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blue sky laws

n. laws intended to protect the public from purchasing stock in fraudulent companies that lack substance, such as those selling swamp land, non-existent gold strikes and dry oil wells, or who have no assets besides a post office box. Blue sky laws require that corporations advertising and selling shares to the public must get approval from the state corporations commissioner and/or the Securities Exchange Commission after providing details on financing and management. The term comes from the intent to prevent the existence of corporations that have nothing behind them but "blue sky." (See: corporation)

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However, the Uniform Securities Act--the basis of 36 states' blue-sky laws regulating the sale of securities (25)--does not require that the customer prove reliance on an analyst's bogus recommendation.
These steps included the preemption of state blue-sky laws, favorable margin rules and eligibility for "shelf" registration.
The new act overrode state legal investment laws and blue-sky laws for private-label mortgage securities.