ATTENTION MARTIN LERNER DAVID LERNER ASSOCIATES CUSTOMERS: National Investor Fraud Law Firm KlaymanToskes Investigates Broker in Light of $600,000 Energy 11 LP Customer Dispute

September 30, 2021

National securities fraud law firm, KlaymanToskes, continues to investigate (“Martin Lerner David Lerner Associates Investigation”) David Lerner Associates, including Martin Lerner (CRD#871038), for the unsuitable concentration in proprietary products invested in non-traded Oil & Gas Investments offered exclusively to its clients. The concentrated investments include Energy 11 LP, Energy Resource 12 LP, and Spirit of America Fund. In addition to the precipitous loss in value, most of investors’ interest payments are now considered return of capital.

FINRA BrokerCheck – Martin Lerner

According to FINRA BrokerCheck, Martin Lerner has 9 disclosures on his BrokerCheck Report. Two (2) disclosures, which are FINRA Arbitrations filed by customers, are currently pending:

  • April 26, 2021. Customer filed a dispute alleging unsuitability, misrepresentation, and breach of fiduciary duty relating to, among other things, Energy 11 LP. The damages claimed are $600,000.
  • October 21, 2020. Customer filed a dispute alleging unsuitability, misrepresentation/omission in connection with Energy 12 LP and Spirit of America Fund. The damages claimed are $100,000.

Martin Lerner’s current registrations include Boca Raton, Florida and Syosset, NY. Martin Lerner obtained his Series 7 on January 9, 1992.

Martin Lerner David Lerner Associates Investigation

KlaymanToskes’s investigation focuses on whether David Lerner Associates failed to supervise the sales and marketing of its proprietary products to risk averse investors, such as retirees or other conservative investors, that were seeking income and capital preservation. 

The investigation also focuses on whether David Lerner Associates and its financial advisors misrepresented material facts relating to the risks associated with illiquid, concentrated investments in the Oil & Energy sector and the associated higher fees and costs. According to the Energy 11 LP and Energy Resource 12 LP Prospectus and the Partnership Agreement with the Managing Dealer, the Managing Dealer receives a total of 6% in selling commissions and Dealer Manager Incentive Fees of an amount up to 4% of the gross proceeds of the common units sold based on the Partnership’s performance.

Former and current customers of David Lerner Associates who suffered losses in excess of $100,000 due to investments in Energy 11 LP, Energy 12 LP, or Spirit of America Fund are encouraged to contact Lawrence L. Klayman, Esq., at (561) 542-5131, and download our Special Investor Report.

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Lawrence L. Klayman, Esq.
(561) 542-5131