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James W. Flower of Melville, New York was named respondent of a FINRA complaint alleging that he allegedly churned/excessively traded customer’s accounts in violation Section 10(b) of the securities Exchange Securities Act of 1934, Rule 10b-5 and FINRA Rules 4511, 2111, 2020 and 2010.

From January 1, 2016 and July 31, 2018, James W. Flower was registered with SW Financial as a General Securities Representative. According to the FINRA findings, Flower allegedly exercised de-facto control in five customer accounts without authorization or approval which resulted in excessive and quantitatively unsuitable trading. The FINRA findings stated that the trading made it near impossible for any customers to make a profit due to the cost-to-equity ratios, high annualized turnover rates, losses totaling over $220,000. In addition, FINRA’s complaint further alleges that Flower received more than $210,000 in commissions and fees and caused his firm’s books and records to be inaccurate by mismarking the transactions as unsolicited. James William Flower is currently registered with FINRA and is therefore subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction.

Churning is a manipulative and deceptive device that violates Section 10(b) of the Exchange Act, Securities Exchange Act Rule 10b-5, and FINRA Rules 2020 and 2010. It is fraudulent conduct that occurs in a broker-customer relationship when (i) a broker controls his customer’s account; (ii) the trading in the account is excessive in light of the customer’s investment objectives; and (iii) the broker acts with scienter, i.e., with intent to defraud or with reckless disregard of the customer’s interests.

Stockbrokers have been known to engage in many practices that may violate industry and firm rules, practices, and procedures. In order to protect investors from stockbroker misconduct, FINRA rules require brokerage firms to establish and implement a supervisory system. The implementation of these industry rules requires supervisors to monitor their employees to ensure compliance with federal and state securities laws, securities industry rules and regulations, and the brokerage firm’s own policies and procedures. If broker-dealers and/or their supervisors fail to establish and implement these protective measures, they may be liable to investors for damages which flow from the broker’s misconduct. Therefore, investors who have suffered losses stemming from churning/excessive trading and/or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like SW Financial, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.

Have you suffered losses in your SW Financial account due to churning/excessive trading by your broker? 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 SW Financial stockbrokers who may have engaged in broker misconduct and caused investors’ losses.

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 40 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 visit our website, www.secatty.com, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at pearce@rwpearce.com for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.

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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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