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PwC Report Reviews 2014 Securities Suit Filings and Settlements, Analyzes Trends Likely to Drive Future Suits

Posted in Securities Litigation
On April 10, 2015, PwC released the latest in what is now a series of annual securities class action litigation reports. PwC’s report is generally consistent with the reports previously published by Cornerstone Research and NERA. What makes the PwC report noteworthy is its commentary on the trends the report’s authors believe could contribute to… Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Accounting-Related Securities Suits Jump in 2014

Posted in Securities Litigation
The number of securities class action lawsuit filings raising accounting allegations rose by 47 percent in 2014 compared to the prior year, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research. The March 31, 2015 report, entitled “Accounting Class Action Filings and Settlements: 2014 Review and Analysis,” can be found here. Cornerstone Research’s March 31, 2015… Continue Reading

Facts, Opinions, Omissions, and Context: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Omnicare Opinion

Posted in Securities Litigation
In a March 24, 2015 opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (here), the U.S. Supreme Court set aside the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that allegations of “objective falsity” were sufficient to make a statement of opinion in securities offering documents actionable. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the lower… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Omnicare Decision Clarifies Pleading Standard for Section 11 Claims Based on Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements

Posted in Securities Litigation
As I discuss in the accompanying post, on March 24, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court issues its opinion in the Omnicare case. In the following guest post, the Skadden law firm summarizes the case and its holding. A version of the guest post previously was published as a Skadden client alert. I would like to… Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Average and Aggregate Securities Suit Settlements Plunged in 2014

Posted in Securities Litigation
The aggregate amount of all securities class action settlements during 2014 declined to the lowest level in years and there also was a “dramatic” decrease in the average securities suit settlement amount during the year, according to a March 24, 2014 report from Cornerstone Research. The report, which is entitled “Securities Class Action Settlements: 2014… Continue Reading

Yet Another U.S. Securities Suit Arising From a Latin American Corruption Investigation

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In yet another U.S. securities class action lawsuit involving a non-U.S. company and a corruption investigation in the company’s home country, on March 19, 2015 a shareholder of Chemical & Mining Company of Chile, Inc. (Sociedad Quimica y Minera de Chile, S.A, or SQM), the world’s largest producer of iodine and lithium and a major… Continue Reading

Life Sciences Companies and Securities Litigation: 2014 Update

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Life sciences companies are “an increasingly popular target” of securities class action lawsuits, according to the annual securities litigation survey from the David A. Kotler of the Dechert law firm. According to the March 16, 2015 report, entitled “Dechert Survery of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies,” the number of 2014… Continue Reading

In Latest Jumbo Merger Suit Settlement, Duke Energy Agrees to Pay $146 Million to Settle Suit Over “Boardroom Coup” Following Progress Energy Merger

Posted in Securities Litigation
One of the hot topics in the world of corporate and securities litigation in recent years has been the rise of M&A-related litigation. Among the many themes that are part of the discussion of this topic has been the fact that the M&A lawsuits often settle for the defendant company’s agreement to additional disclosures about… Continue Reading

Navigating Circuit Split, District Court Finds Omission of Item 303 Disclosure Actionable Under Section 10(b)

Posted in Securities Litigation
One of the more interesting issues that has emerged recently in the securities litigation arena is the question of whether or not the alleged failure to make a disclosure required by Item 303 of Reg. S-K is an actionable omission under Section 10(b) and Rule 10b-5. The Ninth Circuit, in its October 2014 decision in… Continue Reading

Thinking About Bondholder Securities Class Actions

Posted in Securities Litigation
When the topic is securities class action litigation, what is usually considered are lawsuits brought under the federal securities laws by shareholders. By way of illustration, when considering the extent of a company’s potential exposure to a future securities class action lawsuit, the starting point is usually the company’s market capitalization (that is, the number… Continue Reading

Politics and SEC Enforcement

Posted in Securities Litigation
A number of factors might be supposed to affect the SEC’s exercise of its judgment in deciding which firms to investigate. Some possibilities that immediately come to mind are the nature and seriousness of the suspected problem; the way the problem came to the agency’s attention; and the availability of resources to investigate the problem.… Continue Reading

Chinese Internet Giant Alibaba Gets Hit with IPO-Related U.S. Securities Class Action Lawsuit

Posted in Securities Litigation
The year just completed was a banner year for IPOs in the U.S., with more companies completing their initial public offerings on U.S. exchanges in 2014 than in any year since 2000 (as detailed here). But as I have previously noted (here), with an increase in IPO activity comes the likelihood of IPO-related securities class… Continue Reading

Advisen Releases 2014 Corporate and Securities Litigation Report

Posted in Securities Litigation
New corporate and securities lawsuit filings and enforcement actions were down for the third consecutive year in 2014, according to the latest annual report from the insurance information firm, Advisen. According to the report, which is entitled “D&O Claims Trends: 2014 End of Year Wrap-Up,” and which can be found here, the decrease in the number… Continue Reading

NERA Securities Litigation Report: Filings Flat, Number and Value of Settlements Plunge

Posted in Securities Litigation
The number of securities class action filings in 2014 was level with recent years’ filings but the number and dollar value of settlements during the year plunged, according to the latest annual report from NERA Economic Consulting. This year’s report is quite detailed and contains a number of new analyses of lawsuit filings and case… Continue Reading

Second Circuit Splits With Ninth Circuit, Holds Item 303 Omissions Can Be Actionable in Section 10(b) Claims

Posted in Securities Litigation
On January 12, 2015, the Second Circuit ruled, “as a matter of first impression” for the appellate court, that a failure to make a disclosure required by Item 303 of Reg. S-K is an omission that can serve as a basis for a Section 10(b) securities fraud claim, but only if the other requirements to… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Second Circuit Rules for Defendants in Landmark Insider Trading Case

Posted in Securities Litigation
In the following guest post, Susanna Buergel, Charles Davidow, Andrew Ehrlich, Brad Karp, Daniel Kramer, Richard Rosen and Audra Soloway, all of whom are litigation partners at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP who are members of the Firm’s Securities Litigation Practice group explain the significance of the Second Circuit’s decision United States v. Newman.… Continue Reading

Law Firm Organizes U.K. Lawsuit Against Tesco, Financed by Litigation Funding Firm

Posted in Securities Litigation
After U.K.-based Tesco PLC’s announcements of accounting “irregularities” and the subsequent departure of the company’s Board chair, investor lawsuits soon followed. But as discussed here, these lawsuits were filed in the United States, on behalf of investors who had purchased American Depositary Receipts in the United States. In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s holding… Continue Reading

Securities Trial Jury Holds Former Longtop CFO Responsible for One Percent of Damages

Posted in Securities Litigation
As noted in a post yesterday, last Friday a federal jury held Derek Palaschuk, the former CFO of Longtop Financial, liable for the company’s financial misrepresentations. On Monday, the jury deliberated further on the percentage of investors’ damages for which Palaschuk is responsible. According to Nate Raymond’s Nov ember 24, 2014 Reuters article (here) the… Continue Reading