FRT’s Fast Five: Week Ending January 10, 2020

Financial Recovery Technologies Fast Five provides you with the top news in shareholder class actions. Stay up-to-date on the latest developments in settled (U.S./Canada) claims filing opportunities, Antitrust settlements, Global Group Litigation matters and more. For more information, contact your Financial Recovery Technologies representative or email us.

1. First Solar Agrees to Settle $350 Million Shareholder Lawsuit

First Solar, an Arizona based solar panel manufacturer, announced on Monday that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to pay $350 million in claims for a class-action lawsuit filed in 2012. The lawsuit claimed that First Solar executives and officers misled shareholders between April 2008 and February 2012. The suit states that First Solar inflated its stock price by concealing design defects and reporting misleading financials for nearly four years. Click here to read the full article.

2. Daimler Investors Seek $1 Billion Over Diesel Disclosure

Daimler AG was sued by more than 200 shareholders for as much as 900 million euros ($1 billion) over claims the parent of Mercedes-Benz luxury cars failed to properly disclose that its vehicles were fitted with technology to cheat on diesel emissions tests. The suits were filed in a court in Stuttgart, Germany on behalf of institutional investors, including banks, investment companies, insurances and pension funds from Europe, North America, Asia and Australia, Andreas Tilp, a lawyer for the plaintiffs, said in an emailed statement. Click here to read the full article.

3. Shareholders Unsuccessful In First UK Class Action Against Directors

Judgment was recently given in the first shareholder class action claim in England, Sharp v Blank [2019] EWHC 3078 (Ch). The claims were brought by 5,803 shareholders in Lloyds Bank against some of its former directors, and Lloyds itself. They stemmed from Lloyds’ reverse takeover of HBOS PLC during the financial crisis in 2008. The judgment concerns the recommendation made by directors to shareholders, and disclosure of information ahead of a shareholder vote approving the acquisition. The judgment demonstrates the difficulty future shareholder class actions of this kind may have (a) establishing a valid claim against directors; and (b) showing a loss on the part of the shareholders. Click here to read the full article.

4. U.K. Regulator Demands Better Corporate Governance, Reporting

The Financial Reporting Council, Britain’s watchdog for accounting and audit, is demanding better corporate governance and reporting practices as hundreds of British companies prepare to release annual reports based on new rules governing corporate behavior. Companies listed in the premium segment of the London Stock Exchange must adhere to the 2018 U.K. Corporate Governance Code. The new rules ask companies to provide additional information to shareholders on a number of issues, including how governance contributes to the long-term success of the business. The rules also ask companies to provide an explanation of their purpose and explain cases in which a chairperson’s tenure exceeds nine years, and presses boards to play an active role in shaping company culture. Click here to read the full article (subscription may be needed).

5. Recent Developments in Litigation Funding in the UK

The Jackson reforms have now bitten on insolvency proceedings, meaning insolvency practitioners cannot recover the costs of conditional fee agreements and after the event insurance entered into after 6 April 2016. Unfortunately, the alternative funding models introduced by the same reforms have not been well used. However, there remains a range of options for funding insolvency litigation other than from the insolvent estate, with legal representatives, insurers, commercial funders and insolvency practitioners themselves coming up with innovative packages of funding. This article considers key developments in litigation funding in recent years, as well as upcoming reforms that may further change the landscape. Click here to read the full article.



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