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Why An Understanding Of Officers As Agents May Be Important

In several recent posts, I have noted that officers, unlike directors, are agents of the corporation. Recognizing the agency status of officers can affect the legal analysis in a number of significant ways, including...more

Officers And The Business Judgment Rule

Last weekend I attended a symposium at the UCLA School of Law entitled “Can Delaware Be Dethroned? Evaluating Delaware’s Dominance of Corporate Law”. The event, organized by ever erudite Professor Stephen Bainbridge,...more

Court Of Appeal Voids Jury Trial Waiver Notwithstanding New York Choice of Law

A New York state of mind, but California dreaming - A sophisticated lender and borrower negotiate a loan agreement in New York, the lender disburses the loan proceeds in New York, and both parties agree that New York law...more

What Law Governs Real Property Conveyances By Foreign Corporations?

Consider the following fact pattern - Joe is the Chief Executive Officer of Transient, Inc., a Delaware corporation that is headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Transient’s sole asset is 100 acres of undeveloped land in...more

New California Law Threatens To Destroy Plan Uniformity

Companies often include a choice of law provision in their equity and other compensation plans. Some companies include a choice of law in the award agreement, either in lieu of, or in addition to, the plan document. ...more

Which Code Applies When A Stock Certificate Has Been Lost, Destroyed Or Wrongfully Taken?

Earlier this week, I wrote about Judge Edward M. Chen’s ruling in Sender v. Franklin Res., Inc., 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 171453, 3-4 (N.D. Cal. Dec. 22, 2015). Judge Chen applied California Corporations Code Section 419 to a...more

Why Delaware Corporations Should Worry About California Law When Making Dividends

When paying a dividend to shareholders, California corporations are subject to Chapter 5 of the California Corporations Code. Corporations incorporated in Delaware and other states may also be subject to Chapter 5 if they...more

What Law Governs A Foreign General Partnership?

The California Uniform Partnership Act of 1994 defines a “partnership” to mean “an association of two or more persons to carry on as coowners a business for profit formed under [Cal. Corp. Code] Section 16202, predecessor...more

Choosing Delaware, Instead Of California Law, May Prove Very Costly Indeed!

Last spring, I had the pleasure of meeting Delaware Supreme Court Justice Karen Valihura when we were speaking at the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s annual Delaware & California Law Update. Given her visit to...more

Officers And The Internal Affairs Doctrine

My guess is that most attorneys would say that the duty of an officer to the corporation are governed by the law of the state of incorporation under the “internal affairs doctrine”.  As explained by the U.S. Supreme Court,...more

Is Chametz A Good?

The Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown this evening.  In preparation for Passover, observant Jews must dispose of absolutely all chametz, which is basically any food that is made with grain and water that has been...more

4/3/2015  /  Choice-of-Law

Court Of Chancery Rejects Delaware Choice Of Law

The public policies of California and Delaware both espouse freedom. Ironically, the freedoms that they espouse are antithetical to each other. California embraces the freedom of people to pursue any lawful and employment...more

Judge Rules Choice Of Law Waives CSL Claim

I was quite surprised to read Judge Gregory M. Sleet’s ruling in OpenGate Capital Group LLC v. Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92256 (D. Del. July 8, 2014). The lawsuit was brought by the purchaser of a...more

Brazilian Noteholder Sues Brazilian Guarantor – What Does New York Law Have To Do With It?

At the opening of the Los Angeles aqueduct on November 5, 1913, William Mulholland famously declared “There it is. Take it!” Much the same could be said of Civil Code Section 1646.5. The statute provides that the parties to a...more

2/21/2013  /  Choice-of-Law

Here’s One More Thing You Can Do Legally In Nevada But Not In California

Suppose you are a real estate developer with two buildings and you anticipate that investors in each building will have different investment objectives. If the buildings are placed in a single limited liability company, each...more

Forum Selection Bylaws And The California Constitution

Last December, I briefly discussed whether a forum selection bylaw with respect to officers and directors would pass muster as a contractual choice of law. See A Forum Selection Clause Issue That You May Not Have Heard About...more

Is FDIC v. Van Dellem California’s Smith v. Van Gorkom?

Last Friday, the jury in FDIC v. Van Dellem (C.D. Cal. Case No. CV 10-4915 DSF (SHx)) returned a verdict totalling nearly $169 million against three former officers of the home builder division of IndyMac Bank, F.S.B. The...more

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