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shutterstock_183201167-300x198The investment attorneys of Gana Weinstein LLP are interested in speaking with clients of broker Parks Heard Brown Jr. (Brown). According to his BrokerCheck records kept by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Brown has been the subject of at least four customer complaints. The customer complaints against Brown allege securities law violations that claim unsuitable investments, churning, unauthorized trading, breach of fiduciary duty, and negligence among other claims.

The most recent complaint was filed in October 2016, alleging that the broker while employed at VSR Financial Services Inc. made unsuitable investments based on the client’s liquidity needs. In March 2014, FINRA found that Brown violated FINRA rules 2090 and 2111 that require the use of reasonable diligence when recommending investment strategies. In addition, a customer alleged an unsuitable series of investments made in account between June 2012 and January 2014 resulting in damages of $245,750.00. The case settled for $71,500.00.

In another case filed in March 2004 a customer alleged that in June 2003 Brown misrepresented and failed to inform the account activity that caused $7,000.00

shutterstock_173849111Gana Weinstein LLP, a securities law firm, is investigating customer complaints against Lawrence Labine, a broker located in Scottsdale, Arizona. Gana Weinstein LLP’s investigation is on the heels of regulatory investigations into LaBine’s conduct.

On April 28, 2015, the Department of Enforcement of Financial Industry Regulatory Authority filed a complaint against Mr. Lawrence LaBine. According to the Complaint, from April 2009 through August 2009, LaBine sold senior debentures (Series D) issued by Domin-8, a company that developed software for real estate management companies. During that period, LaBine was registered with DeWaay Financial Network, a FINRA regulated broker-dealer. The Complaint alleges the LaBine made fraudulent misrepresentations and omissions of material fact to five customers in connection with the sale of the Series D senior debentures.

At the time of those sales, LaBine was receiving regular updates about Domin-8’s poor financial condition from senior management at Domin-8 and the company’s lead investment banker, and had arranged to receive compensation and other valuable consideration from the company – such as a seat on Domin-8’s board of directors – for meeting Series D fundraising targets he had arranged with the company. The information about Domin-8’s financial condition and LaBine’s personal incentive to sell Series D was material to the investors, yet LaBine failed to disclose that information to his customers according to the Complaint.

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