The Supreme Court has granted cert in Salman v. United States, posing the following question for argument:
Whether the personal benefit to the insider that is necessary to establish insider trading under Dirks v. SEC requires proof of “an exchange that is objective, consequential, and represents at least a potential gain of a pecuniary or similarly valuable nature,” as the Second Circuit held in United States v. Newman, or whether it is enough that the insider and the tippee shared a close family relationship, as the Ninth Circuit held in this case.
The WSJ reports:
In the New York case, U.S. v. Newman, an appeals panel said prosecutors had to prove the insider disclosed the information for a personal benefit that included something valuable being exchanged. The decision upended multiple convictions and top prosecutors complained that the ruling could make it legal for traders to obtain and use confidential information from friends.
Mr. Salman, citing Newman, argued that evidence of a family relationship between the tipper and the tip recipient wasn’t enough to demonstrate that the insider received a personal benefit.
The San Francisco-based Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument in a ruling last July. The Supreme Court will review the decision and could hear oral arguments as soon as April. Mr. Salman has been serving his prison sentence since August 2014.
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