Although there are many aspects of the M&A litigation problem, the paper focuses its proposed solutions on the multiple jurisdiction litigation issue, in part because it is “a principal source of the trial lawyers’ settlement leverage.” ….
In order to address these issues, the paper suggests three possible legislative reforms (not necessarily mutually exclusive) at the federal level. First, the paper suggests that Congress could “enact a statute requiring all merger-related litigation to be brought in the state of incorporation of the defendant company.” …. Second, the paper suggests that Congress could amend the “carve outs” in SLUSA and CAPA to required that class actions brought under the carve-outs “may be filed only in the courts of the defendant company’s state of incorporation.” Third, to address the fact that many of these merger related lawsuits are brought in federal court, the paper suggests that Congress could enact legislation providing that any lawsuits relating to mergers or acquisitions that are brought in federal court should be transferred immediately to a federal court for the district containing the state capital.
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