In the latest edition of its annual report, the Sidley Austin law firm takes a detailed look at important securities litigation developments in 2022 relating to life sciences companies. The report includes not only a review of life sciences companies’ securities litigation class action filings trends but also examines life sciences companies’ track record in the courts, both with respect to motions to dismiss in the district courts and on appeal. The law firm’s report, entitled “Securities Class Actions in the Life Sciences Sector: 2022 Annual Survey” can be found here. A May 17, 2023 blog post summarizing the report can be found here.

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One of the significant contributing factors to the total number of securities class action lawsuit filings in 2022 was the number of SPAC-related securities suits filed during the year. However, while there were a significant number of SPAC-related suits filed in 2022, the number of SPAC-related suit filings declined as the year progressed, to the point that it was not clear whether the phenomenon would continue into 2023. As it has turned out, the plaintiffs’ lawyers have continued to file SPAC-related suits this year. In the latest example, on May 12, 2023, a plaintiff shareholder filed a securities suit against energy storage services provider Stem, Inc., which merged with a SPAC in April 2021. This latest filing shows that the SPAC-related suits continue to be filed and that the suits continue to be a factor in the total overall number of securities suit filings.

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Earlier this month, the U.S. Center for Disease Control announced the end in the U.S. of the COVID-19-related public health emergency that began in March 2020. Yet even though the public health emergency has now officially ended, the pandemic’s effects still continue to affect company’s financial results, and still continue to result in COVID-19-related securities class action lawsuits. In the latest litigation example, late last week a plaintiff shareholder filed a securities class action lawsuit against The Walt Disney Company related to the fallout from the company’s early pandemic-related success with and commitment to its Disney+ streaming services, a bet that soured as the pandemic progressed. The new filing shows that though the public health emergency may have ended, the pandemic-related securities litigation risk continues.

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The parties in the Kraft Heinz Securities Group securities class action litigation have agreed to settle the case for $450 million, a massive settlement that makes the list of all-time largest settlements. The settlement is subject to court approval. A copy of the parties’ stipulation and agreement of settlement, which was filed with the court on May 5, 2023, can be found here.

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In the past, shareholder derivative lawsuits tended to settle for the defendants’ agreement to adopt corporate therapeutics and the payment of plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees. There typically was not a cash component to the settlement, and rarely a substantial cash component. In more recent years, settlement patterns have changed, and, increasingly, derivative suit settlements have entailed large amounts of cash. The latest example of these new derivative suit settlement patterns is the $167.5 settlement of the derivative lawsuit brought by CBS shareholders in Delaware Chancery Court in connection with CBS’s $30 billion 2019 acquisition of Viacom. (The combined company was known as ViacomCBS, which changed its named to Paramount Global in February 2022.) Paramount Global disclosed the settlement of the CBS shareholder derivative lawsuit it its April 21, 2023 filing on Form 8-K, here.

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As I noted in my year-end round up of D&O related issues (here), plaintiffs’ lawyers have continued to file securities class action lawsuits following cybersecurity incidents, even though the plaintiffs’ track record in these kinds of lawsuits generally has been poor. Among the cybersecurity-related securities lawsuits filed last year was the suit against cloud-based software company Okta relating in part to the cybersecurity incident at the company earlier in the year. Consistent with the general trend, on March 31, 2023, the court presiding over the Okta securities lawsuit granted the defendants’ motion to dismiss the cybersecurity-related allegations, although the court denied the dismissal motion with respect to certain of the plaintiffs’ other unrelated allegations. The court granted the plaintiff leave to amend the dismissed allegations. The court’s March 31, 2023, order can be found here.

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In the current economic environment, companies are wrestling with a host of macroeconomic issues, including rising interest rates, economic inflation, continuing labor shortages, and the war in Ukraine. In addition, another issue companies are facing in the wake of the pandemic is supply chain disruption, which continues to challenge some companies. In the latest sign

Among jurisdictions outside the U.S. with active securities litigation regimes, one of the most noteworthy and important is Canada. Shareholder litigation in Canadian courts and under Canadian law has been an important feature of the global investor litigation picture for several years. According to the latest annual report from NERA Economic Consulting, the number of Canadian securities class action lawsuits declined in 2022 for the second year in a row, and the number of 2022 filings was also slightly below the long-term annual average number of filings. In addition, as detailed below, the median settlement amount for settlements of Canadian securities class action lawsuits has decline in the most recent years compared to prior years. The report, which is entitled “Trends in Canadian Securities Class Actions: 2022 Update,” can be found here.

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Long-time readers know that I have frequently commented on this site on the phenomenon of “event-driven” litigation (for example, here). These are securities lawsuits filed in the wake of a significant operational event or development that disrupts a company and tanks its share price, as opposed to securities suits that are premised on accounting or financial misrepresentations. I am far from the only observer that has commented on this phenomenon. Among others, the Bloomberg columnist Matt Levine, in an article provocatively entitled, “Everything Everywhere is Securities Fraud” (here) also weighed in on the event-driven litigation trend.

There are, of course, usually two sides to every story, and in a April 5, 2023 Law360 article entitled “Why Event-Driven Securities Class Actions Often Succeed” (here, subscription required), Daniel Barenbaum and Michael Dark of the Berman Tabacco firm provide a plaintiffs’ side view of event-driven securities litigation, and make out their case that these cases are not only not frivolous but provide securities investors important remedies and protections.

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