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The Week in Securities Litigation: SAC Capital, Insider Trading And Facebook Dominate

Speculation about SAC Capital and Steve Cohen, insider trading and Facebook dominated securities enforcement litigation this week. Although SAC Capital has tentatively resolved matters for the moment with enforcement officials, a ruling in private litigation involving Mr. Cohen sparked fresh speculation. Prosecutors in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's Office continued to focus on market professionals, obtaining a guilty plea in an insider trading case and in a fraud action. And, the SEC resolved its investigation into the use of Facebook by the president of Netflix, issuing a report giving the market place valuable guidance on the use of social media as a disclosure mechanism.


Clearing agencies; The SEC adopted a final rule applicable to clearing agencies registered with the Commission and the CFTC which expands on an earlier provision. The final rule is designed to streamline the rule making process for duel registered agencies. Under the earlier interim provision, the rules of such agencies became effective immediately where they did not relate primarily to securities futures and did not significantly affect the clearing agencies' securities clearing operations. The final rule expands on the interim rule, providing that rules become effective immediately for other products that are not securities including swaps that are neither mixed swaps nor security based swaps and forwards in addition to those in the interim rule (here).


Remarks: Commissioner Bart Chilton delivered remarks titled "The End-User Bill of Rights" on April 3, 2013. In his remarks the Commissioner reviewed basic concepts which should underlie final Dodd-Frank rules that apply to end-users (here).

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