A key quote from the multi-billion-dollar Biovail lawsuit against SAC, et al., for alleged stock manipulation:
“[SAC founder Steven] Cohen uses his enormous financial leverage to support SAC’s trading
strategies by demanding access to material nonpublic information from
the financial institutions with whom SAC does business, including
nonpublic inside information concerning public companies and other
clients to whom those institutions owe fiduciary and other duties of
I have no idea if it is true in this case, but where is the fun of being a billion-dollar hedge fund manager if you can’t beat managers into giving you a little non-public information?