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Securities class actions (SCAs) are lawsuits brought before a court on behalf of a group of investors, whose rights have allegedly been violated by the company in which they have a stake. Usually, allegations concern the fact that the company and some of its officers violated federal or state securities laws. In this article, we overview the procedural characteristics of SCAs in the USA and other countries that have established this type of legal remedy, discussing their role as compensation, deterrence, market regulation, and corporate governance tools.

Introduction

This article overviews the main features of securities class actions (SCAs, hereafter), both in the USA and in other countries, discussing their role as compensation, deterrence, market regulation, and corporate governance tools. Relying on empirical contributions that investigated the relationship between the event of an SCA and target companies’ behavior, this contribution supports the view according to which...

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dalla Pellegrina, L., Saraceno, M. (2021). Securities Class Action. In: Marciano, A., Ramello, G.B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Law and Economics. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7883-6_729-2

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    Securities Class Action
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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7883-6_729-2

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    DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-7883-6_729-1