Supreme Court Strikes Down SEC’s Use of Administrative Law Judges in Civil Penalty Actions | The D&O Diary

The United States Supreme Court has held that that, in light of the Seventh Amendment’s right to a jury trial, the SEC must pursue enforcement actions seeking civil penalties in a jury trial proceeding in federal court rather than in an action before an administrative law judge. The Court’s 6-3 ruling could have significant consequences for the many SEC enforcement actions now pending in the agency’s administrative tribunals, as well as for the agency’s pursuit of future enforcement actions. The Court’s ruling could also have important implications for other federal agencies’ use of administrative tribunals as well. A copy of the Court’s June 27, 2024, opinion in SEC v. Jarkesy can be found here.

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