John Stigi

John Stigi

Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

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“Dead Hand Proxy Puts” Garner Increased Stockholder Scrutiny In Delaware

A ruling last fall by the Delaware Chancery Court has prompted a wave of 8 Del. C. § 220 books and records inspection demands on (and threatened litigation against) Delaware corporations that have entered into credit...more

6/11/2015 - Board of Directors Books & Records Change in Control Credit Agreements Debt Financing Debt Securities Fiduciary Duty Finance Lenders Proxy Put Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Delaware Chancery Court Holds that Creditor Plaintiffs in Derivative Suits May Satisfy Standing Requirement by Showing...

In Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, C.A. No. 6990-VCL, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery held that a creditor plaintiff needs only establish that a corporation was...more

5/28/2015 - Board of Directors Breach of Duty Credit Default Swaps Creditors Derivative Suit Fiduciary Duty Insolvency Standing

Delaware Court of Chancery Underscores Heightened Pleading Standard Necessary to Support a Claim for Breach of Fiduciary Duty In...

In Houseman v. Sagerman, C.A. No. 8898-VCG, 2014 WL 1478511 (Del. Ch. Apr. 16, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Glasscock, V.C.) granted, in part, a motion to dismiss filed by certain directors and the financial advisor...more

5/13/2014 - Board of Directors Breach of Duty Corporate Counsel Corporate Governance Fiduciary Duty Mergers Pleading Standards Pleadings Professional Liability Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Delaware Court of Chancery Grants Summary Judgment Dismissing Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims In Absence of Evidence of Directors’...

In In re Answers Corp. Shareholders Litigation, C.A. No. 6170-VCN, 2014 WL 463163 (Del. Ch. Feb. 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Noble, V.C.) granted summary judgment in favor of defendants in a stockholder class...more

3/14/2014 - Board of Directors Breach of Duty Fiduciary Duty Mergers Professional Liability Summary Judgment

California Court of Appeal Holds That Challenges to Corporate Elections Under Corporations Code Section 709 May be Predicated Upon...

In Morrical v. Rogers, No. A137011, 2013 Cal. App. LEXIS 811 (Cal. App. Oct. 10, 2013), the California Court of Appeal, First District, held that the summary procedures set forth in California Corporations Code § 709 may be...more

11/7/2013 - Board of Directors Breach of Duty Compliance Conflicts of Interest Corporate Governance Fiduciary Duty

Delaware Court of Chancery Upheld Enforceability of Bylaws with Forum Selection Clauses Unilaterally Adopted by Board of Directors

In Boilermakers Local 154 Retirement Fund v. Chevron Corp., C.A. No. 7220-CD, 2013 WL 3191981 (Del. Ch. June 25, 2013), the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed facial challenges to the validity of corporate bylaws that...more

7/17/2013 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Governance Forum Selection Clause

Delaware Chancery Court Establishes Procedural Framework for Obtaining Business Judgment Review for Going Private Transaction...

In In re MFW Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 6566-CS, 2013 WL 2436341 (Del. Ch. May 29, 2013), the Delaware Court of Chancery analyzed one of the most important open questions of Delaware corporate law: whether it is...more

6/26/2013 - Board of Directors Business Judgment Rule Fiduciary Duty Going-Private Transactions Shareholders

California Court of Appeal Recognizes That Wide Discretion Granted to a Board of Directors Under the Business Judgment Rule May Be...

In Scheenstra v. California Dairies, Inc., No. F062768, ___ Cal. Rptr. 3d ___, 2013 WL 363148 (Cal. App. 5th Dist. Jan. 30, 2013), the California Court of Appeal, Fifth District, affirmed the judgment of the California...more

2/15/2013 - Board of Directors Breach of Contract Business Judgment Rule Dairy Farmers Fiduciary Duty Marketing Shareholders' Agreements

Delaware Has No Per Se Rule Against "Don't Ask, Don't Waive" Standstill Provisions, But Boards Must be Careful in Using Them

In In re Ancestry.com Inc. Shareholder Litigation, C.A. No. 7988-CS, Chancellor Strine of the Delaware Chancery Court held that Delaware has no per se rule against “don’t ask, don’t waive” standstill provisions, but cautioned...more

1/7/2013 - Board of Directors Don't Ask - Don't Waive Fiduciary Duty

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