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The Fate of Delaware "Fee-Shifting" Bylaws

A topic of considerable controversy within the corporate community over the past two months has been the possibility of adopting a "fee-shifting" provision in the bylaws of Delaware corporations. Depending on how it is...more

7/14/2014 - Attorney's Fees Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Governance Fee-Shifting Statutes

Delaware Supreme Court Endorses "Fee-Shifting" Bylaw in Certified Question of Law

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court provided an en banc answer to a certified question of law from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware captioned ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, concluding that...more

5/12/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Governance Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting Statutes

In a Decision of First Impression, Delaware Court of Chancery Denies Third Point's Motion to Enjoin Sotheby's Novel Poison Pill

On May 2, 2014, Vice Chancellor Donald Parsons of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a significant decision in the litigation brought by Daniel Loeb's hedge fund, Third Point LLC, challenging Sotheby's stockholder rights...more

5/8/2014 - Injunctions Poison Pill Shareholder Rights Shareholders Sothebys

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Application of Business Judgment Review to Merger with Controlling Stockholder

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp, the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the Court of Chancery's 2013 decision that a going-private merger with a controlling stockholder may be subject to the deferential business...more

3/18/2014 - Board of Directors Business Judgment Rule Controlling Stockholders Minority Shareholders Shareholders

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Financial Advisor Liable for Aiding and Abetting Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

In a much-anticipated, 91-page post-trial opinion issued on March 7, 2014, Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery held in In re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation that the lead...more

3/14/2014 - Aiding and Abetting Board of Directors Breach of Duty Fiduciary Duty Professional Liability

Recent Delaware Decision Highlights Importance of Formalities in Issuing Stock and Potential Utility of New Statutory Ratification...

Late last year, Vice Chancellor John Noble of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in Boris v. Schaheen that highlights the importance of following formalities when issuing stock. The decision found an array of...more

1/7/2014 - Board of Directors Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Defective Corporate Acts Stock Options Stocks

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