Arizona Revised Statutes Title 44. Trade and Commerce § 44-1991. Fraud in purchase or sale of securities

A. It is a fraudulent practice and unlawful for a person, in connection with a transaction or transactions within or from this state involving an offer to sell or buy securities, or a sale or purchase of securities, including securities exempted under § 44-1843 or 44-1843.01 and including transactions exempted under § 44-1844 , 44-1845 or 44-1850 , directly or indirectly to do any of the following:

1. Employ any device, scheme or artifice to defraud.

2. Make any untrue statement of material fact, or omit to state any material fact necessary in order to make the statements made, in the light of the circumstances under which they were made, not misleading.

3. Engage in any transaction, practice or course of business which operates or would operate as a fraud or deceit.

B. In a private action brought pursuant to subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section or § 44-1992 , if the person who offered or sold the security proves that any portion or all of the amount recoverable under subsection A, paragraph 2 of this section or § 44-1992 represents an amount other than the depreciation in value of the subject security resulting from the part of the prospectus or oral communication, with respect to which the liability of the person is asserted, not being true or omitting to state a material fact required to be stated or necessary to make the statement not misleading, then the amount shall not be recoverable.  This subsection does not apply to any actions based on allegations of activities constituting dishonest or unethical practices in the securities industry.

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