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Mark Cuban Beats the SEC: Judge Tosses Insider-Trading Case


A federal judge has dismissed the Securities and Exchange Commission’s insider-trading case against Mark Cuban, the AP reports. Astonishingly, Cuban has yet to say anything about this on his blog or his Twitter account. But I assume that will be rectified shortly.

UPDATE: That took a while–nearly two hours by my estimate. But here’s Cuban’s initial post-court Tweet (click to enlarge):

At the D7 conference in May, Cuban declined to talk about the case, which revolved around allegations that he dumped shares he owned in search engine after learning of a secondary offering. But even his noncomment was interesting. From my transcript of his  interview with Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg:

“Kara and Walt: Tell us about your fight with the SEC? Mark: No. [Pause] ‘When someone in the government wants you, it’s not a good place to be. You don’t want to be someone’s skin on the wall.’ Kara: ‘Do you know how it’s going to turn out?’ Mark: ‘Yes.'”

Here’s a highlight reel of the interview; you can see the entire session here.

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— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus