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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

UPDATE: Significant Amendments to Delaware General Corporation Law Enacted, Become Effective August 1st

Delaware Senate Bill 75 (“SB 75”) was approved by the House of Representatives on June 11, 2015 and signed into law by Delaware Governor Jack Markell on June 25. The new law enacts two very significant changes to the Delaware...more

A Year Later: The Impact of Halliburton II Is Still Developing

In June 2014, the Supreme Court issued its decision in Halliburton Co. v. Erica P. John Fund Inc. (“Halliburton II”), a putative class action in which Halliburton investors alleged that the company made misrepresentations...more

No Theft Loss for Securities “Pump-and-Dump”

Pump-and-dump occurs when corporate officers or other shareholders fraudulently promote shares of a company and engage in fraudulent sales to increase the value of shares. This is injurious to other shareholders who suffer...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

ISDA Launches BRRD Implementation Monitor

The implementation of the European Bank Recovery and Resolution Directive (BRRD) is currently ongoing in all EU member states, and is at different stages of the respective legislative process. In order to keep track of the...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

$84 Million Settlement in Northwestern Mutual Annuity Class Case

March 26 marked the beginning of the end for the storied 14-year litigation concerning Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Pre-MN annuities when the Eastern District of Wisconsin granted preliminary approval of a proposed...more

A Tale of Two Annuities: Exchange of Variable for Fixed Annuity Integral in SLUSA Dismissal

After attending an annuity seminar, Robert and Diane Ruud exchanged their variable annuity for a fixed annuity sold by PHL Variable. According to the Ruuds, seminar provider John Friendshuh represented the fixed annuity as...more

Financial Markets Disputes and Regulatory Update - Summer 2015 Issue 1

In This Issue: - What is worth remembering from the first half of 2015? - Judgments - so far this year… ..Jurisdiction for claims in relation to bearer bonds ..Exercise of contractual rights by...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

SEC Has No Plans to Change the Way Administrative Judges Are Appointed (For Now)

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, entered a preliminary injunction preventing the SEC from conducting an administrative proceeding in an insider trading matter. In the...more

SEC to Appeal Preliminary Injunction Blocking Administrative Proceeding

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, entered a preliminary injunction preventing the SEC from conducting an administrative proceeding in an insider trading matter. The...more

District Judge Takes Jab at SEC’s Home-Court Advantage in Administrative Proceedings, But Defense Bar May Not Have a Slam Dunk

The defense bar recently won a significant victory in the battle to challenge the SEC’s expanded use of administrative proceedings, following the 2010 enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act, to seek penalties against unregulated...more

New York’s Highest Court Affirms Dismissal of RMBS Suit Against DB Structured Products as Time-Barred

On June 11, 2015, the New York Court of Appeals issued its decision in the closely-followed case of ACE Securities Corp., Home Equity Loan Trust, Series 2006-SL2 v. DB Structured Products, Inc. New York’s highest court...more

NY High Court Boots Mortgage Repurchase Case on Limitations

In a ruling that may signal the end to much of the litigation over mortgage-backed securities, New York’s highest court held limitations for breach of warranty litigation over portfolio loans run from the MLSA closing date...more

N.Y. Court of Appeals Resolves Statute of Limitations Accrual For Putback Claims

Court holds that claims begin to accrue at the time contracts were executed and there is no separate claim for failure to cure or repurchase. On June 11, New York State’s highest court, the Court of Appeals, rendered a...more

Tenth Circuit Affirms Clawback From Unsuspecting Recipient of Funds Under Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act

The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit recently upheld the grant of summary judgment for the receiver of a business that was alleged to have participated in a Ponzi scheme, finding that the clawback of funds was...more

“Dead Hand Proxy Puts” Garner Increased Stockholder Scrutiny In Delaware

A ruling last fall by the Delaware Chancery Court has prompted a wave of 8 Del. C. § 220 books and records inspection demands on (and threatened litigation against) Delaware corporations that have entered into credit...more

New York’s Highest Court Considers Constitutionality of Retroactive Taxing Statute

Questioning the constitutionality of state personal income tax provisions seems to be all the rage these days. On the heels of the Supreme Court’s decision in Comptroller v. Wynne discussed in our recent blog post, New York’s...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 168-Dan Cogdell on criminal procedure issues in defending an individual prosecuted... [Video]

In this episode I visit with well-known criminal defense attorney Dan Cogdell. He talks about some of the issues around defending individuals involved in a criminal-side FCPA enforcement action including: criminal procedure,...more

Dead Hand Proxy Puts Face Continued Scrutiny

"Dead hand proxy puts’’ have emerged as the target du jour for entrepreneurial plaintiffs counsel litigating corporate governance claims. Since last fall, at least seven separate actions have been filed in the Delaware Court...more

HSBC Motion to Dismiss Denied in Part in Trustee RMBS Suits by Blackrock, Royal Park Investments, and Phoenix Light

On June 1, 2015, Judge Shira Scheindlin of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York issued a Decision and Order granting in part and denying in part HSBC Bank USA, National Association’s (“HSBC”)...more

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