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US Supreme Court upholds broad power to curb insider trading

December 6, 2016

A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court is siding with the government in a legal clash over the nation's insider trading laws. It's a victory for prosecutors seeking to curb corruption on Wall Street.

The justices ruled Tuesday that sharing corporate secrets with friends or relatives is illegal even if the insider providing the tip doesn't receive anything of value in return.

The ruling upheld the conviction of Bassam Yacoub Salman, an Illinois man convicted of making investments based on inside information he received from a member of his extended family.

The court rejected arguments that insider trading prosecutions should be limited to those who make secret profits from revealing confidential data. Government officials say sharing corporate secrets with friends or family is just as damaging to the integrity of financial markets.
 

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