Winona, Martha & The Securities Fairy

Fortune magazine has a short, often funny, and very effective interview with former SEC commissioner Joseph Grundfest. Among other things, Grundfest has a two-word explanation for the recent spate of corporate scandals: Winona Ryder. (Thanks to the Securities Law Beacon for the link.)

Quote of note:

Interviewer: “You’ve argued historically the class-action system has compensated investors – but hasn’t deterred future misbehavior. Why?”

Grundfest: “I’m not suggesting that it has no deterrent effect. It’s just weak compared with the criminal and the SEC enforcement mechanisms. The reason is that only 0.5% of the settlements in the 15 largest settlements came out of the pockets of the wrongdoer.”

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