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Robert J. Anello and Richard F. Albert

The insider trading trial and conviction of Raj Rajaratnam, founder of the Galleon Group hedge funds, in the Southern District of New York, has continued to spark debate on issues ranging from the government’s aggressive use of blue-collar investigative tools in white-collar cases1 to the breadth of federal insider trading law. In affirming Rajaratnam’s conviction, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit relied on circuit precedent, originally articulated in United States v. Teicher,2 broadly interpreting insider criminal trading liability to include instances where a defendant has knowledge of insider information without evidence that he relied on the information in making a trade.

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