Chicago, Illinois, United States – 04-20-2022 (PR Distribution™) –
The White Law Group announces the filing of a FINRA Lawsuit against Emerson Equity LLC involving $2.5 million in GWG L Bonds
The White Law Group announces the filing of a FINRA Arbitration lawsuit today involving GWG L Bonds. The claim, submitted on behalf of a group of California families, alleges claims for violation of common law fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, and negligent supervision.
The claim further alleges that Emerson Equity unsuitably invested its clients in GWG L Bonds, securities sponsored by GWG Holdings, a Dallas-based financial services firm. GWG Holdings, Inc filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 20, 2022 after failing to make interest payments to investors this year.
It is further alleged that the financial advisor that was involved with the accounts at issue is Tony Barouti (CRD#: 3031995), a registered representative of Emerson Equity, LLC. According to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Barouti has been the broker of record for at least four (4) customer disputes. Allegations include misrepresentation, among others.
The FINRA claim seeks damages for more than $2,500,000.
It is alleged that Emerson Equity LLC failed to perform the necessary due diligence on GWG L Bonds prior to recommending them to these particular investors.
Before recommending an investment, a broker-dealer has a fiduciary duty to adequately disclose the risks involved in the investment and to perform the necessary due diligence to determine whether the investment is suitable for the investor.
According to D. Daxton White, managing partner of The White Law Group, “It is unfortunate, but we believe that many more investors have suffered devastating losses because their brokerage firm recommended an investment in GWG L Bonds. We expect to file more cases involving GWG against many more firms in the future.”
“Brokerage firms are required to supervise their advisors to ensure that they are complying with FINRA rules. If it can be determined that the financial advisor violated FINRA rules and the employers failed to adequately supervise him, these firms can be held responsible for any resulting losses in a FINRA arbitration claim.”
FINRA Dispute Resolution is an arbitration venue for investors with claims against their brokerage firm or financial professional. ?It provides investors with an opportunity to attempt to recoup their investment losses without filing such claims in court.
The White Law Group is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Seattle, Washington.
If your brokerage firm recommended an investment in GWG L Bonds, you may have recovery options. For more information, please contact the firm at 1-888-637-5510 or visit?https://www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.
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