Robinhood Trader Wins Huge Sum After Filing Complaint Against The Company Over ‘Meme Stock’ Freeze

Robinhood Ordered To Compensate Trader $30K Over Meme Stocks Ordered To Pay GameStop Investor $30K In Compensation

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  • A Robinhood trader received some major compensation after filing a complaint against the company
  • An arbitrator ordered the trading app to fork over $30,000 after freezing transactions in the wake of a massive Reddit movement
  • Read more about the GameStop saga here

It’s been almost a year since we were treated to one of the wildest internet sagas in recent memory courtesy of the WallStreetBets subreddit, which sparked a trading frenzy after an army of retail investors banded together in an attempt to spoil the plans of a hedge fund that had shorted the company’s stock.

Many of those amateur traders flocked to Robinhood to get in on the action, and the company soon found itself caught in the crossfire after it temporarily halted trades of GameStop and other “meme stocks” after scrambling how to deal with the cash flow issues it encountered as a result of the influx of new users.

That development obviously didn’t sit well with the people who found themselves suddenly unable to capitalize on their positions, and Robinhood quickly found itself on the receiving end of dozens of class-action lawsuits filed on the behalf of the investors who got screwed over.

Last June, the Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority hit Robinhood with an unprecedented $57 million fine, with $12 million of that sum being set aside to compensate users who were impacted by the company’s unsavory business practices. At the time, it was unclear just how many people would be able to take advantage of the fund, but at least one person has already secured some literal payback.

According to MarketWatch, what could potentially be the first of many dominos to fall toppled earlier this month after an arbitrator tasked with handling a FINRA complaint filed by Jose Batista determined the 27-year-old truck driver from Connecticut was entitled to $29,460.77 in compensation from Robinhood.

It’s worth noting his primary focus was on losses he suffered after he was unable to trade Express and Koss stocks (he did have GameStop on his portfolio but admitted he had no intention to sell), but there’s a chance this could set a precedent that could be very bad news for Robinhood.

If you feel like you’re entitled to a similar payout, you can file a FINRA complaint here.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.