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.

Leo Wells, Head of Atlanta-Based Wells Real Estate Funds (REITs), Throws in Towel

Atlanta’s Leo Wells, head of Wells Real Estate Funds, will not be “register[ing] any new investment products” for the time being. Leo Wells is one of the most well-known, outspoken, issuers of non-traded REITs. Thus, his timely “pause” from the industry is noteworthy. Leo Wells cites the lack of regulatory clarity, marketplace clarity, and uniform…

FINRA’s 2013 Focus Areas

On January 11, 2013, FINRA released its regulations and priorities examination letter. This annual letter serves as a notice to the industry on what FINRA will be focusing on in the coming year and what it sees as heighten risk areas. According to FINRA’s letter, “FINRA is particularly concerned about sales practice abuses, yield-chasing behaviors,…

Pruco Securities, LLC Ordered to Pay Restitution and Fine for Improper Pricing of Investments

On December 26, 2012, FINRA ordered Pruco Securities, LLC to pay $10.7 million in restitution, plus interest, and a $550,000 fine for inaccurately pricing mutual funds. The firm was charged with having an inadequate supervisory system and procedures in place to detect the problem. According to the SEC website, Pruco’s retail brokerage business, COMMAND, mishandled…

Memphis, TN Morgan Keegan & Co. Censured and Fined for ETF Sales Practice Violations

On October 18, 2012, FINRA censured and fined Memphis, Tennessee Morgan Keegan & Co. (CRD# 4161) $365,000 for its failure to “establish and maintain a supervisory system” to achieve compliance with NASD/FINRA rules in connection with the sale of non-rraditional ETFs. According to FINRA’s website, Morgan Keegan provided retail brokerage services and concurrently “failed to…

Utah Senator Howard Stephenson Attacks Online Broker Records

Senator Howard Stephenson, from Utah, is currently targeting publically available internet broker records. Senator Stephenson complains that the “long-reach” of internet search engines “unfairly” reveal and publicize past enforcement investigations regarding investment brokers. He believes that these publically available enforcement investigations are smearing brokers’ reputations. The Utah Securities Commission though has disregard Senator Stephenson’s complaint;…

Who is Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc.?

In the recent Massachusetts Securities Division suit against LPL Financial over non-traded REITs, Inland American Real Estate Trust was targeted. So who exactly is Inland American? In short, Inland American is the industry’s largest non-traded real estate investment trust. According to their website, Inland American Real Estate Trust, Inc. is a publicly traded Maryland corporation…