According to BrokerCheck records financial advisor Christopher Bennett (Bennett), formerly employed by J.J.B. Hilliard, W.L. Lyons, LLC (JJB Hilliard), has been subject to at least thirteen customer complaints and one regulatory action during the course of his career. According to records kept by The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Bennett 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 February 2019 Bennett was sanctioned by FINRA after the regulator made allegations that Bennett consented to the sanctions and findings that he exercised discretionary trading authority in the accounts of several customers without written authorization from the customers and without obtaining his member firm’s prior written acceptance of the accounts as discretionary.
In February 2019 a customer filed a complaint alleging that Bennett violated the securities laws including the Securities Act of Kentucky, breach of fiduciary duty, and unsuitable investment recommendations causing $139,214 in damages. The claim is currently pending.