Notice to Members 00-36

SEC Approves Rule Change to Permit Publication of All Final Litigated Decisions Issued by the Office Of Hearing Officers, the National Adjudicatory Council, and the NASD Board

Effective Date: July 10, 2000

The National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD®) publishes disciplinary decisions that meet certain criteria; these criteria are outlined in Interpretative Material 8310-2 (the Interpretation). On May 15, 2000, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approved a change to the Interpretation to permit publication of all final, litigated decisions issued by the Office of Hearing Officers (OHO), the National Adjudicatory Council (NAC), and the NASD Board. Under the approved change, a decision that does not satisfy the enumerated criteria of the Interpretation will be released, but will not identify the parties to the decision. The rule change becomes effective on July 10, 2000, but permits publication of all final, litigated decisions issued after August 7, 1997, the effective date of the current NASD Code of Procedure.

Questions regarding this Notice should be directed to Sarah Williams, Assistant General Counsel, Office of General Counsel, NASD Regulation, Inc. (NASD RegulationSM), at (202) 728-8083.