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Were You the Victim of Former Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated Broker Justin Girard?

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 at 12:14 am    

Merrill Lynch

Former Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated broker Justin Girard (CRD# 4404768) places $1 million-plus customer complaint for investment losses. Girard has been registered with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida since February 2020. Previously, Girard was registered with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated in West Palm Beach, Florida from 2010 to 2020.

Girard has been the subject of three customer complaints between 2016 and 2020, two of which were denied, according to his CRD report:

July 2020. “The customer alleges excessive trading, unauthorized trading, misrepresentations, unsuitable investment recommendations and failure to follow instructions from April 2016 until February 2020.” The customer is seeking $1,057,000 in damages and the case is currently pending. The complaint is regarding structured products, municipal bonds, and initial public offerings (IPOs) and took place while Girard was registered with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated.

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, Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated may be liable for investment or other losses suffered by Girard’s customers.

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