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 Supreme Court Holds That a Stockholder Plaintiff Must Plead a Non-Exculpated Claim to Avoid Section 102(b)(7)-Based...

In the consolidated appeal In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc., Stockholder Litigation and In re Zhongpin Stockholders Litigation, Nos. 564, 2014 and 706, 2014, 2015 Del. LEXIS 231 (Del. May 14, 2015), the Delaware Supreme...more

5/22/2015 - Delaware General Corporation Law Exculpatory Clauses Freeze-Out Mergers Independent Boards Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

4/1/2015 - Appeals Bylaws Corporations Code Retroactive Application Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

Delaware Supreme Court Confirms Chancery Court’s Broad Authority to Impose Use Restrictions on Information Obtained From Section...

The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Chancery Court’s decision that it lacked authority to impose the requested use restriction, noting that Section 220(c) authorizes the Chancery Court in the exercise of discretion to...more

1/7/2015 - Books & Records Delaware General Corporation Law Derivative Suit Shareholder Litigation Shareholders United Technologies

Ninth Circuit Holds that Under Nevada Law, a Prior Stockholder’s Litigation of Demand Futility Precludes Another Stockholder From...

In Arduini v. Hart, 2014 WL 7156764 (9th Cir. Dec. 17, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit considered whether the doctrine of issue preclusion prevents a stockholder from relitigating a prior...more

1/6/2015 - Appeals Class Action Complex Litigation Demand Futility Derivative Suit Issue Preclusion Securities Shareholder Litigation Shareholders

First Circuit Affirms District Court’s Exclusion of Event Study as Unreliable Under Daubert

In Bricklayers & Trowel Trades Int’l Pension Fund v. Credit Suisse Sec. (USA) LLC, No. 12-1750, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8994 (1st Cir. May 14, 2014), the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed a district...more

5/23/2014 - AOL Appeals Credit Suisse First Boston Estimated Value Disclosures Shareholder Litigation Shareholders Stocks

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

Ninth Circuit Vacates Dismissal and Remands Shareholder Derivative "Say-on-Pay" Suits to California State Court

In Dennis v. Hart, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 15648 (9th Cir. July 31, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that plaintiffs’ “say-on-pay” shareholder derivative suits alleging breach of fiduciary...more

8/27/2013 - Derivative Suit Executive Compensation Fiduciary Duty Say-on-Pay Shareholders

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

Second Circuit Reverses Class Certification Order, Holding That a Clearing Broker's Alleged Knowledge of Fraud Against...

In Levitt v. J.P. Morgan Securities, Inc., No. 10-4596, 2013 WL 1007678 (2d Cir. Mar. 15, 2013), the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed a district court order certifying a class of shareholder...more

3/28/2013 - Bear Sterns Brokers Class Action Class Certification Disclosure Requirements Fiduciary Duty Fraud JPMorgan Chase Shareholders

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