The February 8, 2010, Federal Register published the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's interpretive guidance to assist public companies regarding current SEC requirements as they relate to climate change (the "Guidance"). With this publication, the SEC aims to clarify the scope of, and promote consistency in, disclosures by public companies of material risks related to climate change. The Guidance is effective as of February 8, 2010. A copy of the Guidance as published in the Federal Register is available here.
In its press release announcing the Guidance, the SEC noted that it neither creates new nor modifies existing legal requirements. In comments before the January 27, 2010, Open Commission Meeting on Disclosure Related to Business or Legislative Events on the Issue of Climate Change, SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro said the SEC is "not considering amending well-defined rules concerning public company reporting obligations, nor redefining long-standing interpretations of materiality." She emphasized that the SEC is not "opining on whether the world's climate is changing; at what pace it might be changing; or due to what causes." Rather, Schapiro stated the purpose of the Guidance is to assist "public companies in determining what does and does not need to be disclosed." A copy of the SEC's press release is available here and a copy of Chairman Schapiro's remarks are available here.
Existing SEC reporting requirements require that a company report "material" information regarding environmental liabilities when describing its business, identifying pending legal proceedings, disclosing significant risk factors, and discussing management's financial condition and results of operation. The Guidance highlights four areas where climate change may trigger disclosure obligations consistent with existing SEC requirements as follows:
Luke Pontier and Nicole Magdziak co-authored an article, "A Cautionary Tale of Orphan Signature Pages," published in the Fall 2019 issue of Dimensions, a newsletter of the New Jersey Builders Association.
On January 17, Craig Gianetti and Justin Hannan will be speaking on a panel, "Low Income Housing Tax Credits and Opportunity Zones: Synergies and Conflicts," at the 2020 Economic Leadership Forum, produced by the New Jersey Bankers Association.
On December 11, Craig Gianetti will be speaking at "The Land Use Institute: Mt. Laurel and Other Hot Topics," a program presented by the New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE) in cooperation with the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) Land Use Section and the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planners Association.
On October 25, Christopher Stracco and Katharine Coffey co-presented a webinar for the New Jersey Institute of Continuing Legal Education (NJICLE), entitled "The Legal Aspects of Electronic Billboards and Signs."
Christopher Stracco co-authored the New Jersey chapter for the 2019 edition of The Property Tax Deskbook, a publication of the American Bar Association Section of Taxation.
Craig Gianetti is featured in a Market Forecast special section in the January 2020 issue of Real Estate New Jersey.
Day Pitney LLP announced today that April F. Condon has joined the firm as a partner in the Real Estate and Environmental group in its Stamford office. She joins from Robinson & Cole LLP.
Day Pitney Press Release
Craig Gianetti, a partner in Day Pitney's Real Estate & Land Use group, has been elected to serve as Vice Chair of the Land Use Law Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJBSA).
Day Pitney's representation of Cottontail Holdings LLC and Two Franklin Realty is noted in an article, "NJ Office Complex Overvalued By $15M, State Tax Court Says," published by Law360 Tax Authority.