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PwC 2013 Securities Litigation Report Asks Whether There Are Changes Ahead

Posted in Securities Litigation
In its recently released annual analysis of securities class action litigation, PricewaterhouseCoopers observes that while 2013 may not have been a particularly noteworthy year in the securities class action litigation arena, “significant events and announcements in 2013 have set the stage for potentially sweeping changes in the future.” The PwC report, which is entitled “Are … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research Releases 2013 Securities Class Action Settlements Analysis

Posted in Securities Litigation
Owing to a number of larger settlements, the average securities class action settlement amount in 2013 rose, while at the same time the media settlement amount declined, according to a study of the securities suit settlements from Cornerstone Research. The study also reports that the number of settlements and the aggregate dollar value of all … Continue Reading

Citing Concerns with Plaintiff’s Law Firm’s Roles, District Court Denies Class Cert in IPO Securities Suit

Posted in Securities Litigation
In an opinion reflecting her concerns about the role of the lead plaintiff’s law firm as well as concerns about the predominance of common issues among the proposed class members’ claims, a federal district court judge has denied the plaintiff’s motion for class certification in a lawsuit filed under the Securities Act of 1933. The … Continue Reading

Securities Suit Filing Trends: More About IPOs and Investigative Follow-On Actions

Posted in Securities Litigation
Two securities suit filing trends that emerged during 2013 were the filing of securities class action lawsuits against companies that had recently completed IPOs (about which refer here) and the filing of securities suits  in the wake of investigative or regulatory actions (as discussed here). Based on the recent filings, it appears that these trends … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Halliburton: Procedures and Percentages—Why Did the Court Care and What Do They Mean?

Posted in Securities Litigation
The Halliburton case now before the U.S. Supreme Court could potentially change the securities class action litigation landscape in the United States, as the Court considers whether or not to dump the fraud on the market theory.  However, based upon the oral argument in the case on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, it appears that the … Continue Reading

Supreme Court to Decide Securities Act Statute of Repose Issue in IndyMac MBS Case

Posted in Securities Litigation
The U.S. Supreme Court has added yet another lawsuit to its growing list of securities law cases by agreeing to take up the IndyMac MBS securities suit, to consider whether the filing of a class action lawsuit tolls the statute of repose under the Securities Act (by operation of so-called “American Pipe” tolling) or whether … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Up Yet Another Securities Case: To Support a Section 11 Claim, Must an Opinion Be Subjectively False?

Posted in Securities Litigation
As if it were not enough that the Court is already considering a case that could change the face of securities class actions (that is, the Halliburton case, which will be argued this week), the U.S. Supreme Court has now agreed to take up yet another securities case.   In a March 3, 2014 order … Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court: SLUSA Does Not Preempt Stanford Ponzi Scheme Victims’ State Law Claims

Posted in Securities Litigation
The state law fraud claims of certain victims of the Stanford Ponzi scheme against various law firms and brokerage firms are not precluded under the Securities Litigation Uniform Standards Act (“SLUSA”) and plaintiffs therefore may pursue their state law class actions against the defendants, according to a February 26, 2014 decision from the U.S. Supreme … Continue Reading

NERA: Canadian Securities Class Action Filings Steady in 2013

Posted in International D & O, Securities Litigation, Uncategorized
There were ten securities class action lawsuits filed in Canada in 2013, the same number as were filed in 2012 and only slightly below the annual average number of 11. 6 filings during the period 2006-2012, according to a February 19, 2014 report from NERA Economic Consulting entitled “Trends in Canadian Securities Class Actions: 2013 … Continue Reading

The Sins of the Past: Ninth Circuit Revives BP’s Prudhoe Bay Oil Spill Securities Suit

Posted in Securities Litigation
In a February 8, 2014 article entitled “A Shrunken Giant” (here), the Economist magazine examined BP’s efforts to regain its footing after the disastrous April 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. The article concludes by stating that “Repairing the balance sheet and books is one thing. Repairing BP’s reputation for management excellence will take … Continue Reading

Advisen Releases 2013 Corporate and Securities Litigation Report

Posted in Securities Litigation
Even though (as have been well-documented by other observers) securities class action litigation filings increased in 2013, overall corporate and securities litigation filings during 2013 declined for the second year in a row, according to a February 4, 2014 report from the insurance information firm, Advisen. Though the corporate and securities filing activity in 2013 … Continue Reading

Arguments to Keep the Fraud on Market Theory, and Thinking About a World Without It

Posted in Securities Litigation
As the March 5, 2014 date for oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in the closely-watched Halliburton case approaches, the briefing process in the case has continued to unfold. On January 29, 2014, the Erica P. John Fund, the respondent (the plaintiff in the underlying action) filed its merits brief in the case, … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Securities Suit Filings Increase in 2013, Filing Rate Above Historical Averages

Posted in Securities Litigation
Considered on an absolute basis, securities class action lawsuit filings were up about nine percent in 2013 compared to 2012, although the number of 2013 lawsuits was about 13 percent below annual filings averages for the years 1996-2012, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. … Continue Reading

More About Follow-On Securities Litigation After Overseas Investigative Actions

Posted in Securities Litigation
In my year-end survey of corporate and securities litigation, one of the trends I noted regarding the litigation that had been filed in 2013 was the rise in lawsuit filings following in the wake of governmental investigations and regulatory actions, particularly with respect to investigations and regulatory actions outside the United States. If two recently … Continue Reading

NERA Releases 2013 Securities Class Action Litigation Report

Posted in Securities Litigation
Securities class action lawsuit filings “saw a small increase” during 2013, while securities class action settlements reflected a dynamic in which “large settlements got larger and smaller settlements got smaller” during the year, according to the annual report from NERA Economic Consulting. The January 21, 2014 report, entitled “Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: … Continue Reading

Litigation Funding in the Courts

Posted in Securities Litigation
Third-party litigation funding continues to attract investors, as evidenced by relatively new litigation funding firm  Gerchen Keller Capital’s recent $260 million capital raise, which brings their total investor commitments to $310 million (as discussed in a January 12, 2013 New York Times article, here). As litigation has become more prevalent, courts have had to grapple … Continue Reading

Guest Post: More than a Machine: “Robocop” Stole the Headlines, but the Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force is the Real Driver Behind the SEC’s Refocus on Accounting Irregularities

Posted in Securities Litigation
As noted in a recent guest post on this site (here), the SEC recently announced the so-called “Robocop” initiative to try to detect improper or fraudulent financial reporting. However, as the authors of the prior post explain in a second guest post below, the Robocop initiative is one of two efforts the agency recently launched … Continue Reading

Takeover Litigation in 2013

Posted in Securities Litigation
One of the most distinctive corporate and securities litigation trend in recent years has been the surge in M&A-related litigation, with virtually every deal attracting at least one lawsuit. This trend continued again in 2013, according to a recently updated study from Notre Dame business professor Matthew Cain and Ohio State law professor Steven Davidoff. … Continue Reading

Dump “Fraud on the Market” Yet Preserve Securities Plaintiffs’ Ability to Establish Reliance?

Posted in Securities Litigation
Since the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to revisit the “fraud on the market” theory by granting cert in the Halliburton case a few weeks ago, many commentators (including this blog) have considered whether the Court might wind up taking an intermediate position that addresses criticisms of the theory while preserving securities plaintiffs’ ability to try … Continue Reading

Securities Lawsuit Filings Up Slightly in 2013

Posted in Securities Litigation
The number of securities class action lawsuit filings was up slightly in 2013 compared to 2012, although the 2013 filings remained well below historical averages. While securities litigation picked up in 2013 compared to the year before, the more interesting question going forward is what the impact of the Halliburton case now pending before the … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Bankruptcy in Securities Class Actions: Case Outcomes, Individual Liability and Side A Protection

Posted in Class Action Settlements, Securities Litigation
Of the different contexts within which securities class action lawsuits arise, one of the most significant is the bankruptcy context. As detailed in the following guest post from Michael Klausner and Jason Hegland of Stanford Law School, securities class action lawsuit arising in bankruptcy are different from cases involving solvent companies. Their guest post provides … Continue Reading