Getting Back to the Source: A New Approach to Measuring Ex Ante Litigation Risk Using Plaintiff-Lawyer Views of SEC Filings

Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Forthcoming.

65 Pages Posted: 11 Oct 2022

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Antonis Kartapanis

Texas A&M University - Mays Business School

Christopher G. Yust

Texas A&M University

Date Written: October 1, 2022

Abstract

This study introduces a new measure of ex ante litigation risk using scrutiny of SEC filings by the source of securities litigation—plaintiffs' lawyers—to reduce measurement error, relative to existing measures. We show that plaintiff-lawyer views proxy for the largely unobservable factors that make firms more likely to face litigation risk. Lagged views precede the public bad news revelation that triggers litigation and predict future realized litigation risk (i.e., securities class actions filings and plaintiff-lawyer investigations) and stock market outcomes. Finally, we provide new insights into the plaintiff-lawyer case selection process that otherwise cannot be observed.

Keywords: Ex ante litigation risk, plaintiffs' lawyers, securities litigation, market outcomes, abnormal returns, measurement error, predictive models, imbalanced datasets, area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC)

JEL Classification: C18, C52, G12, G32, G34, K22, K40, K41, M41

Suggested Citation

Kartapanis, Antonis and Yust, Christopher G., Getting Back to the Source: A New Approach to Measuring Ex Ante Litigation Risk Using Plaintiff-Lawyer Views of SEC Filings (October 1, 2022). Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Forthcoming., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4224939 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.4224939

Antonis Kartapanis (Contact Author)

Texas A&M University - Mays Business School ( email )

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Christopher G. Yust

Texas A&M University ( email )

430 Wehner
College Station, TX 77843-4353
United States
979.845.3439 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.christopheryust.com

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