“Lawyers Extract ‘Merger Tax’ From Shareholders, Study Says”

by Walter Olson on November 2, 2012

“The U.S. Chamber’s Institute for Legal Reform today released a study on merger-related litigation that concludes plaintiff lawyers take advantage of the court system to extract tens of millions of dollars a year in fees from companies at the expense of shareholders. A loophole in the federal law designed to cut down on securities class-action abuses allows lawyers to file suits challenging mergers in multiple state and federal courts, the study found, making it impossible for companies to consolidate the litigation in one place and increasing the odds they’ll pay the lawyers a fee to go away.” [Daniel Fisher, Forbes]