Articles Posted in Oil and Gas Investments

shutterstock_62862913-259x300According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Michael Sims (Sims), formerly employed by Wedbush Securities Inc. (Wedbush Securities), has been subject to at least four customer complaints during the course of his career.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Sims has been accused by multiple customers of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks most likely including master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

In August 2019 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Sims violated the securities laws by engaging in, among other violations, excessive trading, inappropriate investments, mismanagement of account, excessive commissions and lack of supervision.  The claim alleges $250,000 and is currently pending.

In January 2019 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Sims violated the securities laws by engaging in, among other violations, unsuitability, breach of fiduciary duty of loyalty, negligence, negligent misrepresentation, breach of contract, material omissions and misrepresentations in connection with the sale of securities, fraud and deceit based on concealment and violations of Federal statutes, California laws and FINRA Rules and. The claim alleges $2.7 million and settled for $702,600.

Our firm handles claims and is also investigating securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.

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shutterstock_157018310-300x200The investment attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating various potentially unsuitable sales of oil and gas private placements.  These investments include those being underwritten and offered by David Lerner Associates, Inc. (David Lerner) – Energy 11 and Energy Resources 12.

Energy 11 was formed to enable investors to invest in oil and gas properties located onshore in the United States. The funds’ stated primary objectives are to acquire producing and non-producing oil and gas properties with development potential, and to enhance the value of those properties through drilling and other development activities.  The fund plans to after five to seven years to engage in a liquidity transaction in which they will sell properties and distribute the net sales proceeds to investors, merge with another entity or list common units on a national securities exchange.

Investors often do not understand the substantial risks of oil and gas private placements.  As reported in Reuters, when offerings by Atlas Energy LP, another issuer of oil and gas private placements were analyzed, investors only get to see 65-70% of their capital actually put to work on oil and gas projects.  Further, the returns on these projects had more in common with running profitable casinos than investments. Reuters found that slightly more than half of 43 private placements Atlas issued over the past three decades investors lost money or just broke even. While investors lost in more than half of the deals in 29 or 67% of those deals, Atlas actually out-performed their own investors.

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shutterstock_188631644-300x225According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Michael Barnett (Barnett), employed by J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC (JJB Hilliard), has been subject to six customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Barnett has been accused by a customer of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks most likely including master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

The most recent claim was filed in June 2018 and alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act, violation of Kentucky’s blue sky laws, and violation of the Illinois Consumer Fraud Act with respect to an over-concentration and losses in Breitburn Energy (BBEP) and that BBEP was unsuitable.  The claim alleges $42,791.95 in damages and is currently pending.

Our firm handles claims and is also investigating securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.

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shutterstock_103681238-300x300According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Jerry Michna (Michna), employed by Cetera Advisor Networks LLC (Cetera Advisor), has been subject to two customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Michna has been accused by a customer of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks most likely including master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

The claim was filed in July 2018 and alleges various energy sector equities purchased in 2013 and 2014 were unsuitable causing $250,000 in damages.  The claim is currently pending.

Our firm handles claims and is also investigating securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.

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shutterstock_12144202-300x200The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been investigating Wells Fargo Clearing Services, LLC (Wells Fargo) broker Bryan Musso (Musso). According to BrokerCheck Records kept by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Musso has been subject to six customer disputes, one of which is still pending. The majority of these disputes concern unsuitable investment recommendations in retirement plans and in oil and gas securities. The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

Most recently, in December 2017, Musso was subject to a customer dispute in which a customer alleged that Musso placed the customer in unsuitable oil and gas securities. This dispute is currently still pending.

In May 2011, a customer alleged that Musso made poor, unsuitable retirement plan recommendations and placed the customer into unsuitable investments. The case was settled at $445,220.

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shutterstock_38114566-300x199According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Matthew Werthe (Werthe), employed by Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. (Raymond James), has been subject to three customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Werthe has been accused by a customers of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks most likely including master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

The most recent claim was filed in April 2018 and alleges fraud, excessive trading, churning, unauthorized trading, Ohio consumer fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, unsuitability, breach of contract, negligence, and unjust enrichment.  The customer claimed $728,000 in damages and the claim is currently pending.

Our firm handles claims and is also investigating securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.

shutterstock_95643673-300x300The security fraud attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP have been investigating previously registered broker Timothy Gibbons (Gibbons).

According to BrokerCheck records, in November 2017, the Financial Industry Regulative Authority (FINRA) suspended Gibbons for recommending unsuitable investments to 5 elderly customers and over-concentrating the accounts from 65% to 79% into a highly risky energy sector security. Gibbons recommendations were not appropriate for the customer in consideration of the customer’s age, risk tolerance, financial needs, and investment objectives. Without admitting or denying the findings, Gibbons consented to the sanctions and to the entry of findings. As a result of the violation, FINRA imposed a suspension of 18 months, a $20,000 fine and a restitution fee of $716,749.78 to remedy the customer losses.

In addition, Gibbons has also been subject to two pending customer disputes involving unsuitable investments in energy securities. In May 2018, a customer alleged that from 2012 to 2015, Gibbons was recommending unsuitable shares of energy stock to the customer.

shutterstock_177577832-300x300The securities attorneys at Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating claims against Packerland Brokerage Services, Inc. (Packerland Brokerage) broker Edward Davig (Davig).

According to BrokerCheck records, Davig has been subject to six customer complaints, one of which is still pending.  The majority of these customer complaints involve unsuitable recommendations in oil and gas securities.

In April 2018, a customer alleged that Davig recommended the client to invest in unsuitable, illiquid oil and gas Master Limited Partnership investment which generated many losses for the client. The client has requested $500,000 for damages. This dispute is still pending.

shutterstock_140186524-300x298The investment lawyers of Gana Weinstein LLP are investigating the regulatory action brought by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) against George Oldoerp (Oldoerp).  According to BrokerCheck records, Oldoerp was suspended by FINRA in May 2018. In addition, Oldoerp has been subject to one pending customer complaint and a tax lien.

In November 2017, a customer alleged that from August 2003 to November 2017, Oldoerp recommended the customer to invest in illiquid securities in oil and gas, equipment leasing, Business Development Companies(BDCs), and non-traded Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), which were unsuitable investments for the customer. The customer is requesting $500,000 in damages. This complaint is currently still pending.

In April 2018, Oldoerp refused to respond to information requested by FINRA regarding the pending customer dispute. Thus, Oldoerp is undergoing suspension indefinitely until he requests termination of the suspension. If he does not respond by July 16 to FINRA’s Notice of Suspension, he will automatically be barred from the industry.

shutterstock_15963142-300x200According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Anthony Salerno (Salerno), employed by Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Ameriprise), has been subject to three customer complaints.  According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Salerno has been accused by a customers of unsuitable investment advice concerning various investment products including energy stocks including master limited partnerships (MLPs).  The law offices of Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses and potential legal remedies due to recommendations to investor in oil and gas and commodities related investments.

The most recent claim was filed in March 2018 and alleges unsuitable recommendations of municipal bonds in the period of 2013 to December 2017. The customer claimed $300,000 in damages and the claim is currently pending.

Our firm handles claims and is also investigating securities claims against brokerage firms over sales practices related to the recommendations of oil & gas and commodities products such as exchange traded notes (ETNs), structured notes, private placements, master limited partnerships (MLPs), leveraged ETFs, mutual funds, and individual stocks.