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Eleventh Circuit Holds No Duty to Defend Directors Serving in Mixed Capacities

On June 22, 2015, the 11th Circuit affirmed a Georgia federal court decision that there was no coverage under a director’s and officer’s (D&O) insurance policy for claims asserted by beneficiaries of a family trust against a...more

Court Of Chancery Rejects Management Projections In An Appraisal

Thus, it turns out differently from the recent decision in the Owen v. Cannon litigation because, as the Court explained, the facts are different, particularly when as here the merger price had all indications of being fairly...more

Delaware Governor Signs Bill Prohibiting Bylaws on Fee-Shifting

Last week, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Senate Bill 75, which amends the Delaware General Corporation Law to prohibit Delaware stock corporations from adopting bylaws that force shareholders to pay legal fees if they...more

Professor Bainbridge Takes On S.B. 75 And The Delaware Bar

UCLA Law Professor Stephen Bainbridge recently posted an article calling Delaware’s recently enacted S.B. 75 a “self-inflicted wound”. SB 75, which was signed into law late last month, limits the ability of Delaware stock...more

Do Equities Militate Against Restrictions Barring Petition for Dissolution?

Delaware courts often emphasize the freedom of contract of parties to define their rights, powers, duties, obligations, liabilities and restrictions in a limited liability or operating agreement under the Delaware Limited...more

Intercreditor Agreements: Recognize That Second Lien Financings Are A Special Case Of Subordinated Lending

BOKF, N.A. v. JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (In re MPM Silicones, LLC), 518 B.R. 740 (Bankr. S.D.N.Y. 2014) – Senior lienholders sued lenders holding junior liens on common collateral, arguing that the junior lienholders...more

Eleventh Circuit Denies Coverage for Wrongful Acts of Directors and Officers That Arose Out of Their Wrongful Acts as Trustees, an...

On Monday, June 22, 2015, the Eleventh Circuit, in The Langdale Company v. National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, PA, No. 14-12723 (11th Cir. 2015), ruled for the insurer on a “capacity” exclusion in a director...more

Superior Court Extends Jurisdiction Under The Director Long Arm Statute

It is conventional wisdom that the director long arm statute only confers jurisdiction for breaches of fiduciary duty. Yet as this decision points out, that limitation is not firmly grounded in the words of the statute....more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Summary Judgment for Insurer Based on "Other Capacity" Exclusion

On June 22, the Eleventh Circuit affirmed the grant of summary judgment in favor of National Union Insurance Company of Pittsburgh, Pa., in an action where the insured sought $10 million in coverage under a D&O policy. The...more

Appellate Watch: Eleventh Circuit Asked to Interpret Contractual Liability Exclusion In D&O Policy

Because insurers generally draft their own policies, it is a common rule of construction that ambiguous terms will be construed against the insurers. However, in Bond Safeguard Ins. Co. et al. v. National Union Fire Insurance...more

Blog: Delaware Governor Signs Into Law Prohibition On Fee-Shifting Bylaws And Authorization Of Exclusive Forum Bylaws

On June 24, 2015, the Governor of Delaware signed into law amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law proposed by the Delaware Bar’s Corporation Law Council and overwhelmingly passed by the Legislature regarding...more

Unwaivable Statutes May Doom Forum Selection Provision

Nearly four years ago, I wrote this post asking whether California’s anti-waiver statute voids choice of forum agreements.  The statute in question was California Corporations Code Section 25701 which provides "Any condition,...more

Delaware Bars Fee-Shifting Bylaws Provisions but Allows Delaware Forum Selection Clauses in Intracorporate Litigation

On June 24, 2015, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed into law Senate Bill No. 75, “An Act to Amend Title 8 of the Delaware Code Relating to the General Corporation Law.” The law prohibits a Delaware stock corporation from...more

Delaware Supreme Court Rejects Presumption of Disloyalty for Independent Directors

Public companies incorporated in Delaware frequently adopt a charter provision, pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 102(b)(7), that insulates their directors from monetary damages for breaches of the fiduciary duty of care. Those...more

Letter from America: Non-Us Companies And Executives At Risk From Us RICO Law

More frequently than ever before, American plaintiffs and prosecutors are using U.S. laws to target conduct that has little, if any, connection to the United States. Potential exposure to criminal and civil liability under...more

Chancery Court Expands on When Legal Fees Can Be Advanced

Advancement and indemnification rights provide directors and officers of Delaware corporations comfort when accepting positions that often lead to being named in litigation. However, once the interests of the executive and...more

Delaware House of Representatives Bars Fee-Shifting Provisions but Approves Forum-Selection

There has been considerable interest over the last year about whether a fee-shifting provision in the charter or bylaws of a Delaware corporation is enforceable. On Thursday, June 11, 2015, the Delaware House of...more

SEC Sanctions Independent Trustees for Approving Mutual Fund Advisory Contract without Sufficient Information

Underscoring the need for independent trustees to act vigilantly, a recent SEC consent order issued in an enforcement action imposed discipline on a mutual fund's independent trustees, its investment advisor, and the...more

Closely-Held Shareholder Derivative Actions are Alive and Well in Texas

After 30 years of running his family-owned business, Hillbilly Oil Co., Jed Clampett decided to retire in 2013. The board of directors elects Jethro Bodine as Hillbilly’s President and Elly May as Vice President. Both Jethro...more

Arbitrability of Intra-Company Disputes – an Offshore Perspective

Arbitrability is a question of considerable importance – it is the question of whether a particular issue in dispute is capable of being resolved by arbitration as opposed to litigation – and is therefore a question of...more

[Event] Employment Class Actions: Strategies for Target Defendants - July 23, Chicago, IL

BakerHostetler’s Employment Class Actions team is pleased to invite you to a seminar that will focus on recent developments in class action and collective action litigation involving workplace issues. Join us on Thursday,...more

Do You Proffer, Profer, or Prefer A Complaint?

Section 10404 of the California Corporations Code provides that corporations for the prevention of cruelty to animals may “proffer a complaint against any person, before any court or magistrate having jurisdiction, for the...more

SEC Denies Montana’s Request to Stay Regulation A+

Montana and Massachusetts previously filed suit to challenge Regulation A+ adopted by the SEC under the JOBS Act. On June 5, 2015, Montana requested that the Commission stay the effective date of the amendments to Regulation...more

Compliance Officers Can Face Individual Liability for Corporate Importation Violations

Corporate officers and shareholders take note: personal liability for unpaid duties may result from material misrepresentations on import documentation even when the importer of record is a corporate entity. The corporate...more

CorpCast Episode 6: A Brief Introduction to the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act [Video]

On May 2, 2015, the Delaware Rapid Arbitration Act (the “DRAA”) became effective. The DRAA is the second attempt by the State of Delaware to create a state-sponsored voluntary arbitration process. In Episode 6, we sit down...more

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