Approved Legal Settlements up 30% in 1H22, as SPACs Remain in Focus

According to Cornerstone Research, although new legal filings remain consistent with the first half of 2021, the number of approved settlements is up over 30% from the same time last year, and the median settlement amount has rebounded from the low that the firm reported in its 2021 Mid-Year Securities Litigation Update, Gibson Dunn reports. 

SPAC and crypto-related filings continue to be a focus of plaintiffs’ attorneys, even as the nature of these suits continues to evolve.

SPAC-related filings are on track to meet or exceed last year’s chart-topping performance and already exceed the total SPAC-related filings in all of 2019 and 2020 combined. This increase is driven primarily by SPAC-related actions in the technology and industrial sectors that have offset a potential decline in actions in the consumer space. Cryptocurrency-related actions are also on pace to increase in 2022, driven in part by the continued increase in actions against crypto exchanges and allegations related to securitization in the first half of the year.  

More settlements were approved in the first half of 2022 than have been in any half-year in the last five years. Read more.

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