Peter Kafka

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SEC Files Insider Trading Charges in Disney-Marvel Deal

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a California man with insider trading in the run-up to the 2009 Disney-Marvel deal. The SEC says Toby G. Scammell took advantage of his girlfriend, an “extern” working at Disney’s corporate strategy department, to learn about the company’s $4 billion acquisition of the comic book company, and used the information to make a $192,000 profit trading call options. The SEC hasn’t charged Scammell’s girlfriend, who it describes as “exploited,”. Press release; complaint (PDF)


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Nobody was excited about paying top dollar for a movie about WikiLeaks. A film about the origins of Pets.com would have done better.

— Gitesh Pandya of BoxOfficeGuru.com comments on the dreadful opening weekend box office numbers for “The Fifth Estate.”