Advisen hosted a webinar and wrote a white paper entitled “D&O Claims Trends: Q3 2013.”Sponsored by AIG, 8-page white paper discusses the loss trends for the third quarter of 2013.
Compared with the previous quarter, the number of new securities and business litigation filings and regulatory enforcement actions continued to decline in the third quarter but at a much slower pace. The decline keeps 2013 in line to have the lowest annual total of new filings since prior to the credit crisis. Although the number of filings decreased for some categories such as derivative shareholder actions and merger objection suits, a couple of major categories increased, most notably securities class actions.
The financial sector remained the top sector for new securities litigation filings and enforcement actions in the third quarter. As the credit crisis recedes into the past, actions against financial firms and their directors and officers are approaching pre-credit crisis levels.
The number of settlements declined in the third quarter compared with the previous quarter but the average settlement values increased. Securities class actions represented the highest number of settlements and were also the most significant source of large losses.
Advisen is pleased to introduce a number of enhancements to the way in which it categorizes lawsuits and enforcement actions. While these changes do not affect the total number of cases they will affect the values in some categories. The changes include three new case types and the merger of case types to simplify the structure of certain categories. These changes will be highlighted and explained throughout the report.
The downward trend in the various types of lawsuits and enforcement actions that could trigger coverage under a D&O policy continued in the third quarter with new events falling from 278 in Q2 to 268 in Q3, a 4 percent decline. This keeps 2013 on pace to have the lowest annual total of filings since prior to the financial crisis. When compared with the same quarter a year ago, new filings decreased by 21 percent. The 268 events represent the lowest quarterly total since prior to 2009.