Philadelphia, PA (MarketWire) November 6, 2008 –The Guiliano Law Group, P.C., a leading securities lawyer firm in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania announced today it is actively investigating and pursuing securities fraud claims against certain securities broker-dealers resulting from the risky or unsuitable recommendation of securities.
Investment trusts, labor unions, pension funds, local municipalities, school boards and charitable foundations, required by law in most states to only invest in prudent, and otherwise conservative fixed income securities and preferred shares, have collectively lost tens of billions in the securities of Wachovia, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Bear Stearns, and Lehman Brothers.
Despite ample evidence of the deterioration of assets connected to the sub-prime market, and global credit crisis, contained in regulatory filings, rating reports, and the comments of independent analysts, as early as February 2007, Wall Street continued to recommend the purchase of these securities, and in pursuit of their own self interests continued to raise billions of dollars for these otherwise troubled financial institutions.
Adverse Impact Of Mortgage Delinquencies & Defaults
It was widely known and widely reported, certainly by December 2007, that the widespread dispersion of credit risk related to mortgage delinquencies and defaults was expected to have a very significant adverse impact on the performance of large banks, financial institutions, and the owners or originators of mortgage-backed securities.
Broker-dealers and their agents may have liability for the recommendation and sale of the securities of certain financial institutions based upon adverse information in the marketplace as early as spring of 2007.
The viability of these securities fraud claims depends upon, among other things, the timing of any such purchases, and to what extent any particular investment portfolio may have been over-concentrated in the securities, including the preferred securities, of issuers.
Fraud Claims Against Brokerage Firms Subject to Arbitration
Because these securities fraud claims are against the brokerage firms, all such claims are subject to arbitration before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”), Office of Dispute Resolution. The Board of Directors or Investment Committees of any Trust, Union, Pension Fund, Municipality, School Board, or Charitable Foundations, may have a fiduciary duty to pursue these securities fraud claims.
For more information on pursuing a securities fraud claim or speak with a securities lawyer, call the Guiliano Law Group at (877) SEC-ATTY (877-732-2889) or visit securitiesarbitrations.com.
About Nicholas J. Guiliano
Nicholas J. Guiliano is nationally known and has extensive experience in the litigation of securities related matters investment fraud, NASD or FINRA securities arbitration, and stockbroker fraud, misconduct and negligence. Mr. Guiliano has been featured in numerous publications including Smart Money Magazine, Cranes Business Daily, and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Guiliano has appeared as a guest on CNBC Business Center. Mr. Guiliano is also a member of the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.
Guiliano Law Group
Our practice is limited to the representation of investors in claims, for fraud in connection with the sale of securities, the sale or recommendation of excessively risky or unsuitable securities, breach of fiduciary duty, and the failure to supervise. We accept representation on a contingent fee basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless we make a recovery for you, and there is never any charge for a consultation or an evaluation of your claim. For more information contact us at (877) SEC-ATTY.