The South Carolina Uniform Securities Act, and specifically, SC Code 35-1-501, relating to “General fraud” states 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 statements made, in 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.
SC Code 35-1-501 (South Carolina Code of Laws (2016 Edition)).
The South Carolina Uniform Securities Act also provides for certain civil remedies and states, in SC Code 35-1-509, in relevant part that:
(b) A person is liable to the purchaser if the person sells a security in violation of Sections 35-1-301 or 35-1-501 or, by means of an untrue statement of a material fact or an omission to state a material fact necessary in order to make the statement made, in light of the circumstances under which it is made, not misleading, the purchaser not knowing the untruth or omission and the seller not sustaining the burden of proof that the seller did not know and, in the exercise of reasonable care, could not have known of the untruth or omission. 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 legal rate of interest from the date of the purchase, costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees determined by the court, upon the tender of the security, or for actual damages
SC Code 35-1-509 Civil liability (South Carolina Code of Laws (2016 Edition)).
In South Carolina, FINRA Arbitration hearings are held in Columbia
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 South Carolina
Our practice is limited to the litigation of securities related matters and securities arbitrations against stockbrokers, brokerage firms and investment professionals for fraud, the sale of defective investment products, failure to conduct due diligence, negligence, the sale of unsuitable investments, churning or excessive activity, failure to supervise, breach of fiduciary duty, and the sale of unregistered securities.
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Additional South Carolina Investor Resources:
Office of the Attorney General
Rembert C. Dennis Office Building, Suite 501
1000 Assembly Street
PO Box 11549
Columbia, SC 29211
T. Stephen Lynch
Deputy Securities Commissioner
(803) 734-3677 (Fax)
The investment fraud attorneys at the Guiliano Law Firm serve clients throughout South Carolina!