The Indiana Securities Act, and specifically, Indiana Code 23-19-5-1, relating to “Fraudulent or deceitful acts” provides that:
It is unlawful for a person, in connection with the offer, sale, or purchase of a security, directly or indirectly:
(1) to employ a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud;
(2) to make an untrue statement of a material fact or to omit to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statement made, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading; or
(3) to engage in an act, practice, or course of business that operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit upon another person.
The Illinois Securities Act also provides for, among other things, “Civil liability” and Sec. 9 states, in pertinent part that:
a) a person is liable to the purchaser if the person sells a security in violation of this article, including a violation of IC 23-19-4-12(d)(9) or IC 23-19-4-12(d)(13). It is a defense if the person selling the security sustains the burden of proof that either the person did not know, and in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the violation or the purchaser knowingly participated in the violation. An action under this subsection is governed by the following:
(1) The purchaser may maintain an action to recover the consideration paid for the security, less the amount of any income received on the security, and interest at the greater of eight percent (8%) per annum or the rate provided for in the security from the date of the purchase, costs, and reasonable attorney’s fees determined by the court or arbitrator, upon the tender of the security, or for actual damages as provided in subdivision (3).
(2) The tender referred to in subdivision (1) may be made any time before entry of judgment. Tender requires only notice in a record of ownership of the security and willingness to exchange the security for the amount specified. A purchaser that no longer owns the security may recover actual damages as provided in subdivision (3).
(3) Actual damages in an action arising under this subsection are the amount that would be recoverable upon a tender less the value of the security when the purchaser disposed of it, and interest at the greater of eight percent (8%) per annum or the rate provided for in the security from the date of the purchase, costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees determined by the court or arbitrator.
Indiana Code 23-19-5-9 (Indiana Code 2016 Edition).
In Indiana, FINRA Arbitration hearings are held in Indianapolis
Under the FINRA Code of Arbitration Procedure, the FINRA Securities Arbitration hearing locations will selected based upon the hearing location closest to your residence at the time of the events giving rise to the dispute.
Guiliano Law Firm – Securities Arbitration & Investment Fraud Lawyers Serving Indiana
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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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