securities litigation News

Critics Say SEC’s Reforms of In-House Trials Fall Short

The top U.S. securities regulator on Wednesday will try to answer complaints it stacks the deck against defendants at in-house trials by approving its first major revisions to the administrative proceedings in two decades. But the changes by the Securities …

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 …

Supreme Court Poised to Decide Future of Securities Class Actions

The U.S. Supreme Court accepted a case with the potential to transform securities litigation, agreeing to reconsider a precedent that has served as the foundation for shareholder suits for the past 25 years. The Halliburton Co. appeal asks the court …

JPMorgan Guilty Admission Marks Shift in SEC Policy

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, in settling claims with JPMorgan Chase & Co. over its handling of a $6.2 billion trading loss, landed its biggest victory yet in fulfilling a pledge to force wrongdoers to admit guilt. As part …

Ex-Merrill Broker, Deutsche Bank to Pay Investor $11 Million

U.S. securities arbitrators ordered a former employee of Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank and Oppenheimer & Co. to pay nearly $11 million to an investor who alleged the broker misrepresented securities and made excessive trades. The investor’s case against former broker …

U.S. SEC Dealt Blow in Financial Crisis Case

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission was dealt a setback in its cases tied to the financial collapse when a federal judge dismissed large parts of its case against former executives at failed mortgage lender IndyMac Bancorp. In a verbal …

ACE Adds Preferred Securities Panel Option to D&O Policies

ACE USA, the U.S.-based retail operating division of the ACE Group, has enhanced its directors & officers liability policy with a non-mandatory panel counsel option. The ACE Preferred Securities Panel consists of law firms with experience and expertise in handling …

Securities Fraud Settlements in 2011 Were Lowest in Decade

Angry investors are seeing far fewer financial benefits from lawsuits accusing corporate America of securities fraud, but may be on the cusp of a turnaround. The number and size of securities fraud settlements that won final U.S. court approval fell …

Court Revives Securities Case Involving Foreign vs. Domestic Transactions

A federal appeals court has breathed new life into a lawsuit accusing a Beverly Hills broker-dealer of defrauding nine hedge funds out of nearly $200 million through an international penny stock fraud. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in …

Judge Allows Suit Alleging GE Misled Investors

A federal judge refused on Thursday to throw out a lawsuit accusing General Electric Co and its chief executive of misleading investors about the conglomerate’s financial health and exposure to risky debt during the 2008 financial crisis. The decision by …