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Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy News - May 2015, Issue 2

In This Issue: - How Safe are the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors? - Stockton’s Chapter 9 Plan Approval - Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of Insolvent Corporation Directors in Derivative...more

General partner to pay $171 million for special committee’s failure to act in good faith: 2 key takeaways

In In re El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. Derivative Litigation, 2015 WL 1815846 (Del. Ch. Apr. 20, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster) issued a post-trial opinion finding that the general...more

Appellate Court Notes

- SC19116, SC19150 - Brennan v. Brennan Associates. - SC19116, SC19150 Dissent - Brennan v. Brennan Associates. In a prior appeal decision, the court upheld the judicial disassociation (forceful removal) of the...more

LLCs Not Subject To Texas Attorney Fee Statute ... For Now

In a matter of first impression, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas recently held that Section 38.001 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code — the statutory provision allowing a...more

Court Of Chancery Awards Loser Fees

After years of litigating a breach of fiduciary duty case, the plaintiff won the battle but lost the war when the Court held that the defendants had breached their duties but there were no damages....more

D.C. Circuit Says “Heads I Win, Tails You Lose” Is Maybe Not the Best Set of Rules for Criminal Forfeiture

If you’re a federal prosecutor, you have a lot of tools at your disposal. Crimes waiting to be indicted are abundant. If you’re having trouble getting a defendant sentenced as a career offender, you can see if he fits as a...more

Interpreting The Right To Specific Performance In A Shareholder Buy-Sell Agreement

I've never thought very hard about the remedy of specific performance. That means ordering a party to a contract to perform its contractual obligations. But the ability of the Court to order specific performance was...more

Ninth Circuit Honors Canadian Business Law’s Exclusive Remedy Provision

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit recently affirmed dismissal of a counterclaim for breach of fiduciary duty brought under Section 242 of the Alberta Business Corporations Act (ABCA), finding that only an Alberta...more

Alert: Using Insolvency Powers to Make Claims for Fraud: Important Supreme Court Decision

Companies are habitually used as part of a corruption scheme. Such companies often have only a single director, or a small number of directors, and are beneficially owned by the wrong-doers....more

Whistleblower Compliance Officer Receives $1.4 Million Award from SEC

On April 22, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an award of between $1.4 million and $1.6 million given to a compliance officer who alerted authorities to wrongdoing within a large company. Because of...more

The Magic GST/HST Registration (or How to Make a Multimillion-Dollar GST/HST Assessment Disappear)

It is well known that a GST/HST-registered person can purchase certain types of commercial real property without paying GST/HST to the vendor. ...more

SEC Whistleblower Is Second Compliance Officer to Receive Award

On April 22, 2015, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) issued its second whistleblower award to an employee with internal audit or compliance responsibilities. The recipient of the award is a compliance...more

Update: New Measures Adopted by Quebec to Promote Integrity in Public Contracts

On April 1, 2015, the Act to Ensure Mainly the Recovery of Amounts Improperly Paid as a Result of Fraud or Fraudulent Tactics in Connection with Public Contracts (Act) received assent following its unanimous adoption by...more

Court Of Chancery Permits Equitable Dissolution

In this precedent-setting decision, the Court upholds the right of an assignee of an LLC interest to petition for its dissolution....more

Delaware Chancery Awards Investors $171 Million

On April 20, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision awarding $171 million in damages to the common unitholders of a limited partnership against its general partner in connection with a “dropdown” transaction. ...more

Business Court Denies TRO In The Midst of A Proxy Fight

The Defendant in Allcorn v. Bradley Creek Boatominium, Inc. sought an injunction against the Plaintiffs in the midst of a proxy fight as to their allegedly defamatory statements in connection with the election of the...more

Proposed Legislation Threatens Corporations' Ability to Select Forum

Current Delaware law permits a Delaware corporation to adopt a bylaw specifying an exclusive forum other than Delaware to litigate intra-corporate disputes, so long as there is a logical connection between the forum selected...more

Update: Proposed Amendments to DGCL, Including Ban on Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association has approved, in substantially the form proposed by the Delaware Corporate Council, amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (DGCL)...more

Third Circuit Lets Wal-Mart Exclude Firearms Proposal Under the “Ordinary Business Operations” Exception

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit summarily reversed a troubling decision of the Federal District Court in Delaware that required Wal-Mart to include in its 2015 proxy materials a shareholder...more

Receiver’s Sales Are Not Immediately Appealable In Federal Court

QUESTION: I purchased assets from a receiver. The court approved the sale over the objection of one of the defendants. The sale has now closed. I was just informed that the defendant is appealing the order approving the sale....more

"Wal-Mart Wins Appeal of Shareholder Proposal Decision"

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision on April 14, 2015 that reversed a U.S. District Court opinion and vacated a permanent injunction that would have required Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. to include a...more

Blog: Third Circuit Allows Wal-Mart To Exclude Trinity’s Proposal From Its 2015 Proxy Statement

No sooner did I post regarding oral argument in the appeal of Trinity Wall Street v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc than I find that the Third Circuit has just issued an Order...more

Ticket to Sue – Pennsylvania’s Registration Requirement for Foreign Business Entities

Consider the following scenario: You represent a foreign corporation in a breach of contract action in Pennsylvania state court. Your client is seeking substantial damages for unpaid widgets that it shipped to the defendant...more

Superior Court Upholds Multimillion Dollar Verdict

This decision upholds a rare multimillion dollar jury verdict for interference with the plaintiff’s business, including a $5,500,000 damage award for “humiliation” damages. ...more

California and Delaware Courts Agree: Amendments to Corporate Bylaws Do Not Apply Retroactively to Impair Pursuit Previously...

Two recent decisions, one from the Delaware Court of Chancery and one from the California Court of Appeal, Fourth Appellate District, refused to apply bylaws that impaired a shareholder/member plaintiff’s ability to pursue...more

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