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Investors in Energy 11, L.P. (“Energy 11”) may be able to recover investment losses through FINRA arbitration. if their investment was recommended by a financial advisor who lacked a reasonable basis for the recommendation, or if the nature of the investment was misrepresented by the stockbroker or advisor.

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On March 19, 2020, Energy 11 announced that it would suspend distributions to limited partners until further notice, citing “recent volatility in the market and oil prices in particular” that “has caused uncertainty to our cash flow for the remainder of 2020.”  Energy 11’s letter announcing the suspension is accessible here. ex_178082

Energy 11 has published an estimated per common unit value of its common units of $13.82 as of December 31, 2019.  However, this value may be premised in part on oil prices of over $50 a barrel that prevailed in 2019.  Oil prices have since plummeted to less than $30 a barrel as of this writing in March 2020.

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According to a news release on October 22, 2012, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has sanctioned David Lerner Associates Inc. and ordered the company to pay approximately $12 million to customers. The affected customers purchased Apple REIT Ten shares, which is a non-traded Real Estate Investment Trust sold by David Lerner Associates. Some customers who will be receiving restitution were also charged excessive markups. Investment fraud lawyers are still investigating potential claims on behalf of investors who purchased Apple REITs from David Lerner Associates.

FINRA Decision: David Lerner Associates to Pay $12 Million in Restitution to Customers for Unsuitable Sales of Apple REIT Ten

David Lerner Associates is the sole distributor of Apple REITs, including the $2 billion Apple REIT Ten. According to the press release, David Lerner Associates “solicited thousands of customers, targeting unsophisticated investors and the elderly, selling the illiquid REIT without performing adequate due diligence to determine whether it was suitable for investors.” According to securities arbitration lawyers, selling non-traded REITs to customers for whom the investment is unsuitable is one of the biggest problems with non-traded REITs. Furthermore, misleading marketing materials were used in order to sell the REIT. These materials presented performance results but did not disclose that the REIT’s income was insufficient for supporting owners’ distributions.

In addition to the $12 million in restitution, David Lerner Associates was fined over $2.3 million for supervisory violations and charging unfair prices on collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs) and municipal bonds. These unfair prices occurred over a 30-month period. According to investment fraud lawyers, victims of CMO and municipal bond fraud can also recover their losses through FINRA arbitration.

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