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

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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

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

Equity Kickers and the Criminal Rate of Interest

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Entering into a loan transaction that also has an equity component, such as the issuance of shares or warrants, has previously given rise to some concern that the loan could ultimately run afoul of the 60 percent criminal...more

"Sections 204 and 205 of Delaware Corporation Law: Effective Tools to Remedy Defective Corporate Acts"

Since they became effective in 2014, Sections 204 and 205 of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) have provided mechanisms for a corporation to unilaterally ratify defective corporate acts or seek relief from the Court...more

"The Continuing Evolution of Corwin in Delaware Courts"

Recent Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery cases have continued to refine the impact and requirements of Corwin v. KKR Financial Holdings LLC, in which the Delaware Supreme Court held that the business judgment rule...more

Appeal in Home Depot Data Breach Derivative Action Results in Settlement of Corporate Governance Claims

Snatching victory of a sort from the jaws of defeat, shareholders who brought a derivative action alleging that the 2014 Home Depot data breach resulted from officers’ and directors’ breaches of fiduciary duties have reached...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, Finding Subject Matter Jurisdiction Was Properly Exercised, Equity Dilution...

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On April 26, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by a shareholder of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. (“Star Bulk”) against its directors and entities affiliated...more

In Affirming Dismissal Of Shareholder Suit, The Fifth Circuit Confirms The Bar For Adequately Pleading Scienter

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On April 21, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit against certain officers and directors of ATP Oil & Gas Corporation (“ATP”). Neiman et...more

Supreme Court Considers Time Limits On SEC Disgorgement Claims

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Disgorgement, one of the SEC’s primary remedies, was the focus of intense debate during arguments before the Supreme Court in Kokesh v. SEC, No. 16-529 (S.Ct.) earlier this week. At issue was whether the remedy is subject to...more

Delaware Chancery Court Applies Corwin To Dismiss Post-Merger Fiduciary Duty Claim After Finding A Royalty Agreement Did Not...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 13, 2017, Chancellor Andre G. Bouchard of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed a shareholder derivative suit alleging a breach of fiduciary duty against the directors of Paramount Gold and Silver Corp....more

Virgin Islands District Court Dismisses Securities Fraud Claims For Failure To Allege Falsity And Loss Causation

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On April 6, 2017, Judge Harvey Bartle III, sitting by designation in the United States District Court for the District of the Virgin Islands, dismissed a putative class action against Altisource Asset Management Corporation...more

Southern District Of Texas Dismisses Class Action Against Plains All American Pipeline, Dismissing Exchange And Securities Act...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 29, 2017, Chief District Judge Lee Rosenthal of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division dismissed a putative class action against Plains All American Pipeline, a major...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Putative Class Action, Holding That Claims Are Precluded By SLUSA

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On April 1, 2017, District Judge John G. Koeltl of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York dismissed a putative class action against brokerage firm E*TRADE Financial Corporation and E*TRADE...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 320, John Hanson on the IAICM [Video]

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In this episode I visit with John Hanson (AKA ‘the Fraud Guy’) who is also the founder of the International Association of Independent Corporate Monitors (IAICM). He discusses why he founded the group, the needs it hopes to...more

Securities Class Action Settlements: Dollars, Numbers Are Up

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The trends in securities class actions are up. The number of cases filed last year was up as previously reported. The number of settlements in 2016 was up. The amount of those settlements was up. The number of mega...more

Recent Pro-Cooperative Decisions in Class Action Patronage Capital Cases

Cooperatives facing patronage capital lawsuits have recently enjoyed a series of favorable court opinions. Over the past few months, the Eleventh Circuit and state and federal courts in Florida have all dismissed claims for...more

Southern District Of New York Dismisses Securities Fraud Claims, Finding There Was No Material Omission Regarding Association With...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 2, 2017, Judge Amos Mazzant III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dismissed an amended complaint filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) against the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Affirms Dismissal Of Caremark Action For Failure To Plead Bad Faith With Particularity

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 3, 2017, the Supreme Court of the State of Delaware affirmed the dismissal of “Caremark” claims for alleged bad-faith failure of oversight brought derivatively by a stockholder against the directors of Qualcomm, Inc....more

SEC's Securities Fraud Lawsuit Against Texas Attorney General Dismissed For Second Time Over Lack Of Duty To Investors

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On March 2, 2017, Judge Amos Mazzant III of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas dismissed an amended complaint filed by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) against the...more

Delaware Chancery Court Holds That Former Stockholder Lacks Standing To Bring Section 220 Action For Inspection Of Books And...

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On February 27, 2017, Vice Chancellor Sam Glasscock III of the Delaware Court of Chancery dismissed for lack of standing a lawsuit for inspection of corporate books and records brought by a former stockholder squeezed out in...more

How An Employee/Shareholder Can Protect Oneself Against Oppression

Because termination of one’s employment does not necessarily equate to shareholder oppression under New Jersey law, as seen in my last post, it is often a good idea to take proactive measures to inoculate yourself against a...more

Beware the Deadlock: Delaware Courts Step in on Corporate Dysfunction

by Zuckerman Spaeder LLP on

The board of directors controls a corporation, but individual directors don’t always agree on the future direction of the company. Sometimes, boards can split into factions. A company’s CEO may align himself with one side and...more

First Department Opens the Door a Bit Wider to “Disclosure-Only” Settlement Agreements in Class Action Cases

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On February 2, 2017, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, approved a “disclosure-only” settlement agreement in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 740 (1st Dep’t Feb....more

Shareholder Liability For Corporate Income Tax?

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

Limited Liability - In general, the creditors of a corporation cannot recover the corporation’s debts from its shareholders—the shareholders enjoy the benefit of limited liability protection as a matter of state law....more

Many Discovery Tools Exist To Find Emails To Prove Shareholder Oppression

I have noted many times on this blog that emails often prove shareholder oppression cases. It can be fairly easy for majority shareholders who are careful, and seek legal advise beforehand, to mask their true intent when...more

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