DPP (Cth) v JM: Case Page

Ann O’Connell, ‘Protecting the Integrity of Securities Markets — What is an “Artificial Price”?: DPP (Cth) v JM‘ (25 July 2013).

In DPP (Cth) v JM the High Court unanimously allowed JM’s appeal against a decision of the Victorian Court of Appeal. JM allegedly sought to create an ‘artificial price’ on the Australian Securities Exchange by having a family member strategically purchase shares, and the meaning of that phrase was the central issue in the appeal. Rejecting the  ‘narrower’ reading taken up by a majority of the VSCA, the High Court ruled that a share price created or maintained by a transaction that was carried out for the sole or dominant purpose of creating or maintaining a price was an artificial price.

High Court Judgment [2013] HCA 30 27 June 2013
Result Appeal allowed
High Court Documents DPP (Cth) v JM
Full Court Hearings [2013] HCATrans 96  8 May 2013
[2013] HCATrans 95 7 May 2013
Special Leave Hearing [2012] HCATrans 347 14 December 2012
Appeal from VSCA [2012] VSCA 21 14 June 2012