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Guest Post: Second Circuit: Price Impact Evidence Not Always Necessary to Establish Market Efficiency

A recurring issue in securities cases involves the question of when plaintiffs may rely on the presumption of reliance under the fraud on the market doctrine. To invoke the presumption plaintiffs must show that the defendant company’s securities trade on an efficient market, which in turn raises the question of what the plaintiffs must show in … Continue Reading

Has the Rise of Collective Investor Actions in Europe Led to Forum Shopping?

As I have previously noted on this blog (most recently here), one of the most significant recent developments in the D&O claims arena has been the global rise of collective investor actions. One factor in this development in Europe has been the non-binding 2013 Collective Redress Recommendation, in which the European Commission recommended that each … Continue Reading

Addressing the Use of Confidential Witnesses in Securities Litigation

As a result of the PSLRA’s heightened pleading standard and pre-dismissal motion discovery bar, as well as the requirements of cases such as Tellabs, plaintiffs in liability suits under the federal securities laws frequently rely on confidential witnesses. This practice has led to  the “confidential witness problem” in securities litigation. In a September 25, 2017 … Continue Reading

Though a Private Company, Uber Hit With Securities Class Action Lawsuit

The news late last week that London’s transport authority had stripped ride-hailing firm Uber of its ride-hire license on the grounds that it was “unfit to operate” in the U.K. capital was merely the latest blow to the company, following a string of scandals, probes, and damaging revelations. Now the company – which, despite its … Continue Reading

Securities Suits Hit Opioid Drug Companies

As has been well-documented, the United States in the middle of an “epidemic” involving the abuse of prescription and non-prescription opioids. The companies that manufacture and distribute these drugs have been hit with a “barrage” of lawsuits, filed by states, counties, and cities. Just last week, the state of Arizona filed a lawsuit against a … Continue Reading

Gambling Acceptance and Propensity for Financial Misreporting

What factors might indicate a likelihood of financial misreporting? There might be markers in companies’ financial statements, for example, with respect to reserving practices or practices with respect to other estimated items. There may be more general indicators as well, as, for example where companies reliably hit their revenue estimates due to a rush of … Continue Reading

Up Next: Mandatory Securities Claim Arbitration Provisions?

For a while a few years ago, litigation reform bylaws were all the rage – including forum selection bylaws, fee shifting bylaws, even mandatory arbitration bylaws. More recently, discussion of the topic quieted down, in part because the Delaware legislature enacted legislation allowing Delaware corporations to adopt forum selection bylaws while also prohibiting fee-shifting bylaws. … Continue Reading

Turning Events into Securities Suits

It may come as little surprise that litigation has emerged in the wake of the tragic Grenfell Tower fire in London last month. Some may find it surprising, however, that among the lawsuits arising from the London building fire is a securities class action suit filed in the United States. The lawsuit is just the … Continue Reading

Morrison Issues Cloud Class Certification in Petrobras Securities Litigation

Since the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2010 decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank, the lower courts have wrestled with the issue of whether or not the transactions at issue in a particular securities suit were sufficiently “domestic” to bring them under the U.S. securities laws. These inquiries mostly have taken place at the motion … Continue Reading

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Whether State Courts Retain Jurisdiction for IPO Securities Suits

In a June 27, 2017 order (here), the United States Supreme Court granted the petition of Cyan, Inc. for a writ of certiorari to consider the question of whether or not state courts retain concurrent jurisdiction for liability lawsuits under the ’33 Act, or whether as a result of changes to the relevant statutes under … Continue Reading

Supreme Court: Securities Act’s Three-Year Time Limit is a Statute of Repose that Cannot be Tolled

On June 26, 2017, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court, in an opinion written for the majority by Justice Anthony Kennedy, ruled that the Securities Act of 1933’s three-year time limit for filing liability lawsuits is a statute of repose and therefore is not subject to equitable tolling. The Court also said that … Continue Reading

Second Circuit Rejects First Circuit Test Requiring IPO Company Interim Financial Information Disclosure

We have seen the scenario before – shortly after its debut, an IPO company releases unexpected results, the company’s share price declines, and the lawsuits appear. Usually when this happens, the updated results pertain to reporting periods following the IPO. But what about a situation where the disappointing results pertain to a reporting period that … Continue Reading

Record Number of Settlements Added to Top 100 Securities Suits Settlement List in 2016

Thirteen of the 100 all-time largest securities class action lawsuit settlements were finalized in 2016, the highest number of settlements during any one year period, according to a recent report from Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS). Two of the 2016 settlements among the top 100 were among the eleven largest of all times. The report, which … Continue Reading

Guest Post: SEC Enforcement Data: Midyear Review

In the following guest post, Tammy Yuen and Ted Carleton of the Skarzynski Black law firm review and analyze the May 9, 2017 Cornerstone Research report entitled “SEC Enforcement Activity: Public Companies and Subsidiaries, Midyear FY 2017 Update” (here), which details the SEC’s enforcement activity during the first half of the current fiscal year. I … Continue Reading

PwC Annual Study Reports Record Number of Securities Suits

Largely driven by a “dramatic” increase in the number of federal court merger objection lawsuits, securities class action litigation filings rose to the highest level ever in 2016, according to PwC’s most recent annual securities litigation report. The report also noted that for the first time securities litigation rose though the stock market performance during … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Research: 2016 Accounting-Related Securities Suit Filings and Settlements Again Increased

According to Cornerstone Research’s latest annual survey of accounting-related securities suits, the number of accounting-related securities suit filings rose to the highest level in years in 2016, largely as a result of the number of federal court merger objection lawsuit filings involving accounting-related allegations during the year. The total value of accounting settlements during the … Continue Reading

Securities Litigation: What if the Real Exposure is Less Than Supposed Damages?

Most securities class action lawsuits that are not dismissed outright ultimately settle. One of the starting points for securities suit settlement negotiations is what is referred to as “plaintiffs’ style” damages estimate. The plaintiffs’ damages estimate is usually adjusted to reflect the composition of the class, the duration of the class period, trading patterns in … Continue Reading

You Need to Know This: YTD Securities Class Action Lawsuit Filings are Off the Charts

Securities class action lawsuit filings have been going crazy. Securities suit filings during the first quarter 2017 set a pace that if continued would mean an unprecedented number of securities lawsuit by year end. But even more significant than the sheer number of lawsuits is the rate of litigation. The percentage of listed companies sued … Continue Reading

Brazilian Energy Company’s Corruption-Related U.S. Securities Suit Survives Dismissal Motion

As I have frequently noted (most recently here), Brazil’s ever-expanding corruption investigation that initially focused on Petrobras, the country’s state-run oil company, has swept up an increasing number of companies across the country’s economy (and elsewhere in Latin America as well). Among the companies caught up in the investigation is the country’s state-run electrical energy … Continue Reading
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