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Analysis of Judgment Entered Against LPHI, Pardo, and Peden

The text of the December 2, 2014 judgment that was entered against Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (“LPHI”), Brian Pardo, and R. Scott Peden reveals the cerebral craftsmanship of a talented, experienced judge who was intent on holding the Defendants accountable for “serious violations” of the federal securities laws while, at the same time, displaying a […]

By |September 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

LPHI & Its Execs Ordered to Pay Over $46 Million

In December 2014, Judge James Nowlin, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, ordered Life Partners Holdings, Inc. (LPHI) and two executives (Brian Pardo and R. Scott Peden) to pay more than $46 million in disgorgement and civil penalties.  The court’s ruling stems from a suit filed in 2012 by the Securities and Exchange Commission, […]

By |September 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CPAs & Accounting Professionals: Advancing The Interests Of Clients

Scenario No. 3:  Occasionally, The Value Of An Accounting Professional Is Demonstrated By His Or Her Absence

Mr. Bebel previously represented Howard and Helen J., an elderly retired couple.  Mr. and Mrs. J. believed that they maintained a solid grasp of the financial markets.  In reality, the level of knowledge they possessed was rather minimal.  Little […]

By |September 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Continuing Analysis: CPAs & Accounting Professionals

Scenario No. 2: Ongoing Discussion Of Critical Role Played By Accounting Professionals

Chris Bebel previously represented an elderly woman, Alice P., who had entrusted the bulk of her savings to a young, aggressive stockbroker.  Alice P. exhibited an astute, scholarly demeanor that was nonetheless characterized by a sense of warmth and affection.  Blessed with an abundance […]

By |August 18th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

CPAs & Accounting Professionals: Helping Clients & Protecting Their Rights

Scenario No. 1: Summary Of Invaluable Assistance Provided By A CPA

More than a decade ago, Chris Bebel filed a case against a stockbroker, and his employer, after “irregularities” were flagged by a certified public accountant who was intent on protecting the interests of his client, Suzie T.  Framed in concise terms, Suzie T. had inherited […]

By |August 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

SEC Initiates Texas Ponzi Scheme Case Against Voight And DayStar Funding, LP

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission recently filed a complaint against Frederick Alan Voight and DayStar Funding, LP.  Through that complaint, which was filed in Houston, Texas, the SEC charged that Voight has raised more than $114 million from approximately 300 investors situated throughout the country in connection with a series of deceptive securities offerings.

In […]

By |August 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Securities Industry Regulatory Authorities Take Action Against LPL Financial

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”) has ordered LPL Financial LLC, the largest independent broker-dealer in the United States, to pay $6.3 million in restitution, including interest, to certain mutual fund investors.  According to FINRA, LPL – along with several other brokerage firms – failed to waive mutual fund sales charges for certain charitable accounts […]

By |July 29th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Texas Supreme Court Decides That Life Settlements Are Securities

Today, the Texas Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Life Partners vs. Arnold. The opinion held that life settlement products which had been sold to investors constitute securities under the Texas Securities Act. Additionally, the Texas Supreme Court denied Life Partners’ request to prohibit retroactive application of its decision.

In fashioning its scholarly, […]

By |May 8th, 2015|Court Decisions, Legal News, Life Settlements|0 Comments

Texas Supreme Court Poised To Strike Blow For Life Settlement Investors!

As a means of resolving a split existing within the Texas Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court will soon issue a decision in a case styled Life Partners v. Arnold. The essence of the question before the Court focuses on the issue of whether a life settlement product sold to investors constitutes a security […]

By |April 24th, 2015|Court Decisions, Legal News, Life Settlements|0 Comments