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Advisen Report: Decline in Corporate and Securities Lawsuit Filings Continued in First Quarter

The recent trend toward declining numbers of corporate and securities lawsuit filings continued in the first quarter of 2015, according to a report from the insurance industry information firm, Advisen. If the level of activity in the year’s first quarter were to continue for the rest of the year, the number of new corporate and … Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Life Sciences Companies and Securities Litigation: 2014 Update

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

Cornerstone Research Releases 2014 M&A Litigation Report

According to the latest report from Cornerstone Research, during 2014, over 90 percent of M&A transactions resulting in at least one lawsuit, but each deal attracted a smaller average number of lawsuits and in fewer jurisdictions than in past years. The report, entitled “Shareholder Litigation Involving Acquisitions of Public Companies: Review of 2014 M&A Litigation” … Continue Reading

Takeover Litigation Continued at Heightened Levels in 2014

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 2014, according to a recently updated study from Matthew Cain, an economic fellow at the SEC, and University of California Berkeley … Continue Reading

Thinking About Bondholder Securities Class Actions

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

NERA Releases Canadian Securities Class Action Litigation Report

The number of securities class action lawsuit filed in Canada during 2014 was consistent with the recent annual average number of filings, and because case filings exceeded case resolutions, the aggregate total of unresolved class actions continued to grow during the year, according to a February 10, 2015 report from NERA Economic Consulting. According to … Continue Reading

IPO-Related Securities Suit Filings Surge – in State Court?

A probable accompaniment of the increased IPO activity during 2013 and 2014 is an increase in IPO-related litigation, as I have previously noted. There has already been one high-profile IPO-related securities suit filed this year, the securities class action lawsuit filed last week against the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. And if the two additional new … Continue Reading

Advisen Releases 2014 Corporate and Securities Litigation Report

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

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

Massive and Unusual Freeport-McMoRan Derivative Lawsuit Settlement Finalized

The parties to the Freeport-McMorRan Copper & Gold, Inc. Derivative Litigation have finalized an agreement to settle the consolidated litigation pending in the Delaware Chancery Court in exchange for a payment of $137.5 million and for the company’s agreement to adopt certain corporate governance reforms. The settlement represents the third largest derivative lawsuit settlement ever. … Continue Reading

The Top Ten D&O Stories of 2014

The year just ended was an eventful one in the world of directors’ and officers’ liability. Many of the year’s key events represented significant changes in the D&O liability environment. Many of the changes during 2014 have important implications for 2015 – and possibly for years to come. The list of the Top Ten D&O … Continue Reading

ACA Employer Mandates and Potential Liability Issues

The employer mandate provisions of the Affordable Care Act – better known as Obamacare – are among the more controversial parts of the legislation. The mandates were originally scheduled to go into effect in 2014, but after lobbying efforts from various business groups, the mandates’ effective dates were postponed. However,  for many employers, the mandates … Continue Reading

Two Recent Massive Merger Objection Lawsuit Settlements Include Significant D&O Insurer Contributions

One of the great litigation curses in recent times in the corporate litigation arena has been the rise of merger objection litigation. These kinds of lawsuits, which these days arise in connection with almost every M&A transaction, often are settled for nothing more than an agreement to make additional disclosures and to pay the plaintiffs’ … Continue Reading

A Whole Bunch of Interesting Litigation and Enforcement Statistics and Analyses

A single case may involve a host of interesting issues but sometimes the important lessons can only be discerned when many cases are considered collectively. This past week saw the release of some interesting analyses of aggregate litigation and enforcement statistics, each set of which told some interesting tales to tell and identified some important … Continue Reading
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