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Ritchie v. Rupe 2016 and the Limits of Fiduciary Duties Owed Between Shareholders in Closely Held Businesses

A recent Texas court of appeals decision bucks the prevailing view when it comes to fiduciary duties owed between shareholders in closely held companies. In Ritchie v. Rupe, the court reversed the jury’s determination that...more

A Couple Of Things Not To Do In The NC Business Court

The NC Business Court's decision last month in Krawiec v. Manly, 2016 NCBC 7, illustrates a couple of things not to do in the Court. Don't Make "Aiding and Abetting" Claims - The Plaintiff made a claim against some...more

U.S. Supreme Court Clarifies the Scope of ERISA Fiduciary Obligations in Recent Stock Drop Decision

In recent years, plaintiffs’ lawyers have brought numerous ERISA breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits against employers that offer employer stock funds in their 401(k) plans. These lawsuits are typically brought on behalf of...more

No Stay of Execution or of Proceedings pending Appeal – insufficient evidence provided regarding funds available to judgment...

In Catalyst Managerial Services v Libya Africa Investment Portfolio [2015] EWHC 3639 (Comm) the Commercial Court has refused to vary an order requiring the Defendant to make a payment into court of the judgment debt sum or...more

The Supreme Court Meant What It Said On Employer Stock Funds

On January 25, 2016, in Amgen, Inc. v. Harris, 2016 WL 280886, the Supreme Court sent a strong message to the lower courts, plaintiffs and ERISA fiduciaries that pleading standards for breach of fiduciary duty prudence claims...more

Be Careful What You Wish For – Dudenhoeffer May Do “More Harm Than Good” For ERISA “Stock Drop” Plaintiffs

In its June 2014 decision in Dudenhoeffer v. Fifth Third Bank, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously declined to recognize a “presumption of prudence” that had favored retirement-plan fiduciaries faced with allegations of...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #8

PRA bans former Co-op Bank individuals - PRA has prohibited Barry Tootell, former Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive of the Co-operative Bank Plc (Co-op Bank) and Keith Alderson, former Managing Director of the...more

Contractor’s Lawsuit Against Architect for Tortious Interference Allowed to Proceed

A U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Massachusetts has allowed a lawsuit to proceed brought by a contractor against an architect, alleging the architect falsely certified grounds for termination to the project...more

Supreme Court Decides to Weigh In on Personal Benefit Test

Last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal that may resolve ambiguities in the law of insider trading that have arisen in the wake of the Second Circuit’s opinion in United States v. Newman, 773 F.3d 438 (2d Cir....more

Court of Appeal overturns decision in Titan 2006-3 v Colliers in finding that valuer in CMBS structure was not negligent - Court...

In the last edition of Banking Disputes Quarterly, we reported that the Court of Appeal was due to consider the Commercial Court's ruling in Titan Europe 2006-3 plc v Colliers International UK plc [2015] EWCA Civ 1083. The...more

Insurance Recovery Law - January 2016

Despite Finding Policy Application Misrepresentation, Jury Rules Against Policy Rescission - Why it matters: A federal jury concluded that Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company did not have a valid basis to rescind the...more

Taxability of Shipping and Handling Charges in Illinois – Common Sense Prevails in Department's Second Notice of Proposed...

On January 14, 2016, the Illinois Department of Revenue (the “Department”) sent its Second Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (“JCAR”) regarding its proposed amendments to its...more

Reed Smith Clients Vindicated – Illinois Circuit Court Grants Motion to Dismiss in Qui Tam Winery Cases

On January 20, 2016, Judge Thomas Mulroy of the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago granted the Illinois Attorney General’s Motions to Dismiss numerous qui tam cases brought against California wineries, 17 of which are...more

2015 Half-year in review M&A legal developments

We set out below a number of interesting English court decisions and market developments which have taken place and their impact on M&A transactions. This review looks at these developments and gives practical guidance on...more

Second Circuit Seeks Guidance from Delaware on Direct Shareholder Lawsuits for Holding Stock Based on Alleged Misstatements

May former stockholders who allege they were damaged by holding stock of a company, because of fraudulent and negligent misrepresentations about the company’s financial status, sue the company directly versus in a derivative...more

ESG Capital Partners v. Passport Special Opportunities Master Fund, C.A. No. 11053-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part defendants’ motion to dismiss a complaint seeking declaratory relief in which plaintiffs alleged that certain investors in ESG Capital...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

Global Private Equity Newsletter - Winter 2016 Edition: Recent Developments in Acquisition Finance

Two recent court decisions may result in a broadening of the range of options available to an equity sponsor in respect of an insolvent portfolio company. The first decision may provide increased flexibility in structuring...more

"My Bad, I Thought It Was in Good Faith" is Not Good Enough - Contractor Ordered to Pay Prompt Payment Penalties

Retention clauses are almost always included in California construction contracts and permit an Owner to withhold a portion of what is owed to the General Contractor as security to ensure the proper completion of the work....more

Chancery Defers to Indian Corporation's Delaware Choice of Venue

In the absence of a prior-filed action in another forum, Delaware state courts will respect a plaintiff's Delaware choice of forum when faced with a forum non conveniens defense, except in the "rare case" where a defendant...more

Shaev v. Adkerson, C.A. No. 10436-VCN (Del. Ch. Oct. 5, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiff’s claims that in granting one million restricted stock units, defendants, the board of directors of a corporation, violated its...more

Indian Parliament Enacts Revisions to the 1996 Arbitration Act

On 11 December 2015, we provided a summary of revisions to the 1996 Indian Arbitration and Conciliation Act (the “Act”) made by the President of India through the 2015 Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Ordinance that...more

Prairie Capital III, L.P v. Double E Holding Corp., C.A. No. 10127-VCL (Del. Ch. Nov. 24, 2015) (Laster, V.C.)

In this decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery granted in part and denied in part a motion to dismiss claims for fraud, aiding and abetting fraud, and conspiracy to commit fraud arising out of the acquisition of a private...more

Corporate Defendants Find a Safe Harbor in California Transparency Litigation

A District Court judge in California has dismissed a complaint against Nestlé USA Inc. and Nestlé Purina Petcare Co. (together “Nestlé”) which argued that the company was obligated to inform consumers that seafood in its...more

Commerzbank AG Sues Four RMBS Trustees Alleging Violations of Duties to Investors

On December 23 and 24, Commerzbank AG filed four actions in the Southern District of New York against Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, HSBC Bank USA, N.A., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and the Bank of New York Mellon in their...more

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