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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...

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...

6th Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Based on SLUSA

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the dismissal of a securities class action tied to the market crisis and brought against three mutual funds issued by Morgan Keegan Select Fund, Inc., an open-ended investment company. Atkinson v. Morgan Asset Management, Inc., No. 09-6265 (6 th Cir. Sept....

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...

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...

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...