NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- A Georgia doctor says he lost about $23,500 after potentially misleading information on online brokerage E*Trade's
R.L. Davis, a 49-year-old doctor in Commerce, Ga., says he wanted "to play the stock market and to stick with reputable, established companies (and) that's what I thought I was doing" after reading the description of Motors Liquidation on the online brokerage firm's site.
In fact, the company is a bankruptcy court entity that holds assets and liabilities that the new General Motors did not want.
Under the heading "MTLQQ company overview" the E*Trade site says that Motors Liquidation "is engaged primarily in the development, production and marketing of cars, trucks and parts. It develops, manufactures and markets vehicles worldwide (while its) finance and automotive operations are primarily conducted through GMAC LLC which provides a range of financial services, including consumer vehicle financing, automotive dealership" and other businesses.The last sentence of the 136-word section notes that substantially all of GM's assets were sold to new GM in bankruptcy court in July, but the relationship between Motors Liquidation and the sale of GM assets is not completely clear from the sentence.
Virtually the same overview or profile, which is a feed from Reuters, is posted on the sites of E*Trade competitors Ameritrade (Stock Quote: AMTD)
As a repository for assets and liabilities that remain to be liquidated in bankruptcy, Motors Liquidation has virtually no relationship with new GM, which emerged from bankruptcy on July 10.