Jason Doss is the owner of The Doss Firm, LLC, an Atlanta-based law firm devoted to representing consumers across the country in a variety of areas including investment disputes and consumer class action litigation. Mr. Doss earned his J.D. from Florida State University in 2002 and his B.A. from the University of Florida in 1997.

Investors May Have a Path to Recovery in Cay Clubs Resorts and Marinas Ponzi Scheme

On January 30, 2013, the SEC charged five former real-estate executives with defrauding investors in an investment scam. The investors were led to believe that they were funding the development of five-star destination resorts in Florida and Las Vegas when they were actually buying into a ponzi scheme. The SEC alleged in the complaint that…

Uniform Fiduciary Duty Proposal on the Horizon

A uniform fiduciary duty for broker-dealers and advisers has been a prevalent topic since 2010 when the Dodd-Frank Financial Reform Act was signed into law. Despite the SEC’s initial efforts to study whether a uniform fiduciary duty was appropriate, the subsequent process of implementing the uniform fiduciary duty stalled over the last couple of years…

Ex-Jefferies Arrest Shows Continued Transparency Problems in Market

Recently, we published a blog entitled Former Jefferies & Co. Executive Charged with Defrauding Investors. It detailed a former executive of Jefferies & Co. and his fraudulent investment scheme centered on selling mortgage-backed securities with falsely inflated prices and fictional sellers. This case illustrates that investors far too often are kept in the dark about…

Texas Trader Charged with Affinity Fraud

On January 29, 2013, the SEC charged Firas Hamdan, a day trader in Sugar Land, TX, with “defrauding investors in his supposed high-frequency trading program and providing them falsified brokerage records that drastically overstated assets and hid his massive trading losses.” “The SEC alleges that Firas Hamdan particularly targeted fellow members of the Houston-area Lebanese…

Apple’s Falling Stock Price Causes Further Damage to Reverse Convertible Notes Linked to Apple

Reverse convertible notes linked to Apple stock have been popular investment products in recent years because they appear to provide above-average yields and resemble corporate bonds. As noted in previous posts though, reverse convertible notes (RCNs) are complex derivative investments that are rarely suitable for retail investors. To the average investor, RCNs resemble short-term corporate…

FINRA’s Proposed Changes to BrokerCheck Helps Investors

FINRA has proposed a new rule regarding its BrokerCheck system, which gives investors access to information about a financial advisor’s business and disciplinary history. The new rule would “require its broker-dealer members to include a prominent description of, and link to, BrokerCheck…on their websites, social-media pages and any comparable Internet presence.” Under this new proposed…

Multinational Corporation Sues Credit Suisse Over Auction Rate Securities…Start of a Pattern?

STMicroelectronics NV (STMicro), Europe’s largest computer chip maker, has sued Credit Suisse for “allegedly placing $450 million of its cash into auction-rate securities (ARS) without authorization.” STMicro believes that more than $2 billion of its money was invested in these ARS, without authorization. The complaint alleges that STMicro thought its cash was being invested in…

Former Jefferies & Co. Executive Charged with Defrauding Investors

On January 28, 2013, the SEC charged Jesse Litvak, a former executive of Jefferies & Co. a New York based broker-dealer, with defrauding investors in a mortgage-backed securities (MBS) investment scheme. According to the SEC’s complaint, Litvak allegedly purchased MBS investments from some customers of Jefferies & Co. and subsequently sold the investments to other…