Plaintiffs’ Firms Ranked by Total 2018 Securities Suit Settlement Size and Number

As I have noted in a number of posts (most recently here), the size of securities class action settlements rose significantly in 2018 compared to recent years. But what do the 2018 securities class action settlements look like when broken down according to the lead plaintiffs’ firm involved in the settlement? That is the question answered in a recent report from ISS Institutional Shareholder Services. The April 3, 2019 report, entitled “The Top 50 of 2018” takes a look at the top 50 plaintiffs’ firms ranked by aggregate size and number of settlements can be found here.     According to the report, there were 123 approved North American securities class action settlements involving the creation of a cash settlement fund. It is important to note that this North American settlement number expressly includes settlements in Canada as well as settlements in the United States. (The value of settlements in Canadian dollars was converted to U.S. dollars…

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