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Halpin v. Riverstone National, Inc., C.A. No. 9796-VCG (Del. Ch. Feb. 26, 2015) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this decision, the Court of Chancery granted a motion for summary judgment for minority stockholders asserting appraisal rights in a squeeze-out merger. The Court assumed, without deciding, that a common stockholder may...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Standard For Holding Issuers Liable Under The Securities Act Of 1933

In a highly-watched securities law decision, the United States Supreme Court yesterday ruled unanimously that opinion statements in public securities registration statements are not actionable under § 11 of the Securities...more

Omnicare Opinion Expands Liability for Expressions of Opinion Under Section 11

The Supreme Court, in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, 575 U.S. ___ (March 24, 2015), expanded the scope of liability for expressions of opinions under Section 11 of the...more

Litigation Alert: The Supreme Court’s Omnicare Decision Clarifies When an Opinion Stated in a Registration Statement Can Give Rise...

Overview - On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, a highly anticipated case concerning the circumstances under which...more

IMHO, Omnicare Doesn’t Materially Change Opinion Disclosure

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its anticipated Omnicare decision, which addresses the standard of liability applied to expressions of opinion in a registration statement for a public offering. While there will be...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Liability for Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a statement of opinion in a registration statement cannot be actionable as a misstatement of fact under § 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the issuer actually believed the opinion...more

"Omnicare Decision Clarifies Pleading Standard for Section 11 Claims Based on Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements"

In an opinion issued yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund that an issuer may be held liable under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933...more

“Yeah, Well, That’s Just, Like, Your Opinion”:  Supreme Court Limits Securities Liability for Opinions in Omnicare

Echoing a famous epistemological observation from The Big Lebowski, the Supreme Court today rejected the argument, for the most part, that a statement of opinion stands on the same footing as a statement of fact.The Court...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Liability for Statements of Opinion in Registration Statements

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a statement of opinion in a registration statement cannot be actionable as a misstatement of fact under § 11 of the Securities Act of 1933 if the issuer actually believed the opinion...more

For Shareholder Inspection Demands, A Purpose Isn’t “Proper” When the Issue Has Already Been Decided

As we have previously discussed in prior posts, shareholder demands to inspect confidential corporate information are being made with increased frequency, and are forcing more and more companies to grapple with their legal...more

Omnicare: Section 11 Liability and Opinions

The Supreme Court defined the circumstances under which liability can be imposed for opinion statements under Securities Act Section 11. Specifically, the Court held that such liability could be imposed on two theories: One...more

Holder of Equity Interest in Bankrupt Company not Entitled to Become Shareholder in Reorganized Entity

A recent Eleventh Circuit case examines equity shareholders’ role (or lack thereof) in a reorganized entity. Vision-Park Properties owned an equity share of Seaside Engineering & Surveying, Inc. Seaside filed for Chapter 11...more

Another Mandate for Manufacturers/Distributors: Conflict Minerals Disclosure

In 2010, the U.S. Congress passed a law called the “Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Action of 2010 (the Dodd-Frank Act).”  The Dodd-Frank Act is generally known as the legislative response to the...more

State Bar Council Proposes New Legislation for Delaware Fee-Shifting Ban and Delaware Court of Chancery Considers Fee-Shifting...

In December, we reported on the Delaware Court of Chancery’s continued validation of board-adopted forum-selection bylaws in City of Providence v. First Citizens BancShares, Inc., 99 A.3d 229, 234 (Del. Ch. 2014), and the...more

Defeating Another Challenge to the Mortgage Electronic Registration System

Since the mortgage crisis began several years ago, the Mortgage Electronic Registration System (“MERS”) has faced numerous legal attacks relating to foreclosures, assignments and what interest MERS holds in a deed of trust or...more

Fortis Advisors LLC v. Dialog Semiconductor PLC, C.A. No. 9522-CB (Del. Ch. Jan. 30, 2015) (Bouchard, C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted a motion to dismiss certain claims relating to a dispute over earn-out payments owed to the former equity holders of iWatt, Inc. (“iWatt”) following the sale of iWatt...more

What’s New in Delaware: Fee-Shifting and Forum Selection Bylaws, Appraisal Rights and Rapid Confidential Arbitration

The Corporation Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association recently approved amendments to the General Corporation Law of the State of Delaware (the “Proposed DGCL Amendments”), which would prohibit Delaware stock...more

Corporate & Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 11

In This Issue: - Delaware Proposal Banning Fee-Shifting and Permitting Exclusive Forum Provisions - SEC Charges Insiders for Failure to Update Schedule 13D Disclosures - CBOE Proposes Amendments to...more

US Bank Cannot Revive Majority of MBS Suit Against Citigroup

U.S. Bank NA v. Citigroup Global Markets Realty Corp., No. 1:13-cv-06989 (S.D.N.Y. Oct. 1, 2013) - On March 16, 2015, Judge George B. Daniels of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York denied...more

Delaware Court Refuses To Enforce Fee-Shifting Bylaw Against Former Shareholder Who Was Cashed Out Before Its Adoption

The validity of corporate bylaws providing for fee-shifting in lawsuits brought by shareholders has become a hot topic in the shareholder litigation landscape. In the wake of the Delaware Supreme Court’s 2014 decision in ATP...more

Ninth Circuit Opinion May Open Litigation Doors Most Thought Closed

A recent Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals opinion charts potential new pathways for claims for damages resulting from portfolio losses by mutual fund shareholders against both a fund’s trustees and its investment adviser....more

SEC Chair White Warns on Fee Shifting Bylaws

In remarks at a conference attended by M&A professionals, SEC Chair White gave her views on fee shifting bylaws. Currently the SEC staff is focused on making sure the disclosures in company filings about its fee shifting...more

Delaware Supreme Court Leaves Open The Question Of Whether Breach Of Contract Is A Business Judgment

In this interesting order affirming a Chancery decision, the Supreme Court went out of its way to make a point. A stockholder suit alleging that the board breached a stock option plan may state a claim for breach of contract...more

Stating Proper Purpose Doesn’t Guarantee Books-and-Records Entitlement

It is well settled that stockholders of Delaware companies generally have the right to inspect the company's books and records upon the showing of a proper purpose. However, as demonstrated in the Court of Chancery's decision...more

Financial Services Weekly News Roundup - March 2015 #3

SEC Focus on Disqualification Waivers. When negotiating a settlement of an SEC enforcement action against a registered financial services firm – or one that hopes one day to become registered – it is vital to consider the...more

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