Top Ten D&O Stories of 2017

The world of directors’ and officers’ liability is always dynamic, but 2017 was a particularly eventful year in the D&O liability arena. The year’s many developments have significant implications for what may lie ahead in 2018 – and possibly for years to come. I have set out below the Top Ten D&O stories of 2017, with an eye to these future possibilities. 1. Securities Lawsuit Filings at Historically High Levels in 2017 There were a total of 415 securities class action lawsuit filings in 2017, the highest annual number of securities lawsuit filings in any year except 2001, when a wave of IPO laddering cases swelled the figures. The 2017 filing figures were themselves inflated by the significant numbers of federal court merger objection lawsuits filed during the year. However, even if the 193 federal court merger-related lawsuit filings are disregarded, the 222 traditional securities class action lawsuit filings alone during 2017 represent the…

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