Securities Alert: SEC Suspends Effectiveness of Proxy Access Rules

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On October 4, 2010, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) granted a temporary stay of effectiveness of its recently issued final rules facilitating access by shareholders to public companies’ proxy statements in order to propose nominees for election to the Board of Directors. The rules were to take effect on November 15, 2010.

The stay of effectiveness of the new proxy access rules stems from a petition filed on September 29, 2010 by the Business Roundtable and the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, seeking review of these rules. The petitioners also filed with the SEC a motion to stay the effectiveness of newly adopted Rule 14a-11 under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), pending review of this rule by the Court of Appeals. The SEC granted the motion to stay the effectiveness of Rule 14a-11 and further stayed the effectiveness of the amendments to Rule 14a-8 under the Exchange Act adopted contemporaneously with Rule 14a-11.

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