One of the key metrics to determining how attractive a target a company is for class action lawyers is the length of the anticipated "class period" – i.e. the period between the date of the first misrepresentation and the date of the corrective disclosure.
The recent insider trading case of a former senior lawyer at Apple Inc. serves as a reminder that those tasked with upholding a company’s insider trading rules are expected to ‘walk the walk’ when it comes to complying with ethical and legal obligations in handling confidential information. This case and similar prior cases remind us that counsel and firms ought to be vigilant and take proactive steps to monitor and enforce insider trading programs.
The OSC recently approved a settlement agreement in which the respondent admitted to providing material non-public information to a third party. The order in Re Hutchinson, which did not include an administrative penalty or disgorgement of profits, was held to be in the public interest given the respondent’s cooperation and other mitigating factors.