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I’m late for my Inns of Court dinner, so time does not permit me to elaborate in detail, but I wanted to point out two recent class action-related reports of note.  Be sure to check them out.

1) Seyfarth Shaw’s Seventh Annual Workplace Class Action Litigation Report.

2) Cornerstone Research, Securities Class Action Filings, 2010 Year in Review.

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The Fall 2009 edition of the ABA Class Action and Derivative Suits Committee’s newsletter CADS Report has some great articles on cutting-edge class action issues relating to class action litigation in state courts.  The topics include:

1) Use of state law equitable tolling to principles to resurrect a class action previously filed in state court;

2) Resolution of fact issues at the class certification stage in state court class actions;

3) Drafting effective class arbitration waivers;

4) Avoiding CAFA removal.

CADS members can get access to the on-line version of the report here.  If you aren’t a member, you should join.

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As reported in this recent Financial Times article, the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Cornerstone Research have issued a Mid-Year Report on trends in securities class action filings.  Among the report’s key findings are that U.S. securities class actions against foreign companies are on the rise and that the financial industry continues to be the target of “unprecedented litigation activity,” trends that are not particularly surprising in the wake of the global financial crisis.  Here is a link to the full report available from the Clearinghouse website.

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PriceWaterhouseCoopers has published its 13th annual report on trends in private securities class actions.  The 2008 report offers a variety of statistics, trends, and insights into securities class action litigation from the past year. 

Some of the statistical highlights include an overall increase in filings but a decrease in the number and amount of settlements.  The report examines filings by circuit and examines trends in the nature of allegations being made, the types of corporations, industries, and corporate officers being targeted as defendants, and trends in institutional investors being named as lead plaintiff. 

Not surprisingly, the report offers specific analysis of the impact of the global economic crisis on the types of cases filed in 2008, and it includes special section on U.S. securities class actions against foreign companies and trends on the inclusion of foreign plaintiffs or class members in U.S. class actions. 

The report concludes with a section offering strategic advice for managing civil securities litigation following a criminal investigation into alleged corporate misconduct.

PWC’s website has a variety of other securities-related publications:

http://10b5.pwc.com/public/Default.aspx

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I finally found a few moments the other day to organize the teetering stack of professional journals, magazines, and flyers that had been piling up in my inbox.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that the most recent issue of the ABA Commercial & Business Litigation section’s Winter newsletter is a collection of articles focusing on class action issues.  The compelling list of titles include “What to Tell a Panicked Client about Class Actions,” “CAFA and its Impact on Class Action Litigation,” “The ‘Holistic’ Approach to Scienter under Tellabs,” “Alternative Privilege Log Techniques in an E-discovery World,” and Recent Rulings Limit Plaintiffs’ Choice of Forum Tactics.”

http://www.abanet.org/litigation/committees/commercial/newsletter.html

Speaking of class-action related materials, here are some good print publications focusing on class actions:

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