The D&O Diary

The D&O Diary

A PERIODIC JOURNAL CONTAINING ITEMS OF INTEREST FROM THE WORLD OF DIRECTORS & OFFICERS LIABILITY, WITH OCCASIONAL COMMENTARY

Tag Archives: litigation trends

Cornerstone Releases 2013 Study of M&A Lawsuit Settlements

Posted in Director and Officer Liability
Only two percent of M&A lawsuit that settled in 2013 involved a monetary payment to shareholders, according to the latest report on M&A lawsuit settlements from Cornerstone Research. The report, entitled “Settlements in Shareholder Litigation Involving Mergers and Acquisitions: Review of 2013 M&A Litigation” (here), is the second part of a two-part series on M&A … Continue Reading

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

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: Inside Litigation Financing

Posted in 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

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

A Closer Look at the EEOC’s 2013 Enforcement and Litigation Statistics

Posted in Employment Practices Liability
During the 2013 fiscal year (ended September 30, 2013), the number of charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was down 5.7% compared with the previous fiscal year, but the EEOC’s FY 2013 monetary recoveries of $372.1 million through administrative processes were the highest ever in any single fiscal year. The EEOC’s February … 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

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

Guest Post: The Business Judgment Rule Under Attack

Posted in Director and Officer Liability
In many jurisdictions, corporate officials sued for their actions undertaken in their corporate capacity may be able to defend themselves in reliance on the “business judgment rule.” This rule is designed to prevent courts from second-guessing the decisions of directors and officers. The defense has become particularly important in connection with the extensive litigation the … 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

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

Top Ten D&O Stories of 2013

Posted in Director and Officer Liability
The world of directors and officers liability has long been characterized by rapid change. But even given these well-established dynamics, 2013 was a particularly eventful year, with several different developments that could impact the D&O arena for years to come. The list of the Top Ten D&O Stories of 2013 is set out below with … 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

Cybersecurity Disclosure Under Scrutiny

Posted in Cyber Liability
The threat of a cybersecurity breach is unfortunately one of the ongoing business risks companies face n the current operating environment. For that reason, corporate disclosures of cyber-breach related risks have been a priority of the SEC’s Division of Corporate Finance as well as the agency’s new Chair, Mary Jo White. The agency’s developing practices … Continue Reading

Whistleblower Report Follow-On Securities Suit: We’ll Be Seeing More of These

Posted in Securities Litigation
On October 30, 2013, the SEC announced  another whistleblower bounty award under the Dodd-Frank whistleblower program. Although the size of this latest award ($150,000) is relatively modest compared to the recent $14 million award (about which refer here), the most recent award does suggest that awards under the whistleblower program are gaining momentum.   I … Continue Reading

Advisen Report: Corporate and Securities Lawsuit Filing Continue Downward Trend in Third Quarter

Posted in Securities Litigation
New corporate and securities litigation filings declined in the third quarter of 2013 compared to the prior quarter and the filings so far this year are on pace for the lowest annual number of filings since before the credit crisis, according to a new report from the insurance information firm, Advisen. The new report, entitled “D&O … Continue Reading

Japanese Securities Litigation Trends: 2000-2012

Posted in International D & O, Securities Litigation
The volume of misstatement-related securities litigation in Japan has “increased dramatically” since the 2004 revisions to Japanese securities laws, according to a June 2013 report from the consulting firm Alix Partners. The report, entitled “Recent Trends in Japanese Securities Litigation: 2000-2012,” can be found here. Even though misstatement-related securities suit filings in Japan were down … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: Securities Suits “Depressed” in Year’s First Half

Posted in Securities Litigation
Securities class action lawsuit filings “remained at depressed levels” during the first half of 2013 according to the latest report from Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. The report, entitled “Securities Class Action Filings: 2013 Mid-Year Assessment,” can be found here. The organizations’ July 24, 2013 press release about the … Continue Reading