Brand New Title, Litigating Securities Class Actions, Is Released

Litigating Securities Class Actions , the only in-depth treatise that deals specifically on the issues arising in and from litigating securities class actions, is now available. This unique title focuses on several of the most critical issues that frequently arise in securities class action litigation...

Plaintiffs' Lawyers Pursue Non-U.S. Securities Litigation Alternatives After Morrison

One of the questions posed in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark decision in Morrison v. National Australia Bank is whether the Court's holding might encourage securities claimants foreclosed by Morrison from U.S. court to attempt to pursue their claims in their home countries or in...

Ontario Court Certifies Another Plaintiff Class In A Secondary Market Misrepresentation Claim

For the second time, a court has given investors leave to proceed and also certified a plaintiff class in a secondary market misrepresentations claim under the revised Ontario Securities Act. In an order dated March 1, 2011, Ontario Superior Court Justice Wolfram Tausendfreund granted leave to investors...

Study: 2010 Median Settlement Amount Of Securities Class Actions Hit Record

Though the average dollar value of securities class action settlements approved in 2010 declined slightly compared to 2009, the median settlement amount reached record levels, according to Cornerstone Research's annual 2010 Securities Class Action Settlement Study. Cornerstone's March 10, 2010...

Securities Class Action Lawsuits Against Chinese Companies Evolving

One of the most distinct securities litigation filing trends during the last twelve months has been the filing of securities class action lawsuits against U.S.-listed companies based or operating in China. With a phenomenon this well-established, it is only natural that the trend should begin to evolve...

This Week In Securities Litigation - Second Supreme Court Ruling This Term Favors Plaintiffs In Securities Class Actions

The Supreme Court handed its second ruling this Term which favors plaintiffs in securities class actions. What may well be the most important securities decision by the Court this term has yet to be decided. SEC enforcement brought additional insider trading cases this week. The Commission also settled...

Will Supreme Court's Wal-Mart Ruling Affect Securities Class Action?

In the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark June 20, 2011 decision in Wal-Mart Stores v. Dukes , numerous commentators have asserted that the case could have a significant impact on future class actions. For example, one law firm's memo about the case stated that the decision "should...

Cornerstone Research Report Highlights Trends In Securities Class Actions

The number federal securities class action suits filed in the first half of 2011 decreased compared to the second half of 2010. At the same time however the number of cases filed increased compared to the first half of 2010, according to a new report by Cornerstone Research ( here ). For the first half...

Former Colonial Bank Executives Agree To Settle Class Action Lawsuit For $10.5 Million

In a settlement that apparently will be funded entirely by D&O insurance, the plaintiffs and 23 former executives of the failed Colonial Bank of Montgomery, Alabama have agreed to settle the class action securities lawsuit that investors filed in connection with the bank's 2009 collapse, for...

Cornerstone Research Report Shows Uptick In Securities Class Action Filings Over Last Year

The number of securities class actions filed in 2011 increased to 188 compared to 176 filings the prior year, according to a recent report from Cornerstone Research. That number is still below the average of 194 cases filed from 1997 through 2010. One large group of case is the 33 actions representing...

NERA Consulting Report Says Canadian Securities Class Action Filings Hit Record Levels Last Year

Securities class action lawsuit filings in Canada hit record levels in 2011 according to a new report from NERA Economic Consulting. The January 31, 2012 report, entitled "Trends in Canadian Securities Class Actions: 2011 Update" ( here ) concludes that the persistent growth in Canadian securities...

Securities Class Action Filings For First Quarter Ran Above Historical Averages

On an annualized basis, the pace of securities class action lawsuit filings for the first quarter of 2012 ran above historical averages, although the pace of filings declined compared to the prior month in the quarter's second and third months. Merger-related cases, which were such a significant...

Cornerstone, NERA Reports Chronicle Securities Class Action Filings For 2012

Trends in the filing of securities class actions are chronicled in reports issued by Cornerstone Research and NERA Economic Consulting for the first half of 2012. The two reports agree on a number of items but differ on the overall trend regarding the pace of filings. Despite the differences in the reports...

Securities Class Action Lawsuit Filed By H-P Shareholders Over Autonomy Revelations

When H-P announced on November 20, 2012 that it was taking an $8.8 billion charge after it discovered "accounting improprieties, misrepresentations and disclosure failures" at its Autonomy unit (which H-P acquired in October 2011 for $11.1 billion), there was a great deal of speculation that...

The Week In Securities Litigation: A New Direction For Securities Enforcement Actions?

Changes at the top of the SEC and the DOJ's criminal division may signal a new direction for securities enforcement actions. Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White was nominated by the President to be SEC Chairman. At the same time Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General in charge of DOJ's Criminal...

Norton Rose Fulbright: 2d Circuit Dismisses Listing Theory Under Morrison

By Johannes K. Gabel , Manuela A. Siragy and Richard Werner Fagerer The Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in its May 6 decision emphatically continued to interpret the Morrison v. National Australia Bank 1 doctrine broadly by confirming the District Court’s dismissal of a putative securities...

Williams Mullen: Defeating Class Certification: Halliburton II Ruling Impacts Securities Class Action Issues

By Turner A. Broughton and Lauren M. Wheeling In its June 23, 2014 opinion in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. (“ Halliburton II ”), the United States Supreme Court addressed two securities class action issues[ enhanced opinion available to lexis.com subscribers. : lexis.com...