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United States v. O’Hagan
Citation:521 U.S. 642 (1997)
O’Hagan worked for a firm that represented Pillsbury. Pillsbury was exploring the possibility of a tender offer, which was confidential information and not yet publicly known. Based on the information obtained by O’Hagan pursuant to his representation of the company, he obtained inside information and purchased call options and general stock in Pillsbury. Once the information regarding the tender offer became public, O’Hagan sold his shares once the value of the stock began to significantly increase. O’Hagan profited tremendously from these transactions.
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