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The SEC's authority comes from different rulings and decisions of the various SEC divisions and departments. You may find guidance to what "the law" is from any of the following:
- Laws and regulations
- For more information, see Laws & Regulations section under the SEC/Financial Information tab
- Regulatory actions (aka Rules)
- Staff interpretations: Informal guidance through oral and written statements of SEC staff members.
- Litigation releases: Includes all civil lawsuits brought by the SEC Commission in federal court.
- Administrative proceedings
- Reports of investigations
- Commissioner Opinions and Adjudicatory Orders
- Amicus Briefs
- Appellate Court Briefs
- ALJ Orders and Decisions
- Company filings and forms
- For more information, see Using EDGAR section under the SEC/Financial Information tab.