Steven Cohen and SAC reach $135m insider-trading settlement

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The new amount will be paid to investors in Elan Corp., now a part of Perrigo Co. Elan played a part in a case involving a former employee, Mathew Martoma, who was in 2014 sentenced to nine years in prison for trading on inside tips in Elan and other stocks while at SAC.

SAC agreed to plead guilty in 2013 to criminal insider trading charges, and paid $ 1.8 billion in penalties.

Cohen and SAC denied wrongdoing in the Elan class-action case; they agreed to settle “solely to eliminate the uncertainty, burden and expense of further protracted litigation,” according to a joint filing in US District Court in New York.

Cohen now manages his multibillion-dollar family fortune at Point72 Asset Management.

“We are pleased to have resolved this matter and close the books on this chapter of SAC-era litigation,” a Point72 spokesman said in a statement.

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This article was first published by The Wall Street Journal

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