Cornerstone Research and the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse have released a report on federal securities class action filings in 2005. The findings include:
(1) The overall number of securities class actions filed in 2005 decreased more than 17%, falling from 213 filings to 176 filings. This year's filing rate is nearly 10% below the post-PSLRA historic average. Moreover, the alleged investor losses associated with the cases decreased significantly.
(2) Filing activity declined in the technology and communications sectors (down 32% from 2004). The consumer non-cyclical sector (e.g., biotechnology, commercial services, cosmetics, food, healthcare products) gave rise to the most securities class action litigation.
(3) There was a substantial increase in the number of securities class actions alleging misrepresentations in financial reporting (from 78% in 2004 to 89% in 2005) and false forward-looking statements (from 67% in 2004 to 82% in 2005).
The authors of the report suggest that the decrease in overall filings may be the result of the large majority of suits related to the boom-and-bust cycle of the late 1990s-early 2000s having already been filed, improvements in corporate governance, and less stock market volatility.
The joint press release announcing the report can be found here.Posted by Lyle Roberts at January 3, 2006 9:07 PM | TrackBack