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Chiarella v. United States
Citation:445 U.S. 222 (1980)
Petitioner is a printer by trade. In 1975 and 1976, he worked as a “markup man” in the New York composing room of Pandick Press. Among documents that petitioner handled were five announcements of corporate takeover bids. The petitioner was able to deduce the names of the target companies. Without disclosing his knowledge, petitioner purchased stock in the target companies and sold the shares immediately after the takeover attempts were made public. By this method, petitioner realized a gain of more than $30,000 in the course of 14 months. In January 1978, petitioner was indicted on 17 counts of violating section 10(b) of the Securities Exchange Act.
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