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Lost a pile on the NASDAQ? Maybe it wasn't your fault. Here's how to tell if you have a case to arbitrate

No one complained about making too much money. Loading up on tech stocks seemed like a no-brainer when the bubble was inflating. Who knew we should have been blaming our brokers all along? Lawyers working on contingency fees, that's who, and they are eager to help recoup the $3 trillion that investors have lost since the NASDAQ tanked last spring. For retirees who fried their nest eggs or boomers who blew their kids' college tuition on margin, the road to restitution could be as easy as dialing 877-CAN-I-SUE (where you'll reach some New York City lawyers).

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