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An Overview of the 2014 Class Action Survey [Video]

To read the full 2014 Class Action Survey report, please visit ClassActionSurvey.com. Fifty-two percent of major companies are currently engaged in class action litigation. This percentage has remained fairly consistent...more

Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Delaware Boards’ Fiduciary Oversight Duties as to Corporate Operations Abroad

In 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued three decisions in which it denied motions to dismiss claims for breach of the duty of oversight (i.e., Caremark claims) asserted against directors of Delaware corporations...more

In re Rural Metro Corp. S'holders Litig., C.A. No. 6350-VCL (Del. Ch. Mar. 7, 2014) (Laster, V.C.)

In this post-trial decision, the Court of Chancery held a financial advisor liable for aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary duty by a target board in the sale of the company. The Court concluded that the financial...more

California’s New RULLCA Provides Ample Potential For Member Liability

Recently, I wrote about Corporations Code Section 17703.04(a) which in singularly inept fashion attempts to establish the non-liability of members of a limited liability company under the California’s new Revised Uniform...more

"Reliance by Directors: What’s a Conscientious Director to Do?"

An Issue Needing Attention - In its recent decision in In Re Rural Metro Corporation Stockholders Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery, in a footnote, touches on what it means for directors to be “fully...more

Delaware Supreme Court Upholds Chancery Court Ruling that Applied Business Judgment Rule to Going Private Transaction with...

In Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., the Delaware Supreme Court unanimously upheld the Chancery Court’s decision in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation. In that decision, the Chancery Court had granted summary judgment in favor of...more

Caspian Select Credit Master Fund Ltd. v. Key Plastics Corp., C.A. No. 8625-VCN (Del. Ch. Feb. 24, 2014) (Noble, V.C.)

In this letter opinion, the Court of Chancery granted plaintiff’s request for books and records pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220. The stockholder plaintiff sought, among other things, to value its equity holding in Key Plastics...more

Delaware Supreme Court Deals Blow to Merger Litigation Plaintiffs

On Friday, the Delaware Supreme Court adopted the business judgment rule standard of review for some controlling stockholder freeze-out mergers and potentially other interested party transactions. In Kahn, et al. v. M&F...more

In re MFW Decision Upheld by Delaware Supreme Court

Last week in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. (Del. March 14, 2014), the Delaware Supreme Court upheld the decision of the Court of Chancery in the In re MFW Shareholders Litigation (Del. Ch. May 29, 2013) case and also upheld the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Establishes Standard of Review for Controlling Stockholder Transactions

On March 14, the Delaware Supreme Court issued its much anticipated opinion in Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp., affirming the Delaware Court of Chancery’s holding in In re MFW Shareholders Litigation. The decision adopts the...more

In the Rural/Metro Decision, Delaware Court Emphasizes Conflicts of Interest in Finding Breaches of Fiduciary Duties

Citing various conflicts of interests involving management, board members and financial advisors, Vice Chancellor Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery found that the Board of Directors of Rural/Metro Corporation (“Rural”)...more

In re Orchard Enterprises, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 7840 (Del. Ch. Feb. 28, 2014)

Delaware Court of Chancery applies entire fairness review to a take-private merger with a controlling stockholder, despite approval by a special committee and a majority-of-the-minority, and holds that disclosure claims may...more

Amicus Decries “Tortification” Of Contract Law

In For Executives, This May Have Been The Most Frightening Holding Of 2013, I wrote about the Court of Appeal’s decision in Asahi Kasei Pharma Corp. v. Actelion Ltd., 222 Cal. App. 4th 945 (2013). Readers may recall that...more

Joint Venturer May Be Partner By Estoppel

Benjamin Disraeli is often credited with saying “With words we rule men”. I haven’t found a source for that particular quotation. Even if he never uttered or wrote those words, I like the quote and the idea that the former...more

Court Rules Houston Astros Cannot Strike Out Fiduciary Duties in Bankruptcy

Introduction - One of the incentives that Delaware law offers founders of business entities is the ability to tinker with the fiduciary duties that the managers of the business owe. While the duties owed by corporate...more

Why infect the law of trusts with good faith doctrine?

The law’s good faith principle has traditionally regulated legal relationships, such as the contractual relationship. Equity’s more intense fiduciary principle has generally regulated equitable relationships, such as the...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Applies Implied Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing to Prohibit An Acquiring Entity From Diverting...

In American Capital Acquisition Partners, LLC v. LPL Holdings, Inc., CA NO. 9490-VCG, 2014 WL 354496 (Del. Ch. Feb. 3, 2014), the Delaware Court of Chancery applied the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing to a...more

How Recent Fiduciary Duty Cases Affect Advice To Directors And Officers Of Delaware And Texas Corporations

I. Introduction. The conduct of corporate directors and officers is subject to particular scrutiny in the context of business combinations (whether friendly or hostile), executive compensation and other affiliated...more

North Carolina Business Court Limits Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practice Claims Concerning Internal Corporate Matters

On January 28, 2014, the North Carolina Business Court dismissed an unfair and deceptive trade practice claim alleging that corporate directors structured the sale of a corporation in a manner that shortchanged its common...more

Delaware Supreme Court: No Duty to Buy Out Minority Shareholders in Closely Held Corporations

The Delaware Supreme Court recently considered whether the directors of a closely held corporation had a duty under common law fiduciary principles to repurchase a minority shareholder’s shares. The court also considered...more

Delaware Court Rules in Favor of Former LLC Member in LLC’s Competition Claim

Last week, the Delaware Court of Chancery ruled that because a limited liability company (LLC) agreement did not contain a provision precluding or restricting competition, i.e., a non-compete provision, a former member did...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 4

In this issue: - ISS Updating QuickScore Methodology and Opening Data Validation Period - First MAT Determinations Are Deemed Certified - CFTC Interdivisional Working Group to Review Swap...more

Practice Tips for M&A Practitioners for 2014

Based on a number of cases decided by the Delaware courts in 2013, below we summarize practice tips regarding careful drafting of contractual provisions and complying with technical and statutory requirements....more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume IX, Issue 3

In this issue: - CFTC Issues No-Action Relief to FCMs Relating to Enhanced Customer Protection Rules - Eleventh Circuit Upholds Directors’ Affirmative Defenses Based on FDIC’s Post-Receivership Conduct -...more

CRA Rocks The Boat: Garber et al. v. The Queen

Readers who were tax practitioners in the mid-80s will well remember the luxury yacht tax shelters, which were sold in 1984, 1985 and 1986 and which were one of the most popular tax shelters of that period. Many of us had...more

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