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  What is a Public Reprimand letter?
Identification Number 482

A Public Reprimand letter is issued when Nasdaq Staff determines that a company has violated Nasdaq rules, but does not believe the circumstances warrant delisting the company. A Public Reprimand is generally issued to address inadvertent violations of Nasdaq's corporate governance rules.  

A company that receives a Public Reprimand letter must publicly disclose receipt of the letter by filing a Form 8-K, where required by SEC rules, or by issuing a press release disclosing receipt of the Reprimand, including the Rule(s) upon which the Reprimand was based, and describing each specific basis and concern identified by Nasdaq in reaching its determination that the company does not meet the listing standard.  

Before the release of the public announcement, the company must provide a copy of the announcement to Nasdaq's MarketWatch Department. As described in Listing Rule 5250(b)(1) and IM-5250-1, the company must notify MarketWatch about the announcement through the Electronic Disclosure Submission System, except in emergency situations when notification may instead be provided by telephone or facsimile. If the public announcement is made during Nasdaq market hours, the company must notify MarketWatch at least ten minutes prior to the announcement. If the public announcement is made outside of Nasdaq's market hours, the company must notify MarketWatch of the announcement prior to 6:50 a.m. ET. The company should make the public announcement as promptly as possible, but not more than four business days following receipt of the Reprimand letter.  

A company that receives a Public Reprimand letter has the opportunity to appeal Nasdaq's determination to a Hearings Panel. See Hearings FAQs for additional information.

Publication Date*: 7/31/2012 Mailto Link Identification Number: 482
material_search_footer*The Publication Date reflects the date of first inclusion in the Reference Library, which was launched on July 31, 2012, or a subsequent update to the material. Material may have been previously available on a different Nasdaq web site.
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