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If an individual investor has a dispute with a FINRA brokerage firm or stock broker, he/she most likely will have to arbitrate through FINRAs Dispute Resolution system.  FINRA Arbitration holds arbitration hearings in one South Carolina city, Columbia. 

The South Carolina Attorney Generals Office, Division of Securities, in Columbia, South Carolina, regulates the sales of securities in the state of South Carolina.  Its website [ http://www.scag.gov/scsecurities] provides information on state securities Statutes and Rules, and information on how to file a complaint. 

South Carolinas Securities Act is similar to many states Acts with regard to providing for civil liability for the commission of securities fraud in the sale of securities (including untrue statements of material fact or omissions of material fact).  The statute provides for rescission (or damages if the investor no longer owns the security), reasonable attorneys fees, and interest.

South Carolina Code Section 35-1-509. Civil liability.

(a) Enforcement of civil liability under this section is subject to the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act of 1998.

(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 as provided in paragraph (3).

(2) The tender referred to in paragraph (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 paragraph (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 legal rate of interest from the date of the purchase, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees determined by the court.

(c) A person is liable to the seller if the person buys a security in violation of Section 35-1-501 or by means of an untrue statement of a material fact or 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 seller not knowing of the untruth or omission, and the purchaser not sustaining the burden of proof that the purchaser 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 seller may maintain an action to recover the security, and any income received on the security, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees determined by the court, upon the tender of the purchase price, or for actual damages as provided in paragraph (3).

(2) The tender referred to in paragraph (1) may be made any time before entry of judgment. Tender requires only notice in a record of the present ability to pay the amount tendered and willingness to take delivery of the security for the amount specified. If the purchaser no longer owns the security, the seller may recover actual damages as provided in paragraph (3).

(3) Actual damages in an action arising under this subsection are the difference between the price at which the security was sold and the value the security would have had at the time of the sale in the absence of the purchaser's conduct causing liability, and interest at the legal rate of interest from the date of the sale of the security, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees determined by the court.

(d) A person acting as a broker-dealer or agent that sells or buys a security in violation of Section 35-1-401(a), 35-1-402(a), or 35-1-506 is liable to the customer. The customer, if a purchaser, may maintain an action for recovery of actual damages as specified in subsections (b)(1) through (3), or, if a seller, for a remedy as specified in subsections (c)(1) through (3).

(e) A person acting as an investment adviser or investment adviser representative that provides investment advice regarding securities for compensation in violation of Section 35-1-403(a), 35-1-404(a), or 35-1-506 is liable to the client. The client may maintain an action to recover the consideration paid for the advice, interest at the legal rate of interest from the date of payment, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees determined by the court.

(f) A person that receives directly or indirectly any consideration for providing investment advice regarding securities to another person and that employs a device, scheme, or artifice to defraud the other person or engages in an act, practice, or course of business that operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit on the other person, is liable to the other person. An action under this subsection is governed by the following:

(1) The person defrauded may maintain an action to recover the consideration paid for the advice and the amount of any actual damages caused by the fraudulent conduct, interest at the legal rate of interest from the date of the fraudulent conduct, costs, and reasonable attorneys' fees determined by the court, less the amount of any income received as a result of the fraudulent conduct.

(2) This subsection does not apply to a broker-dealer or its agents if the investment advice regarding securities that is provided is solely incidental to transacting business as a broker-dealer and no special compensation is received for the investment advice regarding securities.

(g) The following persons are liable jointly and severally with and to the same extent as persons liable under subsections (b) through (f):

(1) a person that directly or indirectly controls a person liable under subsections (b) through (f), unless the controlling person sustains the burden of proof that the person did not know, and in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the existence of conduct by reason of which the liability is alleged to exist;

(2) an individual who is a managing partner, executive officer, or director of a person liable under subsections (b) through (f), including an individual having a similar status or performing similar functions, unless the individual sustains the burden of proof that the individual did not know and, in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the existence of conduct by reason of which the liability is alleged to exist;

(3) an individual who is an employee, or a person occupying a similar status or performing a similar function, of a person liable under subsections (b) through (f) and who materially aids the conduct giving rise to the liability, unless the individual sustains the burden of proof that the individual did not know and, in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the existence of conduct by reason of which the liability is alleged to exist; and

(4) a person that is a broker-dealer, agent, investment adviser, or investment adviser representative that materially aids the conduct giving rise to the liability under subsections (b) through (f), unless the person sustains the burden of proof that the person did not know and, in the exercise of reasonable care could not have known, of the existence of conduct by reason of which liability is alleged to exist.

(5) a person who, with actual knowledge that a person is committing acts sufficient to violate Sections 35-1-501 and 35-1-502, nonetheless intentionally furthers the violation with actual awareness that the person is rendering substantial assistance to the person committing the violation of Sections 35-1-501 and 35-1-502, thereby becomes an aider and abettor of the violation, and is therefore jointly and severally liable with and to the same extent as the assisted person who engaged in the fraudulent activity, provided, however, this subsection (5) does not require any due diligence investigation nor impose liability for failure to perform any due diligence investigation otherwise required.

(h) A person liable under this section has a right of contribution as in cases of contract against any other person liable under this section for the same conduct.

(i) A cause of action under this section survives the death of an individual who might have been a plaintiff or defendant.

(j) A person may not obtain relief:

(1) under subsection (b) for violation of Section 35-1-301, or under subsection (d) or (e), unless the action is instituted within three years after the violation occurred; or

(2) under subsection (b), other than for violation of Section 35-1-301, or under subsection (c) or (f), unless the action is instituted within the earlier of three years after discovery of the facts constituting the violation or five years after the violation.

(k) A person that has made, or has engaged in the performance of, a contract in violation of this chapter or a rule adopted or order issued under this chapter, or that has acquired a purported right under the contract with knowledge of conduct by reason of which its making or performance was in violation of this chapter, may not base an action on the contract.

(l) A condition, stipulation, or provision including, but not limited to, any choice of law provision directly or indirectly binding a person purchasing or selling a security or receiving investment advice regarding securities to waive compliance with this chapter or a rule adopted or order issued under this chapter is void.

(m) The rights and remedies provided by this chapter are in addition to any other rights or remedies that may exist, but this chapter does not create a cause of action not specified in this section or Section 35-1-411(e).

FINRA securities brokerage firms with their main offices in South Carolina:

1792 SECURITIES, LLC
299 E GREENVILLE ST, ANDERSON, SC 29621

AUTOMATED TRADING DESK BROKERAGE SERVICES, LLC
11 EWALL STREET, MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464

AUTOMATED TRADING DESK FINANCIAL SERVICES, LLC
11 EWALL STREET, MT. PLEASANT, SC 29464

CAROLINA MUNICIPAL SECURITIES, INC.
2228 WHEAT STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29205

DUNES SECURITIES CORPORATION
6 QUEENS FOLLY ROAD, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 29928
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 21326, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 29925

DUNES SECURITIES CORPORATION
6 QUEENS FOLLY ROAD, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 29928
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 21326, HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC 29925

ELLIOTT DAVIS BROKERAGE SERVICES, LLC
124 VERDAE BLVD, SUITE 504, GREENVILLE, SC 29607

FIRST CITIZENS SECURITIES CORPORATION
1230 MAIN STREET, COLUMBIA, SC 29201

FIRST SOUTH CAROLINA SECURITIES, INC.
6300 ST. ANDREWS ROAD, SUITE B, COLUMBIA, SC 29212
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 21969, COLUMBIA, SC 29221

FIRST SOUTHEAST INVESTOR SERVICES, INC.
2430 MALL DRIVE, SUITE 200, CHARLESTON, SC 29406
Mailing Address: 2440 MALL DRIVE, CHARLESTON, SC 29406

FREIMARK BLAIR & COMPANY, INC.
ONE PARK WAY, 3RD FLOOR, UPPER SADDLE RIVER, NJ 07458
Mailing Address: ONE RICE BLUFF ROAD, PAWLEY'S ISLAND, SC 29585

HARBOR LIGHT SECURITIES, LLC
501 W. BUTLER ROAD, GREENVILLE, SC 29607
Mailing Address: 201-B W. BUTLER ROAD, #166, MAULDIN, SC 29662

HARBOR LIGHT SECURITIES, LLC
501 W. BUTLER ROAD, GREENVILLE, SC 29607
Mailing Address: 201-B W. BUTLER ROAD, #166, MAULDIN, SC 29662

JK SECURITIES, INC.
39 WATROO POINT, CHARLESTON, SC 29492

PALMETTO ADVISORY GROUP
210 YELLOWTHROAT LANE, KIAWAH ISLAND, SC 29455

SANDLAPPER SECURITIES, LLC
101 N. MAIN ST., SUITE 207, GREENVILLE, SC 29601

SFA FINANCIAL, LLC
750 EXECUTIVE CTR., STE. 102 B-32, GREENVILLE, SC 29615

V. M. MANNING & CO., INC.
211 E WASHINGTON ST SUITE B, GREENVILLE, SC 29601-2835
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 10389, GREENVILLE, SC 29603

WATERMARK ADVISORS, LLC
531 SOUTH MAIN STREET, SUITE ML-9, GREENVILLE, SC 29601
Mailing Address: P.O. BOX 1963, GREENVILLE, SC 29602

WRSEQUENCE, LLC
40 CALHOUN STREET, SUITE 330, CHARLESTON, SC 29401