life sciences companies

life sciences1As I noted in my survey of 2016 securities class action litigation (here), one of the factors contributing to the rise in securities litigation last year was the volume of litigation filed against companies in the life sciences sector. According to an analysis of life sciences-related securities suits by the Dechert law firm, the annual number of securities suits filed against companies in the sector rose by over 70% between 2014 and 2016. The law firm’s February 17, 2017 report, entitled “Developments in Securities Fraud Class Actions Against U.S. Life Sciences Companies,” can be found here.
Continue Reading A Closer Look at Securities Litigation Involving Life Sciences Companies

lifesciencesLife sciences companies are among the most frequent targets of securities class action litigation as I noted in a recent post. However, according to a recent law firm report, life sciences company defendants fared well in securities litigation in 2015. The recently released report, written by the Sidley Austin law firm and entitled “Securities Class Actions in the Life Sciences Sector: 2015 Annual Survey,” can be found here. This comprehensive report reviews all of the district court and appellate court decisions in 2015 in securities class action lawsuits pending against life sciences companies, and also reviews the new securities suits that were filed in 2015 against life sciences companies. The report provides a broad overview of the important issues involved with securities class against litigation against life sciences companies.
Continue Reading Securities Litigation and Life Sciences Companies: An Update

lifesciencesIn 2015, as was the case for several years prior, companies in the life sciences sector experienced a disproportionately greater number of securities class action lawsuits than companies in other industries. As I detailed in my analysis of 2015 securities class action lawsuit filings (here), 39 of the 191 securities class action lawsuits filed in 2015 involved companies in the life sciences sector, representing about one in five of all securities suit filings during the year. No other sector experienced anywhere near this number of securities class action lawsuit flings. For example, the sector with the second-most number of filings, software companies, had eleven filings during 2015, representing about 6% of securities suit filings during the year.

There are a number of reasons why there are more securities suit filings involving life sciences companies, as discussed below. The frequency and severity of lawsuits against companies in the life sciences sector have important D&O Insurance implications as well, as also discussed below.
Continue Reading Securities Suit Frequency Means Challenging D&O Insurance Market for Life Sciences Companies

lifesciencesLife 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

On January 10, 2013, in a detailed and interesting opinion with features that may be helpful to other life sciences securities suit defendants, Middle District of Tennessee Judge Kevin Sharp granted the motion of Biomimetic Therapeutics to dismiss the securities class action lawsuit that had been filed against the company over its disclosures concerning developments

Though down from the previous year on both an absolute and a relative basis, securities class action lawsuit filings against life sciences companies remained a significant component of all securities class action lawsuit filings during 2011, according to a March 20, 2012 memorandum entitled “Survey of Securities Fraud Class Actions Brought Against Life Sciences Companies&rdquo

Since late last year, reports have been circulating that the U.S. government is investigating whether drug companies paid bribes overseas to increase sales and to obtain regulatory approvals. Some firms have now announced that they have reached settlements with enforcement authorities. And now the first civil lawsuit relating to these investigations has been filed, as

With four more securities suits involving Chinese or China-linked companies this past Friday, the phenomenon of securities class action lawsuits against these firms has emerged as one of the most distinct securities litigation trends so far this year. The filing trend actually first emerged in the second half of 2010, but it has continued