No Action Letter Law and Legal Definition
A no action letter is a letter given by a governement agency in response to a proposed course of action by an entity governed by that agency. It is an assurance that if the entity takes the action propsed in its request for a no action letter, the agency will not pursue legal action in response. A request for a no action letter is typically sent by an entity when it is unsure of the legality of the proposed action. Most no-action letters describe the request, analyze the particular facts and circumstances involved, discuss applicable laws and rules, and, if the staff grants the request for no action, concludes that the staff would not recommend that the agency take enforcement action against the requester based on the facts and representations described in the individual or entity's original letter.