The Law Offices of Place & Hanley – FINRA Arbitration Attorneys

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a private corporation that acts as a self-regulatory organization (SRO). FINRA is the successor to the National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD) and the member regulation, enforcement and arbitration operations of the New York Stock Exchange. It is a non-governmental and self-regulatory organization that performs financial regulation of member brokerage firms and exchange markets.

FINRA operates the largest dispute resolution forum in the securities industry to assist in the monetary and business dispute resolution between and among investors, brokerage firms, and individual brokers.
About FINRA Arbitration

FINRA operates the largest arbitration forum in United States for dispute resolution between customer and member firms, as well as between brokerage firm employees and their firms. Virtually all investor and stockbroker agreements include mandatory arbitration agreements, whereby investors and their brokerage firms waive their right to trial in a court of law. While arbitration cases are the usual last resort resolution procedure, class action cases are often brought and permitted to go forward in courts as well, where binding arbitration contracts are sometimes rejected, typically after an unconscionable rule.

Duty to Arbitrate

Customers are bound to FINRA arbitration by contract. Registered representatives and their firms are contractually bound to arbitrate their disputes by their membership in FINRA, formerly the NASD. The broker-dealer and the stockbroker, upon applying for membership in the FINRA, agree to be bound by the rules of FINRA.

Commencing an Arbitration

Arbitrations are commenced by filing a Statement of Claim within the applicable arbitration forum with a submission agreement and the required filing fees. FINRA fees can range from $475 to $1800 depending on the amount in controversy. An initial damage analysis may be performed by a forensic accountant prior to filing the Statement of Claim. Depending on the case’s nature, a pre-litigation damage analysis may not be necessary.

If you have lost money as a result of securities fraud you may be able to recover your financial losses. The Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC is dedicated to helping investors. We are dedicated to protecting investor rights and we offer free consultations. If you’ve been a victim of pursuing FINRA arbitration, contact Place & Hanley, LLC at 866-318-4725.

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Florida Securities Arbitration Lawyers

Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process. In the United States securities industry, arbitration has been the preferred method of dispute resolution between brokerage firms and between firms and their customers. The majority of all disputes involving brokerage firms are resolved in arbitration. Parties agree to arbitrate their disputes before any such disputes arise through the securities industry use of a pre-dispute arbitration agreement.

Participants to an arbitration proceeding have their dispute resolved by impartial persons, known as arbitrators, knowledgeable in areas in controversy. Rather than have a matter decided by judge and jury, arbitration of broker-dealer disputes have been used as an alternative because it is a prompt and inexpensive means of resolving complicated issues.

Arbitration is governed by the rules of the arbitration forum, and by state and federal law. Arguments regarding hearing locations, panel composition, obtainable discoveries, which disputes can be arbitrated and other disputes, can and do arise.

Most states have provisions in their civil practice rules for arbitration. These rules provide a basic framework for the arbitration and due process considerations. It also lists procedures for confirmation of an arbitrator’s award, which gives an arbitration award the same force and effect of a court trial judgment. Generally, arbitration is confidential. Documents submitted in arbitration are not publicly-available. Securities arbitrations are primarily filed with FINRA, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

At Place & Hanley, our primary goal is to represent investors who have lost their savings and retirement funds as a result of mishandled brokerage accounts. For a free, no-obligation consultation, contact the Law Offices of Place & Hanley today.

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Stockbroker Fraud Attorneys – Churning

Stockbroker fraud covers wrongdoings such as theft, lying and deceit, and churning. By definition, churning occurs when a broker engages in excessive trading in an account. Brokers churn accounts in attempts to generate commissions. Often times, brokers will sell the winners to show a small profit while keeping the losers. To determine and establish that your broker has churned your account, we will demonstrate the pattern of excessive trading activity in your account. This demonstration can be done in a number of ways, one way is through calculations to determine the annualized rate of return that would be necessary to cover the commissions charged in your account. Another way includes the number of times the equity in your account is turned over to purchase securities. Lastly, the purchase and sale trading activity that occurs in your account can be used to demonstrate whether your broker has churned your account.

Brokers buy and sell securities in an account to generate commissions in order to convince their clients of reasons they should quick profits. These reasons may seem valid, but are often excuses for the broker to charge excess commissions. In these cases, it’s possible to demonstrate the account was actually being churned.

There are regulations and laws written to protect investors. Securities regulators maintain the securities industry and issue fines and suspensions. Statistics have proven and demonstrated that investors are far more likely to recover on their cases if they are represented by experienced attorneys. Most investor’s claims against brokerage firms must be resolved in securities arbitration instead of court since brokerage firms routinely require their customers to sign binding arbitration agreements at the onset of the brokerage-client relationship.
If you have lost money as a result of stockbroker fraud, you may be able to still recover your losses. The Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC dedicates its practice to helping investors who have been victims of stockbroker fraud. Contact the Stockbroker Fraud Attorneys of the Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC for a free initial consultation.

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Place & Hanley – Commodities Arbitration & Litigation

Commodities transactions dispute resolutions can be challenging due to the complexity of issues, trade volume, parties involved, and the amount of money at issue. Rather than the traditional lawsuit in court, another way of resolving commodities disputes quickly, privately, and cost effectively is through arbitration. Arbitration is an alternative dispute resolution process in which disputes are resolved by impartial persons knowledgeable in the areas in controversy. Those persons are called arbitrators.

Often styled as a “Businessman’s” method of dispute resolution, arbitration is governed by state and federal law and the rules of the arbitration forum. Arbitration is generally confidential and documents submitted in arbitration are not available to public eyes, unlike court-related filings. Commodities arbitrations are usually filed with the National Futures Association. Issues such as hearing locations, panel composition, which disputes can be arbitrated, obtainable discoveries can and usually arise in arbitration along with other arguments and issues. Civil practice rules have state provisions for arbitration which provide a basic framework for the arbitration and due process considerations and even procedures for the confirmation of an arbitrators’ award which is a procedure that gives an award based on the force and effect of a judgment after a trial in court.

The Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC is dedicated to helping investors and representing investors who have lost their savings and retirement due to mishandled brokerage accounts. If you have lost money as a result of stockbroker fraud, you may be able to recover your financial losses. Contact the Commodities Arbitration & Litigation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC for a free initial consultation.

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Securities Litigation Attorneys at Place & Hanley

Securities cases are complex, often requiring specialized attorneys to handle them correctly. In addition to their difficult nature, securities litigation most often involves delicate matters and high consequences. These claims have the potential to be very financially and publicly damaging, with risks including damage awards and negative publicity. Sometimes the negative publicity can be far exaggerated from the actual claims filed.

The Law Offices of Place & Hanley have a history of success defending against securities class actions and shareholder derivative litigation. Our agressive and dedicated defense has led to many motions to dismiss, as well as many motions for summary judgement, motions for judgement on the pleadings, and appeals, in various courts including the United States Supreme Court.

Regarding the difference between securities arbitration and traditional litigation, arbitration also includes filing a claim and building a case through evidence such as documents or witnesses. In litigation, this claim would be reviewed by a judge or jury in court. With arbitration, claims are instead brought to a final hearing with a panel of arbitrators. Both sides must present mandatory discovery documents, which speeds the discovery process, and usually arbitration proceedings can be finished in 12-14 months. There is also a limited right for claimants to appeal the decision of the panel.

The attorneys of Place & Hanley are committed to protecting our clients against securities cases. If you are up against a securities class action or shareholder derivative litigation, contact our team today.

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Nationally Recognized Securities and Commodities Arbitration Law Firm

The Law Offices of Place and Hanley, LLC have been recognized as a securities and commodities arbitration firm that provides unparallelled representation to investors around the nation. Our firm has represented investor clients in a variety of claims, including claims against brokers, broker dealers, financial advisers, investment advisers, and insurance companies. Often these clients experienced major losses to their savings because of errors and poor business habits of their brokerage firms.

Recovering these kinds of losses to savings and retirement funds is the top priority of Place & Hanley. In these cases, brokerage firms have mishandled accounts and caused investors great stress and instability in their future. We represent individual investors who have suffered mishandling of their brokerage accounts and are filing claims for securities and stockbroker misconduct. We have successfully represented claims against major Wall Street institutions and top brokerage firms.

Our lawyer team has helped individual investors recover millions of dollars for their losses. We also have experience with group arbitration securities claims and class action litigation. In these cases, we’ve successfully recovered attorneys’ fees and punitive damages for the investors. Our firm is dedicated to defending the rights of investors who have lost investments due to their financial adviser, broker or brokerage firm’s malicious or neglectful acts.

If you are an investor and have experienced losses at the hands of your broker, contact our team today. We have the experience and knowledge to navigate your claim and help you recover the damages you’ve undergone.

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Securities Class Action Attorneys

When multiple investors have suffered damages because of fraud and wrongful business by Wall Street brokerage firms and their stockbrokers, these investors can bring a securities class action suit. Often, a class action suit is a good option for investors whose losses have been relatively small, and whose claims would not be worth pursuing as an individual. Class action suits allow many investors who couldn’t afford to pursue compensation individually to pursue compensation as a group.

While the damages done to these investors may seem relatively insignificant, for small investors these losses can be painful. Because these investors could never pursue recovery on their own, large corporations would go unpenalized if not for class action suits. This way, investors are able to level the playing field and force brokerage firms to take responsibility for their violation of securities laws.

We have helped thousands of clients around the nation get compensation for claims regarding botched transfers, broker bribes, commission churning, “boiler room” sales practices, disappearing funds, excessive mark-ups, execution failures, fraudulent research, improper margin liquidations, unregistered securities, unregistered brokers, and many other fraudulent acts. We’ve successfully represented victims against major Wall Street institutions and other top brokerage firms in the nation. Our attorneys will help you assess whether you can pursue recovery through a securities class action suit, and we’ll help you receive the compensation due to you.

The Law Offices of Place & Hanley, LLC is committed to assisting investors who have been victimized by brokers and brokerage firms. To get more information and learn how we can assist you with your securities fraud claim, contact our team today for a free initial consultation.

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Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Arbitration Attorneys

Regardless of whether the damage was intentional or caused by negligence, victimized clients have a right to seek financial recovery from the brokers or brokerage firms at fault. Our firm has successfully handled claims through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, as well as in State and Federal courts of several jurisdictions.

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (FINRA) is a non-governmental, self-regulatory organization responsible for the financial regulation, enforcement and arbitration of member brokerage firms and exchange markets. FINRA is devoted to assisting investors, brokers and brokerage firms resolve their business and monetary disputes, and maintains the largest dispute resolution forum in the securities industry to do so. They are recognized by Congress to protect the investors of America by enforcing honesty in the operations of the securities industry. It was originally created following the merger of the National Association of Securities Dealers and the regulation committee of the New York Stock Exchange.

There are two ways of settling securities disputes: arbitration and mediation. While mediation is an informal agreement to find a mutual compromise for both parties, arbitration is a formal and binding process. The parties–either investors, brokers or brokerage firms who have a securities dispute between them– choose an arbitrator to be an unbiased third party. The arbitrator listens to both sides of the argument, analyzes presented evidence, and then makes a decision. Because an arbitration award is final and binding, parties can no longer take their claim to a court of law after receiving the arbitration decision.

If you are considering arbitration proceedings, we recommend hiring a professional attorney to assist you. Brokers and brokerage firms generally hire experienced attorneys to represent them at this time, and you’ll need experienced and knowledgable representation on your side to present a compelling case. Our firm has handled many FINRA arbitration matters and we’ll be able to bring our expertise to your case.

We offer free consultations and are dedicated to protecting the rights of investors. If you have been a victim of securities fraud and pursuing FINRA arbitration, contact Place & Hanley, LLC at (866) 318-4725.

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Two Martin County, Florida Financial Advisors Charged with Stealing from Clients

Two financial advisors were charge with allegedly stealing $310,000 from clients of the pair’s investment firm.

Robert Lawrence “Larry” Dahn, 64 of Stuart Florida and formerly associated with Mutual Service Corporation was arrested April 12 on two counts fraudulent transaction of securities, two counts of grand theft of $50,000 or more from a person 65 or older, one count of grand theft of between $50,00 and $100,000 and one count grand theft of more than $100,000.

Donald Richard “Rick” Dahn, 56, of Palm City, Florida and formerly associated with LPL Financial, LLC and Mutual Service Corp. was arrested on the same charges as his brother, plus an extra count of fraudulent transaction of securities.

Donald Dahn recently submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent to FINRA in which he was barred from association with any FINRA member in any capacity. Without admitting or denying the findings, Dahn consented to the described sanction and to the entry of findings that he borrowed a total of $27,100 from public customers without the ability to repay the loans that had been represented to be used for operating expenses for a company Dahn ran with his brother. The findings stated that Dahn failed to disclose the loans to his member firms. Dahn has failed to repay either of the loans, one of which required payment within 90 days. Dahn misappropriated the funds by failing to repay either loan, and by borrowing customer funds without the ability to repay the loans.

Dahns owned an investment firm called Estate Planning & Investment Concepts (EPIC) in Stuart. In November, an 81-year-old woman complained to the State Attorney’s Office that the brothers had persuaded her in 2008 to invest $20,000 through their firm and, because of the “unsettled” investment market, to loan $60,000 to the firm for six months at 6 percent interest.

The woman said she never got her money back.

Apparently, Robert Dahn pleaded guilty in June 2007 to a felony charge of illegally diverting about $744,000 in insurance funds. He was sentenced to five years probation, required to repay the diverted money and had his Florida insurance license permanently revoked.

According to newspaper articles, the State Attorney’s Office is concerned that there are more victims.

If your financial advisor stole your funds, contact the Law Offices of Place & Hanley for a no cost initial consultation at:

(866) 318-4725

 

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Former New England Securities Broker Timothy John Coyle Fined and Suspended

Timothy John Coyle (CRD #2437046, Registered Representative, Palm Harbor, Florida)

submitted a Letter of Acceptance, Waiver and Consent in which he was fined $5,000 and

suspended from association with any FINRA member in any capacity for six months.

Without admitting or denying the findings, Coyle consented to the described sanctions and

to the entry of findings that he forged signatures on documents and also forged a

a customer’s initials next to amendments to a variable annuity application. The findings

stated that the customer signatures and initials Coyle forged were done without the

customers’ knowledge or consent.

If you believe you have been the victim of a forgery by your broker call Place & Hanley at

(866) 318-4725

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