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Former Apple attorney will have to face insider trading allegations

Gene Levoff, a former senior attorney at Apple will have to face allegations he traded the company’s stock based on nonpublic information, after a New Jersey federal judge rejected his argument that insider trading is a crime that does not exist, according to Law360 (a subscription is required to read the entire article).

In April, The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged Gene Levoff, Apple’s former vice president of corporate law with insider trading in February 2019, reported CNBC. Insider trading is the illegal practice of trading on the stock exchange to one’s own advantage through having access to confidential information.

However, Levoff said the charges were unconstitutional because his actions aren’t expressly prohibited by any one criminal law.

Before his termination in September 2018, he was “responsible for Apple’s compliance with securities laws.” In a lawsuit, the SEC says that, on more than one occasion, he disobeyed the company’s “blackout” period for stock transactions, selling or buying stock worth tens of millions of dollars, according to the SEC.

“Levoff also had a previous history of insider trading, having traded on Apple’s material nonpublic information at least three additional times in 2011 and 2012. For the trading in 2015 and 2016, Levoff profited and avoided losses of approximately $382,000,” the SEC complaint says. It adds that the attorney’s position at Apple granted him insider access to not-yet-public earnings results and briefings on iPhone sales.

From 2008 to 2013, he was director of Corporate Law at Apple. He also served on Apple’s Disclosure Committee from September 2008 to July 2018 

According to the SEC complaint, Levoff was responsible for Apple’s compliance with securities laws, including providing legal advice in connection with the tech giant’s SEC filings and financial reporting, and for managing Apple’s corporate subsidiary structure. 

He also served as a corporate officer of every major Apple subsidiary. Ironically, Levoff was responsible for ensuring compliance with the company’s insider trading policies.

Dennis Sellers
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Dennis Sellers is the editor/publisher of Apple World Today. He’s been an “Apple journalist” since 1995 (starting with the first big Apple news site, MacCentral). He loves to read, run, play sports, and watch movies.