State laws in the United States which regulate the offering and sale of securities within a given state and that are broadly created to protect Investors from fraud. Though the specific provisions of these laws vary among states, they all require the registration of all securities offerings and sales, as well as of stockbrokers and brokerage firms. Each state’s law is administered by its appropriate regulatory agency, and most also provide private causes of action for private Investors who have been injured by securities fraud. Also known as Blue Sky Laws. See “Blue Sky Laws: History and Application to Private Investments” for more information. Pertains to all debt or equity offerings.

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