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Forum Post: Can Occupy Wall Street, Securities Arbitration and Burned Investors Find Common Ground?

Posted 11 years ago on Dec. 21, 2011, 1:59 p.m. EST by fraudfight (2) from Santa Monica, CA
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FINRA securities arbitration filings of just 4,000 cases in 2011 (through October) means Wall Street wins yet again. Why is this so? What can be done about it? Should anything be done or should those of the 99% who've been ripped off by Wall Street simply do nothing (when something may be able to be done)?

Securities arbitration provides burned investors the opportunity to take their grievances to a neutral panel in arbitration to recover money lost in investments and accounts due to misdeeds of licensed investment firms and individual investment professionals. The top issues are suitability, misrepresentation, failure to supervise, and other violations.

Wall Street and Occupy Wall Street are on opposite sides. My view: They can and should come together to promote securities arbitration as an effective forum for burned investors to bring their claims, to get a proper and fair hearing, and a reliable result. Real people who've been abused by Wall Street can fight back and they can win.

The number of case filings 2011 should be not 4,000 but 400,000 or more. If it were so, then it would mean that both Occupy Wall Street and Wall Street (and FINRA) were both doing right by Americans.

What do you think? Can we afford to only Occupy without doing all we can to use the systems in place to effect real change for real people? Even one person at a time? If we who are the 99% and who may have some ability to positively impact people's lives (I as a 24 year burned investor's advocate), recognizing the flaws in the securities arbitration system and that fairness of process must be fought for every hour of every day, should we not use the system to help people now as we work to improve it?



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[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 11 years ago

Bill Black for OWS Attorney General!

[-] 1 points by demcapitalist (977) 11 years ago

Every time I go to the bookstore I find a new book written by a wall street insider detailing the mess that led up to the crisis ------I buy them I'm sure others do. There is litigation we will be paying close attention to regarding the CME suing Corsine for personal funds over the theft of customers personal accounts. There are new lawsuits forming over some of the CDO bonds deals. There's much happening out there beyond protesting in the street. This site despite it's structural flaws is a great place to share all info pertaining to current litigations, potential law changes and possible candidate who might be willing to take on wall street.

[-] 1 points by OccupyLink (529) 11 years ago

You betcha. This is the way to go. It would be great for OWS to tackle all the cases where investors have been defrauded. Do a trackback to find the bank executive responsible, sue the bank and jail the bastard.