Notice to Members 02-59

SEC Approves Amendment to Rule 10314 Regarding Specificity of Answers

Effective October 14, 2002

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC or Commission) has approved amendments to Rule 10314 of the NASD Code of Arbitration Procedure (Code) governing Initiation of Proceedings. The amendments will conform Rule 10314(b) to the current minimum standard applicable to claims, so that Answers need only specify relevant facts and available defenses to the Statement of Claim submitted.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to Jean I. Feeney, Chief Counsel and Associate Vice President, NASD Dispute Resolution, at (202) 728-6959, or e-mail.