Shareholder Litigation Rights and Stock Price Crash Risk
43 Pages Posted: 30 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 22, 2021
We study the impact of shareholder-initiated litigation risk on a firm's stock price crash risk. Our empirical analysis takes advantage of the staggered adoption of universal demand laws, which led to an exogenous decline in derivative litigation risk. We find that a decline in the threat of derivative litigation reduces crash risk and that information hoarding associated with earnings management is a channel through which litigation risk affects crash risk. The relationship is also moderated by how exposed firms are to the other primary form of shareholder litigation, namely securities class-action lawsuits.
Keywords: shareholder litigation risk, derivative lawsuits, universal demand, stock price crash risk, securities class action lawsuits, judge ideology
JEL Classification: G14, G30, G38, K22
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