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Guest Post: SEC Enforcement Data: Midyear Review

In the following guest post, Tammy Yuen and Ted Carleton of the Skarzynski Black law firm review and analyze the May 9, 2017 Cornerstone Research report entitled “SEC Enforcement Activity: Public Companies and Subsidiaries, Midyear FY 2017 Update” (here), which details the SEC’s enforcement activity during the first half of the current fiscal year. I … Continue Reading

PwC Annual Study Reports Record Number of Securities Suits

Largely driven by a “dramatic” increase in the number of federal court merger objection lawsuits, securities class action litigation filings rose to the highest level ever in 2016, according to PwC’s most recent annual securities litigation report. The report also noted that for the first time securities litigation rose though the stock market performance during … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: 2016 Accounting-Related Securities Suit Filings and Settlements Again Increased

According to Cornerstone Research’s latest annual survey of accounting-related securities suits, the number of accounting-related securities suit filings rose to the highest level in years in 2016, largely as a result of the number of federal court merger objection lawsuit filings involving accounting-related allegations during the year. The total value of accounting settlements during the … Continue Reading

Securities Litigation: What if the Real Exposure is Less Than Supposed Damages?

Most securities class action lawsuits that are not dismissed outright ultimately settle. One of the starting points for securities suit settlement negotiations is what is referred to as “plaintiffs’ style” damages estimate. The plaintiffs’ damages estimate is usually adjusted to reflect the composition of the class, the duration of the class period, trading patterns in … Continue Reading

You Need to Know This: YTD Securities Class Action Lawsuit Filings are Off the Charts

Securities class action lawsuit filings have been going crazy. Securities suit filings during the first quarter 2017 set a pace that if continued would mean an unprecedented number of securities lawsuit by year end. But even more significant than the sheer number of lawsuits is the rate of litigation. The percentage of listed companies sued … Continue Reading

Brazilian Energy Company’s Corruption-Related U.S. Securities Suit Survives Dismissal Motion

As I have frequently noted (most recently here), Brazil’s ever-expanding corruption investigation that initially focused on Petrobras, the country’s state-run oil company, has swept up an increasing number of companies across the country’s economy (and elsewhere in Latin America as well). Among the companies caught up in the investigation is the country’s state-run electrical energy … Continue Reading

Brazilian Corruption Scandal Spreads to Meat Industry, U.S. Securities Litigation Follows

The massive Brazilian corruption scandal that began with an investigation of the state-owned oil company Petrobras and that has since spread both to other industries, including the construction industry, and to other Latin American countries, has now spread to an investigation of unsanitary practices and corruption in Brazil’s meatpacking industry. Among the Brazilian companies caught … Continue Reading

Biotech Companies Sued Frequently But Do They Really Represent a Heightened Risk Class?

As has been documented on this blog and elsewhere, life sciences companies in general, and developmental stage biotechnology companies in particular, are frequent securities class action litigation targets. But does that really justify the perception of early stage biotech companies as representing a heightened securities litigation risk class for D&O insurers? A recent law firm … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Securities Class Action Settlement Values Increased in 2016

The number of securities class action settlements as well as the aggregate, average, and median securities class action settlement values all increased in 2016 compared to the prior year, according to the latest annual report from Cornerstone Research. The report, entitled “Securities Class Action Settlements: 2016 Review and Analysis can be found here. Cornerstone Research’s … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Post-Morrison Application of U.S. Securities Laws to Foreign Issuers

In its June 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the U.S. securities laws do not apply extraterritorially. Since then, the lower U.S. federal district courts have struggled with applying Morrison in securities lawsuits involving foreign issuers. A host of recent U.S. lawsuits involving high-profile foreign companies has … Continue Reading

A Closer Look at Securities Litigation Involving Life Sciences Companies

As I noted in my survey of 2016 securities class action litigation (here), one of the factors contributing to the rise in securities litigation last year was the volume of litigation filed against companies in the life sciences sector. According to an analysis of life sciences-related securities suits by the Dechert law firm, the annual number … Continue Reading

Book Review: Federal Securities Litigation

The interpretation and application of the federal securities laws has in recent years proven to be a rapidly changing arena. For that reason, it is a particularly welcome development that the authors of the “Federal Securities Litigation: A Deskbook for the Practitioner” have released the latest update of their single-volume resource on litigation under the … Continue Reading

Ninth Circuit: Ethics Code Violations Insufficient to State Securities Law Claim

In the wake of the era of corporate scandals, Congress enacted the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Section 406 of the Act required the SEC to promulgate rules requiring reporting companies to disclose whether or not they have adopted a code of ethics for its financial officers. The SEC subsequently issued rules implementing this directive, and as a … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Supreme Court Nominee’s Skeptical View of Securities Litigation, Agency Deference

President Trump’s nomination of Tenth Circuit Justice Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the late Justice Antonin Scalia has attracted a great deal of commentary and raised a host of questions about the proposed new Justice’s views on a variety of different subjects. In the following guest post, attorneys from the … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Securities Lawsuit Filings Rise to Highest Level in 20 Years

According to the latest annual securities litigation survey, securities class action lawsuit filings were at “record” levels in 2016. A surge of federal court merger objection lawsuit filings during the year accounted for much of the activity, but even so-called “traditional” securities lawsuit filings were at elevated levels, according to report, which was release jointly … Continue Reading

NERA Economic Consulting: Record Number of Securities Suit Filings in 2016

According to NERA Economic Consulting’s latest annual securities litigation report, there were a “record number” of securities class action lawsuit filed in 2016. The January 23, 2017 report, which is entitled “Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2016 Full-Year Review” (here), attributes the growth in filings during the year largely to the number of … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Securities Act Statute of Repose Tolling Question

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case arising out of the credit crisis-era collapse of the Lehman Brothers investment bank, in order to decide whether or not, under principles known as the “American Pipe doctrine,” the filing of a securities class action lawsuit tolls the Securities Act’s statute of repose. In … Continue Reading

Setting the “Blow Provisions” in Securities Class Action Settlement Agreements

Among the important parts of any securities class action lawsuit settlement agreement are the so-called “blow provisions,” which provide settling defendants with an option to terminate the settlement agreement if a specified threshold of investors elect to opt out of the settlement. Among other key consideration with respect to blow provisions is that the threshold … Continue Reading

Early 2017 Securities Suit Filings Show Continued Active Pace, Life Sciences Focus

In the Bard’s timeless words, what’s past is prologue. And in that same vein, many of the last year’s most pronounced securities class action lawsuit filing trends are already showing signs of strong continuity in the early days of the New Year. As shown in my recent annual securities class action lawsuit filings analysis, by … Continue Reading

Court Holds U.S. Securities Laws Apply to OTC Transactions in Volkswagen’s Sponsored ADRs

During the more than six years since the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Morrison v National Australia Bank, the lower courts have worked out a host of issues about how Morrison applies in a variety of circumstances. One issue that has continued to percolate is the question of how the Morrison decision applies … Continue Reading
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