D.C. Circuit Upholds Constitutionality of SEC’s In-House Courts

12 August 2016
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Key takeaways

  • This week, the D.C. Circuit became the first federal appellate court to uphold the constitutionality of the SEC’s Administrative Law Judges.
  • The Court held in Raymond James Lucia Cos. Inc. v. SEC that the SEC’s in-house judges do not exercise the level of “significant authority” that would require their appointment pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.
  • The ruling represents a major win for the SEC following several years of legal controversy over its administrative process.