Investment attorneys are investigating claims on behalf of investors against LPL Financial regarding the sale of private placements. The many investors who sustained losses in private placements, specifically Direct Invest LLC, may be able to recover losses through securities arbitration. Earlier this month, a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Arbitration Panel awarded two LPL investors $1.4 million as a result of losses they sustained from Direct Invest LLC. Their investments included Braintree Park LLC and Heron Cove LLC. In addition to the $1.4 million award, LPL was also ordered to pay hearing session fees totaling $35,700.
According to claimants’ allegations, LPL’s sale of investments in Direct Invest LLC was fraudulent in that the investments were marketed as private placements to retirees, promising that the investments could generate a consistent income stream. Claimants alleged that the sources of the projected distributions, the real estate market and the actual properties were misrepresented by LPL. Furthermore, claimants stated that they were told that their received distributions would come from real estate operations while, in actuality, a large part of the distributions came from the use of leverage or a return of their own investment.
The original FINRA claim also named Meridian Capital Partners LLC and Orchard Securities LLC as respondents. However, the claims against these firms were resolved with claimants prior to the FINRA panel’s ruling. Therefore, details of how the issues were resolved are not present in this case.
Other investors who suffered significant financial losses as a result of their investments in Direct Invest LLC from LPL Financial, Meridian Capital Partners LLC or Orchard Securities LLC may have a valid securities arbitration claim and should pursue all possible avenues for recovering their losses. To find out more about your legal rights and options, contact an investment attorney at The Law Office of Christopher J. Gray at (866) 966-9598 for a no-cost, confidential consultation.