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Self Regulatory Organizations; Pacific Exchange, Inc.; Order Granting Approval to Proposed Rule Change Relating to Hearing Fees for Issuer Requests for Review of Delisting Decisions

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Start Preamble Start Printed Page 14759 March 19, 2002.

On January 18, 2002, the Pacific Exchange, Inc. (“PCX”), through its wholly owned subsidiary PCX Equities, Inc. (“PCXE” or “Corporation”), filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“Commission”), pursuant to section 19(b)(1) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (“Act”) [1] and Rule 19b-4 thereunder,[2] a proposed rule change to amend PCXE Rule 5.5(m) to require issuers to pay an appeal hearing fee of $2,500 in connection with their appeal of the Corporation's decision to delist a security.

The proposed rule change was published for comment in the Federal Register on February 12, 2002.[3] The Commission received no comments on the proposal.

The Commission finds that the proposed rule change is consistent with the requirements of the Act and the rules and regulations thereunder applicable to a national securities exchange [4] and, in particular, the requirements of section 6 of the Act [5] and the rules and regulations thereunder. The Commission finds specifically that the proposed rule change is consistent with section 6(b)(4) of the Act,[6] which requires, among other things, that the rules of an exchange provide for the equitable allocation of reasonable dues, fees and other charges among issuers. The Commission believes that the fees are reasonable because they are designed to recoup the costs of processing requests for review and holding the subsequent proceedings.

It is therefore ordered, pursuant to section 19(b)(2) of the Act,[7] that the proposed rule change (File No. SR-PCX-2002-05) be, and it hereby is, approved.

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For the Commission, by the Division of Market Regulation, pursuant to delegated authority.[8]

Margaret H. McFarland,

Deputy Secretary.

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3.  See Securities Exchange Act Release No. 45396 (February 5, 2002), 67 FR 6569.

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4.  In approving this proposed rule change, the Commission notes that it has considered the proposed rule's impact on efficiency, competition, and capital formation. 15 U.S.C. 78c(f).

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[FR Doc. 02-7293 Filed 3-26-02; 8:45 am]