Erez Law is currently investigating David Lerner Associates, Inc. broker Michael Norton (CRD# 2617985) regarding Energy 11 investment losses. Norton has been registered with David Lerner Associates, Inc. in Syosset, New York since 1998.
It is alleged that David Lerner Associates, Inc. brokers recommended their clients invest in non-public limited partnerships, including Energy Eleven (Energy 11), LP, which was not suitable for many investors.
Energy 11, LP is a public non-traded limited partnership that was formed to acquire and develop oil and natural gas properties throughout the United States. Energy 11, LP has raised more than $350 million and has invested the proceeds in non-operated working interests in approximately 221 existing producing wells and approximately 247 future development locations in the Sanish field located in Mountrail County, North Dakota, according to its website. Energy 11, LP is not publicly traded and has limited liquidity.
As of May 2020, the energy sector has become the second-largest group in the S&P Index, representing just 3% of the index, compared to 15% 10 years ago and 30% back in 1980.
Norton has been the subject of eight customer complaints between 2012 and 2020, one of which was denied, one was withdrawn and two were closed without action, according to his CRD report. Recent complaints are regarding:
- November 2020. “Unsuitability, misrepresentation/omission, and breach of in connection with Energy 11 fiduciary duty.” The customer is seeking $50,000 in damages and the case is currently pending.
- July 2019. “Unsuitability Puerto Rico Bonds. The customer sought $10,000 in damages and the case was settled for $2,750.
- January 2018. “Unsuitability, misrepresentation/omission.” The customer sought $32,000 in damages and the case was settled for $4,750.
- May 2016. “Unsuitability.” The customer sought $45,000 in damages and the case was settled for $6,000.
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, David Lerner Associates, Inc. may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by Norton’s customers.
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