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Investors Harmed By Investments in SPACs May Have Right to Recover Losses

Recently, professional athletes and various high-profile celebrities have joined in on the boom of SPACs (Special Purpose Acquisition Companies), causing the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to caution investors about investments in SPACs. Athletes like Stephen Curry, Serena Williams, Alex Rodriguez, and Colin Kaepernick are among those notable names who have invested in SPACs.

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Texas Broker Masood Husain “Mike” Azad Barred by FINRA Following Allegations

FINRA registered broker Masood Husain Azad (also known as Mike H. Azad) has been barred by the regulatory authority following allegations from clients dating back to 2017. First Allied Securities Inc. terminated Mr. Azad’s employment in May of 2017 following allegations of violating a Firm policy regarding borrowing money from clients. Azad was also allegedly engaging in outside business activity and unapproved private securities transactions.

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How to Recover Losses in Hospitality Investors Trust REIT

Levin Papantonio Rafferty may be able to help you recover your losses in the Hospitality Investors Trust. Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT) is a publicly registered non-traded real estate investment trust (REIT), formerly known as American Realty Capital Hospitality Trust. Thousands of investors who were sold HIT have suffered severe losses. Shares were originally sold to most investors at $25 a share. The estimated current value of a share based on limited secondary trading values is less than $1, and HIT has now filed for bankruptcy.

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Florida Surfside Condo Collapse: What Happened and Getting Compensation

Experts have yet to identify the factors that prompted the collapse of a condo in Surfside, Florida. Knowing what brought the 12-story building down will be essential to evaluating the safety of other buildings, as well as to determine legal liability for residents who seek to recover damages.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle committed to having a grand jury study the building’s collapse and start paving the way to accountability for the disaster.

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FINRA Bars Previously Registered Broker and Investment Adviser Joia Evans From Broker Activities

A BrokerCheck report on previously registered broker and investment adviser Joia Evans reveals that Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has barred her from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with a broker-dealer firm.

Evans, who worked as a registered broker with TIAA-CREF between 2015 and 2020, also went by the names of Joia Thomas and Joia Webb. Prior to her employment with TIAA-CREF, Evans worked as a broker for Edward Jones from 2014-2015.

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FINRA Bars Previously Registered Broker and Investment Adviser David Brian Zuber

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has issued a BrokerCheck report on David Brian Zuber, a previously registered broker and investment adviser that FINRA has barred from acting as a broker or otherwise associating with a broker-dealer firm.

Zuber worked with Securities America, Inc. starting in February 2011. He also was employed by Arbor Point Advisors (as of September 2016) and JK Investment Group, Inc.  (March 2011 to August 2016).

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Customer Claims Filed Against Barred Broker Philip Joseph Sparacino

FINRA has barred previously registered broker Philip Joseph Sparacino. Additionally, the New Jersey Bureau of Securities opened an investigation after he allegedly employed a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud customers. Prior to being barred, Mr. Sparacino had 11 years of experience with six different firms.

Since at least June of 2019, Sparacino had allegedly been engaging in a pattern of unauthorized, excessive, unsuitable, and fraudulent trading activity on behalf of customers.

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First Paraquat Trial Delayed, But MDL Is Created as More Lawsuits Come to Bear

The first trial among multiple claims filed against Paraquat makers and distributors was delayed. It was the most recent of several delays for this highly anticipated litigation. The claim involves a man who developed Parkinson’s disease after decades of exposure to Paraquat.

Thomas Hoffman worked as a farmer. According to his complaint, the plaintiff was first exposed to Paraquat when he was in the fifth grade, and the exposure continued for decades in the course of Hoffman’s farming work. He died in 2017, only 23 days after filing his lawsuit.

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Broker Mark Korsch - Potential Customer Claims for Investment Losses

Marc Korsch is currently registered with Arkadios Capital and has been registered in the securities industry for 11 years. Mr. Korsch has been the subject of multiple customer complaints.

In October 2020, a client alleged Mr. Korsch of investing their accounts in unsuitable and high-risk investments from July 2014 until the dispute was opened. The client is requesting $100,000 in alleged damages and the case is pending.

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