West Hollywood, California Lawyer Who Sues Stockbrokers For Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

Did Trevor Bradner Rahn Cause You Investment Losses? Trevor Bradner Rahn of West Hollywood, California submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which he was fined $10,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of 18 months. The sanctions were based on findings that he allegedly made unsuitable investment recommendations and exercised discretionary trading in violation of NASD Rule 2510(b) and FINRA Rules 2111(a) and 2010. The suspension is in effect from April 5, 2021, through October 4, 2022. On July 30, 2010, Trevor Bradner Rahn joined J.P. Morgan Securities LLC while registered as a General Securities Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration (Form U5) disclosing that Rahn had been discharged due to alleged misconduct. According to FINRA’s findings, Rahn recommended an investment strategy to customers and executed orders in 32 accounts without having a reasonable basis to make such recommendations. The FINRA findings state that Rahn allegedly relied on the firm’s system to automatically assign commissions without taking steps to confirm it actually did and would often enter a separate commission on each trade that was greater than the amount that would be charged under the firms system. In addition, the findings further state that Rahn exercised time and price discretion on these trades without notice or approval from the customers or his member firm. Although Trevor Bradner Rahn is no longer registered with a FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. FINRA Rule 2111(a) requires an associated person to “have a reasonable basis to believe  that a recommended transaction or investment strategy involving a security or securities is suitable for the customer. The recommendation must be based on reasonable diligence demonstrating it is suitable for at least some investors. Moreover, the reasonable diligence must provide the associated person with an understanding of the potential risks and rewards associated with the recommended security or strategy. The lack of such an understanding when recommending a security or strategy violates the suitability rule. A violation of FINRA Rule 2111(a) is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010. NASD Rule 2510(b) generally prohibits a registered representative from exercising discretionary power in a customer’s account without prior written authorization from the customer and written acceptance from the member firm. While NASD Rule 2510(d)(1) provides an exception for same-day time and price discretion, any exercise of time and price discretion must be reflected on the order ticket.” Do You Need a California Attorney for an Unsuitable Investment Recommendation? Are you a West Hollywood, California investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did they recommend unsuitable securities transactions or strategies? Suitability claims can be based upon the stockbroker or investment advisor’s fiduciary duty, duty to use reasonable care, or FINRA Rule 2111. If you believe that your stockbroker or investment advisor made unsuitable recommendations, you need a skilled securities arbitration attorney who knows all the investments, investment strategies and stockbroker tricks of the trade. Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Lawyers Serving West Hollywood, California Residents in FINRA Securities Arbitrations Involving Unsuitable Investment Claims At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.

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Aliso Viejo, California Private Placement Investment Dispute Attorney

Did Jeffrey David Stanga Cause You Investment Losses? Jeffrey David Stanga of Aliso Viejo, California submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which he was fined $10,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of 12 months and ordered to pay disgorgement of benefits received in the amount of $28,359, plus interest. The sanctions were based on findings that he allegedly failed to fully disclose his outside business activities and participated in private securities transactions in violation of FINRA Rules 3270, 3280, and 2010. The suspension is in effect from April 5, 2021, through April 4, 2022. In October 2014, Jeffrey David Stanga joined FMN Capital while registered as a General Securities Representative. According to FINRA’s findings, Stanga allegedly participated in outside business activities and private transactions without notice or approval from his member firm. The findings state that although Stanga had informed his firm of certain outside business activities, he failed to disclose the fact that he served as a manager for an investment-related business and previously sold promissory notes of approximately $1,160,000 to four investors in connection with a real estate brokerage firm. In addition, Stanga received $28,359 in referral fees in connection with the private transactions that he was ordered to pay back. Although Jeffrey David Stanga is no longer registered with a FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. FINRA Rule 3270 provides that “[n]o registered person may be an employee,  independent contractor, sole proprietor, officer, director or partner of another person, or  be compensated, or have the reasonable expectation of compensation, from any other  person as a result of any business activity outside the scope of the relationship with his or  her member firm, unless he or she has provided prior written notice to the member, in  such form as specified by the member.” A violation of FINRA Rule 3270 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010. FINRA Rule 3280, and its predecessor, NASD Rule 3040, 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 and stating whether he has received or  may receive selling compensation in connection with the transaction.” Do You Need a California Private Placement Investment Attorney? Are you an Aliso Viejo, California investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your California stockbroker or investment advisor misrepresent or mislead you about an investment in a Private Placement or make an unsuitable recommendation that you invest in a Private Placement like GPB Capital Holdings or EquiAlt or otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you will need to have representation by an experienced, highly rated and nationally recognized FINRA securities arbitration law attorney—an attorney who understands these highly complex and risky Private Placement investments. You need an experienced lawyer who knows FINRA rules and procedures inside and out and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases and other complex legal issues.  Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Private Placement Investment Lawyers Serving Aliso Viejo, California Residents In FINRA Arbitration Proceedings At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.

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Murrieta, California FINRA Defense Lawyers

You may have read that Jeremy Taylor Johnson of Murrieta, California was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rule 8210 and 2010. In 2019, Jeremy Taylor Johnson joined Torch Securities while registered as a Private Securities Offerings Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice for Securities Industry Registration (Form U5) on April 21, 2020, disclosing that Johnson had been discharged due to alleged misconduct. According to the findings, FINRA sent Johnson a request to appear for an on-the-record testimony regarding their investigation into the suitability and potential misrepresentations and omissions related to his sale of two securities offerings. The findings state that Johnson responded to FINRA during a phone call, stating that he allegedly received, acknowledged, and refused the request to appear for an on-the-record testimony at any time. Although Jeremy Taylor Johnson is no longer associated with any FINRA member firm, he remains subject to 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 or testimony pursuant to this Rule.” A failure to provide information and/or testimony 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 principals of trade.” Unfortunately, Jeremy Taylor Johnson might have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. It is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise you on how not to make matters worse and resolve the dispute with the least amount of sanctions which could range from censures to fines, suspensions, permanent bars, and/or referrals to federal or state prosecutors. You will need an experienced FINRA defense lawyer who not only has knowledge of FINRA rules and procedures, the securities laws and the appropriate sanction for the alleged misconduct but also has an excellent reputation and credibility with the FINRA attorneys to negotiate the best outcome. Free Initial Consultation With FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney Serving Financial Advisors Throughout Murrieta, California And Nationwide The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in FINRA securities law matters and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  Attorney Pearce’s FINRA defense skills are highly regarded throughout California and across the nation.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of FINRA disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889, or via e-mail.

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Los Angeles, California FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyer

Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney? You may have read that Ryan Raskin of Los Angeles, California was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rules 8210 and 2010. In May 2016, Ryan Raskin joined Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. while registered as a General Securities Representative and a General Securities Sales Supervisor. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5), disclosing that Raskin had been terminated due to alleged misconduct. According to the findings, FINRA sent a request to Raskin for information and documents in connection with their investigation regarding his involvement in inconsistent business practices and inappropriate recommendations. The findings state that Raskin responded to FINRA through email on two separate occasions, stating that he allegedly received, acknowledged, and refused to provide the requested information. Although Ryan Raskin is no longer associated with any FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. FINRA Rule 8210(a)(1) states, in relevant part, that FINRA staff shall have the right to “require a member, person associated with a member, or any other 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.” A failure to comply with a request for documents and information issued pursuant to FINRA Rule 8210 is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.” Unfortunately, Ryan Raskin might have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. It is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise you on how not to make matters worse and resolve the dispute with the least amount of sanctions which could range from censures to fines, suspensions, permanent bars, and/or referrals to federal or state prosecutors. You will need an experienced FINRA defense lawyer who not only has knowledge of FINRA rules and procedures, the securities laws and the appropriate sanction for the alleged misconduct but also has an excellent reputation and credibility with the FINRA attorneys to negotiate the best outcome. Free Initial Consultation With FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney Serving Financial Advisors Throughout Los Angeles, California And Nationwide The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in FINRA securities law matters and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  Attorney Pearce’s FINRA defense skills are highly regarded throughout California and across the nation.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of FINRA disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889, or via e-mail. 

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San Francisco, California Securities Account Theft Lawyer

Did Bryce Scarfone Cause You Investment Losses? Bryce R. Scarfone of San Francisco, California submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which he was permanently barred from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rule 2010.   In January 2017, Bryce R. Scarfone joined HSBC and became registered as an Investment Banking Representative and as a General Securities Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5), disclosing that Scarfone had been terminated due to alleged conversion of funds. According to the findings, Scarfone had allegedly altered a check in the amount of $1,798.14 issued by his firm to be paid to his roommate by changing the check number and making it payable to himself without the authority to do so. The findings state that Scarfone then deposited the check into his personal bank account to use for his own benefit. Although Bryce R. Scarfone is not currently registered or associated with a FINRA member, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. Do You Need an Attorney for Securities Account Theft? FINRA Rule 2010 requires associated persons of FINRA members to adhere to high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade in the conduct of their business. Conversion is the intentional and unauthorized taking of and/or exercise of ownership over property by one who neither owns the property nor is entitled to possess it. Conversion violates FINRA Rule 2010 even if the conversion occurs outside the scope of a registered representative’s employment with a FINRA member. Are you a Bryce R. Scarfone investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your California stockbroker or investment advisor transfer assets without your authority to the stockbroker or another party, steal, or otherwise commit theft in your investment account? If so, you will need to have representation from an experienced, highly rated, and nationally recognized FINRA arbitration securities law attorney—an attorney who knows FINRA rules and procedures inside and out and how to handle these FINRA arbitration forgery cases and other complex legal issues.  Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Lawyers Handling Securities Account Theft Cases Serving San Francisco, California Residents in FINRA Arbitrations At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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Anaheim, California FINRA 8210 Defense Lawyer

You may have read that Gautam Arora of Anaheim, California was permanently barred by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) from working in the securities industry because he failed to comply with FINRA Rule 8210. Do You Need a FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney? In 2013, Gautam Arora joined Transamerica Financial Advisors and became registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Product Representative. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5), disclosing that he had been terminated due to alleged misconduct. According to the findings, Arora allegedly solicited investors to participate in unapproved investments without approval from his firm. The findings state that FINRA then began an investigation and sent a request for Arora for documents and information. The findings further state that Arora responded to FINRA through email and a phone call, stating that he allegedly received, acknowledged, and refused to provide the requested documents. Although Gautam Arora is no longer associated with a FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. FINRA Rule 8210(a) states, in relevant part, that FINRA has the right to “require a … person associated with a member, or any other person subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction to provide information … in writing, or electronically … with respect to any matter involved in the investigation, complaint, examination or proceeding that is in such … person’s possession, custody or control.” FINRA Rule 8210(c) similarly provides that “[n]o member or person shall fail to provide information . . . pursuant to this Rule.” A violation of FINRA Rule 8210 is also a violation of FINRA Rule 2010, which requires associated persons, in the conduct of their business, to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.” Unfortunately, Gautam Arora might have avoided that FINRA 8210 bar from the securities industry with a skilled and experienced FINRA 8210 defense attorney. It is important, early on, to have a FINRA defense attorney advise you on how not to make matters worse and resolve the dispute with the least amount of sanctions which could range from censures to fines, suspensions, permanent bars, and/or referrals to federal or state prosecutors. You will need an experienced FINRA defense lawyer who not only has knowledge of FINRA rules and procedures, the securities laws and the appropriate sanction for the alleged misconduct but also has an excellent reputation and credibility with the FINRA attorneys to negotiate the best outcome. Free Initial Consultation With FINRA 8210 Defense Attorney Serving Financial Advisors Throughout California And Nationwide The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A. understands what is at stake in FINRA securities law matters and works tirelessly to secure the best possible result for you and your case.  Attorney Pearce’s FINRA defense skills are highly regarded throughout California and across the nation.  For dedicated representation by an attorney with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of FINRA disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889, or via e-mail. 

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Irvine, California Stockbroker Fraud Attorney

Did Steven Michael Gribben Cause You Investment Losses? Steven Michael Gribben of Irvine, California submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which he was fined $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of three months. The sanctions were based on findings that he made negligent misrepresentations in violation of FINRA Rule 2010. The suspension was in effect from October 19, 2020, through January 18, 2021. In September 2017, Steven Michael Gribben joined Alpine Securities Corporation and became registered as an Investment Banking Representative. According to the FINRA findings, Gribben allegedly signed several transaction documents containing false statements, including that his member firm was not a broker or dealer in securities. The findings state that Gribben allegedly failed to properly read the claim purchase agreements before signing them to be submitted to the courts to obtain judicial confirmation that securities issued in exchange for the satisfaction of the claims would be deemed exempted securities. In addition, the misrepresentations could have impacted the court’s decision to approve instead of denying the exchanges and they made a false impression that Alpine was not timely paid for past work. Although Steven Michael Gribben is not currently registered or associated with any FINRA member firm, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. FINRA Rule 2010 requires that FINRA member firms and their associated persons observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade. Making a negligent misrepresentation or omission of a material fact to a court is a violation of FINRA Rule 2010. Do You Need a California FINRA Securities Arbitration Attorney? Are you an Irvine, California investor who has suffered significant losses your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your California stockbroker or investment advisor, misrepresent facts about the securities, investments or strategies they were recommending or otherwise mismanage your investment account? If so, you need representation by an experienced, highly-rated and nationally recognized FINRA arbitration attorney — an attorney who knows FINRA rules and procedures and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases as well as other complex legal issues.  Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Securities Misrepresentation and Stockbroker Fraud Attorneys Serving Irvine, California Residents in FINRA Securities Arbitrations At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.

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South Pasadena, California Securities FINRA Securities Arbitration Lawyer

Did RJJ Pasadena Securities Cause You Investment Losses? RJJ Pasadena Securities submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which the firm was censured, fined $5,000 and required to revise its WSP’s. The sanctions were based on findings that the firm allegedly failed to supervise one of their representatives in violation of NASD Rules 1021 and 1022 and FINRA Rules 1220, 3110, 2360, and 2010. Since 1980, RJJ Pasadena Securities has been a FINRA member firm and employs 5 registered representatives in Las Vegas, Nevada and South Pasadena, California. According to the FINRA findings, the firm had allegedly committed three supervisory violations by failing to enforce its own written supervisory procedures (WSP’s). The findings state that RJJ Pasadena violated its registration rules and allegedly allowed a registered representative to conduct their  own business without supervision by a properly registered principal. FINRA Rule 1220(a)(8)(A) and its predecessor, NASD Rule 1022(0, require every firm that engages in options transactions with the public to have at least one registered options principal. Those rules further require any person engaged in the supervision of options sales practices to be registered as an options principal. FINRA Rule 2360(b)(20)(A) requires that “[e]ach member that conducts a public customer options business shall ensure that its written supervisory system policies and procedures pursuant to Rules 3110, 3120 and 3130 adequately address the member’s public customer options business. NASD Rule 1021(d)(1) was in effect until October 1, 2018.3 The rule allowed a registered representative “whose duties [were] changed by the member so as to require registration in any principal classification” a period of 90 calendar days following the change in his or her duties to pass the appropriate qualification examination. The rule prohibited a representative from functioning in the principal classification beyond the initial 90 calendar-day period without having passed the appropriate qualification examination. Do You Need a California FINRA Securities Arbitration Attorney? Are you a South Pasadena, California investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did your California stockbroker or investment advisor misrepresent facts, fail to disclose facts making the statements made false and misleading, recommend unsuitable investments or strategies, excessively trade or churn, mismanage your investment account or engage in other kinds of stockbroker misconduct? If so, you need representation by an experienced, highly-rated and nationally recognized FINRA securities arbitration attorney—a lawyer who knows FINRA rules and procedures inside and out and how to handle these FINRA arbitration cases as well as other complex legal issues.  Free Initial Consultation With Experienced FINRA Securities Arbitration Lawyers Serving South Pasadena, California Residents In FINRA Arbitration Proceedings At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail.

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Laguna Beach, California Lawyer Who Sues Stockbrokers For Selling Away (Selling Unauthorized Investments)

Did David Allen Walters Cause You Investment Losses? David Allen Walters of Laguna Beach, California submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which he was assessed a fine of $5,000 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in all capacities for a period of four months. The sanctions were based on findings that he allegedly participated in private securities transactions in violation of FINRA Rules 3280 and 2010. The suspension is in effect from November 2, 2020, through March 1, 2021. In June 2017, David Allen Walters joined Advisory Group Equity Services under multiple registrations. The firm later filed a Uniform Termination Notice (Form U5) disclosing that Walters had been discharged due to alleged misconduct. According to the FINRA findings, Walters allegedly participated in four private securities transactions worth $450,000 without providing prior notice to his firm. The findings state that Walters served as executive chairman for the company that was invested in and although he disclosed the outside business activity to his firm, he stated that the source of its capital would be from personal assets rather than from the investors. In addition, while David Allen Walters did not receive any compensation, he remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction and sanctions. FINRA Rule 3280 requires that prior to “participating in any manner” 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, which requires FINRA members and associated persons to “observe high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade.” Do You Need a California FINRA Securities Arbitration Attorney? Did your California 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. Free Initial Consultation With  Experienced Attorneys Representing Laguna Beach, California Residents in FINRA Arbitrations At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities, and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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Bakersfield, California Attorney Who Sues Stockbrokers For Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

Did Cynthia Diane Cowden Cause You Investment Losses? Cynthia Diane Cowden of Bakersfield, California submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority in which she was barred form association with any FINRA member in all capacities. The sanction is based on findings that she allegedly provided false testimony and recommended unsuitable high-risk, speculative investments in violation of FINRA Rules 8210, 2111 and 2010. From January 2013 through August 2020, Cynthia Diane Cowden was associated with NPB Financial Group under multiple registrations. According to the FINRA findings, Cowden allegedly recommended unsuitable investments to three senior customers totaling $481,200. The findings state that the investments were unsuitable given the customers investment objective, circumstances, financial needs and the illiquidity and high-risk level exceeded their risk tolerance. In addition, the findings also state that Cowden allegedly provided false testimony regarding the investments during an on-the-record testimony to FINRA. Although Cynthia Diane Cowden is not currently registered or associated with a FINRA member firm, she remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction. FINRA Rule 2111(a) requires that firms and associated persons have a “reasonable basis to believe that a recommended transaction or investment strategy involving a security or securities is suitable for the customer, based on the information obtained through the reasonable diligence of the [firm] or associated person to ascertain the customer’s investment profile,” which includes “the customer’s age, other investments, financial situation and needs, tax status, investment objectives, investment experience, investment time horizon, liquidity needs, [and] risk tolerance.” A recommendation may also be unsuitable if it results in an undue concentration in a particular security or category of securities. FINRA Rule 2010 requires associated persons to observe “high standards of commercial honor and just and equitable principles of trade” in the conduct of their business. A violation of FINRA Rule 2111 is also a violation of Rule 2010. FINRA Rule 8210 requires member firms and associated persons to provide information and documents to FINRA during the course of an investigation. Do You Need a California FINRA Securities Arbitration Attorney? Are you a Bakersfield, California investor who has suffered significant losses in your stock brokerage and investment accounts?  Did they recommend unsuitable securities transactions or strategies? Suitability claims can be based upon the stockbroker or investment advisor’s fiduciary duty, duty to use reasonable care, or FINRA Rule 2111. If you believe that your stockbroker or investment advisor made unsuitable recommendations, you need a skilled securities arbitration attorney who knows all the investments, investment strategies and stockbroker tricks of the trade. Free Initial Consultation With Experienced Attorneys Serving Bakersfield, California Residents in FINRA Securities Arbitrations Involving Unsuitable Investment Claims At The Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A.  we represent investors in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes in FINRA, AAA and JAMS arbitration and mediation proceedings. Attorney Pearce and his staff represent investors throughout California, and across the United States on a CONTINGENCY FEE basis which means you pay nothing – NO FEES-NO COSTS – unless we put money in your pocket after receiving a settlement or FINRA arbitration award. Se habla español For dedicated representation by Attorney Pearce with over 40 years of experience and success in all kinds of securities, commodities and investment law disputes serving California citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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