The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) licenses and regulates the stock brokerage industry. It requires stock brokerage firms and their stock brokers to be qualified, registered, and approved by the agency before they may offer and sell securities to the public. FINRA also requires its registrants to immediately report regulatory events, such as suspensions, fines, and customer complaints, against the firm and broker. FINRA maintains a database of investor complaints and disciplinary and employment history for registered representatives and publishes some of this information on its BrokerCheck website, www.brokercheck.finra.org. The FINRA BrokerCheck is purportedly useful for predicting future broker misconduct. Unfortunately, not all customer complaints are accurately or completely reported on the website. We are seeking investors with information about duly registered Parkland Securities broker Jerome S. Rydell to determine whether the reported information on the FINRA BrokerCheck website is accurate and complete.
FINRA reports that Mr. Rydell has been registered in the securities industry since 1971. Over the years, he has been registered with 6 brokerage firms: Linsco Corporation, Mutual Service Corporation, Sigma Financial Corporation, Home Life Equity Sales Corp., Pruco Securities Corporation and, most recently, Parkland Securities. During that period, the FINRA BrokerCheck report indicates that Mr. Rydell has been the subject of one Regulatory Event and 92 Customer Disputes, 15 of which were pending as of August 17, 2016.
The Regulatory Events include one NASD enforcement action which was settled, without admitting or denying the allegations, where Mr. Rydell was accused of engaging in frivolous and vexatious litigation conduct in connection with an arbitration award entered against him and refusing to abide by the arbitration award. As a result, Mr. Rydell was fined $135,000 and suspended for 10 days.
Four of the customer disputes involving Mr. Rydell resulted in arbitration awards ranging from $9,000 to $52,500. There were 72 customer disputes with allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, violation of FINRA rules, and failure to supervise involving debentures and limited partnership interests that have supposedly settled for amounts ranging from $11,000 to $474,000. One customer dispute was rejected by the brokerage firm and supposedly no further action was taken by the customer. There were 15 pending arbitrations reportedly filed involving Mr. Rydell for the alleged misconduct of representatives connection with the offer and sale of TIC investments which were under his control at Sigma Financial Corporation. We believe that Mr. Rydell's employers may have not accurately or completely reported all of the Customer Disputes involving him and request that all investors with complaints against Mr. Rydell contact our office immediately.
The most important of investors' rights is the right to be informed! We intend to notify FINRA of any and all unreported or inaccurate customer complaints against this firm and/or broker. This blog post is by the Law Offices of Robert Wayne Pearce, P.A., located in Boca Raton, Florida. For over 35 years, Attorney Pearce has tried, arbitrated, and mediated hundreds of disputes involving complex securities, commodities and investment law issues. The lawyers at our law firm are devoted to protecting investors' rights throughout the United States and internationally! Please visit our website, www.secatty.com, post a comment, call (800) 732-2889, or email Mr. Pearce at firstname.lastname@example.org for answers to any of your questions about this blog post and/or any related matter.