Robinhood Forced to Pay $10M Settlement to State Securities Regulators for Investor Failures

Robinhood has agreed to pay a $10.2 million fine

Robinhood, the popular multifaceted trading platform, has agreed to pay a $10.2 million fine to the California Department of Financial Protection and Innovation (DFPI) for operational and technical failures that negatively impacted investors.

The fine comes after a two-year investigation by the North American Securities Administrators Association (NASAA) into Robinhood’s system outages and service unavailability that cost users several trading opportunities.

Regulators accused Robinhood of negligent dissemination of inaccurate information to customers and failing to establish an adequate customer identification program. The company also failed to supervise technology pivotal to providing core customer broker-dealer services and to report customer grievances to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

DFPI Commissioner Clothilde Hewlett noted that while Robinhood did not admit wrongdoing, it must comply with common-sense protections for investors and consumers as required by law.

Robinhood also faced a class-action lawsuit and was ordered by FINRA to pay approximately $70 million in compensation for communicating false and misleading information to its customers.


Mohammad Ali is a fintech and cryptocurrency writer who has been covering the intersection of finance and technology for several years. Ali has a deep understanding of the financial industry and the ways in which technology is changing it, with a special focus on the rise of digital currencies and blockchain technology.