Bloomberg has a feature article discussing the recent criticisms of the SEC’s investor protection efforts. Of particular note for readers of this blog, the article states that Chris Cox, Chairman of the SEC, has denied that the SEC is considering a proposal or rule to allow corporations to mandate arbitration of shareholder claims. (Just last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the SEC was exploring this proposal.)
The American Lawyer has an article on the possible emergence of U.S.-style securities class actions in Europe. The article notes, based on numbers from the recent issued PwC 2006 Securities Litigation Study, that the number of filings against European companies in U.S. courts has actually fallen over the past few years. On the other hand, more European countries are adopting some form of group litigation.