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Woodbridge Mortgage Fund Investors May Have FINRA Arbitration Claims


Investors who have lost money in Woodbridge Wealth or in any of the Woodbridge Mortgage Funds may be able to pursue recovery of any losses through securities litigation or arbitration.

Brokerage firms that sell private placements such as the Woodbridge funds must conduct due diligence on the investment before recommending it to their clients.  The due diligence rule stems from FINRA Rule 2310, the so-called suitability rule, which requires that a brokerage firm must have reasonable grounds to believe that a recommendation to purchase a security is suitable for the customer.   This principle is further explained in National Association of Securities Dealers Notice to Members 03-71, which elaborates that a brokerage firm must perform significant due diligence before recommending a private placement investment to any customer(s).  By recommending a security to customers, the brokerage firm effectively represents that a reasonable investigation of the merits of the investment has been made.

According to a lawsuit filed by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), Woodbridge has raised over $1 billion from thousands of investors through various finds.  Some of the Woodbridge investments involve First Position Commercial Mortgages (“FPCMs”), which consists of a promissory note from a Woodbridge Fund, a loan agreement, and a non-exclusive assignment of the Woodbridge Fund’s security interest in the mortgage for the underlying hard-money loan.  These FPCMs are securities in the form of notes, investment contracts, and real property investment contracts.

The following Woodbridge investments could give rise to an arbitration claim against a stockbroker or financial advisor if the recommendation to purchase them lacked a reasonable basis, or if the investments were sold based on misrepresentations or omissions of material fact:

* WMF Management, LLC

* Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC

* Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund 1, LLC

* Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund 2, LLC

* Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund 3, LLC

* Woodbridge Mortgage Investment Fund 3A, LLC

* Woodbridge Group of Companies, LLC (DBA Woodbridge Wealth)

If you have invested in any Woodbridge fund or another private placement, and you have suffered losses in connection with your investment (or are currently unable to exit your illiquid investment position without incurring considerable losses), you may be able to recover your losses in FINRA arbitration.  Investors may contact a securities arbitration attorney at Law Office of Christopher J. Gray, P.C. at (866) 966-9598 or for a no-cost, confidential consultation.