College of Law Faculty Scholarship

Title

Martha Stewart and the Forbidden Fruit: A New Story of Eve

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2009

Abstract

This paper narrates a biblical story - Eve’s ingestion of the forbidden fruit - and analogizes it to a recent business law story that I explore in my scholarship and use in my teaching - Martha Stewart’s sale of ImClone stock as alleged insider trading. The analogy, while imperfect, helps expose interesting questions about the descriptive and normative content of U.S. insider trading law and related legal process issues. Although many of the points made in the paper (and the related details and examples presented) can be and have been explored or used in other ways, I contend that the juxtaposition of Eve’s story with Martha’s has utility in illustrating desirable and undesirable attributes of U.S. insider trading regulation, in motivating related scholarship, and in teaching insider trading theory, doctrine, and enforcement under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5.

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