Sarbanes-Oxley is Here to Stay

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a small portion of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 is unconstitutional. According to the ruling, The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) which oversees the accounting firms who audit U.S. public companies currently violates constitutional separations-of-powers principles.

The Court viewed the manner in which PCAOB members are currently appointed and removed to be unconstitutional because it did not operate at the behest of the President of the United States. As such, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission will now have the authority subject to the President’s review to appoint and remove PCAOB members at will.

However, the PCAOB itself and the remainder of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act remains intact and constitutional. So, those hoping to see the full demise of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will certainly be disappointed by today’s decision. To read the full ruling, click here.


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4 Responses to Sarbanes-Oxley is Here to Stay

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  4. John Kelly says:

    I agree, the Supreme Court’s ruling will probably have little to no effect on how companies actually manage their risk with respect to financial reporting.

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