More Securities Class Actions May Rely On Short-Seller Data

By Nessim Mezrahi, Stephen Sigrist and Carolina Doherty (January 10, 2022, 7:07 PM EST) -- Our data and analyses indicate that global litigation exposure to securities class actions that allege violations of the federal securities laws under Section 10(b) and 20(a) of the Securities Exchange Act and SEC Rule 10b-5 promulgated thereunder, amounts to $100.1 billion in the fourth quarter of 2021.

This is a notable increase of $57.4 billion, or 135%, relative to the third quarter of 2021.[1]

In 2021, litigation exposure of U.S. issuers amounts to $199.1 billion with a notable decrease of about 35% in alleged market capitalization losses relative to 2020. Litigation frequency also declined by approximately 22%.[2]

Litigation exposure of non-U.S....

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