Cornerstone Research has released its annual report on securities class action settlements. The notable findings include:
(1) There were 99 settlements in 2008. The aggregate value of those settlements was $3.1 billion.
(2) The median amount for cases settled in 2008 was $8 million (down from the all-time high of $9 million in 2007). The average settlement amount was $31.2 million – which is in line with the historic average if the top four settlements of all time are removed from the analysis.
(3) Reversing a recent upward trend, the number of settled cases involving companion derivative suits fell from 55% in 2007 to 40% in 2008.