Ex-Goldman Sachs Board Member Accused of Insider Trading with Galleon Group Co-Founder Seeks to Have SEC Administrative Case Against Him Dropped

Our securities fraud attorneys had previously reported on the Securities and Exchange Commission’s case against Rajat Gupta, an ex-Goldman Sachs board member accused of passing on confidential information to Galleon Group Co-Founder Raj Rajaratnam about Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s $5 billion investment in Goldman Sachs. Rajaratnam is accused of making $45 million from the scheme, which has been the target of what is being called one of the largest insider trading crackdowns involving a hedge fund. As part of its Galleon probe, the SEC has filed insider trading lawsuits against at least two dozen businesses and individuals.

The SEC is accusing Gupta of sharing with Rajaratnam details about the respective quarterly earnings of the investment bank and Proctor and Gamble, where Gupta also served as a director. Last month, agency filed its charges insider trading allegations against Gupta in administrative forum—a move that he is contesting.

On March 18, the ex-Goldman Sachs board member filed a lawsuit against the SEC denying the insider trading allegations and asking the federal court to block the SEC’s administrative claims and grant him a jury trial. Gupta contends that the SEC allegations took place at least a year and a half before the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act gave regulators permission to file such an action.

The Dodd-Frank Act has given the SEC the authority to use administrative proceedings to get monetary penalties from all individuals, regardless of whether or not they are connected to regulated entities. The SEC’s administrative trial in the Gupta case is scheduled for July 18. Gupta is the only defendant in the Galleon case that the SEC is pursuing administratively. He is a non-regulated person.

Related Web Resources:
Gupta Says U.S. Judge in New York Should Handle Suit to Block SEC’s Action, Bloomberg, April 11, 2011

Ex-Goldman director charged with insider trading, CBS News, March 1, 2011

Gupta v. Securities and Exchange Commission, Justia Docket Filings

U.S. v. Rajaratnam, SD New York 2011

More Blog Posts:
A Texan is Among Those Arrested in Insider Trading Crackdown Involving Apple Inc., Dell, and Advanced Micro Devices’ Confidential Data, Stockbroker Fraud Blog, December 16, 2010

3 Hedge Funds Raided by FBI in Insider Trading Case, Stockbroker Fraud Blog, November 23, 2010

Ex-Goldman Sachs Associate Will Serve Nearly Five Years in Prison for Insider Trading, Stockbroker Fraud Blog, January 10, 2008

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