SEC Wins Some, Loses Some in Aggressive Insider Trading Case

In a decision rendered from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division, Judge Ronald Guzmán granted summary judgment on the SEC’s insider trading claims as to three defendants but allowed claims as to one defendant to proceed to trial.  The SEC’s claims against all of the defendants focused on suspiciously-timed sales and other circumstantial evidence, but failed to identify specific tippers who provided defendants with inside information.  The case highlights the SEC’s aggressive strategy in pursuing insider trading claims without direct evidence of tipping.  For more information and to visit our Securities Litigation blog, please click here.