SEC Settlements Up, But Payouts Down

Law360, New York (November 10, 2008, 12:00 AM ET) -- Despite outside criticisms that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has not been doing enough to regulate securities markets, enforcement action settlements are set to reach a three-year high, according to a new report released Monday by NERA Economic Consulting.

But the amount of money the SEC extracts from their settlements is in steady decline, the report added.

The SEC has engaged in unprecedented levels of enforcement action since the Sarbanes-Oxley Act went into effect in 2002, said the report, titled “SEC Settlements: A New Era...
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