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Charles Lawrence Doraine of Corpus Christi, Texas submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent (AWC) to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) in which he was barred for allegedly refusing to provide information and appear for on-the-record testimony in violation of FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010.

In March 2007, Charles Lawrence Doraine joined NEXT Financial Group, Inc. as a General Securities Representative. FINRA stated that in September 2019, NEXT filed a Form U5 disclosing Doraine’s voluntary termination. According to the findings, FINRA began an investigation shortly after regarding Doraine’s suspected unsuitable recommendations in several customer’s accounts. The findings stated that the recommendations had resulted in short-term trading in mutual fund shares, municipal bonds, and overconcentration in Puerto Rico municipal bonds. In connection with the investigation, FINRA sent out a request to Doraine to provide and appear for on-the-record testimony in which he allegedly acknowledged but ultimately refused. Charles Lawrence Doraine is no longer associated with any FINRA member firm but remains under FINRA’s jurisdiction.  

FINRA Rule 8210 states, in relevant part, that FINRA has the right to require a “person subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction to provide information orally, in writing, or electronically . . . with respect to any matter involved in the investigation, complaint, examination or proceeding.” FINRA Rule 8210 also specifies that “no person shall fail to provide information . . . pursuant to this Rule.” A failure to provide information and/or documents requested by FINRA pursuant to Rule 8210 violates Rule 8210. Conduct that violates FINRA Rule 8210 also violates FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.”

Without admitting or denying FINRA findings, Charles Lawrence Doraine was barred from association with any FINRA member in all capacities.

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 misconduct by their broker can file claims to recover damages against broker-dealers, like NEXT, which should consistently oversee its brokers’ activities in order to prevent the above-described misconduct. 

Have you suffered losses in your NEXT account due to misconduct by your broker?  Was Charles Lawrence Doraine 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 NEXT 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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