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Patrick M. Coogan of Baton Rouge, Louisiana submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was barred for misrepresentations in violation of FINRA Rule 2010.

In 2009, Patrick M. Coogan joined LPL Financial LLC as a General Securities Representative and a General Securities Principal. According to FINRA findings, a Form U5 was filed reporting Patrick M. Coogan’s termination due to unauthorized signatures on LPL agreements. The FINRA findings stated that during the duration of September 2013 through May 2016, Coogan allegedly signed seven control agreements from three banks in connection with a customer’s loan without authorization or approval from his firm. FINRA stated that in order for the customer to obtain these loans, he over pledged his assets in his LPL brokerage account. In addition, FINRA found that Coogan allegedly was aware of the seven agreements containing material misrepresentations.

FINRA Rule 2010 requires members and associated persons to observe “high standards of commercial honor and just equitable principles of trade.” A registered representative who makes reckless misrepresentations violates FINRA Rule 2010.

Without admitting or denying FINRA findings, Patrick M. Coogan was barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities and remains under FINRA’s jurisdiction pursuant to Article V, Section 4 of FINRA’s By-Laws.

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 misrepresentations, unauthorized transactions, or other misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like LPL Financial LLC, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct.


Have you suffered losses in your LPL Financial LLC account due to misrepresentations or unauthorized transactions by your broker? Was Patrick M. Coogan your stockbroker? 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 LPL Financial LLC 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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