WHAT IS THIS PAGE ABOUT?
This page will help you conduct research into Securities Law in the United States, federal and state.
WHAT ARE SECURITIES?
Black's Law Dictionary says that securities are formal written documents that give "rights in money or property to their holder" and that these rights are recognised and can be used "in regular channels of commerce". Warrants, evidences of debt, bonds, and shares, are examples of securities.
WHAT IS SECURITIES LAW?
In the United States, securities transactions are subject to regulation under both federal and state law. Securities Law consists of these regulations and the statutes that underly them, and the opinions of the courts and agencies that rule upon them.
To begin research into U.S. Securites Law you need to:
a) define all terms, by using a dictionary (see above and above left), and
b) gain an overview of the subject by consulting a nutshell (see below) and/or a treatise, or read a research guide on securities law produced by a law school library (see below left).
START HERE/ NUTSHELL/ Quick Overview
A Nutshell is a paperback law book that provides succinct overview and solid introduction to one area of the law. It is usually clearly written and includes accurate citations, but it is seldom cited as authoritative.
(Nutshells can also be useful as study aids).
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