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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Does Placing Non-GAAP Financial Measures First Violate The Law?

Yesterday’s post discussed the SEC staff’s recently announced position that Item 10(e)(1)(A) of Regulation S-K requires that issuers disclose comparable GAAP financial measures before non-GAAP financial measures. Item 10(e)(1)(A) requires only that issuers afford GAAP financial measures “equal or greater prominence” as non-GAAP measures.  What then is the legal significance of the staff’s position that GAAP…

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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…

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DOC Warns Financial Services Licensees And Can A Theory Be A Tautology?

Last April, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau issued this Bulletin cautioning supervised banks and certain non-depository financial services companies that they must have “an effective process for managing the risks of service provider relationships”.  Like many regulatory requirements, the Bulletin has given birth to both a new industry and unintended consequences.  The new industry is third-party risk management.  This is a…

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Ex Parte Communications And SEC Rulemaking

In this recent post, I discussed a petition submitted by Professor Lucian Bebchuk and nine other academics asking that the Securities and Exchange Commission adopt rules requiring public companies to disclose to shareholders the use of corporate resources for political activities.  The Commission has received over a quarter of a million comments in response to this petition.…

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