The Louisiana Securities Act, and specifically, Louisiana Revised Statutes 51:712, relating to Unlawful practices, states that:

A. It shall be unlawful for any person:

(1) To offer to sell or to sell any security in violation of R.S. 51:703, 705, or any rule, regulation or order promulgated or issued by the commissioner under this Part.

(2) To offer to sell or to sell a security by means of any oral or written untrue statement of a material fact or any omission to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they are made, not misleading, the buyer not knowing of the untruth or omission, if such person in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known of the untruth or omission.

Louisiana Revised Statutes 51§712 (2016 Edition).

Civil Liability

The Statute also provides in Section for “Civil liability from sales of securities” and states that:

Any person who violates R.S. 51:712(A) shall be liable to the person buying such security, and such buyer may sue in any court to recover the consideration paid in cash or, if such consideration was not paid in cash, the fair value thereof at the time such consideration was paid for the security with interest thereon from the date of payment down to the date of repayment as computed in R.S. 51:714(C)(1), less the amount of any income received thereon, together with all taxable court costs and reasonable attorney’s fees, upon the tender, where practicable, of the security at any time before the entry of judgment, or for damages if he no longer owns the security. Damages are the amount which equals the difference between the fair value of the consideration the buyer gave for the security and the fair value of the security at the time the buyer disposed of it, plus interest thereon from the date of payment to the date of repayment as computed in R.S. 51:714(C)(2).

In Louisiana, FINRA Arbitration hearings are held in New Orleans

Under the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure, the FINRA Securities Arbitration hearing locations will selected based upon the hearing location closest to your residence at the time of the events giving rise to the dispute.

Additional Louisiana Investor Resources:

Securities Commission
Office of Financial Institutions
8660 United Plaza Blvd.
Second Floor
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Rhonda Reeves
Deputy Securities Commissioner
(225) 925-4512

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