[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 45 (Tuesday, March 8, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 12769-12771]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-5139]


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SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

[Release No. 34-64005; File No. SR-FINRA-2011-007]


Self-Regulatory Organizations; Financial Industry Regulatory 
Authority, Inc.; Notice of Filing and Immediate Effectiveness of 
Proposed Rule Change Relating to Correct Cross-References in the 
Customer Code

March 2, 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 February 16, 2011, the 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 and 
II below, which Items have been substantially prepared by FINRA. FINRA 
has designated the proposed rule change as concerned solely with the 
administration of the self-regulatory organization under

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Section 19(b)(3)(A)(iii) of the Act \3\ and Rule 19b-4(f)(3) 
thereunder,\4\ which renders the proposal effective upon receipt of 
this filing by the Commission. 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.
    \3\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A)(iii).
    \4\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(3).
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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 various rules of the Code of 
Arbitration Procedure for Customer Disputes (Customer Code) to correct 
cross-references to rules that were changed by the approval of another 
rule filing.
    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
    On January 31, 2011, the SEC approved a proposal to amend the panel 
composition rule, and related rules, of the Customer Code to provide 
customers with the option to choose an all public arbitration panel in 
all cases (Optional All Public Panel Proposal).\5\ The proposal changed 
substantively most of the rules in Part IV of the Customer Code to 
reflect the option to choose an all public arbitration panel in all 
cases. Further, many of the Part IV rules of the Customer Code were 
also re-numbered when some of the old rules were eliminated or combined 
with other rules. As a result of the changes by the proposal, several 
cross-references to old Part IV rules in other rules of the Customer 
Code became inaccurate.
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    \5\ See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 63799 (Jan. 31, 
2011), 76 FR 6500 (Feb. 4, 2011) (Order Approving File No. SR-FINRA-
2010-053).
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    FINRA is, therefore, proposing to amend the Customer Code to 
correct the cross-references that were changed as a result of the 
Optional All Public Panel Proposal.\6\ The new proposal would amend 
Rules 12213(a), 12309(c), 12314, 12503(c), 12800(e), and 12903(a). 
FINRA has filed the proposed rule change for immediate effectiveness. 
The effective date and the implementation date will be the date of 
filing.
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    \6\ Id.
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2. Statutory Basis
    FINRA believes that the proposed rule change is consistent with the 
provisions of Section 15A(b)(6) of the Act,\7\ 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 proposed rule change will 
assist in the efficient administration of arbitrations by correcting 
inaccurate cross-references in the Customer Code. FINRA believes these 
technical, non-substantive amendments will enhance the Code by making 
it easier to understand and apply.
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    \7\ 15 U.S.C. 78o-3(b)(6).
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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

    Because the foregoing proposed rule change is concerned solely with 
the administration of the self-regulatory organization, it has become 
effective pursuant to Section 19(b)(3)(A) of the Act \8\ and paragraph 
(f)(3) of Rule 19b-4 thereunder.\9\
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    \8\ 15 U.S.C. 78s(b)(3)(A).
    \9\ 17 CFR 240.19b-4(f)(3).
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    At any time within 60 days of the filing of the proposed rule 
change, the Commission summarily may temporarily suspend such rule 
change if it appears to the Commission that such action is necessary or 
appropriate in the public interest, for the protection of investors, or 
otherwise in furtherance of the purposes of the Act. If the Commission 
takes such action, the Commission shall institute proceedings to 
determine whether the proposed rule should be approved or 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-2011-007 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-2011-007. 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

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Number SR-FINRA-2011-007 and should be submitted on or before March 29, 
2011.

    For the Commission, by the Division of Trading and Markets, 
pursuant to delegated authority.\10\
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    \10\ 17 CFR 200.30-3(a)(12).
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Cathy H. Ahn,
Deputy Secretary.
[FR Doc. 2011-5139 Filed 3-7-11; 8:45 am]
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