A few items of interest from around the web.
(1) CFO.com examines whether the new year will bring regulatory reforms that could reverse the recent drop in securities class action filings.
(2) One entity that may have an effect on the world of securities litigation is the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which started its work this week. The Wall Street Journal has an article (and related blog post) on the close ties between some of the Commission's members and the securities plaintiffs' bar.
(3) But the real action relating to the securities plaintiffs' bar was in Florida, where the State Board of Administration selected five firms for its securities class action panel. It was a hard fought contest, with the St. Petersburg Times reporting that "[i]n the previous 14 months, lawyers and others tied to 51 firms interested in representing the SBA have spent at least $850,000 on Florida politics." Moreover, the American Lawyer has obtained a number of the firms' responses to the SBA's detailed request for proposals. The responses include, among other things, information on billing, fees, settlements, portfolio monitoring, and disciplinary actions.Posted by Lyle Roberts at January 15, 2010 8:01 PM | TrackBack