A federal appeals court has denied a request by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to delay new rules requiring mutual funds to have independent chairmen. The world's largest business group had launched a campaign to postpone more stringent governance measures adopted by the Securities and Exchange Commission this past summer pending the outcome of its lawsuit challenging the move.

In a ruling Monday, the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington denied the chamber's motion to delay the rules, which are scheduled to go into effect in January 2006.

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