Readers Respond: Sarbanes-Oxley: In Search of Payback

Readers respond to the eWEEK editorial, "Sarbanes-Oxley: In Search of Payback."

The Sarbanes-Oxley Act was not intended to provide benefits to corporate bottom lines, but to provide benefits to stockholders and other users of financial reports ("Sarbanes-Oxley: In Search of Payback," Aug. 8).

SarbOx was created to limit the damage caused by the Public Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 which (as believed by many experts) set the stage for Enron-type reporting fraud.

While that law benefited corporate bottom lines immensely, the cost to investors was in the billions of dollars. If SarbOx prevents such fraud and losses in the future, then the benefits intended will have been achieved and any benefit to corporations will be greatly appreciated icing on the cake.

James Lewis
Wilmington, Del.


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