Paul Hastings Represents STEC Founder Manouch Moshayedi in Victory Over SEC in Insider Trading and Fraud Trial

June 09, 2014

Los Angeles – On Friday, June 6, 2014, a trial team led by Paul Hastings partner Thomas A. Zaccaro, and Latham & Watkins partner Patrick E. Gibbs, won a major trial victory on behalf of the founder and former CEO of sTec, Inc., Manouch Moshayedi, in one of the largest insider trading cases ever brought by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  After an eleven-day trial, the Santa Ana federal court jury deliberated for just four hours before delivering a verdict in Mr. Moshayedi’s favor on all of the SEC’s claims.
Filed in 2012, the complaint alleged that Mr. Moshayedi unjustly enriched himself by $267 million in August 2009 when he and family members sold nine million shares of sTec in a secondary offering while in possession of material, non-public information.  The SEC also alleged that Mr. Moshayedi made material misrepresentations and omissions on two separate occasions.  All of the SEC’s claims were rejected by the jury.

Mr. Zaccaro is the vice-chair of Paul Hastings Investigations and White Collar Defense practice.  The Paul Hastings team also included Los Angeles partner Howard Privette, and associates Scott Carlton, Eleanor Mercado, Peter Brejcha, Beth Mueller, Janice Lee, Bridget Gordon and Ryan Walsh.

Paul Hastings is a leading global law firm with a strong presence throughout Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Through a collaborative approach, entrepreneurial spirit, and commitment to client service, the professionals of Paul Hastings deliver innovative solutions to many of the world’s top financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Practice Areas

White Collar Defense

Investigations and White Collar Defense



Corporate, Litigation, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Life Sciences, and Employment

Becca Hatton


Katy Foster


Miranda Ward

Submission Requests

Firmwide Inquiries

Elliott Frieder

Get In Touch With Us

Contact Us