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Barry Connell Barred By FINRA For Failing To Pay Arbitration Award; Currently Has 10 Customer Complaints

The Wolper Law Firm is currently investigating claims against Barry Connell, a former Financial Advisor at Morgan Stanley in Ridgewood, New Jersey.  Barry Connell has been in the securities industry since 1998 and previously worked at UBS Financial Services.

According to publicly available records released by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), on June 25, 2018, FINRA sanctioned Barry Connell, indefinitely suspending him from associating with any brokerage firm for failure to pay an arbitration award rendered against him. The arbitration award stemmed from an employment lawsuit filed by Morgan Stanley in which Morgan Stanley received an award of $6 million.

https://www.finra.org/sites/default/files/aao_documents/17-01958.pdf

In addition, Barry Connell’s record as a Financial Advisor is marred with customer complaints and alleged sales practice violations for which Morgan Stanley may be financially responsible.  Barry Connell’s BrokerCheck report reveals ten (10) customer complaints, including one pending complaint.  The allegations against Barry Connell include fraud, misappropriation of money and unsuitability.  Among the specific allegations are:

  • December 2017—”Claimant alleged, inter alia, Misappropriation with respect to funds in her accounts.” Alleged damages are $2.19 million.
  • March 2017—”CLIENT’S ATTORNEY ALLEGED, INTER ALIA, THAT THE CLIENT’S SIGNATURES ON VARIOUS CHECKS AND ACCOUNT DOCUMENTS WERE FORGED BY HER HUSBAND WHO WAS THE FA ON THE ACCOUNT.” The matter was settled for $725,000.
  • December 2016—”CLAIMANT ALLEGED INTER ALIA, THAT INVESTMENTS PURCHASED IN HER ACCOUNT WERE UNSUITABLE.” The matter was settled for $45,000.
  • November 2016—”Claimants alleged that between December 2015 and November 2016, the FA removed and/or transferred funds from their accounts without their authorization.” The matter was settled for $2.53 million.
  • November 2016—”Claimants alleged that between December 2015 and November 2016, the FA removed and/or transferred funds from their accounts without their authorization.” The matter was settled for $3.46 million.

https://brokercheck.finra.org/individual/summary/3070984#disclosuresSection

Financial advisors have a legal and regulatory obligation to recommend only suitable investments that are appropriate for their clients’ needs and objectives.  Their employing brokerage firm has a legal and regulatory obligation to supervise the Financial Advisors’ sales practices and dealings with clients.  To the extent any of these duties are breached, the customer may be entitled to a recovery of his or her investment losses.

If you or someone you know was a customer of Barry Connell, and you experienced investment losses, please contact the Wolper Law Firm at 800.931.8452 or by email at mwolper@67.43.6.64 to discuss your specific situation and the legal options available.  The Wolper Law Firm represents investors nationwide in securities litigation and arbitration.

Matt Wolper, the Managing Principal of the Wolper Law Firm, is a trial lawyer who has handled hundreds of securities cases during his career involving a wide range of products, strategies and securities.  Prior to representing investors, he was a partner with a national law firm, where he represented some of the largest banks and brokerage firms in the world in securities matters.  Simply put, he knows how the other side evaluates cases, which gives you a competitive advantage.

Attorney Matthew Wolper

Attorney Matthew WolperMatt Wolper is a trial lawyer who focuses exclusively on securities litigation and arbitration. Mr. Wolper has handled hundreds of securities matters nationwide before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), JAMS, and in state and federal court. Mr. Wolper has handled and tried cases involving complex financial products and strategies ranging from traditional stocks and bonds to options, margin and other securities-based lending products, closed/open-end mutual funds, structured products, hedge funds, and penny stocks. [Attorney Bio]