Securities and Commodities Exchange Litigation Reaches New High In March 2021
(30 Apr 2021) The latest available data from the federal courts show that during March 2021, the government reported 269 new securities and commodities exchange civil filings based upon the recorded nature of the suit. According to the case-by-case court records analyzed by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, this is the highest number of such filings for a single month on record going back to at least October 2007 and just edging out the previous high of 262 in September 2020. This new high in cases reflects ongoing growth in these types of cases as TRAC observed in reports from 2020 and 2017.

This brings the total of securities and commodities exchange civil filings to a total of 1,152 in the first six months of fiscal year 2021. The average number of filings per month so far this fiscal year is 192, up from 154 per month in fiscal year 2020, suggesting that 2021 is on pace to be the busiest year for securities and commodities exchange cases.

Suits of this type tended to be concentrated in just a few federal judicial districts. Nearly half were filed in just two district courts. More than one third—99 total—of the securities and commodities exchange suits brought in March 2021 were filed in just the Southern District of New York (Manhattan). This was followed by Delaware with 12 percent of the cases.

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