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Tag Archives: securities class action litigation

Cornerstone Research: Accounting-Related Securities Suits Jump in 2014

Posted in Securities Litigation
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

Facts, Opinions, Omissions, and Context: The U.S. Supreme Court Issues Omnicare Opinion

Posted in Securities Litigation
In a March 24, 2015 opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund (here), the U.S. Supreme Court set aside the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that allegations of “objective falsity” were sufficient to make a statement of opinion in securities offering documents actionable. The Supreme Court remanded the case to the lower… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Securities Litigation
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

Life Sciences Companies and Securities Litigation: 2014 Update

Posted in Securities Litigation
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

NERA Securities Litigation Report: Filings Flat, Number and Value of Settlements Plunge

Posted in Securities Litigation
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

Rare Securities Suit Trial Produces Jury Verdict Against Former Longtop Financial CFO

Posted in Securities Litigation
On November 21, 2014, after a securities class action trial that lasted less than three days and after less than a day of deliberation, an eight-person jury entered a verdict holding former Longtop Financial Technologies CFO Derek Palaschuk liable for the company’s alleged misrepresentations about its financial condition. According to Nate Raymond’s November 21, 2014… Continue Reading

Tesco Accounting Scandal Draws Securities Class Action Lawsuit

Posted in Securities Litigation
When Tesco PLC announced on September 22, 2014 that its previously forecast first-half profit had been overstated by £250 ($408.8 million), the news of the accounting irregularities was “serious,” as Tesco plc’s CEO of less than a month’s standing at the time put it.  The company also announced that the overstatement, first flagged when an… Continue Reading

Another Environmental Disclosures Securities Suit Survives Initial Pleading Hurdles

Posted in Environmental Liability
In recent months, there have been a number of securities class action lawsuits filed based on alleged misrepresentations of the defendant company’s environmental compliance. On August 7, 2014, the securities suit filed against Exide Technologies and certain of its directors and officers based on the defendants’ allegedly misleading statements about the company’s compliance with environmental… Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research Releases Securities Litigation Report for the First Half of 2014

Posted in Securities Litigation
According to the latest report from Cornerstone Research, the number of securities class action lawsuit filings during the first half of 2014 were down compared to historical filings semiannual filing levels although slightly higher than the number of filings in the first half of 2013. The report, which is entitled Securities Class Action Filings –… Continue Reading

Arguments to Keep the Fraud on Market Theory, and Thinking About a World Without It

Posted in Securities Litigation
As the March 5, 2014 date for oral argument before the United States Supreme Court in the closely-watched Halliburton case approaches, the briefing process in the case has continued to unfold. On January 29, 2014, the Erica P. John Fund, the respondent (the plaintiff in the underlying action) filed its merits brief in the case,… 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

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

Cornerstone Research Releases Securities Suit Opt-Outs Study

Posted in Opt-Outs
On November 19, 2013, Cornerstone Research, in conjunction with the Latham & Watkins law firm, released a report analyzing securities suit opt-out cases. The report, entitled “Opt-Out Cases in Securities Class Action Settlements,” and which can be found here, takes a comprehensive look at cases in which individual class members have opted out of the… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Second Circuit Holds that American Pipe Tolling Does Not Apply to the Securities Act’s Statute of Repose

Posted in Securities Litigation
An important recurring issue is the questions whether the prior filing of a securities class action lawsuit tolls the applicable statute of repose under the federal securities laws. In an important June 27, 2013, the Second Circuit issued an important decision on this question, holding that the tolling doctrine does not apply to three-year statue… Continue Reading

Guest Post: Some Data on the Outcomes of Securities Class Actions and SEC Enforcement Actions

Posted in Securities Litigation
In recent years, Stanford Law School Professor Michael Klausner has led research on several critical issues involved with class action securiteis litigation and SEC enforcement actions.In the guest post below, Professor Klausner and his colleague Jason Hegland describe the two databases they have built in support of their research efforts and detail some additional findings… Continue Reading

Advisen Reports on First Quarter 2013 Corporate and Securities Litigation

Posted in Securities Litigation
During the first quarter of 2013, new corporate and securities lawsuits and regulatory enforcement actions increased slightly compared to the fourth quarter of 2012 but remained well below annual averages over the last two years, according to a new report from Advisen, the insurance information firm. The April 2013 report, which can be found here,… Continue Reading