Lawyers Group Warns SEC Charges Will Hurt All Muni Officials
The International Municipal Lawyers Association has filed a friend of the court brief asking a federal appeals court to reconsider its decision to disregard a qualified immunity defense for Miami, Fla.'s former budget director, warning that allowing the Securities and Exchange Commission lawsuit against him to go forward would negatively affect municipalities everywhere.
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A federal judge wants more information on bond firms involved in a $31 million borrowing by Allen Park, Mich. that was the target of a recent SEC probe. more »
The Securities and Exchange Commission has unanimously approved new rules to require self-regulatory organizations and alternative trading systems to strengthen their defenses against technological failures. more »
The Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board is asking the Securities and Exchange Commission to approve the MSRB's proposal to create baseline standards of professional qualification for municipal advisors. more »
Many issuers mulling whether to self-report disclosure violations under a Securities and Exchange Commission initiative will probably weigh their decisions right down to the deadline, and will not see any further guidance from the SEC, a muni law expert told market participants Tuesday. more »
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority has fined three firms $32,500 and expelled another from FINRA membership for violations of municipal securities rules governing pricing, transaction reporting, record keeping, and supervision. more »
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board are proposing rules that would require dealers as principals to disclose to customers a “reference price” of the same security traded that same day as well as the difference between that price and the customer’s price. more »
A municipal market research firm is urging the Securities and Exchange Commission to conduct a review of its municipal bond disclosure rules to address what it warns are "glaring gaps" in market practices. more »
A federal appeals court appears likely to hear oral arguments in the case of three convicted UBS AG bid riggers early next year, according to documents filed with the court this week. more »
An issuer has publicly disclosed its agreement to participate the Municipalities Continuing Disclosure Cooperation initiative, a decision several bond lawyers said could be a major misstep. more »
Many major U.S. cities still suffer from the fiscal crisis, despite rising housing prices and the falling national jobless rate, according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts. more »
The municipal market should expect increased attention from the Securities and Exchange Commission's enforcement division, with a focus on pension fund abuses and pay to play violations, the SEC's top cop said Monday. more »
The Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association's municipal securities division will honor Kenneth D. Gibbs, president of the Municipal Securities Group of Jefferies LLC, with its 2014 Honor Roll Award at a luncheon Tuesday in New York City. more »
The Securities and Exchange Commission's unprecedented enforcement action against a former municipal official earlier this week in a case involving Allen Park, Mich. should make public leaders aware and cautious, legal experts and issuer officials said Friday. more »

The Allen Park, Mich., case marks the first time a city official has been charged on the theory that he "controlled" the persons who committed the primary securities law violations, even though he isn't alleged to have participated or even known of the conduct at issue.

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