U.S. Chamber of Commerce Statement on Supreme Court Decision Scaling Back
Securities Class Actions
WASHINGTON -- June 23, 2014
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce today reacted to a decision by the U.S. Supreme
Court in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund, Inc. that takes a step toward
scaling back meritless securities class actions. The Chamber also urged
Congress to do more to protect shareholders in these abusive cases.
“The Court today took a small first step in a long journey toward reducing the
costs of securities class actions for investors. We are disappointed, however,
that the Court missed an important opportunity to correct the mistake that
Basic has turned out to be for investors. Meritless securities class actions
benefit only a few plaintiffs’ lawyers and ultimately cost investors
billions,” said Lisa A. Rickard, president of the U.S. Chamber Institute for
Legal Reform. “Congress must now finish this important journey toward
shareholder justice by acting to cut back on litigation driven solely by a few
“While today’s decision inches toward bringing securities law back in line
with the ordinary rules for proving fraud cases, much more can and should be
done,” said Lily Claffee, general counsel of the U.S. Chamber and executive
vice president of the National Chamber Litigation Center.
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U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform
Justin Hakes, 202-463-3156
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