Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend FINRA Rule 9251 to Explicitly Protect From Discovery Those Documents That Federal Law Prohibits FINRA From Disclosing, 44645-44646 [2011-18802]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 26, 2011 / Notices • Send an e-mail to rulecomments@sec.gov. Please include File Number SR–BX–2011–047 on the subject line. Paper Comments • Send paper comments in triplicate to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Securities and Exchange Commission, 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC 20549–1090. All submissions should refer to File Number SR–BX–2011–047. 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 Web site viewing and printing 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 the 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–BX– 2011–047 and should be submitted on or before August 16, 2011. For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.11 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2011–18801 Filed 7–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION [Release No. 34–64934; File No. SR–FINRA– 2011–031] Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend FINRA Rule 9251 to Explicitly Protect From Discovery Those Documents That Federal Law Prohibits FINRA From Disclosing July 20, 2011. 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 8, 2011, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. (‘‘FINRA’’) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (‘‘SEC’’ or ‘‘Commission’’) the proposed rule change as described in Items I, II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. 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 FINRA is proposing to amend FINRA Rule 9251 to explicitly protect from discovery those documents that federal law prohibits FINRA from disclosing. The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA’s Web site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at the Commission’s Public Reference Room. II. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement of the Purpose of, and Statutory Basis for, the Proposed Rule Change In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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 FINRA Rule 9251 delineates the types of documents that FINRA’s Department of Enforcement (‘‘Enforcement’’) and Department of Market Regulation (‘‘Market Regulation’’) must produce to respondents during the discovery phase of a disciplinary proceeding. The rule also explicitly shields certain types of documents from production. For example, Enforcement and Market Regulation may withhold documents that are protected by attorney-client privilege or constitute attorney work product.3 The rule allows additional types of documents to be withheld where a hearing officer determines that they are irrelevant to the proceeding or for other good cause.4 The rule, moreover, contains procedural safeguards. For example, a hearing officer may privately review and determine the appropriate status of a withheld document.5 The rule does not, however, explicitly shield from discovery documents that federal law prohibits FINRA from disclosing. To help ensure both an efficient discovery process and compliance with federal law, the proposed rule change clarifies that Enforcement and Market Regulation shall withhold such documents from respondents during a disciplinary proceeding. Further, the proposed rule change precludes a hearing officer from requiring Enforcement or Market Regulation to either produce or reveal information about the existence of a document if federal law prohibits such disclosure. The proposed rule change would amend FINRA Rule 9251 to explicitly protect from discovery those documents that federal law prohibits FINRA from disclosing. Currently, when Enforcement and Market Regulation possess a document that federal law prohibits them from disclosing, they must affirmatively seek a hearing officer determination that they can withhold it on the grounds of a lack of relevancy or for other good cause. The proposed rule change would increase efficiency by avoiding the need for the parties to brief, and hearing officers to resolve, unnecessary ‘‘good cause’’ motions regarding documents that FINRA cannot legally produce during disciplinary proceedings. The procedural safeguard discussed above would apply to this category of withheld documents. FINRA will announce the effective date of the proposed rule change in a Regulatory Notice to be published no later than 60 days following Commission approval. The effective date will be 30 days following 3 FINRA Rule 9251(b)(1)(A). Rule 9251(b)(1)(D). 5 FINRA Rule 9251(c). 1 15 11 17 U.S.C. 78s(b)(1). 2 17 CFR 240.19b–4. CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Jul 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00076 Fmt 4703 4 FINRA Sfmt 4703 44645 E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 44646 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 143 / Tuesday, July 26, 2011 / Notices publication of the Regulatory Notice announcing Commission approval. 2. Statutory Basis FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,6 which requires, among other things, that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the public interest. FINRA believes that the proposal also is consistent with Section 15A(b)(7) of the Act,7 which provides that FINRA members and associated persons must be appropriately disciplined for violations of any provisions of the Act or FINRA rules. FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with these purposes because it promotes a fair and efficient disciplinary process by avoiding the need for unnecessary ‘‘good cause’’ motions regarding documents that federal law prohibits FINRA from producing. B. Self-Regulatory Organization’s Statement on Burden on Competition FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 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 Written comments were neither solicited nor received. III. Date of Effectiveness of the Proposed Rule Change and Timing for Commission Action sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Within 45 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 or disapprove such proposed rule change, or (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule change should be disapproved. 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: SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 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–FINRA–2011–031 on the subject line. AGENCY: Trading and Markets, pursuant to delegated authority.8 Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–18802 Filed 7–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 8011–01–P U.S. Small Business Administration. ACTION: Notice. SUMMARY: (Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Numbers 59002 and 59008) Lisa Lopez-Suarez, Acting Associate Administrator for Disaster Assistance. [FR Doc. 2011–18784 Filed 7–25–11; 8:45 am] U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(6). 7 15 U.S.C. 78o–3(b)(7). 16:12 Jul 25, 2011 Pennsylvania Disaster #PA–00040 This is a Notice of the Presidential declaration of a major disaster for Public Assistance Only for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (FEMA–4003–DR), dated 07/13/2011. Paper Comments Incident: Severe Storms and Flooding. Incident Period: 04/25/2011 through • Send paper comments in triplicate 04/28/2011. to Elizabeth M. Murphy, Secretary, Effective Date: 07/13/2011. Securities and Exchange Commission, Physical Loan Application Deadline 100 F Street, NE., Washington, DC Date: 09/12/2011. 20549–1090. Economic Injury (EIDL) Loan All submissions should refer to File Application Deadline Date: 04/13/2012. Number SR–FINRA–2011–031. This file ADDRESSES: Submit completed loan number should be included on the subject line if e-mail is used. To help the applications to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Commission process and review your Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport comments more efficiently, please use only one method. The Commission will Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. post all comments on the Commission’s FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: A. 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Copies of the 409 3rd Street, SW., Suite 6050, submission, all subsequent Washington, DC 20416. amendments, all written statements SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice is with respect to the proposed rule hereby given that as a result of the change that are filed with the President’s major disaster declaration on Commission, and all written 07/13/2011, Private Non-Profit communications relating to the organizations that provide essential proposed rule change between the Commission and any person, other than services of governmental nature may file disaster loan applications at the address those that may be withheld from the listed above or other locally announced public in accordance with the locations. provisions of 5 U.S.C. 552, will be The following areas have been available for Web site viewing and determined to be adversely affected by printing in the Commission’s Public the disaster: Reference Room, 100 F Street, NE., Primary Counties: Bradford, Lycoming, Washington, DC 20549, on official Sullivan, Tioga, Wyoming. business days between the hours of 10 The Interest Rates are: a.m. and 3 p.m. Copies of such filing also will be available for inspection and Percent copying at the principal office of FINRA. All comments received will be For Physical Damage: posted without change; the Commission Non-Profit Organizations With does not edit personal identifying Credit Available Elsewhere ....... 3.250 information from submissions. You Non-Profit Organizations Without Credit Available Elsewhere ....... 3.000 should submit only information that you wish to make available publicly. All For Economic Injury: Non-Profit Organizations Without submissions should refer to File Credit Available Elsewhere ....... 3.000 Number SR–FINRA–2011–031 and should be submitted on or before The number assigned to this disaster August 16, 2011. for physical damage is 12697B and for For the Commission, by the Division of economic injury is 12698B. 6 15 VerDate Mar<15>2010 [Disaster Declaration #12697 and #12698] 8 17 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 CFR 200.30–3(a)(12). Frm 00077 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 BILLING CODE 8025–01–P E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 143 (Tuesday, July 26, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 44645-44646]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64934; File No. SR-FINRA-2011-031]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing of Proposed Rule Change To Amend 
FINRA Rule 9251 to Explicitly Protect From Discovery Those Documents 
That Federal Law Prohibits FINRA From Disclosing

 July 20, 2011.
    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 8, 2011, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. 
(``FINRA'') filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (``SEC'' 
or ``Commission'') the proposed rule change as described in Items I, 
II, and III below, which Items have been prepared by FINRA. 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.
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I. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement of the Terms of Substance 
of the Proposed Rule Change

    FINRA is proposing to amend FINRA Rule 9251 to explicitly protect 
from discovery those documents that federal law prohibits FINRA from 
disclosing.
    The text of the proposed rule change is available on FINRA's Web 
site at http://www.finra.org, at the principal office of FINRA and at 
the Commission's Public Reference Room.

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

    In its filing with the Commission, FINRA 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. FINRA 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
    FINRA Rule 9251 delineates the types of documents that FINRA's 
Department of Enforcement (``Enforcement'') and Department of Market 
Regulation (``Market Regulation'') must produce to respondents during 
the discovery phase of a disciplinary proceeding. The rule also 
explicitly shields certain types of documents from production. For 
example, Enforcement and Market Regulation may withhold documents that 
are protected by attorney-client privilege or constitute attorney work 
product.\3\ The rule allows additional types of documents to be 
withheld where a hearing officer determines that they are irrelevant to 
the proceeding or for other good cause.\4\ The rule, moreover, contains 
procedural safeguards. For example, a hearing officer may privately 
review and determine the appropriate status of a withheld document.\5\ 
The rule does not, however, explicitly shield from discovery documents 
that federal law prohibits FINRA from disclosing. To help ensure both 
an efficient discovery process and compliance with federal law, the 
proposed rule change clarifies that Enforcement and Market Regulation 
shall withhold such documents from respondents during a disciplinary 
proceeding. Further, the proposed rule change precludes a hearing 
officer from requiring Enforcement or Market Regulation to either 
produce or reveal information about the existence of a document if 
federal law prohibits such disclosure.
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    \3\ FINRA Rule 9251(b)(1)(A).
    \4\ FINRA Rule 9251(b)(1)(D).
    \5\ FINRA Rule 9251(c).
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    The proposed rule change would amend FINRA Rule 9251 to explicitly 
protect from discovery those documents that federal law prohibits FINRA 
from disclosing. Currently, when Enforcement and Market Regulation 
possess a document that federal law prohibits them from disclosing, 
they must affirmatively seek a hearing officer determination that they 
can withhold it on the grounds of a lack of relevancy or for other good 
cause. The proposed rule change would increase efficiency by avoiding 
the need for the parties to brief, and hearing officers to resolve, 
unnecessary ``good cause'' motions regarding documents that FINRA 
cannot legally produce during disciplinary proceedings. The procedural 
safeguard discussed above would apply to this category of withheld 
documents.
    FINRA will announce the effective date of the proposed rule change 
in a Regulatory Notice to be published no later than 60 days following 
Commission approval. The effective date will be 30 days following

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publication of the Regulatory Notice announcing Commission approval.
2. Statutory Basis
    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with 
Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\6\ which requires, among other things, 
that FINRA rules must be designed to prevent fraudulent and 
manipulative acts and practices, to promote just and equitable 
principles of trade, and, in general, to protect investors and the 
public interest. FINRA believes that the proposal also is consistent 
with Section 15A(b)(7) of the Act,\7\ which provides that FINRA members 
and associated persons must be appropriately disciplined for violations 
of any provisions of the Act or FINRA rules. FINRA believes that the 
proposed rule change is consistent with these purposes because it 
promotes a fair and efficient disciplinary process by avoiding the need 
for unnecessary ``good cause'' motions regarding documents that federal 
law prohibits FINRA from producing.
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    \6\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(7).
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B. Self-Regulatory Organization's Statement on Burden on Competition

    FINRA does not believe that the proposed rule change will result in 
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

    Written comments were neither solicited nor received.

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

    Within 45 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 or disapprove such proposed rule change, or
    (B) institute proceedings to determine whether the proposed rule 
change should be disapproved.

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-FINRA-2011-031 on the subject line.

Paper Comments

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

All submissions should refer to File Number SR-FINRA-2011-031. 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 Web site 
viewing and printing 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 FINRA. 
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-FINRA-2011-031 
and should be submitted on or before August 16, 2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\8\
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    \8\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Elizabeth M. Murphy,
Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-18802 Filed 7-25-11; 8:45 am]
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