Topic: Disclosure Requirements

Disclosure Violations Arising from Operational Wrongdoing

The recent SEC enforcement action against Volkswagen AG and its former CEO illustrates the ‎securities law consequences of operational wrongdoing.‎ ‎ As described by the SEC, from at least ‎‎2007 through 2015, Volkswagen sold “clean diesel” cars while concealing their emissions ‎problems through use of an undisclosed defeat device.

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SEC Issues New C&DIs Regarding Disclosure of Board Qualifications and Diversity Characteristics

On February 6, 2019, the SEC staff issued two new identical C&DIs that apply to Item 401 of Regulation S-K, Question 116.11, and Item 407 of Regulation S-K, Question 133.13.  The new interpretation provides guidance on disclosure when a director or a director nominee voluntarily provide self-identified diversity characteristics, such as their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, or cultural background, and the director or nominee has consented to disclosure of these diversity characteristics.

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CorpFin Provides Relief on Effectiveness of “Disclosure Simplification” Rules

As discussed in more detail in our QuickStudy (available here), on August 17, 2018 the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) adopted numerous amendments to its disclosure requirements that were intended to simplify compliance for issuers by eliminating certain redundant, overlapping, outdated or superseded disclosure requirements (the “Disclosure Simplification Rules”).

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Locke Lord QuickStudy: SEC Sanctions Inadequate Perk Disclosure and Sends Message

On June 2, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced that The Dow Chemical Company (“Dow Chemical”) agreed to settle charges related to its inadequate disclosure of executive perquisites in SEC filings by paying a $1.75 million civil penalty, hiring an independent consultant to evaluate and recommend changes to the company’s policies and procedures relating to perquisites disclosure, and implementing the recommended changes.

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Locke Lord QuickStudy: More Public Companies Will Soon Be Able to Qualify for Scaled Disclosures

On June 28, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) adopted amendments to the definition of “smaller reporting company” (“SRC”) in order to expand the number of companies that qualify for certain existing scaled disclosure accommodations (the “Amendments”).1 

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