Tag Archives: litigation funding

U.K. Court Sends Cautionary Note to Fledgling Litigation Funders

A recent U.K. appellate court sends a strong cautionary note to litigation funders about the need for vigorous and independent pre-litigation due diligence and of the risks that can follow their support of an unmeritorious claim. In a November 2016 Judgment, the U.K. Court of Appeal ruled that the litigation funders that supported a claimant’s … Continue Reading

Guest Post: The 101 of Litigation Funding in the German D&O-Claims Arena

One of the most significant recent developments in the litigation environment has been the rise of third-party litigation funding. However, as I noted in a recent post, the impact of litigation funding has varied from jurisdiction to jurisdiction based on differences in the local law. In the following guest post, Burkhard Fassbach, a German attorney … Continue Reading

As Litigation Funding Rises Globally, Important Local Differences Affect its Impact

As I have previously noted on this site, the rise of third-party litigation funding is one of the most significant and potentially consequential development in the global litigation arena. But because of differences in countries’ legal systems, the escalation of litigation funding means and will mean different things in different jurisdictions. In an interesting November … Continue Reading

Courts Throw Some Shade at Litigation Funding Arrangements

One of the most interesting and important recent litigation-related developments has been the rise of third-party litigation funding. An important part of this development has been the more or less general view that there is nothing improper about these kinds of arrangements and, in particular, that litigation funding does not represent improper champerty or maintenance, … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Litigation Finance: Stop The Hide-And-Seek Game

Litigation Funding is an increasingly important part of the current litigation scene, but it remains controversial. One of the important issues under debate is the question of whether or not litigation funding arrangements must be disclosed. In a recent discovery-related ruling (here), Northern District of California Judge Susan Illston confronted this question of whether or … Continue Reading

Interview with Christopher Bogart, CEO of Litigation Funding Firm Burford Capital

One of the most noteworthy recent developments in the litigation arena has been the rise of litigation funding.  Litigation funding is well-established in Australia and Canada, and it is becoming increasingly important elsewhere. Among the largest litigation funding firms is Burford Capital, which is a publicly traded company with offices in London and New York … Continue Reading

After the Hulk Hogan Lawsuit Funding Flap, Is it Time for a Look at Litigation Financing Regulation?

In recent years, one of the most important developments in litigation in the U.S. has been the rise of the litigation funding industry. Indeed, the industry’s rise has more recently been fueled by increasing investor interest, even as the industry itself has diversified into lawsuit portfolio investing (as opposed to individual-case investing). The industry’s rise … Continue Reading

Delaware Court Rejects Challenge to Litigation Funding Arrangement

Both inside and outside the United States, litigation financing has become an increasingly important part of the litigation environment. But litigation financing remains controversial, at least in certain quarters, and questions continue to be asked about whether or not it is proper or even appropriate. In a recent decision in a Delaware lawsuit between Charge … Continue Reading

Litigation Funding Firm to Close Its Doors

One of the most significant recent developments in the commercial litigation arena has been the recent rise of litigation funding. Though it remains controversial in some quarters, litigation funding is, in the words of a recent Above the Law post, “here to stay.” One reason that litigation funding is likely to remain an important factor … Continue Reading

The Next Step in Litigation Financing?

In recent years, litigation financing has become an increasingly important –albeit controversial – part of the litigation landscape. The ongoing evolution of litigation financing now appears to have taken a significant next step, in the form of a formal, public partnership between the litigation funding firm and a plaintiffs’ law firm. On October 28, 2015, … Continue Reading

Litigation Funding Firm Announces German Securities Action on Behalf of Volkswagen’s German Shareholders

The recent revelation that Volkswagen had been using a sophisticated software “defeat device” to rig the emissions performance of some of its diesel-engine base vehicles devastated the price of the company’s shares, leading to the filing of a securities class action lawsuit in the U.S. on behalf of purchasers of the company’s ADRs, as well … Continue Reading

Class Actions in Canada: A Critical Commentary

A number of countries have procedural mechanisms allowing groups of aggrieved parties to pursue their legal claims in the form of a collective action. While no other country has a class action mechanism quite like that of the United States, another country that also has well-developed class action mechanisms is Canada. However, unlike the United … Continue Reading

Why Are Investors Seeking Litigation Funding Opportunities? Because Litigation Funding is Profitable

In a March 9, 2015 article entitled “Hedge Fund Manager’s Next Frontier: Lawsuits” (here), the Wall Street Journal described how the “next act” for EJF Capital LLC, a hedge fund run by Friedman, Billings, Ramsay Group’s former co-founder Emmanuel Friedman, will be to deploy a new litigation finance arm that has already, according to the … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Inside Litigation Financing

One of the most interesting and noteworthy litigation developments recently has been the rise of litigation finance in the United States. The nascent litigation finance industry has attracted a number of new entrants, and many of the latest entrants are attempting to establish their own particular niche. In the guest post below, my good friend Ommid … Continue Reading

Litigation Funding in the Courts

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

Litigation Funding: A U.S. Growth Industry?

Litigation funding has long been a significant part of commercial litigation landscape outside the U.S. For example, in Australia, observers have attributed the growth in securities litigation to the availability of litigation funding. Litigation funding arrangements have also recently been approved in connection with securities class action litigation in Canada. Litigation funding has been available … Continue Reading

Knock Yourselves Out, Investors

All litigants face the challenge of managing lawsuit expenses and exposures. The Reserve Primary Fund investor litigation defendants have crafted a novel approach to addressing these challenges – they apparently intend to finance their defense as well as any indemnity out of funds due to investors — that is, the funds of the very people on whose … Continue Reading

Web Notes and Updates

FDIC Report: More Bank Failures Coming?: The FDIC’s Quarterly Banking Profile for the third quarter 2008 (here), released on November 25, 2008, paints a dismal picture of the banking industry.   Among other things, the Report notes that during the third quarter the number of insured institutions on the FDIC’s "Problem List" increased from 117 … Continue Reading
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