‘Short’ Attack May Spur Hedge Funds To Sue

New York Post – As the Securities and Exchange Commission continues its assault on short sellers, hedge funds are discussing legal action to challenge Chairman Chris Cox’s recent moves – just as funds in the UK are considering lawsuits against their government regulator.

Since Friday, Cox has enacted a hodgepodge of emergency rules in an effort to give struggling Wall Street firms time to recover from their recent battering, including a widespread ban on shorting of financial stocks, and requiring hedge funds to disclose what they short.

That has prompted debate in the hedge fund world about what, if anything, might be done to temper efforts they say hurts good players along with the bad. Talk of legal action is still in the discussion stage, and no lawsuit may emerge.

"There are just a lot of questions right now," said an industry insider.

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