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SEC Staff Reverses Longstanding Precedent on Exclusion of Conflicting Shareholder Proposals Rule; Affirms Business as Usual on Ordinary Business Rule

On October 22, 2015, the Securities and Exchange Commission's ("SEC" or "Commission") Division of Corporation Finance (the "Division") issued Staff Legal Bulletin No. 14H ("SLB 14H"), setting forth a dramatically different standard for when it will concur that a shareholder proposal that conflicts with a company proposal can be excluded from the company's proxy statement under Rule 14a-8(i)(9).  The Division also reaffirmed its views on the application of the "ordinary business" standard in Rule 14a-8(i)(7).  SLB 14H is available here.

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