A couple of interesting items from around the web.
(1) A former Grant & Eisenhofer (“G&E”) attorney has sued the firm on behalf of Tyco investors. The suit alleges that G&E collected excessive fees for its role as lead counsel in the Tyco securities class action. Tyco settled for nearly $3 billion. G&E subsequently requested and received (over the objections of three institutional investors) an attorneys’ fees award of $464 million. The new suit alleges that G&E actually had a contract with the Teachers Retirement System of Louisiana, one of the co-lead plaintiffs, to limit its fee request to $210 million and to oppose anything higher. Bloomberg has an article on the suit, while Am Law Daily raises some questions about its validity.
(2) In the wake of the National Australia Bank (“NAB“) decision, plaintiffs have argued that the Court’s limitation on the extraterritorial reach of Section 10(b) does not apply to U.S. purchasers who purchase foreign securities on foreign exchanges. The early returns, however, favor the defendants. In the Credit Suisse securities class action, the court found that NAB precludes these “f-squared” claims. Meanwhile, according to a National Law Journal article, the judge in the Toyota securities class action has indicated that any “f-squared” claims may not be allowed to proceed. In light of that determination, the judge appointed a lead plaintiff based on which applicant had the greatest loss associated with trading in Toyota’s American Depositary Shares (i.e., ignoring any trading in Toyota securities that did not take place on a U.S. exchange).