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PCAOB Reviews a Few Early CAMs

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The PCAOB announced it has conducted a limited review of audit reports of large accelerated filers reporting critical audit matters or CAMs. As a starting matter, the PCAOB’s report seems to implicitly and perhaps explicitly assume that its audit standard requiring the reporting of CAMs provides “more useful and timely... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

Rushed Earnings Release Results in SEC Enforcement Action

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Calumet Specialty Products Partners, L.P. disclosed in its third-quarter 2017 Form 10-Q that, beginning in September 2017, Calumet’s implementation of its new enterprise resource planning (“ERP”) system had resulted in various “operating and reporting disruptions, including limitations on [Calumet’s] ability to ship product and bill customers, project [its] inventory requirements,... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Retentions/Deductibles/Limits

SEC Proposes Changes to Shareholder Proposal Rules and Rules Governing Proxy Advisors

At an open meeting on November 5th, SEC Commissioners voted 3-2 to propose potentially significant changes to the shareholder proposals process under Rule 14a-8 with respect to the bases upon which issuers can seek to omit shareholder proposal from their proxy materials. The proposed amendments to the shareholder proposal process... Read More

Topics: Public Companies and Securities

Enforcement Action Reveals Misleading Customer Counts

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In a settled enforcement action, the SEC resolved allegations related to non-monetary transactions regarding certain Comscore transactions.  The enforcement action also involved disclosures surrounding the number of customers. In 2014 and 2015, Comscore disclosed its total number of customers and net new customers added in quarterly earnings calls. Comscore also... Read More

Topics: Litigation, Public Companies and Securities