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Pinter v. Dahl

United States Supreme Court
486 U.S. 622 (1988)


Maurice Dahl (plaintiff) invested $20,000 in Pinter (defendant), an oil and gas company. Dahl then proceeded to encourage friends and family members to also invest in Pinter. Many of Dahl’s friends and family members did invest in Pinter, receiving unregistered shares of the corporation in return. When Pinter failed to drill for oil successfully, Dahl and the other investors brought suit against Pinter, alleging that it offered them an unregistered security. Pinter filed a counterclaim against Dahl, alleging that Dahl fraudulently persuaded Pinter to issue unregistered securities to other investors, by selling them shares in Pinter. The district court ruled in favor of Dahl. The court of appeals also ruled that Dahl did not sell Pinter’s securities as defined by Section 12(1). Pinter then petitioned for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Blackmun, J.)

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