Week in Review

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SEC approves database for stock trade audits, FTC considers Internet privacy fine, CFTC votes on definition of “swap”, and more.

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  • The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a final rule that requires national securities exchanges and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority to create a database to facilitate stock trade audits.
  • In a symbolic measure against the Supreme Court ruling that declared the law constitutional, the House voted again to repeal President Obama’s healthcare law.
  • Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, regulators from the FTC and Justice Department (DOJ) cautioned against the potential misuse of standards-essential patents to block new gadgets from entering the U.S.
  • A report by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found that over 40 percent of egg farms inspected last year had safety violations, but less than 3 percent of farms required official FDA action.