Former Wells Fargo Client Wins FINRA Arbitration for $360,000 for Energy Sector Losses

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In October 2018, a former client of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC won an award in a FINRA arbitration for compensatory damages for $172,000, $100,000 in punitive damages as well as $68,800 in attorney fees and $20,000 in costs plus interest at the prevailing Florida statutory rate for losses sustained from investments in the high risk energy sector.

The causes of action included violations of federal securities laws; violation of the North Dakota Unlawful Sales or Advertising Practices Act; violation of the North Dakota Securities Act; breach of contract; common law fraud; breach of fiduciary duty; negligence; and gross negligence. The FINRA arbitration hearing was conducted in Tampa, Florida.

The causes of action relate to the purchase of numerous investments, including but not limited to:

  • Oasis Petroleum, Inc.
  • Ritchie Bros Auctioneers, Inc.
  • TCF Financial Corp.
  • Arts-Way MFG Co., Inc.
  • Monsanto Co New
  • James River Coal, Inc.
  • Intrepid Potash, Inc.
  • CNH Global NV
  • Pengrowth Energy Corp.

Pursuant to FINRA Rules, member firms are responsible for supervising a broker’s activities during the time the broker is registered with the firm. Therefore, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by its customers.

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Author: Jeffrey Erez

The founder of Erez Law, Jeffrey Erez, focuses exclusively on securities arbitration and litigation. Mr. Erez passionately believes in representing aggrieved investors and obtaining justice for his clients through litigation.