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More problems for Inland Western (n/k/a Retail Properties of America)

According to recent reports, Daniel Goodwin, chief executive of Inland Real Estate Group of Cos. Inc., has criticized the timing of the IPO Retail Properties of America Inc.

According to a new lawsuit, the REIT had told investors in January 2011 that they should expect shares to be valued at $17.25 before the offering.

Adjusted for the stock split, the REIT’s shares were actually diluted to $3.20 a share at the time of the offering, significantly less than the $10/share most people paid for the REIT.

In an interview Thursday, Mr. Goodwin was quick to note that Inland has no control over Retail Properties of America.

A lawsuit seeking class action status has also been filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

When asked whether Inland would join the class action against Retail Properties of America, Mr. Goodwin said: “We have discussed various potential actions but haven’t reached a conclusion. Our interests are clearly aligned with the shareholders.” (Although the company no longer has any control over operations, Inland Real Estate Group apparently owns a substantial amount of shares in Inland Western.)

The White Law Group continues to file lawsuits on behalf of Inland Western, and other non-traded REIT, investors.  Those claims typically seek to hold the brokerage firms that sold these products responsible for their role.

Brokerage firms have a fiduciary duty to perform due diligence on any investment prior to offering it for sale to its clients.  Based on what is now known about Inland Western REIT, it appears clear that the brokerage firms that sold the REIT failed to perform the adequate due diligence and sold the investment because of the large commission the product offered (approximately 7%) and not because the investment was in the best interest of investors.

If you have suffered losses in Inland Western/Retail Properties of America, please call the REIT fraud attorneys of The White Law Group at 312/238-9650 for a free consultation.

The White Law Group is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, and investor protection law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Boca Raton, Florida.

For more information on The White Law Group, visit http://www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.

Recovery of Retail Properties of America, Inc. Losses

Have you suffered losses in Retail Properties of America Inc. (RPAI) REIT?  If so, the REIT fraud attorneys of The White Law Group may be able to help.

Retail Properties of America (formerly called Inland Western REIT), the nation’s third-largest shopping center REIT, produced some punishing results for investors with its recent IPO offering.

It is being reported that Retail Properties’ $8 offering price not only came up well short of its expected pre-offering price of $10 to $12, but it took some reverse-stock-split engineering just to get the price to $8.

For those investors who originally bought the REIT at $10 a share, the actual split-adjusted value of the stock is less than $3 per share (a decline of over 70%).

This could certainly dampen the enthusiasm for future REIT stock offerings and give pause to other nontraded REITs looking at an IPO as an option.

The White Law Group continues to file FINRA arbitration claims involving nontraded REITs like Retail Properties of America (Inland Western) against the financial professionals and brokerage firms that originally recommended these investments.

Brokerage firms and financial advisers have a fiduciary duty to perform due diligence on any investment and to insure that an investment is appropriate in light of the investor’s age, investment experience, and investment objectives. If a broker or brokerage firm fails in this responsibility, investors may have an actionable claim to recover their investment losses in a claim through FINRA arbitration.

To speak with a securities attorney regarding your Inland Western REIT investment, please call The White Law Group’s Chicago office at 312-238-9650.

The White Law Group, LLC is a national securities fraud, securities arbitration, investor protection, and securities regulation/compliance law firm with offices in Chicago, Illinois and Boca Raton, Florida.

For more information on The White Law Group, please visit our website at http://www.whitesecuritieslaw.com.