Securities and Exchange Commission v. Obus, et al., No. 10-4749 (2d Cir. 2012)Annotate this Case
The SEC filed a civil enforcement action against defendants alleging insider trading in violation of section 10(b) of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, 15 U.S.C. 78j(b), and Rule 10b-5, 17 C.F.R. 240.10b-5. The SEC alleged that Defendant Strickland learned material non-public information in the course of his employment and revealed it to Defendant Black, his friend and hedge fund employee, and that Black in turn relayed the information to his boss, Defendant Obus, who traded the information. The court held that the SEC's evidence created genuine issues of material fact as to each defendant's liability under the misappropriation theory and therefore summary judgment for defendants was erroneous. Accordingly, the court vacated and remanded.