Litigation risk and financial leverage
Abstract In this paper, we use a unique hand-collected dataset on corporate litigation to examine the relationship between litigation risk and financial leverage. We find that an increase in litigation risk is associated with a significant decrease in total debt. Partitioning total debt into long-term debt and short-term debt, we find a negative relationship between litigation risk and long-term debt. There is no significant relationship between litigation risk and short-term debt.
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Volume (Year): 41 (2017)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
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