Securities Class Action Trend Cases

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From SPACs to COVID-19, several trends have appeared in core filing activity in recent years.

The data below is from Securities Class Action Filings—2021 Midyear Assessment.

The most dominant trend in the first half of 2021 was filings related to special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs), with 14 filings. COVID-19 was the next most common trend with ten filings, largely concentrated in the first four months of 2021. Filings related to cryptocurrency, cannabis, cybersecurity, and opioids continued on pace with 2020.

Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)

Special Purpose Acquisition Company (SPAC)

SPAC filings concern companies that went public for the express purpose of acquiring an existing company in the future.

COVID-19

COVID-19 filings include allegations related to companies negatively impacted by the virus or looking to address demand for products as a result of the virus.

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency filings include blockchain or cryptocurrency companies that engaged in the sale or exchange of tokens (commonly initial coin offerings), cryptocurrency mining, cryptocurrency derivatives, or that designed blockchain-focused software.

Cannabis

Cannabis

Cannabis filings include companies financing, farming, distributing, or selling cannabis and cannabidiol products.

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity filings are those in which allegations relate to data breaches or security vulnerabilities.

Opioid

Opioid

Opioid filings involve allegations related to opiate drugs that are addictive, were falsely marketed as non-addictive, or caused other opiate-related issues.