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Successful Summer Strategies. Business and Securities Research. Researching Business Themselves. Don’t be Rudy Baylor! Find out who to sue! Find out if they can pay! Find out who the corporate officers are! It is a lot easier to get information regarding public companies.

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Successful Summer Strategies

Business and Securities Research

Researching Business Themselves

  • Don’t be Rudy Baylor!

  • Find out who to sue!

  • Find out if they can pay!

  • Find out who the corporate officers are!

  • It is a lot easier to get information regarding public companies.

  • Information about private companies is available but you may have to pay.

State Level Information

  • Most states require businesses to register with the Secretary of State.

  • Just about every state has a searchable database which allows the user to get various types of information about different businesses.

  • Good for private companies.

Use the organizational structure of the directory to help you find appropriate databases.

Researching Laws

  • USCA and USCS which are searchable and well indexed.

  • What if you only have the name of a law or very general information?

  • Google, Wikipedia are great resources as long as you verify the information with a more reliable source.

There is a lot of information in this news article that we can use elsewhere.

For example…

Thanks to the obsessive nature of Wikipedia contributors (myself included) you have a great collection of references and links to look at!

Popular Name Tables

  • Commercial codes like the USCA and USCS both have Popular Name Tables.

  • These allow you to look up laws by “popular name”. (e.g. Sarbanes Oxley or Clean Air Act)

  • Organized alphabetically.

Just type “Popular Name Table” into the “Find a Database” box or use the directory. Then you can browse by letter.

This is expandable thus allowing you to browse alphabetically

Forms and Practice Materials

  • Believe it or not, lawyers spend a lot of times filling out forms. Don’t spend a lot of time looking for them!

  • Believe it or not, you may be asked to research something or summarize the law even though you haven’t a clue what you’re doing or what the law is!

  • This is where forms and practice materials come in!

    • These materials help the practicing attorney look like he/she knows what’s going on!

    • Both Lexis and Westlaw have tons of these available.

    • We also have many of them in print here in the library!

This really goes into a lot of detail!


  • If you offer securities to raise money then you are subject to regulation by the federal government (over $1 million).

  • The SEC regulates securities.

  • Companies are required to file various and sundry documents with the SEC.

    • 10-K = annual report

    • 10-Q = Quarterly report

    • 8-K = Update on material events

    • Full list is available here:

  • These filings have A LOT OF INFORMATION.

The CIK number is a unique identifier for each corporation.

This time I used the CIK number to search.

If You’re Willing to Pay…

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