Tag Archives: legislative reform

House Passes JOBS Act 3.0

Since it first enacted the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in 2012, Congress has continued to modify the original JOBS Act as part of an ongoing effort to try to boost small businesses and business startups. For example, in 2015, Congress acted to expand a number of the JOBS Act’s provisions. On July 17, … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Some States Have Sidestepped the JOBS Act’s Burdensome Crowdfunding Rules

In a recent post, I noted the concerns that are developing as the various provisions of the JOBS Act are staged in. These concerns are sufficiently significant that only two years after Congress passed the JOBS Act, there are proposals circulating in Congress to revise some of the JOBS Act’s provisions. Among the areas where … Continue Reading

JOBS Act: Only Two Years Old and Already Revision Proposals are Circulating

The Jumpstart our Business Startups (JOBS) Act is only just two years old but there are already apparently Congressional initiatives to revise one of the centerpieces of the legislation, the much-vaunted crowdfunding provisions that have not yet in fact even gone into effect. According to a May 1, 2014 Wall Street Journal article entitled “Frustration … Continue Reading

Legislative Reform for the Securities Laws Before the 2010 Elections?

Over the years, legislative reforms of the U.S. securities laws have cycled back and forth, between initiatives, on the one hand, to discourage abusive litigation and, on the other hand, to restrain corporate misconduct. In the current Wall Street bailout, post-Madoff environment, sentiment may be running high for legislative reforms that could expand liabilities under … Continue Reading

More Aiding and Abetting Liability Legislation and Other Web Notes and Updates

In an earlier post (here), I discussed legislation that Senator Arlen Specter introduced in July 2009 to legislatively overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Stoneridge and allow private actions for aiding and abetting liability. Though this proposed legislation is a matter for serious concern, there was always the possibility that given everything that Congress … Continue Reading

House Financial Reform Bill Includes Securities Law Reforms

On December 11, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives approved by a 223-202 vote "The Wall Street Report and Consumer Protection Act of 2009," H.R. 4173 (here). The sprawling 1279-page Bill, which must be reconciled with competing financial reform legislation pending in the Senate, would institute a number of reforms and initiatives that would have … Continue Reading