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Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 8.23.16

The 2d Circuit has refused the DOJ’s motion for reconsideration of the panel’s May decision overturning a jury verdict and accompanying $1.27 billion fine against Bank of America over its “Hustle” mortgage generation program....more

Two New Court Decisions Bookend Antitrust Risks for Integrated Hospitals

A Florida federal court recently denied summary judgment to an integrated hospital system hoping to exit a multicount antitrust and unfair trade lawsuit. Four days later, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals upheld summary...more

Strike Suit Struck Down

It seems that the announcement of any corporate transaction triggers a race to the courthouse by plaintiffs’ firms. These firms specialize in filing class action lawsuits demanding additional disclosures for the benefit of...more

The Decline of the Disclosure-Only Settlement: Will We Regret What We Wished For?

In combination with the Delaware Court of Chancery’s decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholder Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016), Judge Posner’s blistering opinion In re Walgreen Company Stockholder Litigation, 2016...more

Are Appraisal Cases to Decline?

Among the most-discussed issues in corporate law today is whether appraisal actions should be curtailed. Triggered by above-merger price awards after deals were shopped in the market, the argument is that the appraisal...more

In re Volcano Corporation Stockholder Litigation, C.A. No. 10485-VCMR (Del. Ch. June 30, 2016) (Montgomery-Reeves, V.C.).

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery dismissed claims for breach of fiduciary duty under Chancery Rule 12(b)(6), holding that an irrebuttable business judgment rule standard applies to a merger effected under...more

Seventh Circuit Adopts Trulia Standard for Disclosure-Only Settlements

Last week, in an opinion authored by Judge Richard Posner, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected a proposed class-action settlement arising from Walgreen Co.’s acquisition of the Swiss-based pharmacy...more

Seventh Circuit Brands Disclosure-Only Settlement a “Racket” and Endorses Delaware Court of Chancery’s Stricter Standard for...

In a 2-1 decision, the Seventh Circuit has joined the Delaware Court of Chancery’s call for enhanced scrutiny of “disclosure-only” M&A settlements that involve no monetary benefits to shareholders. As previously discussed,...more

Delaware Law Updates – Court of Chancery Puts Boards of Directors on Notice that Contracting Away Derivative Claims in a Merger...

Vice Chancellor Glasscock has held that a merger designed to eliminate derivative claims against a majority of directors justified the application of the entire fairness standard of review in a direct challenge to the merger....more

Eighth Circuit Holds Asset Purchaser Liable for Failure to Provide WARN Notice to Seller's Employees

In a typical corporate transaction, the parties structure the deal as an asset purchase, whereby the buyer purchases essentially all of the company’s property, equipment, goodwill, customer lists, etc. If the asset purchase...more

Court of Chancery Awards Mootness Fee for “Helpful” Supplemental Disclosures

The Court of Chancery’s highly-publicized decision in In re Trulia, Inc. Stockholders Litigation, 129 A.3d 884 (Del. Ch. 2016) (Bouchard, C.) (discussed here) took aim at the problem of disclosure-only settlements and...more

Chancery Court Denies Motion to Dismiss Fiduciary Duty Claims Where Directors Approved Merger That Extinguished Threatened...

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that stockholders of Riverstone National, Inc. had adequately stated a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the company's directors who approved a merger that...more

Key Takeaways from Cornerstone Research’s Securities Class-Action Filings 2016 Midyear Assessment

Cornerstone Research recently released its 2016 midyear assessment of federal securities class-actions filings. The report finds an increase in filings in the first half of 2016, with particular increases in M&A filings,...more

Delaware Chancery Court Finds that Director Defendants Can Not “Merge Their Way Out of” Breach of Fiduciary Claims

On July 28, 2016, the Delaware Chancery Court allowed claims of unfair dealing against the Board of property management company Riverstone National Inc. to survive where the directors facilitated a merger that forestalled a...more

Court Of Chancery Reviews Corporate Opportunity Doctrine Where Derivative Claim Eliminated By Merger

This is an excellent explanation of the corporate opportunity doctrine’s four elements, under which directors may be liable for taking a business opportunity that: (1) the corporation is financially able to take for itself;...more

Fifth Circuit Rejects Misbehavior Challenge To Arbitration Award

Foundation Surgery Affiliate of Southwest Houston, LLC (“Southwest”), the owner of a surgical and imaging facility in Houston, entered into a purchase and sale agreement in 2008 with Rainier Capital Acquisitions, LP, which...more

The potential class action: British Columbia Supreme Court keeps door open to certification of wrongful dismissal claim

In Tonn v Sears Canada Inc.1 the British Columbia Supreme Court rejected a plaintiff’s attempt to certify a class action for wrongful dismissal under the Class Proceedings Act2 (“CPA”). However, this was not the end of the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Confirms: Two Step Merger Initiated As A Tender Offer Enjoys Business Judgment Rule Protection

The Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that where a majority of a corporation’s fully informed, disinterested, and un-coerced stockholders tender their shares as part of a two-step merger, that has the same “cleansing”...more

Can a shareholder who is unable to rely on the HSR passive investor exemption still file a Schedule 13G? Maybe, says the SEC Staff...

On July 12, 2016, the US Department of Justice announced a record $11 million fine against an activist investment firm for improperly claiming an exemption from Hart-Scott-Rodino’s notification and waiting period provisions...more

FTC Battles Hospital Mergers: What to Watch for in this Summer’s High-Profile Appeals

In a town that is no stranger to landmark hospital merger cases, last month a Chicago federal judge denied the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) motion for a preliminary injunction to temporarily block a merger between...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Finds Accepting Tender Offer Has Same Cleansing Effect as Stockholder Vote

In In re Volcano Corporation Stockholder Litigation, the Delaware Court of Chancery recently held that majority stockholder approval of a merger under Delaware General Corporation Law Section 251(h) by accepting a tender...more

When May Antitrust Not Stop a Health Care Combination? When a Court Decides other Federal Law May Compel It.

[The Court’s] determination reflects the healthcare world as it is, and not as the FTC wishes it to be. We find it no small irony that the same federal government under which the FTC operates has created a climate that...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Business Judgment Rule After Majority Tender Shares

In what might be one of the most important decisions this year, the Court held that the tender of their shares by a majority of the stockholders invokes an “irrebuttable” presumption that the business judgment rule applies...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 7.11.16

A putative class action filed last week is accusing 25 prominent banks—including Deutsche Bank, Goldman Sachs, and Barclays—of “conspiring to rig the market for securities” sold by the US Treasury in their roles as primary...more

The New York Court of Appeals Rejects Attempted Expansion of the Common Interest Exception to the Attorney Client Privilege

Last month, the New York Court of Appeals issued a decision rejecting the attempted expansion of the common interest exception to the attorney-client privilege to include communications that did not involve pending or...more

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