Robert Varian

Robert Varian

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

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Is Your Confidentiality Agreement a Ticking Time Bomb? SEC’s First Action Over Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Protections Targets...

For the first time in the nearly five years since Dodd-Frank went into effect, the SEC last week took action against a company over concerns that the company was preventing its employees from potentially blowing the whistle...more

4/9/2015 - Confidentiality Agreements Internal Investigations KBR (formerly Kellogg Brown & Root) Rule 21F SEC Whistleblower Protection Policies Whistleblowers

On a Roll: The SEC Continues to Deliver on its Promise to Seek Admissions of Wrongdoing

The SEC announced last week that it has obtained yet another admission of wrongdoing in connection with an agreement to settle an SEC enforcement action. This time, Peter A. Jenson, the former COO of Harbinger Capital...more

8/6/2014 - Corporate Counsel Enforcement Enforcement Actions Fraud Harbinger Capital Partners LLC Neither Admit Nor Deny Settlements SEC

You Better Forum-Shop Around . . . While You Still Can

On January 31, 2014, Chevron Corporation moved to certify to the Delaware Supreme Court the question of whether exclusive forum bylaws are valid under Delaware law. Chevron filed its motion before the Honorable Jon S. Tigar...more

2/12/2014 - Forum Forum Selection Clause Forum Shopping

The Importance Of Good Compensation Committee Minutes – 7 Tips

With the recent increase in proxy litigation and the public focus on executive pay, it is very important that the minutes of the compensation committee of the board of directors be recorded properly. Following are some tips...more

12/20/2013 - Board of Directors Compensation Committee Corporate Governance Executive Compensation Recordkeeping Requirements

News Of The (Shareholder Derivative) World: Record-High $139 Million Settlement In News Corp. Phone Hacking Suit

Putting an end to shareholder derivative litigation arising from News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal, the company’s directors agreed last week to a record-breaking $139 million cash settlement. According to the plaintiffs’...more

5/1/2013 - Derivative Suit News Corp Phone-Hacking Scandal Settlement

Tracing Meets Twombly: Ninth Circuit Sets Section 11 Pleading Standards For Aftermarket Purchasers

In a precedent setting decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a putative class action in In re Century Aluminum Co. Securities Litigation, significantly raising the pleading bar in Section 11 cases. Plaintiffs...more

2/5/2013 - Aftermarket Purchases Section 11 Shareholders Twombly/Iqbal Pleading Standard

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