The number of securities class action settlements approved by U.S. courts dropped in a “weak year” to the lowest point in a decade as the average amount of each accord fell by 42 percent in 2011, according to a report.
Federal securities class actions decreased in the first half of 2012 compared with last year largely because of a decline in Chinese reverse mergers and the lowest number of mergers and acquisitions since the third quarter of 2009, according to a study.
Charles Duross, who secured almost $2 billion in corporate penalties as the head of the U.S. Justice Department unit devoted to pursuing foreign bribery cases, has left the government to join Morrison & Foerster LLP in Washington.
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced formation of a new investor advisory committee. The committee, required by the Dodd-Frank Act, has 21 members and will, according to the statement, advise on regulations, trading and the effectiveness of disclosure, as well as other issues.