When am I entitled to bring my claim in federal or state court?

You are entitled to file your complaint in court unless you signed a written customer agreement that contains an arbitration clause. Because most broker­dealer firms require customers to sign account agreements that contain arbitration clauses, most securities disputes involving broker­dealer firms are resolved in arbitration.

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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