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Investors who suffered losses as a result of a Reef Oil and Gas partnership investment may be able to recover losses through securities arbitration. Investment attorneys are investigating potential claims on behalf of individuals who invested in Reef Oil and Gas partnerships based on the unsuitable recommendations of various broker-dealers. Reef Oil and Gas partnerships are risky and, therefore, not suitable for many investors, especially those with a conservative portfolio.

The general partner of Reef Oil and Gas Companies, Reef Oil & Gas Partners L.P., engages in the developing, producing, and exploiting of oil and natural gas. Furthermore, it operates wells that are, or will be, drilled. Reef Oil and Gas Partners L.P. is based in Richardson, Texas and was founded in 1987.

The substantial risks of oil and gas partnerships make them investments that are only appropriate for sophisticated investors. Nevertheless, many broker-dealers have recommended them to investors for which the investment was unsuitable. Under the rules of fiduciary duty, broker-dealers must adequately disclose the investment’s risks before recommending an investment. Furthermore, they must perform adequate due diligence in determining whether or not the investment is suitable for each investor, given their individual risk tolerance and investment objectives. If a broker does not perform these necessary actions, they have committed broker misconduct in the form of making an unsuitable recommendation and can be penalized and required to return investors’ losses through securities arbitration with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. According to investment attorneys, many brokerage firms appear to have failed to perform due diligence when recommending oil and gas partnership investments to investors.

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Investment attorneys turn their eyes to Bank of America once again, only two months into the New Year. Bank of America Corp. has been subpoenaed by William Gavin, the Massachusetts securities regulator, over LCM VII Ltd. and Bryn Mawr CLO II Ltd., two related collateralized loan obligations. These two CLOs led to investor losses totaling $150 million. The subpoena will, hopefully, help authorities in determining if Bank of America knew it was overvaluing the assets of the portfolios. Both Bryn Mawr and LCM were sold in 2007, prior to the 2008 merger between Bank of America Securities and Merrill Lynch.

News: Bank of America Faces More Allegations In 2012

Bank of America held commercial loans from small banks amounting to around $400 million in 2006. In 2007, securities packages were put together from these loans and then sold to investors. The subpoena arrives only one day after Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc. settled allegations of engaging in abusive mortgage practices. These abusive practices included engaging in deceptive practices in the offering of loan modifications, a failure to offer other options before closing on borrowers with federally insured mortgages, submitting improper documents to the bankruptcy court and robo-signing foreclosure documents without proper review of the paperwork.

The settlement amounted to $25 billion and involved federal agencies plus authorities in 49 states. This settlement is designed to give $2,000 to around 750 borrowers whose homes were foreclosed upon after the home values dropped 33 percent from their 2006 worth, and to provide mortgage relief. In addition, all five banks will pay $766.5 million in penalties to the Federal Reserve. This is considered to be the biggest federal-state settlement ever. Bank of America will also pay $1 billion to settle allegations that it, together with its Countrywide Financial unit, engaged in fraudulent and wrongful conduct.

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