Data Set Appendix: Around the World of Securities Fraud in 80 Motions to Dismiss
80 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2014 Last revised: 4 Jan 2014
Date Written: January 1, 2014
This data set, summarizing 80 opinions on motions to dismiss securities fraud class actions, is an appendix to the following essay: Wendy Gerwick Couture, Around the World of Securities Fraud in 80 Motions to Dismiss, 45 45 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. __ (forthcoming 2014). In the essay, I discuss emerging issues in courts’ rulings on motions to dismiss securities fraud class actions. In order to ensure that my comments reflect current trends in this ever-evolving area, I analyzed a data set of 80 opinions issued in 2013 on motions to dismiss securities fraud class actions.
I compiled this data set of 80 opinions as follows: On November 17, 2013, I performed the following "terms and connectors" search in the DCT (U.S. District Court Cases) database on Westlaw: "securities fraud" & "motion to dismiss" & ("P.S.L.R.A." "private securities litigation reform act") & "class action" & da(aft 1/1/2013). There were 153 results. I discarded opinions that (1) did not rule on motions to dismiss; (2) did not rule on putative class actions; or (3) did not rule on claims of securities fraud. In addition, if the data set included multiple opinions on successive motions to dismiss filed in the same case, I included only the last opinion. Finally, after performing the above culling, I chose the first 80 opinions to have been issued in 2013.
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The paper, "Around the World of Securities Fraud in 80 Motions to Dismiss," to which this Appendix applies is available at the following URL: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2373807
Keywords: Securities Fraud, Motions to Dismiss, Class Actions, PSLRA, Scienter, Materiality
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