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July 23, 2011 | By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times
A federal appeals court invalidated a controversial Securities and Exchange Commission rule that made it easier for shareholders to force out company directors. Acting on a suit by business groups, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously tossed out the rule Friday. The judges said the SEC did not adequately consider the rule's effect on companies. The rule let large shareholders place their board nominees on company-mailed proxy ballots along with the management's preferred candidates instead of being required to spend the money to send out separate ballots.
April 3, 2009 | Tom Petruno
Under intense pressure from Congress, accounting rule makers on Thursday voted to give banks more discretion in valuing dicey assets. The changes to so-called mark-to-market accounting standards could help banks avoid more write-downs on troubled mortgage-backed bonds. Banks also could decide to boost the value of those assets on their balance sheets, which could bolster their finances -- allaying concerns about the need to raise more capital.
February 11, 2002 | RONALD BROWNSTEIN
After Enron, the accounting and securities industries are in the same uncomfortable position as the airlines after Sept. 11. To reassure fliers wary of the skies after the terrorist hijackings, the airline industry had to accept a long list of federal safety regulations it had long grounded. Likewise, to lure back investors fearful of more Enron-like accounting scandals, the investment industries may now have to accept new federal investor protections they have long blocked.
January 26, 2004 | Melinda Fulmer and Kathy M. Kristof, Times Staff Writers
Safeway Inc. recently awarded 11 senior and executive vice presidents millions of dollars in stock grants and options under a new compensation plan that is drawing fire from labor leaders and others. The plan came together in the wake of four high-profile corporate defections last year, including that of the chief financial officer, Vasant Prabhu, who left to join Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide.
When Philadelphia lawyers sued directors of Archer-Daniels-Midland Co. last year for their role in a huge price-fixing scandal, they said they were striking a blow for the company's shareholders. ADM settled the suit recently for $8 million. But guess who gets the money? Not the shareholders, but the lawyers. "It's a classic case of lawyer greed," said Mark C. Hansen, an attorney for institutional shareholders protesting the settlement.
November 9, 2007 | Kathy M. Kristof and E. Scott Reckard, Times Staff Writers
Two groups representing union pension funds turned their sights on Countrywide Financial Corp.'s directors Thursday, saying board members failed to curb what they called excessive compensation for Chairman and Chief Executive Angelo Mozilo.
February 15, 1985 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, Times Staff Writer
Financier Carl Icahn said Thursday that if shareholders join him in rejecting a refinancing plan for Phillips Petroleum Co. next week, he will attempt to have the company sold to an employee group or another bidder "at a fair price" after first unseating the board of directors. "I'm not going away under any conditions," he said, adding that he would hold his stock--currently 7.5 million shares, or 4.
July 27, 2005 | Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writer
Silicon Valley lost its best hope to avoid treating stock options as a formal expense, when the man poised to become the nation's new securities chief said Tuesday that he would support the accounting shift. While Rep. Christopher Cox tried to beat back the options change in Congress, he told a Senate committee weighing his nomination as Securities and Exchange Commission chairman that the agency should make sure "that the rule is implemented as the markets expect."
January 23, 2007 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
The Securities and Exchange Commission Monday said it would not intervene in a dispute over board election rules at Hewlett-Packard Co. and signaled that a clear policy governing director nomination contests probably would not be implemented until the 2008 season of corporate meetings. The announcement underscored the difficulties faced by the SEC and its chairman, Christopher Cox, in achieving consensus on a plan to give shareholders a greater voice in the corporate election process.
September 28, 2007 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
Shareholder activists Thursday blasted proposals by the Securities and Exchange Commission affecting investor rights in corporate elections, suggesting the agency's approach would not resolve a long-smoldering dispute. "I think this is a case where more work needs to be done," Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), chairman of the House Committee on Financial Services, said after a hearing on the matter.
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