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United States v. O’Hagan
Citation:521 U.S. 642 (1997)
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Respondent James Herman O’Hagan was partner in the law firm of Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In July 1988, Grand Metropolitan PLC (Grand Met) retained Dorsey & Whitney as local counsel to represent Grand Met regarding a potential tender offer for the common stock of the Pillsbury Company. While Dorsey & Whitney was still representing Grand Met, O’Hagan began purchasing call options for Pillsbury stock. Each option gave him the right to purchase 100 shares of Pillsbury stock. The Securities and Exchange Commission initiated an investigation into O’Hagan’s transactions. The indictment alleged that O’Hagan defrauded his law firm and its client, Grand Met, by using for his own trading purposes material, nonpublic information regarding Grand Met’s planned tender offer. The indictment stated that O’Hagan used his profits to he gained through this trading to conceal his previous embezzlement and conversion of unrelated client trust funds.
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