Cornerstone Research: High Dismissal Rate of M&A Class Actions “Troubling”

Last week, Cornerstone Research published Securities Class Action Filings — 2017 Year in Review, which confirms what other studies have shown:  federal securities class actions reached record levels in 2017, largely due to the continuing surge in lawsuits challenging mergers and acquisitions.  The report notes that M&A class actions experience a particularly high dismissal rate: 78…


Seventh Circuit a Refuge From Record Pace of Securities Filings

NERA Economic Consulting has published the latest in a number of studies highlighting the record number of federal securities class action lawsuits in 2017. The report’s wealth of data compliments the recent survey in The Shifting Tides of Merger Litigation and a similar analysis by Kevin M. LaCroix of the D&O Diary. According to NERA, class action lawsuits…


Cain et al. Release Updated Figures on M&A Litigation

Matthew D. Cain, Jill Fisch, Steven Davidoff Solomon and Randall S. Thomas have updated The Shifting Tides of Merger Litigation, a paper that surveys trends in mergers and acquisitions (M&A) class action litigation.  The new version adds updated statistics for the first ten months of 2017, including two important data points.  First, the overall rate of M&A litigation (as…


Forum-Selection Bylaws as Defense-Side Options — Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc.

Do defendants who agree to settle mergers and acquisitions litigation in one state, despite a forum selection bylaw in favor of another state’s courts, implicitly waive the right to enforce the bylaw if the settlement falls through?  A trial court decision from California, Drulias v. 1st Century Bancshares, Inc,1 has held that they do not.  The decision,…


Indiana Federal Court Rejects Disclosure-Only Settlement

Margrave Law, together with Einterz & Einterz, successfully represented a stockholder objector in a challenge to a disclosure-only M&A settlement before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. On August 16, 2017, the Indiana court held that none of the supplemental disclosures offered as consideration to stockholders were plainly material and…


Cornerstone Research Releases Securities Class Action Filings – 2017 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research today issued its 2017 Midyear Assessment of securities class action litigation, showing a record level of securities fraud filings.  The report confirms what other analyses have concluded:  stockholder plaintiffs and their counsel responded to the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016)…


Margrave Law Presents at UCLA Conference: “Can Delaware Be Dethroned?”

On February 17, 2017, Anthony Rickey, along with William B. Chandler III of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, presented The Trouble with Trulia:  Re-evaluating the Case for Fee-Shifting Bylaws as a Solution to the Overlitigation of Corporate Claims at a conference hosted by UCLA School of Law’s Lowell Milken Institute for Business Law and Policy.  Discussion of The…


Approved Disclosure Settlements Post-Trulia

Events of the last month have clarified trends in mergers and acquisitions litigation since the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016).  Cornerstone Research revealed that the number of major mergers and acquisitions transactions subject to stockholder litigation fell from 93 percent in 2014…