The investment attorneys with Gana Weinstein LLP continue to report on investor related losses in oil and gas and commodities related investments. Investors may have potential legal remedies due to unsuitable recommendations by their broker to invest in this speculative and volatile area. RAAM Global Energy Company (RAAM), on October 26, 2015, and its subsidiaries filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. According to the disclosures made at that time, RAAM’s producing assets are located in the Gulf of Mexico and in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, and California. RAAM’s drilling program is focused on the Breton Sound offshore from Louisiana. For the first half of 2015 RAAM’s estimated revenue was approximately $33.4 million. However, RAAM’s indebtedness was approximately $300 million.
Our firm continues to file complaints on behalf of investors who have been overconcentrated in oil and gas investments. Oil and gas and commodities related investments have been recommended by brokers under the assumption that commodities prices would continue to go up. Some experts are saying that if production volume continues to be as high as it currently is and demand growth weak that the return to $100 a barrel is years away.
Before recommending investments in oil and gas and commodities related investments, brokers and advisors must ensure that the investment is appropriate for the investor and conduct due diligence on the company in order to understand the risks and prospects of the company. Oil and gas and commodities related investments have been recommended by brokers under the assumption that commodities prices would continue to go up. However, brokers who sell oil and gas and commodities products are obligated to understand the risks of these investments and convey them to clients.