Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 17 To Address Issues Related to Vendor Liability, 41145-41147 [E8-16349]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 138 / Thursday, July 17, 2008 / Notices III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Within 35 days of the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register or within such longer period (i) as the Commission may designate up to 90 days of such date if it finds such longer period to be appropriate and publishes its reasons for so finding or (ii) as to which the self-regulatory organization consents, the Commission will: A. By order approve such proposed rule change, or B. Institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR– NASDAQ–2008–016 and should be submitted on or before August 7, 2008. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.5 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–16346 Filed 7–16–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8010–01–P IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: Electronic Comments mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File No. SR–NASDAQ–2008–016 on the subject line. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–58137; File No. SR–NYSE– 2008–55] Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change Amending Rule 17 To Address Issues Related to Vendor Liability July 10, 2008. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’) 1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on July 7, Paper Comments 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC • Send paper comments in triplicate (‘‘NYSE’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’) filed with the to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, Station Place, 100 F Street, Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. change as described in Items I and II All submissions should refer to File below, which Items have been prepared Number SR–NASDAQ–2008–016. This by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the file number should be included on the proposal as a ‘‘non-controversial’’ subject line if e-mail is used. To help the proposed rule change pursuant to Commission process and review your Section 19(b)(3)(A) 3 of the Act and Rule comments more efficiently, please use 19b–4(f)(6) thereunder,4 which renders only one method. The Commission will the proposal effective upon filing with post all comments on the Commission’s the Commission. The Commission is Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ publishing this notice to solicit rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the comments on the proposed rule change submission, all subsequent from interested persons. amendments, all written statements I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s with respect to the proposed rule Statement of the Terms of Substance of change that are filed with the the Proposed Rule Change Commission, and all written communications relating to the The Exchange proposes to amend proposed rule change between the NYSE 17 to address issues related to Commission and any person, other than vendor liability. The text of the those that may be withheld from the proposed rule change is available at the public in accordance with the Exchange, the Commission’s Public provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in 5 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). the Commission’s Public Reference 115 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). Room, on official business days between 217 CFR 240.19b–4. 3 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies 4 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). of such filing also will be available for VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Jul 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 PO 00000 Frm 00120 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41145 Reference Room, and http:// www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change, and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 17 to address issues related to vendor liability. Background Currently, NYSE Rule 17(a) provides: The Exchange shall not be liable for any damages sustained by a member, allied member or member organization growing out of the use or enjoyment by such member, allied member or member organization of the facilities afforded by the Exchange, except as provided in the rules.5 NYSE Rule 17 does not specifically address liability for any loss sustained by a member or member organization arising from use of any systems, services or facilities provided by a vendor to the Exchange. Due to the highly diversified nature of the Exchange business and trading operations, the Exchange retains the services of various vendors in its regular course of business. Through this amendment, the Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 17 to permit the Exchange to expressly provide in the contract with any vendor that it and/or its subcontractors of electronic systems, services or facilities are not liable for any loss sustained by a member or member organization arising from use of the vendor and/or subcontractor systems, services or facilities. The proposed amendment to NYSE Rule 17 would further require members and member organizations to indemnify the Exchange and its vendors and/or subcontractors. 5 See NYSE Rule 18 (Compensation in Relation to Exchange System Failure), which provides for compensation by the Exchange to members and member organizations for a loss sustained as a result of an NYSE systems failure, as defined by the Rule. E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 41146 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 138 / Thursday, July 17, 2008 / Notices Proposed Amendment to NYSE Rule 17 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES In recent years, especially since the adoption of Regulation National Market System (‘‘Reg. NMS’’),6 customers have demanded, and thus exchanges have prioritized, the delivery of faster and increasingly more innovative products for order entry and execution and the dissemination of market information. In order to provide this service, exchanges have made significant investments in technology, including an increase in the use of third-party facilities and services. Exchanges have increasingly come to rely on third-party vendors to provide additional facilities or services. Thirdparty vendors often provide similar facilities or services directly to brokerdealers and other customers under contracts that limit or indemnify the vendor’s liability for use of its facilities or services. The use of vendors enables exchanges to increase their capacity to deliver faster and more efficient trading tools to market, with the ultimate beneficiaries being the investing public. In order for exchanges to remain competitive and provide a marketplace that removes impediments to, and perfects the mechanism of, a free and open market, it is imperative to have the ability to use third-party vendor services. The Exchange believes that, where vendors provide the facilities and services directly to an exchange and not directly to the actual users, i.e., the exchange members, vendors may find themselves exposed to a greater risk of liability from exchange members. The possibility of liability to end-users with whom they have no contractual relationship could result in vendors being unwilling to enter into agreements to provide their services to exchanges. The Exchange therefore proposes to amend NYSE Rule 17 to incorporate as paragraph (b) of the Rule the provisions of American Stock Exchange (‘‘Amex’’) Rule 60—AEMI 7 (‘‘Vendor Liability Disclaimer’’), which provides as follows: 6 Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 FR 37496 (June 29, 2005) (File No. S7–10–04). 7 Amex Rule 60, Commentary.03 sets forth the original Vendor Liability Disclaimer language that has been incorporated into Amex Rule 60—AEMI. AEMI (‘‘Auction & Electronic Market Integration’’) is Amex’s Hybrid Market Structure for equities and exchange-traded funds. The Exchange notes that on January 17, 2008, it announced that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Amex. On June 17, 2008, the Exchange and the Amex announced that members of the Amex Membership Corporation \ (‘‘AMC’’) approved the adoption of the merger agreement between AMC and NYSE Euronext and certain of their subsidiaries. See NYSE News Release, January 17, 2008; see also NYSE News Release, June 17, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Jul 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 In connection with member or member organization use of any electronic system, service, or facility provided by the Exchange to members for the conduct of their business on the Exchange (i) the Exchange may expressly provide in the contract with any vendor providing all or part of such electronic system, service, or facility to the Exchange, that such vendor and its subcontractors shall not be liable to the member or member organization for any damages sustained by a member or member organization growing out of the use or enjoyment thereof by the member or member organization, and (ii) members and member organizations shall indemnify the Exchange and any vendor and subcontractor covered by subsection (i) above (and their directors, officers, employees and agents) with regard to any and all judgments, damages, costs, or losses of any kind (including reasonable attorneys’ fees and expenses), as a result of any claim, action, or proceeding that arises out of or relates to the member or member organization’s use of such electronic system, service, or facility.8 The Exchange believes that the proposed amendment to NYSE Rule 17 will allow the Exchange to continue to improve its services to its investors by allowing the Exchange to contract the services of premiere third-party vendors. The Exchange also proposes to make a stylistic change to paragraph (a) of NYSE Rule 17 dealing with Exchange Liability. Specifically, the Exchange seeks to replace the reference to ‘‘the rules’’ with ‘‘NYSE Rule 18,’’ which directly addresses the issue of Exchange Liability. 2. Statutory Basis The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 6(b) of the Act,9 in general, and furthers the objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,10 in particular, in that it is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. The Exchange believes the proposed rule promotes just and equitable principles of trade and protects investors and the public interest. Furthermore, the proposed vendor liability rule removes impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market by providing disclaimer liability to vendors that assist the Exchange in providing faster delivery and increasingly more innovative facilities and services to PO 00000 Exchange customers. The Exchange believes that the provision of liability protection to third-party vendors and subcontractors of electronic systems, services, or facilities from liability for any damages sustained by a member or member organization arising from use of their systems will allow the Exchange to provide faster delivery and increasingly more innovative facilities and services to Exchange customers. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change would impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. C. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Comments on the Proposed Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the proposed rule change. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 days after the date of filing (or such shorter time as the Commission may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest), the proposed rule change has become effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act 11 and subparagraph (f)(6) of Rule 19b–4 thereunder.12 A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b–4(f)(6) normally does not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.13 However, Rule 19b– 4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the Commission waive the 30-day operative delay and designate the proposed rule change operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of investors and the public interest. Because this filing proposes vendor liability provisions substantively identical to an Amex rule that has previously been approved by 11 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A). CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6). 13 17 CFR 240.19b–4(f)(6)(iii). The Exchange has satisfied the five-day pre-filing requirement of Rule 19b–4(f)(6)(iii). 12 17 8 Amex Rule 60–AEMI. 78f(b). 10 U.S.C. 78f(b)(5). 9 U.S.C. Frm 00121 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 138 / Thursday, July 17, 2008 / Notices between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–55 and should be submitted on or before August 7, 2008. IV. Solicitation of Comments Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.16 Florence E. Harmon, Acting Secretary. [FR Doc. E8–16349 Filed 7–16–08; 8:45 am] Electronic Comments • Use the Commission’s Internet comment form (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml); or • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–NYSE–2008–55 on the subject line. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES the Commission,14 the proposal does not appear to present any novel regulatory issues. Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal operative upon filing.15 At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise in the furtherance of the purposes of the Act. SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–NYSE–2008–55. This file number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on the Commission’s Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/ rules/sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and copying in the Commission’s Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549, on official business days 14 See supra, note 8. purposes only of waiving the operative delay of this proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule’s impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f). 15 For VerDate Aug<31>2005 21:03 Jul 16, 2008 Jkt 214001 BILLING CODE 8010–01–P [Release No. 34–58142; File No. SR– NYSEArca–2008–70] Self-Regulatory Organizations; NYSE Arca, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change Amending NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I), the Generic Listing Standard for Equity IndexLinked Securities July 11, 2008. Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (‘‘Act’’)1 and Rule 19b–4 thereunder,2 notice is hereby given that on June 27, 2008, NYSE Arca, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca’’ or ‘‘Exchange’’), through its wholly owned subsidiary, NYSE Arca Equities, Inc. (‘‘NYSE Arca Equities’’), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by the Exchange. The Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the proposed rule change from interested persons. I. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Terms of Substance of the Proposed Rule Change The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I), the Exchange’s generic listing standard for equity index-linked securities (‘‘Equity Index-Linked Securities’’) to: (1) Eliminate initial and continued listing capitalization weighted and modified capitalization weighted index requirements; and (2) to adjust certain PO 00000 16 17 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). 1 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. Frm 00122 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41147 equity index weighting criteria and adopt notional volume traded per month to both initial listing standards and continued listing standards. The text of the proposed rule change is available at the Exchange, the Commission’s Public Reference Room, and http://www.nyse.com. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change and discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in Item IV below. The Exchange has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements. A. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change 1. Purpose NYSE Arca proposes to amend NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I), the Exchange’s generic listing standard for Equity Index-Linked Securities. Specifically, the Exchange proposes to: (1) Eliminate initial and continued listing capitalization weighted and modified capitalization weighted index requirements; and (2) to adjust certain equity index weighting criteria and adopt notional volume traded per month to both the initial listing standards and continued listing standards. For Equity Index-Linked Securities, the Exchange proposes to eliminate NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(1)(b)(iii), the current initial listing requirement that, in the case of a capitalization weighted index or modified capitalization weighted index, the lesser of the five highest dollar weighted component securities in the index or the highest dollar weighted component securities in the index that in the aggregate represent at least 30% of the total number of component securities in the index, must have an average monthly trading volume of at least 2,000,000 shares over the previous six months. The Exchange also proposes to eliminate NYSE Arca Equities Rule 5.2(j)(6)(B)(I)(2)(a)(iii),3 the current 3 E-mail from Timothy J. Malinowski, Director, NYSE Euornext, to Michou H.M. Nguyen, Special Counsel, and Steve Varholik, Attorney-Advisor, Continued E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-58137; File No. SR-NYSE-2008-55]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; New York Stock Exchange LLC; 
Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of a Proposed Rule Change 
Amending Rule 17 To Address Issues Related to Vendor Liability

 July 10, 2008.
    Pursuant to Section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 
(``Act'') \1\ and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,\2\ notice is hereby given that 
on July 7, 2008, New York Stock Exchange LLC (``NYSE'' or ``Exchange'') 
filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``Commission'') the 
proposed rule change as described in Items I and II below, which Items 
have been prepared by the Exchange. The Exchange filed the proposal as 
a ``non-controversial'' proposed rule change pursuant to Section 
19(b)(3)(A) \3\ of the Act and Rule 19b-4(f)(6) thereunder,\4\ which 
renders the proposal effective upon filing with the Commission. The 
Commission is publishing this notice to solicit comments on the 
proposed rule change from interested persons.
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    \1\15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1).
    \2\17 CFR 240.19b-4.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE 17 to address issues related to 
vendor liability. The text of the proposed rule change is available at 
the Exchange, the Commission's Public Reference Room, and http://
www.nyse.com.

II. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

    In its filing with the Commission, the Exchange included statements 
concerning the purpose of, and basis for, the proposed rule change, and 
discussed any comments it received on the proposed rule change. The 
text of these statements may be examined at the places specified in 
Item IV below. NYSE has prepared summaries, set forth in Sections A, B, 
and C below, of the most significant aspects of such statements.

A. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Purpose of, and 
Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change

1. Purpose
    The Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 17 to address issues 
related to vendor liability.
Background
    Currently, NYSE Rule 17(a) provides:

    The Exchange shall not be liable for any damages sustained by a 
member, allied member or member organization growing out of the use 
or enjoyment by such member, allied member or member organization of 
the facilities afforded by the Exchange, except as provided in the 
rules.\5\
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    \5\ See NYSE Rule 18 (Compensation in Relation to Exchange 
System Failure), which provides for compensation by the Exchange to 
members and member organizations for a loss sustained as a result of 
an NYSE systems failure, as defined by the Rule.

    NYSE Rule 17 does not specifically address liability for any loss 
sustained by a member or member organization arising from use of any 
systems, services or facilities provided by a vendor to the Exchange.
    Due to the highly diversified nature of the Exchange business and 
trading operations, the Exchange retains the services of various 
vendors in its regular course of business. Through this amendment, the 
Exchange proposes to amend NYSE Rule 17 to permit the Exchange to 
expressly provide in the contract with any vendor that it and/or its 
subcontractors of electronic systems, services or facilities are not 
liable for any loss sustained by a member or member organization 
arising from use of the vendor and/or subcontractor systems, services 
or facilities. The proposed amendment to NYSE Rule 17 would further 
require members and member organizations to indemnify the Exchange and 
its vendors and/or subcontractors.

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Proposed Amendment to NYSE Rule 17
    In recent years, especially since the adoption of Regulation 
National Market System (``Reg. NMS''),\6\ customers have demanded, and 
thus exchanges have prioritized, the delivery of faster and 
increasingly more innovative products for order entry and execution and 
the dissemination of market information. In order to provide this 
service, exchanges have made significant investments in technology, 
including an increase in the use of third-party facilities and 
services. Exchanges have increasingly come to rely on third-party 
vendors to provide additional facilities or services. Third-party 
vendors often provide similar facilities or services directly to 
broker-dealers and other customers under contracts that limit or 
indemnify the vendor's liability for use of its facilities or services. 
The use of vendors enables exchanges to increase their capacity to 
deliver faster and more efficient trading tools to market, with the 
ultimate beneficiaries being the investing public. In order for 
exchanges to remain competitive and provide a marketplace that removes 
impediments to, and perfects the mechanism of, a free and open market, 
it is imperative to have the ability to use third-party vendor 
services.
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    \6\ Securities Exchange Act Release No. 51808 (June 9, 2005), 70 
FR 37496 (June 29, 2005) (File No. S7-10-04).
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    The Exchange believes that, where vendors provide the facilities 
and services directly to an exchange and not directly to the actual 
users, i.e., the exchange members, vendors may find themselves exposed 
to a greater risk of liability from exchange members. The possibility 
of liability to end-users with whom they have no contractual 
relationship could result in vendors being unwilling to enter into 
agreements to provide their services to exchanges.
    The Exchange therefore proposes to amend NYSE Rule 17 to 
incorporate as paragraph (b) of the Rule the provisions of American 
Stock Exchange (``Amex'') Rule 60--AEMI \7\ (``Vendor Liability 
Disclaimer''), which provides as follows:
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    \7\ Amex Rule 60, Commentary.03 sets forth the original Vendor 
Liability Disclaimer language that has been incorporated into Amex 
Rule 60--AEMI. AEMI (``Auction & Electronic Market Integration'') is 
Amex's Hybrid Market Structure for equities and exchange-traded 
funds. The Exchange notes that on January 17, 2008, it announced 
that it had entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the Amex. 
On June 17, 2008, the Exchange and the Amex announced that members 
of the Amex Membership Corporation [bs] (``AMC'') 
approved the adoption of the merger agreement between AMC and NYSE 
Euronext and certain of their subsidiaries. See NYSE News Release, 
January 17, 2008; see also NYSE News Release, June 17, 2008.

    In connection with member or member organization use of any 
electronic system, service, or facility provided by the Exchange to 
members for the conduct of their business on the Exchange (i) the 
Exchange may expressly provide in the contract with any vendor 
providing all or part of such electronic system, service, or 
facility to the Exchange, that such vendor and its subcontractors 
shall not be liable to the member or member organization for any 
damages sustained by a member or member organization growing out of 
the use or enjoyment thereof by the member or member organization, 
and (ii) members and member organizations shall indemnify the 
Exchange and any vendor and subcontractor covered by subsection (i) 
above (and their directors, officers, employees and agents) with 
regard to any and all judgments, damages, costs, or losses of any 
kind (including reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses), as a 
result of any claim, action, or proceeding that arises out of or 
relates to the member or member organization's use of such 
electronic system, service, or facility.\8\
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    \8\ Amex Rule 60-AEMI.

    The Exchange believes that the proposed amendment to NYSE Rule 17 
will allow the Exchange to continue to improve its services to its 
investors by allowing the Exchange to contract the services of premiere 
third-party vendors.
    The Exchange also proposes to make a stylistic change to paragraph 
(a) of NYSE Rule 17 dealing with Exchange Liability. Specifically, the 
Exchange seeks to replace the reference to ``the rules'' with ``NYSE 
Rule 18,'' which directly addresses the issue of Exchange Liability.
2. Statutory Basis
    The Exchange believes that the proposed rule change is consistent 
with Section 6(b) of the Act,\9\ in general, and furthers the 
objectives of Section 6(b)(5) of the Act,\10\ in particular, in that it 
is designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, 
to promote just and equitable principles of trade, to remove 
impediments to and perfect the mechanism of a free and open market and 
a national market system, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. The Exchange believes the proposed rule promotes just 
and equitable principles of trade and protects investors and the public 
interest. Furthermore, the proposed vendor liability rule removes 
impediments to and perfects the mechanism of a free and open market by 
providing disclaimer liability to vendors that assist the Exchange in 
providing faster delivery and increasingly more innovative facilities 
and services to Exchange customers. The Exchange believes that the 
provision of liability protection to third-party vendors and 
subcontractors of electronic systems, services, or facilities from 
liability for any damages sustained by a member or member organization 
arising from use of their systems will allow the Exchange to provide 
faster delivery and increasingly more innovative facilities and 
services to Exchange customers.
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    \9\ U.S.C. 78f(b).
    \10\ U.S.C. 78f(b)(5).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    The Exchange does not believe that the proposed rule change would 
impose any burden on competition that is not necessary or appropriate 
in furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

C. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Comments on the Proposed 
Rule Change Received From Members, Participants, or Others

    No written comments were solicited or received with respect to the 
proposed rule change.

III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for 
Commission Action

    Because the proposed rule change does not: (i) Significantly affect 
the protection of investors or the public interest; (ii) impose any 
significant burden on competition; and (iii) become operative for 30 
days after the date of filing (or such shorter time as the Commission 
may designate if consistent with the protection of investors and the 
public interest), the proposed rule change has become effective 
pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \11\ and subparagraph (f)(6) 
of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\12\
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    \11\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \12\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6).
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    A proposed rule change filed under Rule 19b-4(f)(6) normally does 
not become operative prior to 30 days after the date of filing.\13\ 
However, Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii) permits the Commission to designate a 
shorter time if such action is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. The Exchange has requested that the 
Commission waive the 30-day operative delay and designate the proposed 
rule change operative upon filing. The Commission believes that waiving 
the 30-day operative delay is consistent with the protection of 
investors and the public interest. Because this filing proposes vendor 
liability provisions substantively identical to an Amex rule that has 
previously been approved by

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the Commission,\14\ the proposal does not appear to present any novel 
regulatory issues. Therefore, the Commission designates the proposal 
operative upon filing.\15\
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    \13\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(6)(iii). The Exchange has satisfied the 
five-day pre-filing requirement of Rule 19b-4(f)(6)(iii).
    \14\ See supra, note 8.
    \15\ For purposes only of waiving the operative delay of this 
proposal, the Commission has considered the proposed rule's impact 
on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission may summarily abrogate such rule change if it 
appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or appropriate 
in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or otherwise 
in the furtherance of the purposes of the Act.

IV. Solicitation of Comments

    Interested persons are invited to submit written data, views, and 
arguments concerning the foregoing, including whether the proposed rule 
change is consistent with the Act. Comments may be submitted by any of 
the following methods:

Electronic Comments

     Use the Commission's Internet comment form (http://
www.sec.gov/rules/sro.shtml); or
     Send an e-mail to rule-comments@sec.gov. Please include 
File Number SR-NYSE-2008-55 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

     Send paper comments in triplicate to Secretary, Securities 
and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549-1090.

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2008-55. This file 
number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To 
help the Commission process and review your comments more efficiently, 
please use only one method. The Commission will post all comments on 
the Commission's Internet Web site (http://www.sec.gov/rules/
sro.shtml). Copies of the submission, all subsequent amendments, all 
written statements with respect to the proposed rule change that are 
filed with the Commission, and all written communications relating to 
the proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other 
than those that may be withheld from the public in accordance with the 
provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be available for inspection and 
copying in the Commission's Public Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., 
Washington, DC 20549, on official business days between the hours of 10 
a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for 
inspection and copying at the principal office of the Exchange. All 
comments received will be posted without change; the Commission does 
not edit personal identifying information from submissions. You should 
submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All 
submissions should refer to File Number SR-NYSE-2008-55 and should be 
submitted on or before August 7, 2008.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\16\
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    \16\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Florence E. Harmon,
Acting Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E8-16349 Filed 7-16-08; 8:45 am]
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