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Value of Securities Class Action Settlements Increased to $3.8 Billion

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

On March 24, 2010, Cornerstone Research released its annual study of Securities Class Action Settlements.   The report written by Ellen M. Ryan and Laura E. Simmons  can be found at 

Key Findings:  The value and number of settlements increased in 2009 compared to 2008.   In 2009, there were  103 court approved settlements for an average settlement amount of $37 million  compared to 97 settlements for an average settlement amount of $28 million in 2008.  The median settlement in 2009 was $8 million, unchanged from 2008.  Almost 60% of post reform (1996 Р2009) act cases have settled for less than $10 million; 80% settled for less than $25 million.

Fun Fact:   securities fraud cases typically settle three to five years after the first complaint is filed.

Valuation of a Brand

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

How much value has Toyota lost due to its acceleration and braking problems?¬† Admittedly, the loss is a moving target.¬† However, as of the date of this blog, it is well into the billions (more…)

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Friday, March 26th, 2010

We will be adding interesting observations about the world of finance, valuation and strategy over time, so (more…)