The ImClone Case

In the ImClone case, Martha Stewart was convicted of lying to investigators (obstruction of justice and perjury) and also charged with securities fraud for selling stock of a company called ImClone.

Based on your understanding of the ImClone case, answer the following questions:

  • Why did this case come to the attention of the SEC?
  • What were the specific crimes involved in this case?
  • Should Stewart have been prosecuted? Why or why not?
  • Did being famous make things better or worse for her?

Based on your study on stock answer the following questions:

  • What are some of the factors that can make the price of a company’s stock increase or decrease?
  • Do you own any stock? If yes, then what were the factors that influenced your decision to buy shares in a particular company? If not, what factors would you consider when buying shares? Note: You do not have to reveal which shares you own or any other personal information.

Are the executives of a publicly traded company required to report their stock transactions? Why or why not?

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