The Solicitor General’s decision not to support the investor plaintiffs in the Stoneridge (a.k.a. Charter Communications) case has spurred another attempt at a post-deadline amicus brief filing, this time from a pair of prominent congressmen. The Washington Post reports that House Financial Services Committee Chairman Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) have sought permission to file an amicus brief in the case. The effort follows on the heels of a similar request from a group of former high-ranking SEC officials.
Quote of note (proposed amicus brief): “The interpretation of Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5 adopted by the Court of Appeals and urged by Respondents ultimately rests on policy considerations at odds with the statutory text that should more appropriately be addressed to Congress than to this Court.”