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Univ. of Toledo College of Law

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Former NBTY Director Settles Insider Trading Charges

A final judgment was entered on May 8, 2008, by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York against Nathan Rosenblatt, a former director of NBTY, Inc., and member of its three-person audit committee. Rosenblatt consented to the entry of final judgment, without admitting or denying the allegations of the SEC's complaint.  The complaint alleged that Rosenblatt tipped his close friend Morris Gad with material, nonpublic information concerning the company's significant revenue and earnings shortfall for the third quarter of 2004, prior the company's public release of its financial results. With this information in hand, Gad sold his entire position of NBTY stock, sold the stock short, purchased put contracts, and sold call contracts through the custodial accounts of his three children prior to NBTY's release of its 2004 third quarter financial results. In so doing, Gad made $399,187.40 in trading profits and losses avoided.  Gad previously settled with the Commission.

The final judgment against Rosenblatt orders him to pay a civil penalty of $399,187.40, and permanently bars him from acting as an officer or director of any public company.

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