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Harold Lauber, Herbert J. Sims & Co :Unsuitable Investment Recommendations

Harold J. Lauber


Silver Law Group is investigating Naples, Florida-based Herbert J. Sims & Co broker Harold Lauber, after a customer allegation of unsuitable investment recommendations was received by FINRA.

According to FINRA’s BrokerCheck report on Lauber, a complaint was filed in August of 2017 alleging that during his time at RBC Capital Markets he used an unsuitable investment strategy that involved energy, commodity and financial stocks. Damages relating to this complaint are alleged to be in excess of $5000. The complaint is currently pending FINRA arbitration.

Among other investment tenets, brokers are required to recommend suitable investments to their clients. This requires that the broker: Investigates and conducts due diligence into the investment’s attributes including its benefits, risks, tax consequences, and other relevant factors to form a reasonable basis for the recommendation of the product; and appropriately matches the investment with the customer’s specific investment needs and objectives, such as the customer’s retirement status, long or short-term goals, age, disability, income needs, or any other relevant factors.

The misrepresentation or omission of material facts concerning investment recommendations by a brokerage firm and its representatives may be a cause of action in a FINRA arbitration claim for damages. There are two types of misrepresentations and omissions; those that are fraudulent and those that are negligent. Over the last several years, many investors have pursued FINRA arbitration claims for losses in energy, oil and gas bonds.

Misrepresentations often occur during the offering process or prior to investing in a particular product.  Misrepresentation can vary in appearance and, if made intentionally, are often times made in order to induce an unwitting investor to invest.  An example of a misrepresentation can include promises of high dividends or that the company of the underlying investment will go public in a year.

If proven, an intentional misrepresentation can have serious consequences, as it is a violation of Rule 10b-5 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Many cases relate to conflicts of interest caused by investment banks creating debt for companies which they sell to retail investors.

FINRA arbitration is a fast, efficient way to recover your lost investment funds due to unauthorized trading.  The Silver Law Group works on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us nothing unless we recover money for you.

If you invested with Harold Lauber and RBC Capital Markets and have lost money doing so, you may be able to recover some or all of your losses. We are experienced in recovering investor losses due to broker/brokerage firm misconduct and mismanagement through FINRA arbitration.

Silver Law Group represents the interests of investors who have been the victims of investment fraud.  If you have questions about your legal rights, please contact Scott Silver of the Silver Law Group for a free consultation at ssilver@silverlaw.com or toll-free at (800) 975-4345.

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