violation of FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010. The suspension was in effect from September 8, 2020, through September 28, 2020. Rapisarda is not currently registered or associated with any FINRA member but remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.

From November 2017 to December 2018, James Michael Rapisarda was registered as a General Securities Representative and General Securities Principal with LPL Financial LLC. According to the FINRA findings, Rapisarda was a minority shareholder with another company while associated with LPL Financial LLC. The findings stated that he allegedly recommended that five individuals invest in the company, three of which purchased more than $10,000 in shares. Although Rapisarda assisted the individuals with their purchases, he did not receive any compensation. In addition, FINRA alleged that Rapisarda had failed to provide prior written notice to LPL in connection with the transactions.

FINRA Rule 3280 requires that prior to participating in a private securities transaction, a person associated with a member firm shall provide written notice to his or her firm “describing in detail the proposed transaction and the person’s proposed role therein[.]” FINRA Rule 3280 defines a private securities transaction as “any securities transaction outside the regular course or scope of an associated person’s employment with a member[.]” A violation of FINRA Rule 3280 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010.

Do You Need An Arizona Lawyer Who Sues Stockbrokers For Selling Away (Selling Unauthorized Investments)?

Did your Arizona stockbroker or investment advisor recommend an investment that turned out to be an investment that was never reviewed or approved by their stockbrokerage firm employer? The stockbrokers who stoop to that level are usually insolvent or uncollectible. And so, the investor’s only recourse is against the brokerage firm employer. But stockbrokerage firms always claim ignorance of the stockbroker’s activities and deny liability for the sale of unauthorized investments which they call Selling Away as if that was an absolute defense. Not so! You will definitely need an experienced attorney who knows the securities laws and how to hold the stockbrokerage firm responsible for their employees Selling Away under legal principles of actual authority, apparent authority, estoppel and failure to supervise. If your attorney knows where to look he/she can often find Red Flags of the alleged unauthorized sales that the firm did not look for, missed, or saw and just ignored.

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Robert Wayne Pearce of The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. has been a trial attorney for more than 40 years and has helped recover over $125 million dollars for his clients. During that time, he developed a well-respected and highly accomplished legal career representing investors and brokers in disputes with one another and the government and industry regulators. To speak with Attorney Pearce, call (800) 732-2889 or Contact Us online for a FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION with Attorney Pearce about your case.

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