ISS Discusses the Largest Class Action Settlements of 2022

In a remarkable year of class action activity, investors across the globe agreed to settlements totaling over $7.4 billion[1] in 2022, a greater than 75% increase from 2021. (A substantive year in review for the U.S. market will be documented in the ISS Securities Class Action Services “Top 100 U.S. Class Action Settlements of All-Time” report published later this month.)

In this overview, ISS Securities Class Action Services reviews the largest shareholder-related settlements of 2022. A number of high-profile cases dominated the landscape, including Twitter and Teva in the United States, while the Steinhoff International mega-settlement commanded much of

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ISS Discusses Dell’s $1 Billion Top-20 Settlement of Shareholder Lawsuit

On November 16, 2022, Dell Technologies Inc. reached a $1 billion settlement with shareholders, according to a recently filed 8-K filed with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission. The announced agreement looks to resolve investors’ allegations that they were short-changed billions of dollars for their Class V stock in connection with a 2018 transaction that turned Dell into a public company. The settlement comes as the shareholder lawsuit alleging various breaches of fiduciary duties against Michael Dell, Silver Lake, and others was set to go to trial next month in the Delaware Court of Chancery.

In the asserted transaction valued

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ISS Discusses Proposed $810 Million Settlement in Twitter Shareholder Class Action

What a long, strange trip it’s been for Twitter shareholders since the company’s November 7, 2013 Initial Public Offering on the New York Stock Exchange.

Aside from the current litigation dominating today’s headlines between Twitter and Elon Musk – which includes a handful of shareholder class actions – investors from early 2015, have potential eligibility in a previously announced settlement, depending upon the timing of their purchases.

Recently, a final fairness hearing was scheduled for November 17, 2022, where Judge Jon S. Tiger in the Northern District of California is expected to officially approve the $809.5 million settlement. If, as

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ISS Discusses Five Non-U.S. Class Actions Investors Should Pay Attention To

As institutional investors know, a vast majority of shareholder related class actions take place in the United States. This is accurate in terms of both newly filed cases and settlements.

However, non-North American shareholder litigation is significantly important to investors looking to recoup lost assets, while at the same time keeping companies accountable for violations of local securities laws. In fact, the largest non-North American settlement of all-time was resolved earlier in 2022… a €1.4 billion settlement with Steinhoff International.

Here is a look at five current non-North American cases investors should keep their eye on:

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ISS Discusses Class-Action Settlements Requiring Investor Action

Investors have a significant number of opportunities to participate in class actions during the upcoming 3-month period. Specifically, 39 North American settlements valued at $1.14 billion have a claim deadline date from August 1, 2022 – October 31, 2022.

The 39 settlements range from a high of $200 million (General Electric Company) to a low of $250,000 (ABTCOIN LLC). 32 of the 39 settlements occurred in U.S. Federal Court, three with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, two in U.S. State courts, and two in Canadian courts. Not surprisingly, the highest quantity of cases – 12 of the 39 (or

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ISS Discusses Securities Class-Action Settlements in First Half of 2022

The value of U.S. shareholder class action settlements in the first half of 2022 totaled $2.32 billion, the exact amount as the same period in 2021. However, the quantity of settlements in the first six months of the year increased by 23.7%, from 59 in 2021 to 73 in 2022. The average value of settlements in 2022 was $31.8 million (or 19.1% less than the $39.3 million average in 2021).

The largest settlement so far in 2022 was with Teva Pharmaceutical Industries at $420 million, accounting for 18% of the total value of settlements. Interestingly, the largest settlement from the

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ISS Discusses Shareholder Class Actions Related to Covid-19

As the world completes a full two years of navigating the perils of the Coronavirus pandemic, U.S. shareholders continue to file class action complaints alleging companies with various acts of fraud related to COVID-19.

As previously reported by ISS Securities Class Action Services, the very first COVID-19 related class action was filed on March 12, 2020 in USDC Florida (Southern) against Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings. Shareholders alleged the Miami-based company with deceptive sales tactics and misleading updates to the investor community related to its business and operations.

Since the Norwegian Cruise Line complaint was filed, ISS SCAS has tracked a

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ISS Discusses $4 Billion in Settlements Expected to Kick-Off 2022

As 2021 came to a close, the final tally of new U.S. shareholder class action complaints declined for the second straight year (this followed a record number of new cases from 2017 – 2019). Industry experts point to three factors for the two-year drop in newly filed cases: the ongoing COVID pandemic, a decline in merger objection complaints, and a strong, resilient stock market.

However, as previously reported by ISS Securities Class Action Services, the good news for investors is that the quantity of settlements – as well as the total value of settlements – continues to be strong throughout

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ISS Discusses Shareholder Class Action Settlements in 2021

As the world will soon reflect on two full years of living through the COVID pandemic, the pace of shareholder-related class action settlements continue to bring significant recoveries back to harmed investors.

In fact, according to ISS Securities Class Action Services, 2021 U.S. class action settlements will outpace both 2019 and 2020 in terms of dollar amounts and quantity of settlements. (Note: 2021 numbers are preliminary – final calculations will be published in January 2022.)

Year Settlement Amount Quantity of Settlements
2021 $3.53 Billion 116
2020 $3.26 Billion 99
2019 $3.17 Billion 101

Note: U.S. Federal and State class actions

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ISS Discusses Landmark Ruling in China’s First Shareholder Class Action

The Intermediate People’s Court of Guangzhou delivered a groundbreaking victory to investors in China’s first-ever shareholder class action.

The China Securities Investor Service Centre (CSISC), a government-affiliated body, represented investors as it brought the action against Kangmei Pharmaceutical Co. (In China, class actions can only be initiated by government bodies – different from the U.S., where any investor of record can file a complaint.)

On November 12, 2021, the court declared the Puning-based drug manufacturing company to pay 2.46 billion yuan (USD $385.5 million) to investors as a reimbursement of its losses. The defendants included the company’s former Chairman, Ma

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ISS Discusses Why the Enron Scandal Still Matters to Investors After 20 Years

In what is still regarded as the largest U.S. corporate fraud in history, the Enron scandal “celebrates” its 20th anniversary this month.

It was October 16, 2001 when Enron announced a $638 million third quarter loss, confirming a handful of whispers on Wall Street from those who were skeptical of Enron’s growth. This same day, the company first disclosed it would require a restatement of its earnings from a four-year period, 1997 to 2000, to correct accounting violations. And just six days later, on October 22nd, Enron acknowledged a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission inquiry into its accounting practices. Simultaneously, … Read more

ISS Discusses Increase in Class Action Settlements for First Half of 2021

As the U.S. and countries around the globe attempt to control the Coronavirus pandemic, investors continue to experience meaningful recoveries from securities-related class action settlements.

In the first half of 2021 (January 1 – June 30), U.S. class action settlements totaled $2.32 billion, an increase of 11.5% over the same period in 2020. More impressively, a total of 59 cases settled during the first six months of 2021, an increase of 34.1% over the same period in 2020. The average value of settlements, however, dropped by 16.9% ($39.3 million in 2021 vs $47.3 million in 2020).

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