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CALIFORNIA CORPORATE & SECURITIES LAW

Clock Winds Down On Resource Extraction Disclosure Rule

Congress told the SEC to adopt a resource extraction disclosure rule by no later than April 17, 2011.  The SEC missed that statutory deadline by over a year.  After the SEC belatedly adopted a rule in 2012, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated it and sent it back to the SEC. …

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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…

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Now This Is Truly Discomfiting – The SEC Proposes To Give Itself A 270 Day Extension!

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 missed that deadline by 1 year, 4 months and 2 days (or a total of 490 days).  In 2013, however, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated…

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Oxfam America Sues The SEC (Again) For Dilatory Rule Making

Recently, I wrote of the shamelessness of the Securities and Exchange Commission targeting late filers even while it continues to miss many legal deadlines itself.  In that post, I mentioned that the SEC adopted resource extraction rules only after being sued by Oxfam America.  See also Waiting for the SEC . . . and Supreme Court Fails To…

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Supreme Court Fails To Bite At Bulldog And Oxfam America Sues The SEC

Supreme Court says “no” to Bulldog In March, I wrote that the Bulldog group of funds had asked the United States Supreme Court to determine the constitutionality of Massachusetts’ ban general solicitations in connection with the offer and sale of unregistered securities.  Despite representation by Harvard Law School Professor Laurence H. Tribe and an amicus…

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Waiting For The SEC . . .

Do deadlines really matter?  The answer is – “it depends”. At the Civil War military prison at Camp Sumter near Andersonville, Georgia, the “dead line” clearly mattered – as reflected in the Secretary of War’s report of the post bellum trial of the camp’s commander, Heinrich “Henry” Wirz: And he, the said Wirz, still wickedly pursuing his evil purpose, did establish and…

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