U.S. Congressional panel wins delay in SEC insider trading probe

NEW YORK A federal judge on Monday put a essential part of an insider trading probe on hold, saying a U.S. Congressional panel require not comply with subpoenas seeking specifics about achievable leaks while it appeals an order enforcing those subpoenas.

Monday’s choice by U.S. District Judge Paul Gardephe in Manhattan provides relief for the House Approaches and Implies Committee and former healthcare staffer Brian Sutter, who are difficult subpoenas from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

At situation is a probe into stock trading in the minutes soon after Washington, D.C.-based Height Securities on April 1, 2013 told clientele about a pending alter to Medicare reimbursement prices that could aid wellness insurers such as Humana Inc.

Investigators have been seeking in component at Sutter’s dealings with a lobbyist at the law firm Greenberg Traurig, whose customers integrated Height Securities.

In an order dated Nov. 13 and created public three days later, Gardephe mentioned the Methods and Signifies committee must comply with parts of the SEC subpoenas, and that Sutter could be deposed.

But in Monday’s choice, Gardephe agreed with the committee and Sutter that the “balance of hardships tips decidedly in their favor,” and that they could suffer “irreparable harm” if the subpoenas have been enforced even though they appealed.

The committee had argued in portion that the U.S. Constitution shielded it and Sutter from becoming compelled to testify or make documents.

“If respondents generate the documents at issue to the SEC, or if Sutter testifies, they can’t recoup the benefit of the privilege on appeal,” Gardephe wrote. “This court concludes that respondents have satisfied the irreparable injury requirement.”

SEC spokeswoman Judith Burns declined to comment.

A lawyer for the Home panel and Sutter did not quickly respond to requests for comment.

The SEC probe is a single of the first invoking a 2012 law known as the Stock Act, which was intended to cease insider trading on Capitol Hill and prevent people from using “political intelligence” to trade non-public info.

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are also probing the alleged leak, according to court and congressional records.

The case is SEC v. Committee on Methods and Means of the U.S. Property of Representatives et al, U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, No. 14-mc-00193.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York Editing by Diane Craft)