There was a time, not that long ago, when class action securities lawsuits were mostly about accounting and financial disclosure-related issues. In more recent years, securities suits increasingly are about operational issues, in which unfortunate business developments are the basis of securities fraud allegations — a phenomenon that has been called “event-driven litigation.” In the latest example of this kind of litigation, a plaintiff shareholder has filed a securities class action lawsuit against General Motors alleging that the company, which sustained a product recall related to its vehicle airbags and suffered a significant setback in its driverless vehicle development efforts when one of its driverless vehicles struck a pedestrian, misled investors about vehicle safety issues. A copy of the plaintiff’s December 8, 2023, complaint can be found here.Continue Reading Vehicle Safety Issues Trigger Securities Suit Against GM

On November 16, 2023, a jury convicted two executives of an appliance sales and distribution company for conspiracy and for failing to report a consumer product defect under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA). According to the U.S. Department of Justice, the case represents the first-ever prosecution of corporate executives under the act. The DOJ’s November 17, 2023, press release about the prosecution can be found here. The Hyman, Phelps, & McNamara law firm’s November 28, 2023 memo about the prosecution can be found here.Continue Reading Execs Convicted in First-Ever Consumer Product Safety Reporting Prosecution