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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

SEC Charges Five in Inside Trading in Stock of Company Acquired by Boeing

The SEC filed a complaint against five individuals (Defendants) in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas alleging that they engaged in unlawful trading on the basis of material, nonpublic information in the securities of Aviall, Inc. (Aviall) before a May 1, 2006 merger announcement with The Boeing Company. According to the Commission's complaint, two Aviall employees became aware of material, nonpublic information concerning the impending acquisition of Aviall in the course of their employment at Aviall's Dallas headquarters and that they, in turn, tipped family members and a business associate. As a result of their trading in Aviall common stock and call options, the Defendants collectively reaped hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits

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