Securities Filings Down in First Half

Decline reflects a fall-off in Chinese reverse mergers and M&A.

Federal securities class actions decreased in the first half of 2012 compared with last year largely because of a decline in Chinese reverse mergers and the lowest number of mergers and acquisitions since the third quarter of 2009, according to a study.

According to the Stanford Law School Securities Class Action Clearinghouse and Cornerstone Research, 88 federal securities class-action, or group, lawsuits were filed in the first six months of this year, a reduction of 6 percent from both the first half and second half of 2011.

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