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Attorneys Announce Investigation of Breitburn Energy and other Energy Related Master Limited Partnerships

On May 15, 2016, Breitburn filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, citing a continued decline in oil prices which have eroded its balance sheet.

Financial service or brokerage firms that recommended the purchase of Breitburn may have breached industry duties by:

  • failing to conduct proper due diligence on Breitburn
  • failing to disclose all material risks
  • failing to allocate properly customers’ portfolios
  • over concentrating investor assets in energy related securities
  • failing to implement risk management protocols

Many oil and gas companies raised capital through Master Limited Partnerships (“MLPs”). “Brokerage firms targeted retirees selling them master limited partnerships, pitching a high-yielding bond substitute with tax advantages, failed to disclose the risks associated with MLPs and the oil & gas sector,” said Ryan Bakhtiari.

“We’ve noticed that some financial service firms have over concentrated fixed income investors in oil and gas MLPs like Breitburn,” said David Harrison.

If you have suffered a loss of more than $100,000 in Breitburn or other MLPs contact an attorney below to discuss your options.

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