Tag Archives: settlements

Guest Post: Improving Securities Class Action Outcomes Through Early Damages Analysis

In the following guest post, Doug Greene and John McCarrick take a look at the way that securities class action lawsuits settle and make a suggestion of a way for D&O insurers and defense counsel to try to improve settlement outcomes. Doug is the leader of BakerHostetler’s firmwide Securities and Governance Litigation Team. John is … Continue Reading

More About the D&O Insurance Implications of the SEC’s New Admissions Wrongdoing Requirements

Numerous questions surround the SEC’s new policy requiring enforcement action defendants in “egregious” cases to admit to wrongdoing in order to settle with the agency, rather than simply agreeing to neither admit nor deny the agency’s allegations. As I discussed in a prior post (here), among the questions is the issue of what the impact … Continue Reading

Though Case Previously Dismissed , Wells Fargo Settles Wachovia Investor Suit for $75 Million

In an interesting twist on a long –running credit-crisis related securities suit, Wells Fargo has agreed to pay $75 million to settle the Wachovia equity investor securities class action lawsuit, even though their suit had been dismissed at the district court level and was on appeal at the time of the settlement. The parties’ November … Continue Reading

Oppenheimer Settles Subprime-Related Fund Securities Suits for $100 Million

The parties to two of the consolidated subprime-related securities lawsuits pending against Oppenheimer Funds have settled the case for a total of $100 million. This settlement has a number of interesting features, as discussed further below, including in particular aspects of the allocation of the total settlement amount between the two consolidated fund actions. The … Continue Reading

Satyam Agrees to Pay $125 Million to Settle Securities Suit

In a settlement that has a number of interesting features, Satyam Computer Services, an Indian technology outsourcing company, has agreed to pay $125 million to settle the consolidated securities class action litigation pending against the company in Southern District of New York.   The only settling defendant is the company itself, which is now known … Continue Reading

“Officer, Arrest that Bank Account!” and Other Interesting Picower Settlement Details

Even after two years, the Madoff scandal continues to fascinate. Following close on the heels of last week’s news of Mark Madoff’s tragic suicide is the absolutely arresting news of Jeffry Picower’s estate’s $7.2 billion settlement with the U.S. government – to be specific, the precise amount of the settlement is $7,206,157,717, according to the … Continue Reading

Guest Post: Bill Lerach on Whether Companies Underperform After Settling Securities Suits

In a post last week, I discussed a recent article by three academics in which they considered whether companies involved in securities lawsuits  financially underperform after the cases are settled. The prior post provoked an unusual level of reader commentary. Among the comments posted was one from former plaintiffs’ securities class action attorney William Lerach.   … Continue Reading

First-Filed Subprime Securities Suit Settles for $125 Million

The New Century Financial securities class action lawsuit – which was the first of the subprime-related securities class action lawsuits when it was filed in February 2007 – has been settled for $124,827,088, subject to court approval. The plaintiffs’ July 30, 2010 unopposed motion for settlement approval can be found here.   The settlement actually … Continue Reading

Countrywide Reportedly Settles Subprime-Related Securities Lawsuit for $600 Million

In the largest subprime-related securities suit settlement to date, Countrywide Financial has reached an agreement to pay $600 million to settle the securities class action pending against the company and certain of its directors and officers, according to an April 23, 2010 article by Gabe Friedman in The Daily Journal (here, subscription required). The settlement reportedly … Continue Reading

Schwab Settles Subprime-Related Securities Suit for $200 Million

In one of the most substantial settlements to date to arise out of the subprime-related securities litigation wave, the parties to the consolidated Schwab YieldPlus securities class action lawsuit have reached an agreement to settle the case for $200 million, according to an April 20, 2010 press release from The Charles Schwab Corporation. The parties’ … Continue Reading

Cornerstone Releases Study of 2009 Securities Lawsuit Settlements

On March 24, 2010, Cornerstone Research released its annual study of securities class action lawsuit settlements. The most recent study, which is entitled "Securities Class Action Settlements: 2009 Review and Analysis" and is written by Ellen M. Ryan and Laura E. Simmons, can be found here. Cornerstone’s March 24, 2010 press release concerning the study … Continue Reading

NERA Releases 2009 Securities Litigation Study

On December 15, 2009, NERA Economic Consulting released its annual study of securities class action litigation trends. The study, entitled "Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2009 Year-End Update," and written by my friends Stephanie Plancich and Svetlana Starykh, can be found here. The study concludes that, notwithstanding the decline in credit crisis related … Continue Reading

The List: ERISA Class Action Lawsuit Settlements

As D&O maven Dan Bailey noted in a recent memo (here), ERISA class action litigation represents a significant and growing liability exposure for benefit plan fiduciaries. With the recent addition of the $70.5 million settlement in the Tyco ERISA class action lawsuit (about which refer here) and the $55 million settlement in the Countrywide ERISA … Continue Reading

Another Significant Subprime-Related Securities Lawsuit Settlement

On July 30, 2009, Eastern District of New York Judge Thomas C. Platt entered an order (here) preliminarily approving the settlement of the securities class action lawsuit that had been filed certain directors and officers of American Home Mortgage Investment Corporation. The total value of the settlement is $37.25 million, which alone makes the settlement … Continue Reading

NERA Study Details Post-SOX SEC Settlements

On November 10, 2008, NERA Economic Consulting released a report entitled "SEC Settlements: A New Era Post-Sox" (here) that details trends in the number of SEC settlements and of SEC settlement values in the six years since the enactment of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.   The Report has a number of interesting findings, including the observation that … Continue Reading

Class Action Opt-Outs: The Impact of Competition on Securities Lawsuit Resolution

I have previously noted (most recently here) the increasing significance of opt-out actions as a part of securities lawsuit resolution. Columbia Law School Professor John Coffee, in a March 27, 2008 paper entitled “Accountability and Competition in Securities Class Actions: Why ‘Exit’ Works Better Than ‘Voice’” (here) examines the opt-out phenomenon and concludes that while … Continue Reading