The Ohio Securities Act, and specifically, Ohio Revised Code 1707.44, relating to Prohibited acts, states that

(1) No person shall engage in any act or practice that violates ivision (A), (B), or (C) of section 1707.14 of the Revised Code, and no salesperson shall sell securities in this state without being licensed pursuant to section 1707.16 of the Revised Code.

(2) No person shall engage in any act or practice that violates division (A) of section 1707.141 or section 1707.161 of the Revised Code.

(3) No person shall engage in any act or practice that violates section 1707.162 of the Revised Code.

(4) No person shall engage in any act or practice that violates section 1707.164 of the Revised Code.

(B) No person shall knowingly make or cause to be made any false representation concerning a material and relevant fact, in any oral statement or in any prospectus, circular, description, application, or written statement, for any of the following purposes:

(1) Registering securities or transactions, or exempting securities or transactions from registration, under this chapter;

(2) Securing the qualification of any securities under this chapter;

(3) Procuring the licensing of any dealer, salesperson, investment adviser, investment adviser representative, bureau of workers’ compensation chief investment officer, or state retirement system investment officer under this chapter;

(4) Selling any securities in this state;

Ohio Rev. Code 1707.44 (Ohio Revised Code (2016 Edition)).

Civil Liabilities

The Ohio Securities Act, and specifically,Ohio Rev. Code 1707.42, also provides for “Civil liability” and states that

(A) Whoever, with intent to secure financial gain to self, advises and procures any person to purchase any security, and receives any commission or reward for the advice or services without disclosing to the purchaser the fact of the person’s agency or interest in such sales, shall be liable to the purchaser for the amount of the purchaser’s damage thereby, upon tender of the security to, and suit brought against, the adviser, by the purchaser. No suit shall be brought more than one year subsequent to the purchase.

(B) Whoever acts as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative in violation of Chapter 1707. of the Revised Code shall be liable for damages resulting from the violation in an action at law in a court of competent jurisdiction. Damages may include consideration paid for the advice, any loss due to the advice, and all court costs, less the amount of any income received from the advice. No person may bring an action under this division more than five years after the rendering of investment advice or two years after discovery of facts constituting the violation, whichever is the shorter period.

Ohio Rev. Code 1707.42 (Ohio Revised Code (2016 Edition)).

In Ohio, FINRA Arbitration hearings are held in Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati

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.

Division of Securities
77 South High Street
22nd Floor
Columbus, OH 43215

Andrea Seidt
(614) 644-7381
(614) 466-3316 (Fax)

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