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Securities Act of 1933

Securities Act of 1933 Background

The Securities Act of 1933, also known as the "Truth in Securities Act," was the first major federal legislation to regulate the offer and sale of securities. Created in the aftermath of the stock market crash of 1929, the Securities Act gives investors the right to sue companies for fraud in the sale of securities.

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Purpose of the Securities Act of 1933

The Act has two fundamental goals:

  • Inform Investors - important securities information must be publicly disclosed
    The Act helps investors to make informed judgments about a company's securities by requiring companies to publicly disclose important financial information. Companies make these disclosures by registering securities with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and submitting periodic public corporate disclosures.

  • Protect Investors - investors have the right to sue for securities fraud
    The Securities Act prohibits misrepresentations and other fraud in the sale of publicly-traded securities. Under the Act, investors who purchase securities and suffer losses can sue to recover their losses if they can prove that there was incomplete or inaccurate disclosure of important information (often through false or misleading securities statements).

Report a Violation of the Securities Act of 1933

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SEC Whistleblowers

Girard Gibbs encourages persons who know about possible securities violation to contact the firm.  Under the SEC whistleblower laws promulgated under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, whistleblowers may be receive a reward of up to 30 percent of the recovery for information leading to a successful enforcement action by the SEC and are protected from employer retaliation.  If you believe that you have information about a securities violation, please contact us at 866.981 4800 or by filling out the form at the right.

Why Girard Gibbs?

Girard Gibbs represents consumers, investors, whistleblowers, employees, and businesses in cases involving consumer protection, personal injury, securities, antitrust, employment litigation and arbitration. The firm’s senior partners, Daniel Girard and Eric Gibbs, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 and Northern California Super Lawyers, and have earned AV-Preeminent ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing them in the highest class of attorneys for professional ethics and legal skills.

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