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Are Local Governments Liable Under Rule 10b-5? Textualism and Its Limits

Margaret V. Sachs

Whether state and local governments can be sued for damages is a question that cuts across subject-area boundaries. This question, which has long confounded courts in the areas of both antitrust and civil rights law, now has arisen in a new area: section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act of 19344 and rule 10b-5.