Keith Paul Bishop

Keith Paul Bishop

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

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California’s Other Investment Adviser Law

California’s Corporate Securities Law of 1968 defines and provides for the comprehensive regulation of most, but not all, investment advisers.  Some investment advisers are subject to an entirely different law found in the...more

5/21/2015 - Civil Code Corporate Securities Act Investment Adviser

Assembly Committee Seeks To Fix Securities Fraud Statute

Readers of this blog will know be familiar with my criticism of the 2013 amendment of California’s basic securities fraud statute, Corporations Code Section 25401. See California Creates Complete Chaos By Rewriting...more

5/20/2015 - Legislative Committees Pending Legislation Rule 10b-5 Securities Fraud

DBO Defeats Preliminary Injunction Files Suit Against Prorater

Last month, I wrote about Judge Lucy Koh’s decision not to preliminarily enjoin the Department of Business Oversight’s investigation of Nationwide Biweekly Administration, Inc. for unlicensed activity under California’s Check...more

5/19/2015 - CFPB Department of Business Oversight Unfair or Deceptive Trade Practices

Shares “Of” Or “In” The Corporation?

A colleague recently asked: “Which is correct – shares in the corporation or shares of the corporation?”  There are two approaches to answering the question – prescriptive and descriptive. I couldn’t find any...more

5/18/2015 - Contract Drafting

SEC Is Sued Again For Doing Nothing

Thursday, Broc Romanek wrote about a lawsuit filed earlier this week against the Securities and Exchange Commission due to its failure to respond to a petition asking the Commission to adopt political spending disclosure...more

5/15/2015 - Disclosure Requirements Political Contributions SEC

SB 75 May Prove To Be Delaware’s Seven Sisters

A century ago, New Jersey was the state in which to incorporate. Long before former Iraqi President popularized the expression “Mother of Battles” (“Um El-Ma’arek“), the famed legal scholar Adolph A. Berle, Jr. bestowed the...more

5/14/2015 - Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting New Legislation

CAFA Filings Spike in 2013

On February 18 2005, Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), P.L. No. 109-2 (28 U.S.C. §§ 1332(d), 1453, and 1711 – 1715). In enacting the CAFA, Congress sought to protect consumers and investors from...more

5/13/2015 - Attorney's Fees CAFA Class Action Department of Business Oversight Notification Requirements

Here’s One Way To Recover Attorneys’ Fees Without Adopting A Fee Shifting Bylaw

With the ongoing hullabaloo concerning the legislative demise of fee shifting bylaw provisions under Delaware law, little attention has been paid to California law. More importantly, no one seems to have noticed that...more

5/12/2015 - Attorney's Fees Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Derivative Suit Fee-Shifting Shareholders

It’s Time To Put A Stop To Fee-Shifting (But Not In the Way You Might Think)

The problem with “fee-shifting bylaws” starts with the name.  A better name might be “anti fee-shifting bylaws” because they end the fee shifting that otherwise applies.  Without fee-shifting bylaws, plaintiffs’ attorneys are...more

5/11/2015 - Bylaws Derivative Suit Fee-Shifting Shareholders

When A Corporation May Not Be A Corporation At All

The California General Corporation Law separately defines “corporation” and “domestic corporation”.   The definition of “domestic corporation” is straightforward, the definition of “corporation” is not.  In most cases, a...more

5/8/2015 - Corporations Code General Corporation Law

Form 10-Q Koans (??)

Many companies have filed or are about to file their Form 10-Qs for their first quarter.  Thus, it seems an opportune time to present the following koans: - Part IV, Item 15 of Form 10-K instructs the registrant to...more

5/7/2015 - Filing Requirements Form 10-Q Publicly-Traded Companies

Will Delaware’s Fee-Shifting Bylaw Bill Be A Boon To Other States?

Late last week, Senate Bill 75 was introduced in Delaware. This bill is in part a reaction to the Delaware Supreme Court’s holding in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund, 91 A.3d 554 (Del. 2014) upholding as facially...more

5/6/2015 - ATP Tours Bylaws Delaware General Corporation Law Fee-Shifting Proposed Legislation

Court Sorts Out California RULLCA Transition Muddle

Monday, I wrote about Kennedy v. Kennedy, 2015 Cal. App. LEXIS 329 (Apr. 20, 2015).  That post discussed the Court of Appeal’s holding that under the General Corporation Law the dismissal of a cause of action for involuntary...more

5/5/2015 - Buyouts Corporate Dissolution Effective Date Limited Liability Companies Members RULLCA

Dismissal Of Involuntary Dissolution Action Pulls The Plug On Corporate Buy Out

Sometimes, shareholders are divided on whether a corporation should live or die. In these cases, the California Corporations Code provides an option that allows for the continued existence of a corporation. In any action...more

5/4/2015 - Buyouts Cal Code of Civil Procedure Control Buyouts Corporate Dissolution Derivative Suit Shareholder Votes

There Two Ways To Create An Obligation And Six Ways To Extinguish It

The California defines an “obligation” as “a legal duty, by which a person is bound to do or not to do a certain thing.” Cal. Civ. Code § 1427. An obligation is created in one of two ways: by contract or by operation of...more

4/30/2015 - Contract Disputes Contract Formation Contract Terms

Bill Would Clarify When Limited Partnership Life Begins

When does life begin for a California limited partnership?  The California Uniform Limited Partnership Act of 2008 seems to provide an inconsistent answers.  The first is found in Corporations Code Section 15902.01(a)....more

4/29/2015 - Corporations Code Limited Partnerships Proposed Amendments RULLCA

What Exactly Does The SEC Mean By “Permit”?

The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed rule amendments to implement Section 955 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, Pub. L.  No. 111-203, 124 Stat. 1900 (July 21, 2010).  Among other...more

4/27/2015 - Dodd-Frank Proposed Amendments Regulation S-K SEC

CalPERS Board Member Contests Attorney General’s Conflicts Position

Last December, I wrote about J.J. Jelincic, a long-term CalPERS employee who was elected for a four-year term to the Board of Administration of the California Public Employees Retirement System (aka CalPERS). Following Mr....more

4/24/2015 - Board of Directors CalPERS Carbon Emissions

Finders Bill Finds Success In Assembly Committee

In February, I wrote about the resurrection of a bill that would clarify the status of finders under the California Corporate Securities Law of 1968.  Earlier this week, the bill, AB 667 (Wagner) cleared its first policy...more

4/23/2015 - Bar Associations Finders Legislative Committees

Who Files The Most Permit Applications?

California Corporations Code Section 25113(d) requires the Commissioner of Business Oversight to prepare and publicize an annual report of the number of permits that it issues for the offer and sale of securities. The report...more

4/22/2015 - Annual Reports Churches Corporations Code Department of Business Oversight Permits

How Many Board Members Are Required To Take Action?

Suppose your corporation has a five member board of directors but two seats are vacant.  Suppose further that your corporate bylaws included the following two provisions: A.  Three members of the board shall...more

4/21/2015 - Board of Directors Bylaws Corporate Governance Corporations Code Quorum

Will California Require Notice Filings For Regulation A Offerings?

Last month, the Securities and Exchange Commission adopted amendments to Regulation A as required by Section 3(b)(2) of the Securities Act of 1933, which was added by Section 401 of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS)...more

4/20/2015 - Amended Regulation Department of Business Oversight Issuers JOBS Act Qualified Purchaser Regulation A SEC

California AG Asks Retailers And Manufacturers To Report On Supply Chains Act Compliance

The California Attorney General’s office recently sent letters to retailers and manufacturers asking them to demonstrate compliance with the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act or why they are not subject to the act....more

4/17/2015 - Human Trafficking Manufacturers Reporting Requirements Retailers Supply Chain Supply Contracts

Study Concludes That California’s Lending Laws Are Number One

In a recently published paper, Colleen Honigsberg, Sharon P. Katz, and Gil Sadka examine the relationship between debt contracts and state law.  Perhaps only Captain Renault will be shocked by their finding that “California...more

4/16/2015 - Banking Sector Debtors Financial Institutions Lenders

Email Notice Without Consent Is Not Notice

The California General Corporation Law unequivocally authorizes the giving of notice of stockholder meetings by electronic transmission. Section 601(b) provides “Notice of a shareholders’ meeting or any report shall be given...more

4/15/2015 - Corporate Officers Corporations Code Directors Electronic Communications Email Hedging Proposed Regulation SEC Shareholder Meetings Shareholders Written Notice

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