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Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Well-Pled Unocal Claim Does Not Automatically Excuse Pre-Suit Demand

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 15, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Chancery Court dismissed a shareholder derivative action asserting that the directors of The Williams Companies, Inc. (“Williams”) breached their duty of...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Putative Securities Class Action, Finding Public Disclosures Precluded Any Finding Of Intent To...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 12, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a putative securities class action against biopharmaceutical company Biogen Inc. and three of its officers. In Re: Biogen...more

BREAKING NEWS: Supreme Court Tightens Venue Rules for Patent Cases

by Goodwin on

Today, the Supreme Court ruled in TC Heartland LLC v. Kraft Foods Group Brands LLC that for venue purposes in patent litigations, a domestic corporation “resides” only in its state of incorporation. This ruling reflects a...more

Enforceability Of Exclusive Forum Bylaw May Hinge On The Meaning Of “May”

by Allen Matkins on

No California appellate court has yet addressed the validity of forum selection bylaws in a published decision. When the question comes before a California appellate court, the outcome may turn on the meaning of “may” in...more

Supreme Court judgment in the long-running Lehman Waterfall litigation

by Dentons on

On 17 May 2017, the UK Supreme Court handed down judgment in proceedings - commonly known as the Waterfall I litigation - to determine claims with regard to the estimated £8 billion surplus arising in the estate of Lehman...more

For Purposes of a General Release Agreement, an “Affiliate” is not Defined by a Mere Contractual Relationship

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Muhammad Iqbal v. Imran Ziadeh - COURT OF APPEAL, THIRD APPELLATE DISTRICT (March 24, 2017) - The issue in this case is whether plaintiff’s release in a previous case immunized defendant Imran Ziadeh (“Ziadeh”) against...more

More On Revlon Duties In California

by Allen Matkins on

Following yesterday’s post concerning the status of Revlon duties in California, I received a note from Suzanne Weakley, an attorney at the California Continuing Education of the BAR (aka the CEB). For those readers not...more

Delaware Court Of Chancery Focuses On Fiduciary Duty Of Directors Appointed By Preferred Stockholders

by Roetzel & Andress on

In a recent Delaware Court of Chancery opinion filed April 14, 2017 in The Frederick Hsu Living Trust v. ODN Holding Corporation, the court held that it may be a breach of the directors’ fiduciary duty to cause the...more

Is There A “Revlon Duty” In California?

by Allen Matkins on

There are certain seminal Delaware corporate law cases that are so well known that corporate lawyers are wont to assume that they have been adopted and followed everywhere. One such case is Revlon, Inc. v. MacAndrews &...more

Delaware Bankruptcy Court Denies Creditors’ Committee Access To Privileged Documents

by McCarter & English, LLP on

In a May 8, 2017 ruling, the Delaware Bankruptcy Court denied the official committee of unsecured creditors from accessing certain documents withheld from production based on the attorney-client privilege. Despite the purpose...more

Where Is Delaware Corporate Litigation Going?

by Morris James LLP on

There are always risks involved in buying a company. Until you are actually inside a company's operations, you can never be sure you know everything about it. Conversely, sellers too will bear the risk that buyer's remorse...more

Check Your Privilege: English Court Rules Internal Investigation Materials Cannot be Withheld from Prosecutor

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

“Privilege is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the common law, and a principle which is central to the administration of justice. Once a document is subject to privilege, the privilege is absolute: it cannot be...more

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Bankruptcy Claims, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act

The United States Supreme Court issued a ruling Monday resolving the question of whether filing a proof of claim for a debt that is time-barred by the statute of limitations is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection...more

Delaware Chancery Court Dismisses Breach Of Fiduciary Duty And Quasi-Appraisal Claims Under Corwin

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 3, 2017, Vice Chancellor Joseph R. Slights of the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the buyer of EMSI Holding Company (“EMSI”) asserting post-closing claims for indemnification against...more

Ninth Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Exchange Act Claims Based On Omnicare's Standard For Falsity Of Opinion Statements

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 5, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision dismissing a putative securities fraud class action against orthodontics and dental products maker Align Technology,...more

First Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Securities Class Action Against Biogen Inc.

On May 12, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit affirmed dismissal of the putative securities class action In re Biogen Inc. Securities Litigation, No. 16-1976. The action was filed in the U.S. District Court...more

Northern District Of California Dismisses Putative Securities Class Action; Finds Company's Statements To Be Puffery And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On May 1, 2017, Judge Jon Tigar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California dismissed a putative securities fraud class action against GoPro, Inc. (“GoPro” or the “Company”) and certain...more

Who Is Winning the Securities Class Action War—Plaintiffs or Defendants? (Part III)

This is the third of a three-part post that analyzes why plaintiffs are winning the securities class action war and what defendants can do about it....more

SEC Enforcement, ALJs and the Appointments Clause – Part II

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

This is the second of two articles reviewing the arguments of the parties in SEC v Raymond J. Lucia Companies, Inc., v. Securities and Exchange Commission, No. 15-1345 (D.C. Cir. Argument May 24, 2017). In that case the en...more

Court Of Chancery Declines To Hold Unocal Claim Automatically Excuses Demand

by Morris James LLP on

A derivative plaintiff who fails to make a pre-suit demand on the board must show why demand is excused using particularized facts. Here, the plaintiff argued that demand was automatically excused by sufficiently pleading a...more

Partnership Dissolution And A Chief Judge’s Lament

by Allen Matkins on

Decisions by U.S. District Court judges typically begin with an identification of the parties, an explanation of the procedural posture of the case, or a description of the dispute. Chief Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill, however,...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Novel Breach Of Appraisal Rights Claim

by Morris James LLP on

This decision begins with a conventional analysis of a claim that disclosure violations and director self-interest have tainted a merger vote. That claim was rejected for want of factual support. More unusual, the decision...more

Privilege, Not a Right: US Court of Appeals Sets Record Straight on Privilege Logs

Does a conversation with an in-house attorney always carry with it the protection of the attorney-client privilege? The answer is a resounding “no,” according to a recent federal appellate decision covering a range of issues...more

U.S. Supreme Court to Review Scope of “Settlement Payment Defense” for Bankruptcy Clawback Suits

by K&L Gates LLP on

On May 1, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it would review the Seventh Circuit’s decision in FTI Consulting, Inc. v. Merit Management Group, LP, 830 F.3d 690 (7th Cir. 2016) (“Merit”), which addressed the scope of...more

Federal Judge Rules Out Private Cause Of Action Under California Control Person Statute

by Allen Matkins on

Some persons may be deemed to violate the Corporate Securities Law of 1968 even though they did not directly violate the law. Corporations Code Section 25403(a) provides that a person who with knowledge directly or...more

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