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Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Monday, February 11, 2008

SEC Settles Insider Trading Charges in Chemed Stock

The SEC settled charges today against William G. Williams ("Williams") for unlawful insider trading in the securities of Chemed Corporation ("Chemed"). The SEC alleged that, shortly before the April 30, 2007 post-closing public announcement regarding Chemed's quarterly earnings and improved 2007 guidance numbers (the "Announcement"), Williams misappropriated material non-public information concerning the earnings and guidance from a senior financial executive officer while in Florida. The complaint alleges that, on the basis of this material, non-public information, Williams purchased Chemed common stock. According to the complaint, the price of Chemed shares increased materially after the Announcement, and Williams sold his Chemed shares, realizing illicit profits of approximately $28,550.  Without admitting or denying the allegations in the complaint, Williams consented to the entry of a final judgment enjoining further violations and ordering him to disgorge his illegal trading profits and pay a civil penalty in an amount equal to his trading profits.

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