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.

FINRA Seeks Rule Change That Would Increase the Release of Regulatory Complaints

On March 19, 2013, FINRA filed with the SEC a proposed rule change amending FINRA Rule 8313 (Release of Disciplinary Complaints, Decisions and Other Information) that seeks to make more information about disciplinary proceedings available to the public. FINRA specifically is seeking to make pending regulatory complaints “much” more visible to the public. FINRA disciplinary…

SEC Charges Former Oregon GOP Candidate with Fraudulently Selling Fake Facebook Shares

On March 19, 2013, the SEC charged Craig Berkman, a former Oregon gubernatorial candidate, with defrauding investors by promising them access to pre-IPO shares of Facebook and other social-media companies. The SEC alleged that Berkman touted to investors that he had special access to scarce sources of pre-IPO stock in Facebook, LinkedIn, Groupon, and Zynga.…

SEC Charges San Diego Lawyers and Others in International Market Manipulation, “Pump and Dump”, Scheme

On March 15, 2013, the SEC charged a group of Canadian stock promoters, two San Diego attorneys, a Bahamas-based broker-dealer, and other participants in an international “pump-and-dump” scheme involving two publicly traded U.S. companies, Pacific Blue Energy Corporation and Tradeshow Marketing Company Ltd. According to the SEC’s complaint, Canadian stock promoters John Kirk, Benjamin Kirk,…

Massachusetts Fines Deutsche Bank $17.5 Million for Conflicts in Marketing

On March 13, 2013, the Massachusetts Securities Division fined Deutsche Bank Securities (DBSI) $17.5 million for conflicts in marketing collateralized debt obligations (CDOs). The matter has since been settled in a consent order. According to the allegations, DBSI, underwrote approximately $32.2 billion of CDOs between 2004 and 2008. Furthermore, DBSI failed to disclose conflicts of…