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What can I do to get my money back?

Waldorf, MD |

I entirely lost all 114 shares of securities (stocks) in a reverse stock split in a NYSE registered foreign company about 10 years ago. I was neither given the opportunity to sell my remaining shares after the first split nor was I furnished any report of my losses by either my broker or the company. The company is now very profitable after it has been sold two times. What can I legally do after all these years about these losses since the company is now financially thriving?

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Attorney answers 1


10 years ago? FINRA has what is called an "eligibility" period for claims in arbitration (which yours likely is if you had this stuff in a brokerage account). The eligibility period is generally 6 years from the date of the wrongful conduct. This can, in very narrow instances, be tolled. But I find it hard to believe you didn't at least get a statement of account from your brokerage firm showing that the stock was subject to a reverse split. That would be enough to put you on notice, and likely preclude any legal action on your part.

The foregoing is not legal advice nor is it in any manner whatsoever meant to create or impute an attorney/client relationship.

Jeremy Scott Hyndman

Jeremy Scott Hyndman


Mr. Cornish is right on about the 6 year rule for FINRA arbitrations. In ponzi schemes, sometimes the participants are not registered, so claims are brought in court rather than through arbitration. I expect that the applicable statute of limitations has also expired, but would need more facts about your loss and which jurisdictions would be appropriate forums for filing suit to be certain.

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