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August 2013

Securities Litigation Update

Welcome to Gordon & Rees's Securities Litigation Newsletter. On a periodic basis we will provide important information about the latest legal developments in the ever-changing realm of  Securities Litigation.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
  1. FINRA 2013 Statistics Show Filings Down And Fewer Awards in Favor of Customers

  2. FINRA Revises Definition of Public Arbitrator and Proposes New Rules on Arbitrator Selection And Amendments to Discovery Guide

  3. SEC Announces Three New Enforcement Initiatives

  4. About Gordon & Rees's Securities Litigation Practice

I. FINRA 2013 Statistics Show Filings Down And Fewer Awards in Favor of Customers

 

FINRA recently released its dispute resolution statistics for January through June 2013. Of significant interest, the statistics show a slowdown in the number of filings, a lower percentage of cases where the customer was awarded damages, and less disparity between awards entered by all-public panels and panels with one industry arbitrator.

There were 20% fewer new case filings through June 2013 than there were for the same time period in 2012, which has been a consistent trend since 2009 when there was a considerably high number of filings in the wake of the unprecedented market correction.

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II. FINRA Revises Definition of Public Arbitrator and Proposes New Rules on Arbitrator Selection And Amendments to Discovery Guide

 

In June 2013, FINRA announced the SEC approved amendments to the definition of “public arbitrator” to further address concerns of the claimants’ bar that former industry arbitrators turned public arbitrators skew panels in favor of the industry. FINRA also proposed new rules on arbitrator selection to make it easier to select all-public panels and amendments to the discovery guide to address electronic evidence, “product cases,” and affirmations regarding documents not produced.

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III. SEC Announces Three New Enforcement Initiatives

 

On July 2, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued a press release announcing three new initiatives of its Division of Enforcement:

  1. The Financial Reporting and Audit Task Force. This task force will identify securities law violations relating to the preparation of financial statements, issuer reporting and disclosure, and audit failures. It will focus on identifying and exploring areas susceptible to fraudulent financial reporting, including ongoing review of financial statement restatements and revisions, analysis of performance trends by industry, and use of technology-based tools such as the Accounting Quality Model.

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IV. About Gordon & Rees's Securities Litigation Practice

Gordon & Rees’s D&O and Securities Litigation Practice Group provides clients with experienced and creative representation in all aspects of securities litigation, including derivative, class, and individual suits, FINRA arbitrations, PSLRA defense, FTC proceedings and SEC enforcement investigations. Our experienced attorneys defend officers and directors against alleged violations of the Securities Act of 1933, the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, and California’s Blue Sky Laws as well as other state and federal rules and regulations. Gordon & Rees also represents shareholder derivative actions, class actions and private actions arising from securities and bond offerings, mergers and acquisitions, representations in proxy statements and prospectuses and stock purchase transactions.. Meet our lawyers.

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D&O and Shareholder Litigation

Tamara Seelman



D&O and Shareholder Litigation

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