Number of Securities Class Action Settlements Reached in 2010 Hit Lowest Level in a Decade, Says Report

Per a new study by Cornerstone Research Inc., 86 securities class action settlements were approved in 2010-that’s significantly less than the 101 securities class action settlements that the courts approved in 2009. The settlements for last year’s cases totaled $3.1 billion. In 2009, the settlements reached $3.8 billion.

One reason for this may be that some securities class action lawsuits, including a number of complaints related to the 2007 – 2009 financial collapse, are taking a longer time to settle because they are likely more complex. Close to 200 securities class actions related to the credit crisis have been filed. Largest settlements under consideration include:

$624M – Countrywide Financial Corp.
$475M – Merrill Lynch & Co. Inc.
$124.8M – New Century Financial Corp.
$80M – MoneyGram International Inc.

Also per the report, total funds in court-approved settlements for 2010 dropped 17.8% from the settlement fund level in 2009. 70% of securities class action cases that were settled last year included allegations over generally accepted accounting principals-compare that to the 65% of cases settled the year before.

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