FR Doc E9-18855[Federal Register: August 6, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 150)]

[Rules and Regulations]

[Page 39211-39212]

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17 CFR Part 7

Contract Market Rules Altered or Supplemented by the Commission

AGENCY: Commodity Futures Trading Commission.

ACTION: Final rulemaking.


SUMMARY: Regulation 7.201 of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission

(``Commission'') alters and supplements Chicago Board of Trade

(``CBOT'') Rule 620.01(B) by requiring members of the CBOT to submit to

arbitration of any customer claim or grievance initiated by the

customer according to the arbitration rules and regulations of the

CBOT. On November 25, 2007, following the merger of Chicago Mercantile

Exchange (``CME'') Holdings, Inc. with CBOT Holdings, Inc., CBOT Rule

620.01(B) was superseded by new CBOT Rule 600.D. Like Regulation 7.201,

new Rule 600.D specifically requires exchange members to submit to

customer-initiated arbitrations. Accordingly, on petition of The CME

Group Inc., CBOT's parent company, Regulation 7.201 is being repealed

by the Commission as no longer necessary.

DATES: Effective Date: Effective August 6, 2009.


Counsel, Division of Market Oversight, Commodity Futures Trading

Commission, Three Lafayette Center, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington,

DC 20581, telephone (202) 418-5041, e-mail [email protected]


I. Background

Section 8a(7) of the Commodity Exchange Act (``Act''), 7 U.S.C.

12a(7), provides in relevant part that the Commission is authorized to

``alter or supplement the rules of a registered entity insofar as

necessary or appropriate * * * for the protection of traders or to

insure fair dealing in commodities traded for future delivery on such

registered entity.'' In 1981, pursuant to section 5a(11) of the Act and

Part 180 of the Commission's regulations, each contract market was

required to ``provide a fair and equitable procedure through

arbitration or otherwise * * * for the settlement of customers' claims

and grievances against any member or employee thereof.'' \1\


\1\ Section 5a(11) of the Act, 7 U.S.C. 7a (1981). See also 17

CFR 180.2 (1981) (implementing section 5a(11) through the

establishment of minimum requirements). Subsequently, section 5a(11)

and Part 180 were superseded by amended provisions. However, boards

of trade are still required to ``establish and enforce rules

regarding and provide facilities for alternative dispute resolution

as appropriate for market participants and any market

intermediaries.'' Section 5(d)(13) of the Act, 7 U.S.C. 7(d)(13)

(2009). See also 17 CFR Part 38, Appendix B, Core Principle 13

(application guidance and acceptable practices related to section



In November of 1981, the Commission published a final rule that

disapproved proposed CBOT Rule 620.01(B), dealing with arbitration, and

altered and supplemented CBOT's rule by implementing in its place

Commission Regulation 7.201.\2\ CBOT Rule 620.01(B), as interpreted by

CBOT, would have restricted the ability of customers to arbitrate

claims against CBOT members and their employees under CBOT's

arbitration rules and regulations. The CBOT had argued that the Act did

not compel its members to participate in customer-initiated arbitration

proceedings and, during the period of 1980-81, CBOT members had denied

five customers the right to arbitrate their disputes with members

because those members refused to participate in the CBOT's arbitration



\2\ 46 FR 57457 (November 24, 1981) (adopting Commission

Regulation 7.201). See also 49 FR 10659 (March 24, 1984) (subsequent



The Commission regulation, adopted pursuant to its section 8a(7)

authority, altered and supplemented CBOT Rule 620.01(B) to implement a

Commission-drafted version of Rule 620.01(B). The Commission-imposed

rule assured that CBOT members would submit to arbitration proceedings

initiated by customers under CBOT rules and regulations. Regulation

7.201 has remained in place ever since.

On July 12, 2007, CBOT Holdings, Inc. merged with CME Holdings,

Inc. to form The CME Group, Inc. On November 25, 2007, as part of the

harmonization of the rules of the CBOT with those of the CME, the CBOT

deleted Rule 620.01(B) from its rulebook and adopted new Rule 600.D

governing permissive arbitrations. New CBOT Rule 600.D, which is

identical to CME Rule 600.D, provides in relevant part that a CBOT

member is, ``* * * required to arbitrate * * * claims of a customer

against a member that relate to or arise out of any transaction on or

subject to the rules of the Exchange.''

On June 8, 2009, The CME Group, Inc., CBOT's parent company,

submitted a petition pursuant to Commission Regulation 13.2 for the

repeal of Regulation 7.201.\3\ Given that new CBOT Rule 600.D has,

since November 25, 2007, compelled members to submit to arbitration

claims initiated by customers, that Rule 600.D fully

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conforms to the Commission's interpretation of section 5a(11) of the

Act at the time Regulation 7.201 was adopted, and to the Commission's

interpretation of CBOT's obligations under successor section 5(d)(13)

of the Act, and that Regulation 7.201 refers to a CBOT rule that is no

longer in the CBOT rulebook, the Commission has determined to grant the

CME Group's petition and hereby repeals Regulation 7.201.


\3\ Copies of the petition are available on written request from

David Stawick, Secretary, Commodity Futures Trading Commission,

Three Lafayette Centre, 1155 21st Street, NW., Washington, DC 20581,

by telephone request at (202) 418-5100, or by e-mail request to

[email protected] Reference should be made to ``CME Group petition

to repeal Regulation 7.201.''


II. Related Matters

A. No Notice Required Under 5 U.S.C. 553

The Administrative Procedure Act (``APA'') requires rulemakings to

be commenced with a general notice of public rulemaking, published in

the Federal Register,\4\ except, among other things, ``when the agency

for good cause finds * * * that notice and public procedure thereon are

impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public interest.'' \5\


\4\ 5 U.S.C. 553(b).

\5\ 5 U.S.C. 553. See also Commission Regulations 13.3 through

13.5, 17 CFR 13.3-13.5 (notice of proposed rulemaking and public

participation in the rulemaking process required unless the

Commission finds for good cause that notice and public procedure

thereon are impracticable, unnecessary, or contrary to the public



The repeal of Commission Regulation 7.201 will not cause new

regulatory requirements to be effected, because new CBOT Rule 600.D

imposes the same requirements on CBOT members that Commission

Regulation 7.201 was adopted to impose. Therefore, the Commission finds

for good cause that the notice and public procedure are unnecessary

before finalizing the repeal of Commission Regulation 7.201.

B. Regulatory Flexibility Act

The Commission is required to prepare and make available for public

comment a regulatory flexibility analysis describing the impact of a

rule on small entities when the Commission is required by 5 U.S.C. 553

or any other law to publish a notice of proposed rulemaking.\6\ The

Commission has found according to the provisions of 5 U.S.C. 553 that a

notice of proposed rulemaking is unnecessary for the repeal of

Regulation 7.201. Therefore, the Commission is not required to prepare

and make available a regulatory flexibility analysis, and the head of

the agency alternatively is not making a certification as to the

economic impact of the rule on a substantial number of small



\6\ 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604.

\7\ See 5 U.S.C. 605 (certification by the head of an agency

permitted as an alternative to the regulatory flexibility analyses

required at 5 U.S.C. 603 and 604).


C. Paperwork Reduction Act

The Paperwork Reduction Act (``PRA''), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.,

imposes certain requirements on federal agencies (including the

Commission) in connection with their conducting or sponsoring any

collection of information as defined by the PRA. The repeal of

Regulation 7.201 is not associated with a collection of information.

Accordingly, the Paperwork Reduction Act does not apply.

D. Cost Benefit Analysis

Section 15(a) of the Act requires the Commission to consider the

costs and benefits of its action before promulgating a new regulation

or order under the Act. Since this action repeals rather than

promulgates a regulation, by its terms, Sec. 15(a) does not apply. In

any event, the repeal of Commission Regulation 7.201 will not cause new

regulatory requirements to be effected, as new CBOT Rule 600.D imposes

the same requirements on CBOT members that Commission Regulation 7.201

was adopted to impose. Thus, the repeal of Regulation 7.201 is cost/

benefit neutral.

List of Subjects in 17 CFR Part 7

Arbitration, Commodity exchanges, Commodity futures.


In consideration of the foregoing, and pursuant to the authority in the

Commodity Exchange Act and, in particular, sections 5 and 8a of the

Act, the Commission hereby amends Title 17, part 7, of the Code of

Federal Regulations as follows:




1. The authority citation for part 7 is revised to read as follows:

Authority: 7 U.S.C. 7(a) and 12a(7).

Sec. 7.201 [Removed and reserved]


2. Section 7.201 is removed and reserved.

Issued in Washington, DC, on July 31, 2009.

By the Commission.

David Stawick,

Secretary of the Commission.

[FR Doc. E9-18855 Filed 8-5-09; 8:45 am]


Last Updated: August 6, 2009