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How to Resolve the Historical Data Conundrum and Recover More in Securities Litigation


Data is both omnipresent and ephemeral. Access to data, especially historical data, is a condition precedent to the ability file claims in settled securities class actions. Institutions have a fiduciary duty to file those claims, or to show that choosing not to do so was prudent. If an institution does not take a proactive approach…Read more

The Dangers of Relying on Custodians to Collect Class Action Settlement Payments

The Dangers of Relying on Custodians to Collect Class Action Settlement Payments


Institutional investors—including public pension funds, Taft-Hartley funds, mutual funds, and hedge funds—have a fiduciary obligation to recover monies lost through investments in public securities as the result of corporate mismanagement and/or fraud. These losses are often recouped through class action litigation, which pays out billions of dollars to defrauded investors each year.1 When these lawsuits are…Read more

Board Diversity: The Time for Change is Now, Will Shareholders Step Up?


Much ink has been spilled, much breath expended, and many hands have been wrung over the last decade on the lack of diversity in corporate boardrooms. That chorus only intensified over the last year as protests over racial inequity poured out into the streets of cities across the country.    While companies continue to make…Read more

Best Practices for Monitoring Your Securities Portfolio in 2021


As fiduciaries, institutional investors have a responsibility on behalf of their members, their organization, and their investors to monitor their investment portfolios, protect and maximize their assets, and ensure that no money that should have been awarded to their funds are left unclaimed. If investment funds are lost due to corporate fraud or mismanagement, the…Read more

Good Corporate Governance Enhances Long Term Pension Fund Returns


Shareholder returns, especially gains that drive benefits to pension fund beneficiaries are realized by making good investments. However, no portfolio can outperform if the underlying investments are comprised of companies that do not prioritize good corporate governance. When left unchecked, corporate insiders sometimes neglect their duties and act in their own best interests, rather than…Read more