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Veil Piercing/Alter Ego Determinations – How Fund Managers Can Protect Themselves

A veil piercing claim can be a worst-case scenario for a private fund manager dealing with a struggling portfolio company investment – the company fails, and ensuing legal claims are brought not only against the portfolio...more

Investment Services Regulatory Update - September 2017

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Market and Product Developments - Securities Industry Implements T+2 Settlement Cycle - On September 5, 2017, the securities industry transitioned to a shorter settlement cycle for most broker-dealer securities...more

Nevada Favors New York Over Delaware Precedent For SLC Review

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Nevada law endows a board of directors “full control over the affairs of the corporation”. NRS 78.120(1). This control is subject only to such limitations as may be provided by NRS chapter 7, or the articles of...more

Texas Supreme Court Enforces Forum-Selection Clause In Breach Of Fiduciary Duty Case Arising From A Shareholder Agreement

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In Pinto Tech. Ventures, L.P. v. Sheldon, the Texas Supreme Court held that business tort claims, including breach of fiduciary duty, were subject to a forum-selection clause in a shareholders agreement. No. 16-0007, 2017 WL...more

Upcoming Supreme Court Cases Worth Noting by Institutional Investors

The U.S. Supreme Court‘s 2017 term begins October 2nd and we will be tracking at least three cases relevant to institutional investors: •Cyan, Inc. v. Beaver County Employees Retirement Fund •Digital Realty Trust v....more

In A Post-Trial Opinion, Delaware Court Of Chancery Dismisses Breach Of Contract And Fiduciary Duty Claims For Lack Of Personal...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On September 1, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breaches of contract and fiduciary duty brought by plaintiffs against a prospective business partner,...more

When Speaking to Investors, Mix Facts with Predictions at Your Peril

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 protects “forward-looking statements”—that is, predictions about the future, at least when they are accompanied by “meaningful cautionary statements” that could cause the...more

Court Of Chancery Explains When Side Deals Are Actionable Under A Bad Faith Theory

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Kahn v. Stern, C.A. No. 12498-VCG (Aug. 28, 2017) - It is not easy to sufficiently plead a bad faith breach of fiduciary duty by a board in approving a merger when a majority of the directors were disinterested and...more

Chancery Declines Applying 'Garner' Exception to Privileged Documents in Books-and-Records Action

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In the recent decision in Salberg v. Genworth Financial,the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to compel the production of attorney-client privileged documents in a books-and-records action. In Salberg, Vice Chancellor...more

Court Of Chancery Gives Guidance On What Constitutes Bad Faith

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In Re Meadwestvaco Stockholders Litigation, C.A. No. 10617-CB (August 17, 2017) - As this decision explains, to state a claim attacking a merger on the basis that the Board acted in bad faith you need more than ...more

Punitive Damages in Mass Torts Cases: Outrageous and in Reckless Disregard of Fairness

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It was over 32 years ago that we graduated from the University of Chicago Law School. The three years in Hyde Park were a punishing experience. There was one class in particular when Prof. Richard Epstein used the Socratic...more

No Payday for Objecting Stockholders as Delaware Supreme Court Reverses Appraisal Ruling

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The Delaware Supreme Court recently reversed a Delaware Chancery Court's finding that a private equity buyer had underpaid in connection with its acquisition of payday lending firm DFC Global Corporation....more

Twist & shout: California appellate court allows reverse veil piercing against LLC

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The California’s Fourth Appellate District has concluded that “reverse veil piercing” is possible to add a limited liability company to a judgment against the 99 percent owner of that LLC, in a decision that distinguishes...more

Minnesota Supreme Court Articulates Test for Direct Versus Derivative Claims in In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On August 16, 2017, the Minnesota Supreme Court decided In re Medtronic, Inc. Shareholder Litigation, holding that a shareholder’s claim is properly characterized as a direct claim, not a derivative claim, if the shareholder...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Merger Price As Setting Fair Value

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ACP Master Ltd. v. Sprint Corporation, C.A. 8508-VCL (July 21, 2017, corrected Aug. 8, 2017) - This another, albeit rare, decision that demonstrates there is real risk in petitioning for appraisal. The Court found that the...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Claim Based On Low-Ball Self Tender

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Buttonwood Tree Value Partners L.P. v. R.L. Polk & Co. Inc., C.A. No. 9250-VCG (July 24, 2017) - This an interesting decision because it upholds a claim that the controllers of a Delaware corporation breached their...more

Court Of Chancery Protects Privilege In Books and Records Action And Addresses Corwin’s Effect On Mismanagement Investigation...

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Salberg v. Genworth Financial Inc., C.A. No. 2017-0018-JRS (July 27, 2017) - This is an important decision for its analyses implicating the Garner and Corwin rules. The Garner rule is that, under certain narrow...more

Court Of Chancery Upholds Duty Of Care and Loyalty Claims

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H&N Management Group Inc. v Couch, C.A. No. 12847-VCMR (Del. Ch. Aug. 1, 2017) - This is a rare case involving apparent lack of care in approving a conflicted transaction and a failure to employ almost any safeguards to...more

Court Addresses Formation of Accidental Partnerships in Long-Awaited Enterprise v. Energy Transfer Appeal

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The Dallas Court of Appeals yesterday issued its opinion in Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. v. Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. , in which the court reversed a judgment of more than $500,000,000 rendered after a jury...more

In-House Counsel's Worst Nightmare: A Subpoena In A Case To Which The Company Is Not A Party

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I don't think that there is anything worse than having a client get subpoenaed in a case to which it isn't a party. It didn't want to be drawn into someone else's problem, to have to scour its records to respond to an...more

SCOTUS Upholds Strict Statute of Repose on Federal Section 11 Securities Claims

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In a 5-4 decision in California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) v. ANZ Securities, Inc., et al. (No. 16-373), 582 U.S. ___ (2017), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld, at the end of last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals...more

Delaware Chancery Court Declines To Dismiss Challenges To Director Option Grants And Outside Investor Voting Agreement

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 28, 2017, Vice Chancellor Tamika Montgomery-Reeves of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss purported derivative and direct stockholder claims for breaches of fiduciary duty against the directors of...more

Court Reverses Summary Judgment For Directors Because They Could Not Consent To Their Own Breaches of Fiduciary Duty

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In Corley v. Hendricks, three individuals (Gaylen, Dan, and Corley) operated a business as shareholders, officers, and directors. No. 02-16-00293-CV, 2017 Tex. App. LEXIS 3846 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth April 27, 2017, no pet....more

Commercial Division Flags Novel Issue of Reasonable Reliance In LLC Member Battle

In PMC Aviation 2012-1 LLC et al. v. Jet Midwest Group, LLC et al., No. 654047/2015, BL221447 (Sup. Ct. Jun. 21, 2017), Commercial Division Justice Shirley Kornreich denied a motion to dismiss a fraudulent inducement claim by...more

Phantom Recusal Policy Leads to Partial Summary Judgment for Plaintiffs in the Ocwen Securities Litigation

In a June 13, 2017, ruling on a motion for partial summary judgment in the Ocwen Financial Corp. Securities Litigation (the “Ocwen Litigation”), the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida determined...more

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