Securities and Investments
Review and Investigation of Potential Investments
Before making any investment decision it is important to ensure that you are fully informed about potential risks. Many investments are regulated by either the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or state securities regulators. Although regulators do their best to ensure that investors are fully informed of potential risks, there are plenty of examples of investors who have lost their life savings to people like Bernie Madoff. In just the past four years, Jason Weber prosecuted six fraudulent investment schemes in the State of Oregon with investor losses exceeding four million dollars. Even the State of Oregon itself is not immune to investment mismanagment. In 2009, OppenheimerFunds agreed to a $20 million dollar settement for alleged securities fraud relating to their managment of the Oregon College Savings Plan. At O’Connor Weber we have the knowledge and experience necessary to investigate and review potential investments. Contact us to see if we can help before you decide to invest.
Recovery of Investment Losses
If you believe that you may have been the victim of fraud or deceit with regard to any investment, we may be able to help you recover your losses. State and federal securities laws protect any person who has made an investment. With few exceptions, investments are required to be registered with state and/or federal regulators. Fraud is always prohibited in the sale of any investment. If you have suffered losses because of an investment you made and the investment was not registered, or if you believe you may have been defrauded, we may be able to help you recover your losses.
Often investors do not know whether they have been a victim of fraud. Securities fraud is usually defined as a material misstatement or omission of a material fact. Generally, a fact is “material” if a reasonable person would have found the information important when deciding whether or not to invest. It is important to meet with an attorney as soon as you suspect somthing may be wrong because the statute of limitations can toll limiting any legal remedy. At O’Connor Weber we can investigate to determine whether an investment involved fraud and whether it should have been registered. We can then provide you with counsel so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. Hopefully, we can help you to recover your losses and ensure that those responsible are held accountable.