SEC Judge Finds Texas Auditor Failed Independence Standard

Law360, New York (September 6, 2016, 8:05 PM EDT) -- A U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission judge has granted a partial victory to the agency's Enforcement Division, finding a Texas accountant broke rules on independence during several audits but that some allegations in the case need further development.

SEC Administrative Law Judge Cameron Elliot on Friday partially granted the Enforcement Division's motion for summary judgment in a case against Lewisville-based David S. Hall, finding that Hall violated several laws requiring auditor independence and that the accountant waived his argument that the SEC case is barred by a settlement he reached with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. But Judge Elliot found...

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