LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP CLASS ACTION ALERT: Securities Law Firm KlaymanToskes Comments on Recent Class Action Lawsuit in Electric Vehicle Truck Manufacturer

LORDSTOWN MOTORS CORP CLASS ACTION ALERT: Securities Law Firm KlaymanToskes Comments on Recent Class Action Lawsuit in Electric Vehicle Truck Manufacturer

Boca Raton, Florida — March 22, 2021 — The Securities Law Firm of KlaymanToskes (“KT”) provides a Lordstown Motors Corp. (NASDAQ:RIDE) Alert to shareholders concerning the Class Action Lawsuit (Case 21-CV-00616) filed March 18, 2021 in the United States District Court of the Northern District of Ohio, Youngstown Division, for the class period from August 3, 2020 and March 17, 2021.   Lordstown Motors Corp. is a nascent company with a limited history of operating as manufacturer of Electric Vehicle (EV) trucks.  According to the class action lawsuit, “Throughout the Class Period, Defendants made materially false and misleading statements regarding the…

SEC Charges Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisory Firms for the Sales of Complex Exchange-Traded Products With More than $3 Million Returned to Retail Investors

SEC Charges Broker-Dealers and Investment Advisory Firms for the Sales of Complex Exchange-Traded Products With More than $3 Million Returned to Retail Investors

The securities industry watchdog, the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SC”) filed settled actions against three investment advisory firms and two dually-registered broker-dealer and advisory firms for violations that related to unsuitable sales of complex exchange-traded products (“ETFs”) to retail investors for the period between January 2016 and April 2020. According to SEC, “The actions were filed against American Portfolios Financial Services/American Portfolios Advisors Inc., Benjamin F. Edwards & Company Inc., Royal Alliance Associates Inc., Securities America Advisors Inc., and Summit Financial Group Inc. – will result in the return of over $3 million to harmed investors’.  According to a news release by the SEC on…

NOTICE TO UPS EMPLOYEES WITH MERRILL LYNCH ACCOUNTS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Continues to Investigate and Pursue Claims on Behalf of UPS Employees Who Sustained Losses from Unsuitable Covered Call Writing Strategies

The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to investigate and pursue claims for current and former UPS (NYSE: UPS) employees with Merrill Lynch accounts, for losses sustained from unsuitable covered call writing strategies for concentrated UPS stock positions. K&T recently filed a claim against Merrill Lynch on behalf of a former UPS (NYSE:UPS) employee for losses sustained from unsuitable covered call writing strategies for concentrated UPS stock positions. According to the claim, the Claimant, worked with UPS for 31 years.  He accumulated more than 29,000 shares through the UPS’s Employee Stock Purchase Program and…

NOTICE TO UBS PUERTO RICO CUSTOMERS: Klayman & Toskes and Carlo Law Offices File $15 Million FINRA Claim Against UBS for Concentration in Puerto Rico Government Bonds and Closed-End Bond Funds in the Wake of Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Filing

NOTICE TO UBS PUERTO RICO CUSTOMERS: Klayman & Toskes and Carlo Law Offices File $15 Million FINRA Claim Against UBS for Concentration in Puerto Rico Government Bonds and Closed-End Bond Funds in the Wake of Puerto Rico’s Bankruptcy Filing

San Juan, Puerto Rico.  May 5, 2017 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A., www.sueubspuertorico.com, together with Carlo Law Offices, P.S.C. located in Puerto Rico, announced today that they filed a FINRA claim against UBS Financial Services Incorporated of Puerto Rico and UBS Financial Services, Inc. (NYSE: UBS) (collectively “UBS”) for $15 million.  The claim has been filed in the wake of Puerto Rico’s recent bankruptcy filing, which is the largest in U.S. Municipal history. According to the Claim, the Claimant entrusted his retirement assets to UBS with an investment objective of current income and capital preservation.…

FINRA Bars Broker for Excessive Trading in Elderly Customer Accounts

FINRA Bars Broker for Excessive Trading in Elderly Customer Accounts

Released April 2017 Matthew Christopher Maczko (CRD #1888519, Downers Grove, Illinois) submitted an AWC in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Maczko consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he engaged in excessive trading in an elderly customer’s accounts. The findings stated that Maczko effectively controlled these accounts, which had an average aggregate value of $3 million. Maczko’s transactions in these accounts generated approximately $581,650 in commissions, $84,270 in other fees, and approximately $397,000 in trading losses. This level of trading was unsuitable…

Department of Labor Fiduciary 60-Day Rule Delays Financial Industry Crunch Time

Department of Labor Fiduciary 60-Day Rule Delays Financial Industry Crunch Time

The new Department of Labor (DOL) Fiduciary Rule that was enacted and scheduled to begin this month on April 10th has been postponed 60 days to June 9th.  Brokerage Firms and Financial Advisors are responsible for compliance with the rules as they are now written.  Keeping in mind that the requirements may be modified or eliminated based on the what happens during the 60-day delay. Klayman & Toskes, P.A. is monitoring the developments and will keep investors posted and provide further updates as they become available. Best Interest Contract (BIC) Brokerage firms and financial advisors who recommend investment of retirement funds…

Texas E&P Partners Expelled By FINRA for Misconduct Related to Chestnut Exploration Partners

Texas E&P Partners Expelled By FINRA for Misconduct Related to Chestnut Exploration Partners

Released March 2017 Texas E&P Partners, Inc. fka Chestnut Exploration Partners, Inc. (CRD #127228 , Richardson, Texas) and Mark Allan Plummer (CRD #4608699 Richardson, Texas). The firm was expelled from FINRA® membership. Plummer was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity and ordered to pay $ 513,961, plus interest, in restitution to customers. The sanctions were based on findings that Plummer misused customer funds by misusing the portion of a completion assessment (certain assessments that were levied on investors for prospective oil and gas well investments) attributable to a prospective well. The findings stated that Plummer collected…

Broker Barred by FINRA for Excessive Trading in Client IRA Accounts

Broker Barred by FINRA for Excessive Trading in Client IRA Accounts

Released March 2017 Richard Gomez (CRD #4727721, Jackson Heights, New York) submitted an AWC in which he was suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for one year.  In light of Gomez’s financial status, no monetary sanction has been imposed. Without admitting or denying the findings, Gomez consented to the sanction and to the entry of findings that he engaged in several types of misconduct in the Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) of three of his member firm’s customers. The findings stated that without obtaining prior written authorization from two of these customers—who are husband and wife and…

NOTICE TO MORGAN STANLEY CLIENTS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Announces Investigation of Morgan Stanley Following $8 Million in SEC Fines for Exchange Traded Fund Violations

NOTICE TO MORGAN STANLEY CLIENTS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Announces Investigation of Morgan Stanley Following $8 Million in SEC Fines for Exchange Traded Fund Violations

New York, NY — February 21, 2017 – The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A.,(K&T) www.klaymantoskes.com, announces an investigation into sales practice violations by Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) following $8 million in fines levied by the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) related to Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). On February 14, 2017, the SEC imposed a Cease and Desist Order and Remedial Actions against Morgan Stanley for sales practice violations related to recommended investments in single-inverse ETFs for advisory clients in non-discretionary accounts.  According to Morgan Stanley compliance procedures, recommended investments in single-inverse ETFS had two requirements: Advisory clients were…

NOTICE TO WELLS FARGO BROKERAGE CLIENTS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A.  Launches Investigation into Wells Fargo Advisors’ Envision Investment Analysis Tool, Following $1 Million FINRA Fine for Failing to Supervise Client Presentation Reports

NOTICE TO WELLS FARGO BROKERAGE CLIENTS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Launches Investigation into Wells Fargo Advisors’ Envision Investment Analysis Tool, Following $1 Million FINRA Fine for Failing to Supervise Client Presentation Reports

New York, NY  – December 16, 2016 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, has launched an investigation into Wells Fargo Advisors, a wholly-owned brokerage dealer of Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC), for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sales practice violations for failing to supervise client presentation reports, including those generated by the firm’s Envision investment analysis tool. On December 5, FINRA accepted from Wells Fargo Advisors an Acceptance Waiver and Consent for $1 million in fines for “failing to establish a supervisory system reasonably designed to achieve compliance with applicable securities laws and regulations regarding the use and dissemination to customers of…

NOTICE TO MERRILL LYNCH PUERTO RICO BOND AND BOND FUND INVESTORS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A.  Continues to Investigate FINRA Arbitration Claims against Merrill Lynch for its Margin Lending Practices Related to Concentrated Investments in Puerto Rico Bonds and Bond Funds

NOTICE TO MERRILL LYNCH PUERTO RICO BOND AND BOND FUND INVESTORS: Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Continues to Investigate FINRA Arbitration Claims against Merrill Lynch for its Margin Lending Practices Related to Concentrated Investments in Puerto Rico Bonds and Bond Funds

San Juan, Puerto Rico–December 5, 2016.  The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to investigate FINRA arbitration claims against Merrill Lynch, a subsidy of Bank of America, N.A. (NYSE:BAC), for its margin lending practices related to concentrated investments in Puerto Rico bonds and leveraged closed-end bond funds (CEBFs). The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) recently fined Merrill Lynch $6.25 million for failure to supervise the recommended use of borrowed funds to invest in securities. Additionally, Merrill Lynch agreed to “pay roughly $780,000 in restitution to 22 customers who had 75% or more of their assets invested in Puerto Rico…

NOTICE TO MERRILL LYNCH CUSTOMERS – Klayman & Tokses, P.A. Announces Investigation into Merrill Lynch Loan Management Accounts in Light of FINRA Sanctions for $7 Million in Fines and Restitution Regarding US and Puerto Rico Clients

New York, NY – December 1, 2016 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, announces an investigation into Merrill Lynch, a wholly owned brokerage firm of Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), for Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sales practice violations from its Loan Management Accounts (LMAs) following FINRA regulatory fines.  Yesterday, FINRA accepted from Merrill Lynch an Acceptance Waiver and Consent for $6.25 million in fines and approximately $780,000 in restitution to Puerto Rico customers, for inadequately supervising the use of Merrill Lynch loans for customer accounts.  According to FINRA, Merrill Lynch brokerage accounts received proceeds transferred from LMAs and purchased millions of dollars…

FINRA Fines Broker for Excessive Commissions from Risky Trading Strategies

FINRA Fines Broker for Excessive Commissions from Risky Trading Strategies

Released November 2016 Lucas Dylan Lichtman (CRD #5542092, Nanuet, New York) submitted an Offer of Settlement in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $7,500 and suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for nine months. Without admitting or denying the allegations, Lichtman consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he made unsuitable recommendations of an active trading investment strategy to his customer. The findings stated that Lichtman recommended that his customer engage in the unsuitable active trading investment strategy, despite the fact that he failed to understand the risks of the…

FINRA Fines Broker $219,000 for Private Placement Violations

FINRA Fines Broker $219,000 for Private Placement Violations

Thomas Edward Brenner Jr. (CRD #1489233, Orrville, Ohio) submitted an AWC in which he was assessed a deferred fine of $30,000, suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for 16 months, and ordered to pay deferred disgorgement of commissions of $189,000, plus interest. Without admitting or denying the findings, Brenner consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings that he engaged in two separate private placements which were rife with supervisory and substantive violations.  The findings stated that in soliciting customers to purchase a private placement offering, Brenner provided customers with a private placement memorandum…

NOTICE TO CURRENT AND FORMER WELLS FARGO EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS – Klayman & Tokses, P.A.  Continues to Investigate Wells Fargo Cross Selling Incentive Programs Following Regulatory Probes

NOTICE TO CURRENT AND FORMER WELLS FARGO EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS – Klayman & Tokses, P.A. Continues to Investigate Wells Fargo Cross Selling Incentive Programs Following Regulatory Probes

New York, NY – November 4, 2016 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to inv estigate Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and its broker dealer, Wells Fargo Advisors, for potential Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sales practice violations from its“cross selling” incentive  programs.  Yesterday, Wells Fargo reported in its SEC 10-Q filing, “the United States Department of Justice and the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and state attorneys general and prosecutors’ offices, as well as Congressional committees, have undertaken formal or informal inquiries, investigations or examinations arising out of certain sales practices of the Company that were the subject of settlements” with regulators for $185 million on September 8, 2016. The federal probes conducted by…

FINRA Fines Eight Firms a Total of $6.2 Million for Supervisory Failures Related to Variable Annuity L-Shares

Released November 2, 2016 WASHINGTON — The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) announced today that it has fined eight firms, including VOYA Financial Advisors, five broker-dealer subsidiaries of Cetera Financial Group, Kestra Investment Services, LLC, and FTB Advisors, Inc., a total of $6.2 million for failing to supervise sales of variable annuities (VAs). FINRA also ordered five of the firms to pay more than $6 million to customers who purchased L-share variable annuities with potentially incompatible, complex and expensive long-term minimum-income and withdrawal riders. FINRA imposed sanctions against the following firms. VOYA Financial Advisors Inc., of Des Moines, IA, was…

NOTICE TO WELLS FARGO AND MORGAN STANLEY CLIENTS – Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Investigates Cross Selling Incentive Programs Following FINRA Targeted Examination Letter to Brokerage Industry

NOTICE TO WELLS FARGO AND MORGAN STANLEY CLIENTS – Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Investigates Cross Selling Incentive Programs Following FINRA Targeted Examination Letter to Brokerage Industry

New York, NY – October 31, 2016 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, has opened an industry-wide investigation of brokerage firms into potential Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sales practice violations of “cross selling” incentive programs following targeted examination letter to member firms.  According to FINRA, the Targeted Examination Letter sent is designed to review “cross selling programs” used by brokerage firms for FINRA sales practice rules and regulations.  This investigation follows regulatory actions against Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) and Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) for “cross selling” programs which violated securities industry regulations. The FINRA…

SEC Bars LPL Financial advisor, Paul Lebel for Churning Client Mutual Fund Investments

SEC Bars LPL Financial advisor, Paul Lebel for Churning Client Mutual Fund Investments

On October 18, 2016, the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) barred LPL Financial advisor, Paul Lebel for churning and excessively trading mutual funds in customer accounts for the sole purpose of his own personal enrichment.   The excessive trading, also known as “churning” occurred during the period from 2008 to 2014, “during his employment with LPL, he defrauded four customers by churning several of their accounts,” according to the SEC administrative proceeding. According to the SEC which imposed Remedial Sanctions and a Cease and Desist Order which was a Paul Lebel. “In particular, Lebel exercised de facto control over these customers’ accounts…

NOTICE TO WELLS FARGO BROKERAGE CUSTOMERS -- The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Continues Wells Fargo Advisors Investigation -- California AG Issues Search Warrant

NOTICE TO WELLS FARGO BROKERAGE CUSTOMERS -- The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. Continues Wells Fargo Advisors Investigation -- California AG Issues Search Warrant

New York, NY — October 21, 2016 — The Securities Arbitration Law Firm of Klayman & Toskes, P.A. (“K&T”), www.klaymantoskes.com, continues to investigate Wells Fargo Advisors for potential Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sales practice violations following California’s Attorney General Office search warrant which seeks bank customer records, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.  According to public records there is probable cause that Wells Fargo (NYSE:WFC) violated two laws which are felony offenses, fraudulent impersonation and fraudulent use of personal information. The information sought by the warrant concerns Wells Fargo’s fraudulently opened customer accounts through “cross-selling” efforts that resulted…

FINRA Sanctions Securities America for Not Offering Certain Clients Mutual Fund Discounts

FINRA Sanctions Securities America for Not Offering Certain Clients Mutual Fund Discounts

In September 2016, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) sanctioned Securities America for Mutual Fund Sales Practice Violations. Securities America, Inc. (CRD #10205, La Vista, Nebraska) submitted an AWC in which the firm was censured and required to provide FINRA with a remediation plan to remediate eligible customers who qualified for, but did not receive, the applicable mutual fund sales-charge waiver. As part of this settlement, the firm agrees to pay restitution to eligible customers, which is estimated to total $1,541,419 (the amount eligible customers were overcharged, inclusive of interest). Without admitting or denying the findings, the firm consented to…