Eric B. Lesser


This Note analyzes transactions involving the purchase and sale of option contracts by an insider possessing material nonpublic information to determine whether the insider violates section 10(b) or Rule 10(b)(5). This Note presents an overview of the framework of Rule 10(b)(5) and, in particular, its enforcement in insider trading cases, and then examines the differing views espoused by courts regarding the duty of disclosure. A general discussion of options and the options market is then provided. Finally, this Note illustrates the loophole by presenting a typical options scenario and then suggests applications of insider trading law the effectively closes the options loophole.