Fargo, North Dakota Lawyer Who Sues Stockbrokers For Selling Away (Selling Unauthorized Investments)

Did Lonna R. Dehn Ristvedt Cause You Investment Losses? Lonna Rae Dehn Ristvedt of Fargo, North Dakota was assessed a deferred 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 she engaged in undisclosed and unapproved private securities transactions in violation of NASD Rule 3040 and FINRA Rule 2010. The suspension was in effect from October 19, 2020, through February 18, 2021. In July 2010, Lonna Rae Dehn Ristvedt joined National Planning Corporation and became registered as an Investment Company and Variable Contracts Products Representative and Principal. According to the FINRA findings, Ristvedt allegedly solicited two investors to purchase securities in Future Income Payments (FIP) worth $163,320 and promised a 7% to 8% rate of return. The findings state that Ristvedt received $5,457.66 in commission but never sought or obtained approval from his firm to participate in the private transactions. In addition to FINRA’s findings, FIP ceased business and owed $300 million in unpaid investor payments. Although Lonna Rae Dehn Ristvedt is not currently registered or associated with a FINRA member firm, she remains subject to FINRA’s jurisdiction and sanctions. NASD Rule 3040 provides that “prior to participating in any private securities transaction, an associated person shall provide written notice to the member with which he is associated 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….” Where, as here, the associated person will receive selling compensation, the Firm must approve the proposed activity in writing. A violation of Rule 3040 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. Do You Need a North Dakota FINRA Securities Arbitration Attorney? Did your North Dakota 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 Lawyers Representing Fargo, North Dakota 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 North Dakota, 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 North Dakota citizens, contact the firm by phone at 561-338-0037, toll free at 800-732-2889 or via e-mail. 

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