April 2, 2009

Catching Up

A few interesting stories from the past week.

(1) From the "Where Are They Now" file, the parties in the Dura Pharmaceuticals securities class action have reached a $14 million settlement. The case included a 2005 U.S. Supreme Court decision on the pleading of loss causation. SecuritiesLaw360 has an article (subscrip. req'd) on the settlement.

(2) At the time of the Milberg Weiss indictment, there was some discussion about whether companies that had previously settled in cases brought by the law firm would bring actions to recover those funds. That has not really happened . . . until now. The American Lawyer has a report on a suit brought by Lakes Entertainment alleging that its 2000 settlement was the product of an improper damages estimate.

(3) One possible indicator of whether securities class actions filings will increase is whether plaintiffs firms are hiring more lawyers. According to an article in The Recorder, that appears to be happening, with an increase in lawyers switching from defense firms.

Posted by Lyle Roberts at April 2, 2009 10:30 PM | TrackBack
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