Securities fraud attorneys are currently investigating potential claims on behalf of investors who suffered losses as a result of their Facebook Inc. investments with Fidelity Investments. Allegedly there may have been execution problems at Fidelity Investments in regards to the Facebook stock. Reportedly, following Facebook’s initial public offering, “thousands” of clients of Fidelity were affected by trading issues.
According to investment fraud lawyers, many Fidelity investors have learned that their Facebook stock orders were not executed at previously expected prices. In addition, some Fidelity investors decided to cancel their Facebook stock orders prior to the time it began trading, on May 18 at 11:30 am, but the stock was allegedly assigned to their accounts anyway. Many investors were confronted with margin calls that were unexpected because of Fidelity’s failure to honor the canceled orders. Securities fraud attorneys say this exacerbated the situation.
In a related case, Facebook Inc., Morgan Stanley and other banks are being sued by Facebook’s shareholders. The shareholders claimed Facebook’s weakened growth forecasts were hidden by the defendants prior to its $16 billion IPO. According to the complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, changes in the business forecast during the IPO process were only “selectively disclosed by defendants to certain preferred investors.” The complaint alleges that “the value of Facebook common stock has declined substantially and plaintiffs and the class have sustained damages as a result.” A similar lawsuit was filed by another investor in a California state court. In the first three days of trading, Facebook shares declined 18.4 percent, reducing the stock’s value by more than $2.9 billion.
If you sustained losses as a result of Fidelity’s alleged execution errors of Facebook stock, you may have a valid securities arbitration claim. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment fraud lawyer at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.