Securities law is the area of law encompassing federal and state statutes, as well as Security and Exchange Commission regulations, governing the purchase and sale of securities, and the regulation of professionals who work in this field. Federal law focuses mainly on disclosure issues, aiming to protect investors. There are seven major federal securities laws including the Securities Act of 1933. States also have securities laws, commonly called "blue sky" laws. States have the power to regulate securities in areas not controlled by federal law. Violations of securities laws are usually prosecuted as white collar crimes.

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Due Diligence and Securities Registration
Corporations that issue securities have to register their offerings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information in the registration statement must be accurate. Individuals who are sued for misrepresentation can use the defense of due diligence, if it is applicable.
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