The Verdict

As previously noted in The 10b-5 Daily, securities class actions rarely go to trial – making trial verdicts big news. Thane International, Inc., a California-based direct marketing company, has announced a trial victory in a securities class action brought in the S.D. of Cal. and based on the company’s 2002 acquisition of Reliant Interactive Media Corp. in a stock swap. Reliant shareholders alleged that Thane had promised it would list the combined company on the Nasdaq National Market, but failed to do so. According to the press release, only six securities class actions have made it all the way to a trial verdict since 1996 (note that different sources have different numbers, but everyone appears to agree that the total is less than ten).

Thanks to Dave Tabak for the link.

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