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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

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

Long-Running Halliburton Securities Suit Settles for $100 Million

According to the company’s December 23, 2016 press release (here), Halliburton has reached an agreement to settle the long-running securities class action pending against the company and certain of its directors and officers for $100 million. During its 14-year existence, the storied case had made two trips to the U.S. Supreme Court and three trips … Continue Reading

Bribery-Related Follow-On Securities Suit Filed Against U.K.-Based Rio Tinto

In yet another securities suit following on news of a bribery or corruption investigation, and in the latest securities suit involving a global mining company, on December 12, 2016, a plaintiff shareholder filed a securities class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the world’s second-biggest mining company, U.K.-based Rio Tinto plc, … Continue Reading

Privately-Held Brazilian Mining Company Hit with U.S. Securities Class Action

On November 14, 2016, in an interesting lawsuit that brings together a number of recent securities litigation trends, a noteholder of Samarco Mineração, S.A. filed a purported securities class action lawsuit in the Southern District of New York against the company and its CEO on behalf of investors who purchased the company’s debt securities. Samarco, … Continue Reading

Investors File Climate Change Related Securities Suit Against Exxon Mobil

For many years, I have been raising the possibility of climate change-related corporate and securities litigation. However, despite my best prognostication, the climate change-related  corporate and securities lawsuits have basically failed to materialize – that is, until now. On November 7, 2016, investors filed a purported securities class action lawsuit in the Northern District of … Continue Reading

Generic Drug Companies Hit With Antitrust Enforcement Follow-On Securities Suits

In a recent post, I noted that plaintiffs’ lawyers had recently launched a series of securities class action lawsuits against several poultry producers in the wake of news that companies in that industry were the target of antitrust enforcement action. Now news has emerged that antitrust regulators may be targeting companies in a different sector, … Continue Reading

Poultry Producers Hit with Antitrust Suits, Follow-on Securities Litigation

One of the characteristic securities litigation patterns for many years has been that lawsuit filings tend to come in distinctive waves, in which specific sectors get hit with a series of securities suits or companies engaging in certain types of conduct or business practices attract securities litigation. The lawsuits arising out of the dot-com crash … Continue Reading

Hedge Fund Investor Launches Fraud Lawsuit Against Theranos

Earlier this year, the SEC announced a “Silicon Valley Initiative,” reflecting the agency’s concerns about private and pre-IPO companies that were scoring sky-high valuations in private offerings. The agency said that it is particularly focused on so-called “unicorns” – that is, private companies with valuations greater than $1 billion. Although the agency did not name … Continue Reading

Guest Post: ERISA-Regulated Benefit Plans Not “Affiliates” for Securities Class Settlement Purposes

In the settlement documents prepared in connection with securities class action settlements, the documents typically specify that certain groups are excluded from the settlement class. Among the groups typically excluded are “affiliates” of the class action defendant company. In a recent decision (here), the Second Circuit examined the question whether an ERISA-regulated benefit plan that … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Upcoming Appellate Decisions: Rebutting the Basic Presumption of Reliance

In its 2014 decision in Halliburton v. Erica P. John Fund, the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed the presumption of reliance under the fraud on the market theory. The Court also held that at defendant may rebut the presumption of reliance by showing that the alleged misrepresentation at issue did not affect the defendant company’s share … Continue Reading

Seventh Circuit, Citing Delaware Precedent with Approval, Overturns Deal Lawsuit Disclosure-Only Settlement

Cornerstone Research’s recent report on merger objection lawsuit filings showed what many of us expected to see – that in the wake of Delaware Chancellor Andre Bouchard’s rejection of the disclosure only settlement in the litigation arising out of Zillow’s acquisition of Trulia, there would be a decline in the number of merger objection lawsuits … Continue Reading
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