SECURITIES FRAUD LITIGATION & ARBITRATION
CLAIMS ON BEHALF OF DEFRAUDED INVESTORS
The press is filled with headlines about people who have lost their life savings as a result of sophisticated frauds committed on them and the public at large. Investors do not always appreciate the true risks of their investments, and they certainly do not assume the risks of fraud when investing. Most investors do not even understand the real reason they incurred losses until an experienced, sophisticated forensic lawyer or accountant has evaluated their portfolio. At Briol & Benson, we will evaluate your investments and give you our candid advice — based upon years of experience in trying these types of cases — as to why your portfolio lost money. We will advise you if your losses resulted from unlawful conduct or from the simple vagaries of the marketplace.
DEFENSE AGAINST ACCUSATIONS OF FRAUD
Facing accusations of fraud either as an individual or a company is never easy, but it requires immediate action and the expertise of the right legal counsel to guide you through the process and ensure the best chance for a successful outcome. Briol & Benson has the experience and expertise to allow you to collect and preserve the evidence necessary to exonerate you or your company and win your case against false accusations.
NYSE, SEC, NASDAQ & FINRA
Briol & Benson attorneys have extensive experience in securities litigation. We have successfully pursued claims on behalf of hundreds of investors who have been defrauded in the markets, and we have successfully defended clients against accusations of fraud. We understand the intricacies of the federal and state laws and regulations (e.g., the Securities and Exchange Commission), regulations of the securities exchanges themselves (e.g., NASDAQ and NYSE) and regulations of the industry organizations (i.e., FINRA). Briol & Benson attorneys stay current with securities law and news. We therefore approach every new case with years of experience and the most up-to-date information.
MISCONDUCT ASSOCIATED WITH OIL & GAS INVESTMENTS
When investments go bad, accusations of misrepresentations – whether actual lies or simple failure to disclose key facts – often arise. In today’s oil and gas market, those risks are significant.
Briol & Benson attorneys have been involved in pursuing and defending against claims of fraud, particularly in complex business deals, for over 30 years. We have the experience and knowledge to know whether your situation involves a deal that went bad simply because of uncontrollable economic forces, or whether actual misconduct led to the loss.
FORENSIC INVESTMENT EVALUATION
Determining whether your investments lost money because of misconduct or the vagaries of the marketplace is difficult for the average investor. At Briol & Benson, we will work with experts to complete a comprehensive investment analysis to help determine whether or not you have a cause of action based on investments that were unsuitable to achieve your investment objectives, accounts that included far too many trades or churning, or fraud.
VICTIMS OF PONZI SCHEMES & OTHER MASS FRAUD
From Bernard Madoff to Tom Petters, Ponzi schemes have been prominent in the news, and investors have lost millions of dollars from these fraudulent schemes and other mass frauds. A Ponzi scheme is an investment operation that does not earn returns from actual investments, but rather, pays investors with money from subsequent investors. Eventually, the Ponzi scheme collapses because it cannot find more investors to pay the returns to prior investors. Signs that you may be invested in a Ponzi scheme or mass fraud include: the promise of guaranteed investment returns with no risk, overly consistent positive returns, complex and secretive investment strategies, missing account statements or paperwork, and difficulty in cashing out investments.
Briol & Benson attorneys have experience in helping people who are victims of Ponzi schemes and other mass fraud attempt to recover from their losses, including by helping identify early whether you are a victim of such a scheme. Those who established the scheme, as well as your financial advisors, may be held accountable for your losses due to the fraudulent scheme.