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Investment Fraud Lawyers Protecting New Jersey Investors

The Securities Fraud Lawyers at Greco & Greco, P.C. regularly represent residents from across the country, including New Jersey, in disputes with their financial advisors, FINRA representatives, stockbrokers, RIAs, and securities salespersons. Common claims include suitability, fraud, professional advisor malpractice, ponzi schemes, violations of FINRA Rules, misrepresentation, negligence, breach of fiduciary duty, Reg BI (SEC Regulation best interest), and other claims. Please contact W. Scott Greco for a free attorney consultation about your case. We serve clients from all areas of New Jersey, including Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Lakewood, Edison, Woodbridge, Toms River, Hamilton, Atlantic City, Clifton, Camden, and Trenton.

Decades of FINRA Arbitration Experience

If an individual investor has a dispute with a FINRA brokerage firm, financial advisor, or stock broker, he/she most likely will have to arbitrate through FINRA's Dispute Resolution system. FINRA Arbitration holds arbitration hearings in one New Jersey city, Jersey City, as well as nearby cities New York City, Wilmington, and Philadelphia. FINRA's Dispute Resolution system also includes mediation which is a voluntary way to settle or resolve disputes.

Contingency Fees for Harmed New Jersey Investors

We understand that many of our clients cannot afford to hire an attorney because they have lost a large portion of their life savings. Our attorneys can represent harmed New Jersey investors by typically only charging a contingency fee. This means that our clients do not have to pay any attorneys’ fees up front, and only pay us out of monies recovered in your case.

New Jersey Bureau of Securities and New Jersey Uniform Securities Law

The New Jersey Bureau of Securities (part of the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs) regulates the securities industry in New Jersey. The Bureau is tasked with protecting investors in New Jersey including carrying out investigative and enforcement actions for violations of the New Jersey Securities Law and New Jersey securities regulations. It also registers broker-dealers, investment advisors, and their agents and brokers. The Bureau further registers securities, and collaborates with law enforcement agencies.

Individual investors may file a complaint on the Bureau’s website regarding wrongful conduct of brokers and advisers, but any wronged investor should also consult with their own attorney regarding damages they have suffered as a result of securities fraud or other misconduct.

The New Jersey Uniform Securities Law is linked from the Bureau’s website. Section 49:3-71 applies to civil liability for fraudulent devices or schemes involving securities, including misrepresentations of fact and omissions of material fact. New Jersey regulations regarding securities, broker-dealers, and investment advisers may also be found on the Bureau website.

Common Legal Claims by investors against their financial advisors in New Jersey
  1. Suitability/Regulation Best Interest. Prior to recommending the purchase of specific investments or a specific investment strategy to a customer, a FINRA financial advisor in New Jersey is required to determine that the investments are suitable to that particular investor. FINRA suitability claims have been superseded in 2020 by the broader SEC Regulation Best Interest which requires that recommendations of securities and securities strategies be in the best interest of the customer.
  2. Churning. Churning occurs when a broker exercises control over an account and allows the broker's interest in making commissions to override the investor's interests in the account. When a broker makes a buy or sell recommendation for an account, that broker should have the investor's best interests based on their investment objectives in mind. If the broker makes excessive buy and sell recommendations for the purposes of generating commissions for the broker by each buy and sell, that broker is engaged in churning the account.
  3. Unauthorized Trading. Generally, an investor can have two kinds of an account, non-discretionary and discretionary. In a typical non-discretionary account, the broker must consult with and obtain the consent of the customer prior to making a trade in the account. Unauthorized trading occurs when a broker makes trades in a non-discretionary account without the consent of the customer.
  4. Securities Fraud. Most of the claims in this list are subsets of securities fraud which is employing a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud, or obtaining money by means of untrue statements of material facts and failure to state material facts in violation of the New Jersey Uniform Securities Act or federal law (Section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Rule 10b-5). If a broker makes false statements to an investor or fails to advise the investor of certain important facts, the investor may be able to recover losses incurred resulting from this fraud.
  5. Margin Disputes. Margin trading involves borrowing money from the brokerage firm to purchase securities greater in value than the equity in an investor's account. Due to the risky nature of trading on the margin, disputes with brokers often arise as a result of significant losses. If a broker trades on the margin without the knowledge or consent of the investor, the investor may be able to recover the losses resulting from the fraud.
  6. Ponzi Scheme Investment Scams. Ponzi schemes generally involve promises of high returns by salespersons over short periods of time, but in reality, result in stealing from Peter to pay Paul. Because returns to investors in ponzi schemes are often paid out of new investment monies from new investors, the scheme will ultimately fall apart when the new investors dry up, leaving all investors often holding a worthless investment.
  7. Failure to Supervise Advisor. FINRA firms have a duty to supervise their registered brokers, and their failure to do so may form the basis of various legal claims against them. Registered Investment Advisory firms also have a duty to supervise.
Contact An Attorney

If you are a New Jersey resident who has suffered losses due to the misconduct of your financial advisor or broker, please contact our securities fraud lawyers for a free attorney consultation.

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“Greco & Greco represented me several years ago in a case in which my financial planner ignored my investment guidelines in making several very risky investments in my name. This individual was employed by a very large financial services corporation which refused to return my funds. I retained Greco & Greco.This after a few months resulted in a face to face negotiation with a team from the corporate office which supported the financial planner. After several hours including many strategy breaks and rejected offers a satisfactory settlement was reached. Without the skilled representation of Greco & Greco we would not have won such a settlement. I was very pleased with all aspects of their service including their timely feedback throughout the case.” J. W.
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“W. Scott Greco represented me in my attempt to recover money lost in a ponzi scheme. He kindly and skillfully guided me through the process of submitting the required documentation of loss, provided sound legal advice regarding accepting arbitration, and kept me fully informed as the case moved forward. As a result of his work on my behalf, I recovered a large portion of my lost funds. I would absolutely, without reservation, recommend this firm to others.” Anonymous