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The Public And Private Faces Of Derivative Lawsuits, Randall S. Thomas, Robert B. Thompson Jan 2004

The Public And Private Faces Of Derivative Lawsuits, Randall S. Thomas, Robert B. Thompson

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Derivative suits, long the principal vehicle for discussions about representative litigation in corporate and securities law, now share the stage with younger cousins - securities fraud class actions and state law fiduciary duty class actions. At the same time alternative governance vehicles - independent directors, auditors and other reforms that have followed in the wake of Enron - potentially diminish the relative place of litigation such as derivative suits. This article presents data from all derivative suits filed in Delaware over a two-year period. We find a relatively small number, certainly as compared to fiduciary class action and securities fraud class actions. Unlike ...