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SEC Public Company Actions, Settlements Continue to Decline

Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions against public companies and their subsidiaries continued their downward trend through the first half of the 2018 fiscal year. SEC enforcement activity is on pace to reach the lowest level since 2013, according to …

Securities Class Action Settlement Dollars Plummeted in 2017: Cornerstone

Total settlement dollars from securities class actions fell dramatically in 2017, even as the number of settlements remained steady. According to a new report by Cornerstone Research, Securities Class Action Settlements – 2017 Review and Analysis, the total value of …

Federal Class Action Securities Fraud Filings Set Historic Pace

Federal class action securities fraud filings hit a record pace in the first half of 2017. Over the past six months, plaintiffs initiated 226 securities fraud class actions in federal court, more than in any equivalent period since enactment of …

Securities Class Action Activity Remains High: Cornerstone Research

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) enforcement activity remained elevated through the first half of fiscal year 2017, according to Cornerstone Research. The data show an increase in actions involving broker-dealers, issuer reporting and disclosure, and securities offerings. The SEC …

Class Action Settlements Topped $3 Billion in 2015: Cornerstone Research

There were 80 securities class action settlements approved in 2015, the highest number since 2010, and total settlement dollars rose to more than $3 billion, according to research by Cornerstone Research. The report, “Securities Class Action Settlements—2015 Review and Analysis,” …

Securities Class Action Activity Rose 11% in 2015: Cornerstone

Federal securities class action litigation rose to 189 filings in 2015, an 11 percent increase over 2014 levels, according to new research. “Securities Class Action Filings—2015 Year in Review,” a report issued by Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School …

Why Not Much Change in Securities Class Actions?

Plaintiffs brought 85 federal class action securities cases in the first half of this year, or seven fewer than they did last year. The 85 filings in the first six months of 2015 falls 10 percent below the semiannual average …

Securities Class Action Settlement Amounts Plummet

Bringing a securities class action became less lucrative last year. According to a new Cornerstone Research report, total settlements in such cases hit their lowest point in 16 years. The aggregate amount of settlements dropped 78 percent to $1.07 billion …

Securities Class Actions Held Steady in 2014

Deals often beget securities class actions. Yet, despite the active mergers-and-acquisitions market in 2014, the number of new federal securities class actions barely budged from the level in 2013. Last year, 170 securities cases were filed, four more than in …

Securities Class Action Lawsuits, Settlements Get Smaller

The size of federal class action lawsuits accusing companies of securities fraud has dropped significantly, new studies show, as the bull market in stocks approaches its sixth birthday. Losses claimed by shareholders, measured by how much stock prices fell when …