According to Advisen Ltd, 910 securities lawsuits were filed in 2009 in the wake of the economic crisis-a 13% increase from the 804 complaints filed in 2008. 239 securities fraud class action lawsuits were filed in 2009-the same number filed in 2008. Advisen reported a 22% increase in the number of regulator-filed securities fraud complaints last year compared to the year before.
The author of Advisen’s report, John W. Molka III, says lawsuits over the Madoff ponzi scam and the credit crisis kept regulators and litigators busy during the first half of last year. Plaintiffs’ lawyers then had a backlog of other complaints to work on during the second half of the year.
Molka says that even though there wasn’t a change in the number of securities class action complaints filed, overall they made up a smaller percentage (about 25%) of the total number of lawsuits submitted. This decline in securities class action lawsuits has been going on since 2005, when they comprised about 50% of all securities complaints.
Advisen says that meantime, regulators continue to increase their enforcement efforts with lawsuits and actions. Securities actions filed in state courts and breach of fiduciary complaints are also growing in number.
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