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Jason Ross Quoted in Texas Lawbook Article on Mark Cuban Trial

Dykema Attorney Observes That Case Hinges on Whether Jury Believes Defendant

October 15, 2013

Jason Ross, Dallas-based attorney in Dykema’s Litigation Group, whose practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and securities law, is quoted in an article—“Mark Cuban: Meet Barry Switzer, but No Sunbathing Please”—that appeared in the October 13, 2013 issue of Texas Lawbook, a Dallas-based online journal that chronicles significant activities within the Texas legal community. The article was reprinted in the next day’s Dallas Morning News, the fifth-largest metropolitan newspaper in the U.S.

In the article, Ross comments on the similarities between the current insider trading trial (now in its eighth day) of Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and a like-minded federal action against Barry Switzer, a three-time NCAA championship football coach, in 1983.

Ross observes, “There are definitely parallels in the two cases. Both defendants are sports celebrities. Neither worried about the legal fees. In both cases, the SEC (U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission) was applying the insider trading laws aggressively in ways they haven’t done previously.” Ross adds, “And both cases relied on whether you believed the defendant.”