[Update on 2022-01-08] I am grateful to my research assistant, Shiyu Chen, for her excellent work in this update.

This website requires login now. A function was added for login and access to the protected content. The code may terminate (e.g., every 80 pages) due to timeout or connection error, and thus you may need to run it several times (and change Line 108 accordingly). Please replace the login email and password with your own (Line 104 and 105). CSV files including 6,122 cases as of 2022-01-08 are provided for easy download (Securities Class Action Filings 2022-01-08 p1 to p84, Securities Class Action Filings 2022-01-08 p85 to p161, and Securities Class Action Filings 2022-01-08 p162 to p205).

[Update on 2019-07-07] I am grateful to Shiyu Chen, my research assistant, who did a very good job on not only web scraping the top-level table, but also extracting from the case summary page additional information (link to case summary page, case status, update date, case summary, case period start date, and case period end date). I post her Python program below with her permission.

[Original Post] Several papers borrow the litigation risk model supplied in Equation (3) of Kim and Skinner (2012, JAE, Measuring securities litigation risk). The logit model uses total asset, sales growth, stock return, stock return skewness, stock return standard deviation, and turnover to estimate a predicted value of litigation risk.  The measure of litigation risk is used by Billings and Cedergen (2015, JAE), Kerr and Ozel (2015, TAR), Bourveau, Lou, and Wang (2018, JAR), and Baginski, Campbell, Hinson, and Koo (2018, TAR), and so on (thanks to Chunmei Zhu for the literature review).

The model uses lawsuit data obtained from Stanford Law School’s Securities Class Action Clearinghouse. However, the website does not deliver the data in a downloadable format. I write the Python program for extracting the data from the website (a technique called webscraping).

I use Python 3.x and please install all required modules. I provide the data (as of 2019-07-07) in a CSV file for easy download (sca.csv).


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