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Ensuring Corporate Misconduct: How Liability Insurance Undermines Shareholder Litigation

Tom Baker and Sean J. Griffith

Abstract

Shareholder litigation and class action suits play a key role in protecting investors and regulating big businesses. But Directors' and Officers' liability insurance shields corporations and their managers from the financial consequences of many illegal acts, as evidenced by the recent Enron scandal and many of last year's corporate financial meltdowns. This book demonstrates how corporations use insurance to avoid responsibility for corporate misconduct, dangerously undermining the impact of securities laws, arguing that this need not be the case. Opening up the formerly closed world of corpo ... More

Keywords: shareholder litigation, class action, Officers' liability insurance, illegal acts, Enron scandal, corporate insurance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780226035154
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226035079.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tom Baker, author

Sean J. Griffith, author