The Second Circuit Court of Appeals recently affirmed a district court decision (reported on this blog March 10, 2009), which dismissed a putative shareholder derivative class action against PXRE Group, Ltd., a publicly traded Bermuda reinsurer, and certain of its directors and officers. The plaintiff shareholders alleged that PXRE intentionally or recklessly understated loss projections in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma in 2005, in order to preserve its credit rating. Specifically, the plaintiffs claimed that PXRE failed to take river flooding into account in its loss modeling, and that its loss modeling software was inadequate for much-larger-than-typical hurricane loss modeling, and was based only on typical hurricane loss modeling. The plaintiffs alleged specific misleading statements in press releases that it argued were intended to deceive in advance of public offerings. In an effort to establish scienter, the plaintiffs’ Complaint included allegations purportedly obtained from “confidential informants” from PXRE, including actuaries, a Vice President in charge of loss modeling, and the Chief Actuary of a “peer company.” Citing heightened pleading requirements for securities/fraud type claims, the district court dismissed the case, as plaintiffs had failed to sufficiently allege the bases for its allegations. The Second Circuit court affirmed by short summary order, citing the district court’s “thorough, well-reasoned opinion.” In re PXRE Group, Ltd., No. 09-1370 (2d Cir. Dec. 21, 2009).