Did The SEC Staff Bypass The APA In Issuing New And Revised Non-GAAP Financial Measure C&DIs?

Earlier this week, the staff of the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued several new, and rewrote several existing, Compliance and Disclosure Interpretations (“C&DIs”) relating to Non-GAAP Financial Measures.  Recently, the SEC has been signaling that it intends to crack down on company disclosures of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.  While some are likely to welcome additional guidance

Is The SEC On Schedule To Violate Another Law?

Last December, President Obama signed into law the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (aka the “FAST Act“).  Buried in the FAST Act were several provisions intended to lighten the load of Securities and Exchange Commission compliance.  Section 72001 requires the SEC to issue regulations to permit issuers to submit a summary page on Form 10–K (17

Are California Statutes Authorizing Desist And Refrain Orders Facially Unconstitutional?

In December 2008, the Commissioner of Corporations issued a desist and refrain order based on alleged violations of the Corporate Securities Law and the Finance Lenders’ Law.  Nearly seven years later, the respondents challenged the order by filing a complaint in the U.S. District Court.  The complaint included four causes of action: (1) violation of

Do The Secretary Of State’s Criteria For Determining “Generally Recognized Presidential Candidates” Violate The APA?

Earlier this week, the California Secretary of State released his list of “generally recognized presidential candidates”.  These are the individual whose names will appear on California’s June 2016 primary ballot.  The Secretary of State listed 43 individuals from six political parties (American Independent, Democratic, Green, Libertarian, Peace & Freedom, and Republican).  It’s not too late to

Insurance Commissioner Calls For Thermal Coal Divestment And Disclosure

Late last month, California’s Insurance Commissioner announced that he had “asked all insurance companies doing business in California to voluntarily divest from their investments in thermal coal”.  Thermal coal, also known as steam coal, is coal that is used to power steam generators. According to to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, coal is the most

District Court Declines To Redress The SEC’s Failure To Respond To Petition Seeking Political Spending Disclosure Rule

Although placed right up front in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the right to petition the government for redress of grievances is often overshadowed by the other First Amendment rights.  There can be no doubt, however, that the right to petition the government is an important right with a long historical tradition.  The

Resource Extraction Rule: SEC Puts More Time On The Clock

In July 2010, Congress ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt a resource extraction rule within 270 days (i.e., by April 17, 2011).  The SEC did not adopt rules until August 22, 2012, missing the Congress’ deadline by 1 year, 4 months and 2 days (or a total of 490 days).  In 2013, however, the U.S. District Court

More Maladroit Drafting From The SEC

Last December, the Securities and Exchange Commission proposed a new exemptive rule under the Investment Company Act of 1940.  The proposed rule would allow mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”), closed-end funds, and companies that have elected to be treated as business development companies (“BDCs”) under the ICA to enter into derivatives transactions and financial commitment transactions notwithstanding

Resource Extraction Payments Disclosure: “I’ve Information Vegetable, Animal, and Mineral”

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Section 13(q) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 directed the SEC to issue rules requiring resource extraction issuers to include in an annual report information relating to any payment made by the issuer, a subsidiary of the issuer, or an entity under the control of the issuer, to a foreign government or the Federal

“Not De Minimis” Is No Small Thing!

Having failed to meet a Congressional deadline for years, a federal court last fall ordered the Securities and Exchange Commission to adopt a resource extraction payments disclosure rule as required by Section 13(q) of the Securities Exchange Act. Oxfam Am., Inc. v. United States SEC, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 116982 (D. Mass. Sept. 2, 2015).  Pursuant to U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper’s order,