Due diligence requires a reasonable investigation of all material facts before entering into an agreement or transaction with another person or entity. It is a measure taken to prevent unnecessary harm to an innocent party. The measure would require an entity offering and selling a security to analyze the legitimacy, nature, and risks associated with the product.
In this case, Mr. Mason and Mr. Gibson read most of the third-party due diligence reports pertaining to the Shale Royalties offerings. However, many of the reports raised concerns about the accounting of inter-offering transactions and the ability of the offerings to generate sufficient revenue from oil and gas investments. Mr. Mason and Mr. Gibson, though aware of the concerns raised in the due diligence reports, continued to actively market the offerings without having adequately investigated such concerns and determining whether the offerings were suitable for investors.
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