The Benefits Of Investor Protection

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT) -- A series of new legal decisions undercutting financial reforms raises a troubling question: Is it possible — or even desirable — to try to precisely measure the economic benefit of investor and consumer protections?

This is the question that has been raised by several lawsuits over the market safeguards embodied in the Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009. After surmounting steep legislative and regulatory hurdles, these Dodd-Frank measures are now facing their fiercest challenge yet, and from an unexpected source — the courts....
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