The D&O Diary

The D&O Diary

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Tag Archives: M&A litigation

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

Cornerstone Research Releases 2013 M&A Litigation Study

Posted in Director and Officer Liability
Mergers and acquisition activity continued to attract litigation in connection with virtually every transaction during 2013, and for the first time during 2013 the litigation filing rates for smaller transactions was as great as for larger transactions, according to a study recently released by Cornerstone Research. The study, entitled “Shareholder Litigation Involving Mergers and Acquisitions: … 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

The Curse of Post-Close Merger Objection Litigation

Posted in Director and Officer Liability
There days, virtually every M&A transaction attracts litigation, usually involving multiple lawsuits. These cases have proven attractive to plaintiffs’ lawyers because the pressure to close the deal affords claimants leverage to extract a quick settlement, often involving an agreement to publish additional disclosures and to pay the plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees.   As Doug Clark of … Continue Reading

Delaware Supreme Court Blasts Chancery Court’s Controversial Refusal to Recognize California Court Judgment

Posted in Shareholders Derivative Litigation
One of the more vexing litigation problems to emerge recently has been the proliferation of multi-jurisdiction litigation, where corporate defendants are forced to litigate essentially the same claim in multiple courts at the same time. This problem is a particular issue in the context of M&A litigation, although not contained to those kinds of lawsuits. … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research Releases 2012 M&A Litigation Report

Posted in Securities Litigation
Plaintiff law firms continued to file lawsuits in connection with virtually every mergers and acquisitions transaction in 2012, according to an updated report from Cornerstone Research. The February 2013 report, which is entitled “Shareholder Litigation Involving Mergers and Acquistions” and which was authored by Robert M. Daines of Stanford Law School and Olga Koumrian of … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Courts Reject Fee Awards in Non-Cash Class Settlements

Posted in Securities Litigation
In the following guest post, Kara Altenbaumer-Price (pictured) takes a look at two recent case decisions in which courts have declined attorneys’ fee awards in connection with non-cash class settlements. Kara is the Management & Professional Liability Counsel for insurance broker USI.    Many thanks to Kara for her willingness to publish her article here. … Continue Reading

M&A Lawsuits after the Merger Closes

Posted in Securities Litigation
As I have frequently noted on this blog (most recently here), one of the most distinctive litigation phenomenon has been the rise in litigation involving M&A activity. It has gotten to the point that virtually every merger now also involves a lawsuit (or, more often, multiple suits). These cases have proven attractive to plaintiffs’ lawyers … Continue Reading

Proposals to Address the M&A-Related Litigation Problem

Posted in Securities Litigation
The growing problem of M&A-related litigation has been well-documented on this site (refer for example here). The prevalence of M&A litigation has grown to the point that virtually every M&A transaction involves litigation, and often involving multiple lawsuits in multiple jurisdictions. These growing problems have been well-documented (refer for example here and here), but coming … Continue Reading

The Other Kind of Merger-Related Litigation

Posted in Securities Litigation
Much has been written recently (including on this blog) about the growing prevalence of M&A related litigation. These lawsuits, typically launched by the target company shareholders, are filed shortly after a merger announcement and usually object to some aspect of the proposed merger or of the merger-related disclosure. But the merger objection lawsuit is not … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research Releases Updated Study of M&A Litigation

Posted in Shareholders Derivative Litigation
On April 25, 2012, Cornerstone Research released a report written by Stanford Business School Professor Robert Daines and Cornerstone Research Principal Olga Koumrian entitled “Recent Developments in Shareholder Litigation Involving Mergers and Acquisitions – March 2012 Update” (here). This memorandum is the latest in a series of recent papers documenting the growth in merger related … Continue Reading

Takeover Litigation in 2011

Posted in Shareholders Derivative Litigation
In their paper “A Great Game: The Dynamics of State Competition and Litigation” (here), Ohio State Law Professor Steven Davidoff and Notre Dame Finance Professor Matthew Cain analyzed the M&A related litigation during the period 2005 to 2010. I discussed this article in a prior post, here. In a newly released February 2, 2012 paper … Continue Reading

All the M&A-Related Litigation Reference Material in One Convenient Location

Posted in Shareholders Derivative Litigation
During last week’s PLUS D&O Symposium, several of the panels discussed the problems surrounding the current onslaught of M&A-related litigation – and appropriately so, as the surging levels of M&A litigation is one of the most distinct and troubling current litigation trends. During the course of the discussion at the conference, several of the speakers … Continue Reading

An Early Look at Cornerstone Research’s Analysis of Current M&A-Related Litigation Trends

Posted in Securities Litigation
In several recent posts (most recently here), I have written about the problems associated with the growing wave of M&A related litigation. In writing about this topic, I have tried to marshal the evidence supporting my position, but for many reasons my analysis has been more descriptive than statistical. However, I have been provided with … Continue Reading

Why M&A-Related Litigation is a Serious Problem

Posted in Securities Litigation
One of the most noteworthy recent trends in corporate and securities litigation has been the dramatic growth in the frequency of lawsuits relating to mergers and acquisitions activity. These lawsuits are not only becoming increasingly more common, but also increasingly more costly. The growth in this litigation activity has been so rapid that the significance … Continue Reading

Dealing with Multi-Jurisdiction M&A Litigation

Posted in Securities Litigation
One of the most distinctive trends in corporate and securities litigation in recent years has been the rise in litigation related mergers and acquisition activity. Cornerstone Research’s most recent year-end litigation filing study, released in conjunction with the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse, documented that in M&A litigation in 2010 increased at a … Continue Reading