The first issue is liability. Are they liable, I'm absolutely positive, that if you pull up the agreement you signed, they have you dead to rights with respect to their hold harmless.
Like I also said, just because you sign something, doesn't mean it's enforceable. A judge can throw something out that's unenforceable. If your landlord has you sign a hold harmless that says he's not responsible for ANYTHING that happens with your rental, and a faulty wiring causes the house to burn down and burn up you and all your stuff....your family could sue him (even though you signed an ironclad agreement saying you understood there was danger and the landlord was not responsible for ANYTHING). That's because the document you signed was unenforceable. A carnival ride operator can put up all the signs and posters he wants and make you sign anything, but if the thing crashes and kills someone, best bet he's gonna see the inside of a courtroom.
Having said all that, the next issue is feasibility.
IF you can somehow prove it's the broker/datafeed/platform's fault, the next issue is the obstacle of getting your money back. The broker has to really weigh giving your money back vs. whatever negative effects they might incur from stiffing you. If you leave, how much money will they lose (have you been paying a lot in commissions). If you convince other people they're crap, how much business will they lose? If you file a complaint with regulatory authorities, how much grief will they receive?
Like I said, they know that unless you combine your efforts with someone else.....it's not worth $15k in legal expenses and evidence investigation to salvage $3k in bad trades. They know this.
Your best bet is to attempt to recoup your losses from them, and if they refuse, to post your findings on places like futures.io (formerly BMT) and find another, more reliable broker/data feed/platform.
When the marketplace begins to reward reliable brokers and punish shoddy brokers (and platforms/datafeeds) then you know capitalist pressures are working properly.
"A dumb man never learns. A smart man learns from his own failure and success. But a wise man learns from the failure and success of others."
In my case, I lost money on 7/27 around 10 AM as a result of the CQG/AMP disconnect/reconnect problem.
Based on the thread in this forum about the problem, it appears that the issue was known a day or two before my loss occurred. So don't you think the broker/datafeed company has some responsibility to let their customers know that they are having problems? if i choose to continue trading after i'm aware of the problem then it's on me, but if i'm not even aware of the issue but they are, they have duty to inform, in my opinion.
One piece of advice: and this is not broker specific... just make sure you are taking ownership for all of your trading.
For example, if your platform regularly crashes - don't keep using the platform and blame losses on it. If your computer is slow, don't blame losses on it, either get a new computer or stop trading until you do. If your internet connection drops all the time, find a replacement provider and don't blame losses on it.
Likewise, if your broker is giving you trouble, then replace the broker.
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