In the past three years, Robert Douglas Armstrong (CRD# 5236735) (a/k/a R. Douglas Armstrong), a broker with Dawson James Securities, Inc. of Boca Raton, Florida, has settled five customer disputes and is currently facing two additional pending disputes. Prior to joining Dawson James Securities in 2012, Armstrong worked for Aurora Capital LLC and Westpark Capital, Inc. Continue reading
Silver Law Group, a nationally-recognized class action law firm representing investors, is investigating Lipocine (LPCN), a publicly-traded specialty pharmaceutical company, on behalf of shareholders of the company’s stock.
The investigation concerns whether Lipocine gave misleading information to the public and violated federal securities laws. Continue reading
Silver Law Group is investigating Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (ZYNE), a publicly-traded company that is developing cannabinoid therapies for neuropsychiatric disorders, on behalf of investors in the company’s stock.
The investigation regards possible violations of federal securities laws by Zynerba officers and directors. Continue reading
Owners of Conagra Brands stock (CAG) are suing the packaged foods giant, alleging they were tricked into approving their nearly $11 billion acquisition of Pinnacle Foods.
Conagra Justifies Acquisition Of Pinnacle Foods
Conagra, which is a component of the S&P 500, announced that it would acquire Pinnacle Foods in June, 2018. CEO Sean Connolly publicly assured investors that Conagra had done its due diligence into Pinnacle, which owns brands such as Birds Eye and Duncan Hines, and said that the two companies were a natural fit for each other. Continue reading
Silver Law Group, a securities and investment fraud law firm, is letting investors know that a class action lawsuit has been filed against Amarin Corporation on behalf of investors who purchased shares between September 24, 2018 and November 8, 2018. The complaint alleges that Amarin made materially false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose important information regarding its “REDUCE-IT” trial for their drug Vascepa, which treats heart disease.
The purpose of the class action lawsuit is to recover monetary damages for alleged violations of federal securities laws. Continue reading
American Realty Capital New York City REIT has changed its name, and is now known as New York City REIT (NYCR). The trust recently updated its charter to reflect the new name.
Shares of NYCR were initially sold for $25 each. The company’s board recently approved net asset value of $20.26 per share as of June 30, 2018 (published on October 25, 2018.) Continue reading
Richard Wesselt (CRD#: 2195569) is a currently registered broker with Fortune Financial Services (CRD#: 42150) of Collegeville, PA, employed since 2017. His previous employers include The O.N. Equity Sales Company (CRD#:2936), also of Collegeville, Sterne Agee Financial Services, Inc. (CRD#:18456) of Jeffersonville, PA, and American Investment Services, Inc. (CRD#:21111, expelled by FINRA on 2/13/2003) of Oklahoma City, OK. Continue reading
Scott Vincent Kaup (CRD #1002907) is a registered broker and investment advisor currently employed with Summit Brokerage Services, Inc. (CRD #34643) of Stuart, NE. His previous employers include VSR Financial Services, Inc. (CRD #14503), also of Stuart, NE and American General Securities Incorporated (CRD #13626) of Phoenix, AZ. He has been in the business since 1981.
Kaup has two disclosures on his record. The first one, filed on 7/13/2018, alleges “unsuitable investment recommendations, material misrepresentations and omissions, and supervisory due diligence failures.” The client is requesting damages of $2,600,000.00. No additional information is available.
The second dispute was filed on 4/25/2016. This claim alleges that Kaup, from 3/30/2001 to 6/14/2010, breached his fiduciary duty, violated common law fraud regulations, made unsuitable recommendations for investments and committed negligence. The claim was settled for $173,000. Kaup denied all claims.
John William Cutshall (CRD #874352) is a registered broker and former registered investment advisor currently employed with Lombard Securities Incorporated (CRD #27954) of Woodsboro, MD. His previous employers include Morgan Stanley (CRD #149777), RBC Capital Markets, LLC (CRD #31194) and Ferris, Baker Watts, LLC (CRD #285), also of Frederick, MD. He has been in the industry since 1979.
Cutshall has four recent disclosures in his record. The most recent is a pending FINRA disciplinary complaint filed by their Department of Enforcement on 8/10/2018 (the full complaint is available here.) His actions are described in detail regarding the misappropriation of trusts that he was administering for three individuals. Between 2012 and 2014, Custshall abused his position for these trusts (for one elderly woman and a now-deceased married couple), converting and improperly using funds from the trusts.
The trust provided for the couple’s disabled daughter, who was in a residential facility for intellectually disabled individuals. When the daughter died in 2012, Cutshall used his position as a trustee to write 34 checks from the trust for a total of $400,000. These checks were deposited into his own bank account. Cutshall then presented an unwitnessed handwritten note that was allegedly written by the deceased husband, but not the wife. The note named Cutshall as a 50% beneficiary, defending his converting of funds from the trust. He took a total of $463,000, which was more than he was entitled to, assuming the note was genuine. Cutshall never disclosed this note until 2013, and failed to disclose to two firms that he was a client’s trustee.
Back in October, we told you about Kyusun Kim (CRD #2864085), a broker who was barred by FINRA after it was discovered he approached individuals who were near or at retirement age, and urged them to liquidate their pensions to invest in “alternative investments.” These investments included risky, non-traded real estate investment trusts (REITs.)
BrokerCheck now reports that Sandlapper Wealth Management, LLC has discharged him from their employment as of 8/31/2018 after he was barred by FINRA.
The allegations against Kim included wrongful conduct, breaches of fiduciary duty, contract and conduct, violations of securities laws, fraud, financial elder abuse, negligent misrepresentation, inappropriate investments and unsuitable recommendations, as well as one allegation of forged signatures.