A few interrelated items of note:
(1) The New York Law Journal has a column (Nov. 15 edition – subscrip. req’d) on possible securities litigation reform. Professor John Coffee argues that “we have too little securities litigation in the contexts where it would be useful and too much securities litigation in the contexts where it is useless.” He suggests a compromise reform that would “restore ‘aiding and abetting’ liability by overturning Central Bank, while also placing a percentage ceiling on the non-trading corporation’s liability in a secondary market case.”
(2) Professor Coffee states in his column that the number of securities class actions has dropped and “no real upturn is in sight.” Others are not so sure. The D&O Diary had a post two weeks ago noting that a significant upturn in filings appeared to be underway. That trend is continuing, fueled largely by filings from a single plaintiffs’ law firm. Coughlin Stoia has filed ten new securities class actions so far this month (click here for a press release search).
(3) Lots of suits leads to lots of settlements. RiskMetrics has released the Securities Class Action Services (SCAS) 50 Power Rankings report, which ranks the top 50 plaintiffs’ law firms based on various settlement statistics. Coughlin Stoia heads the list for cumulative dollar value of securities class action settlements from 2003 to 2006.