July 28, 2011 Articles

What Makes Securities Class Actions with Accounting Allegations Different?

Accounting allegations affect both the likelihood of dismissal and amounts paid in settlements.

By Elaine Harwood, Adoria Lim, and Laura Simmons

In recent years, many of the largest securities class actions filed have involved allegations that a company issued financial statements that did not conform with generally accepted accounting principles (accounting cases). In fact, from 2005 through 2010, 19 of the 20 largest settlements of securities class actions were all accounting cases. Given the rise of public attention to accounting issues, as well as the recent changes in the accounting regulatory environment, we conducted research to study how accounting cases differ from other securities class action filings (non-accounting cases).

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