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Former SEC Chairman Cox Weighs in on Administrative Proceedings

Bruce Carton | May 15, 2015

On Wednesday, former SEC Chairman Christopher Cox offered his own interesting perspective on the SEC's use of administrative proceedings. In his remarks at Securities Enforcement Forum West 2015 entitled, "The Growing Use of SEC Administrative Proceedings: An Historical Perspective from Congress and the Agency," Chairman Cox pointed out that APs have now developed to the point that they often take the place of trials -- despite bearing little resemblance to civil courts and their accustomed rules of civil procedure. This has occurred, Chairman Cox stated, through a combination of federal agencies using their rulemaking powers to maximum effect while Congress has remained largely absent from the discussion.

Chairman Cox, who is now a partner at law firm Morgan Lewis & Bockius, ...

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