The firms recognized in this category led cases that reined in corporate fraud in the banking, pharmaceutical and auto industries, helping pension funds and other investors recoup billions of dollars. In one case—brought against General Motors amid its ignition-switch scandal—one of our finalists convinced the automaker to pay $300 million to resolve a securities fraud case over drops in the company’s stock. Our winning case, accusing a global bank’s consumer-finance business of inflating its stock price, resulted in a nearly $1.6 billion settlement for investors. It came after more than a decade of litigation in one of the largest securities class actions ever to go to trial.
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