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Editorial: Fla. Sets Strict Standard For Direct Shareholder Claims

Florida recently clarified the limited circumstances in which a corporate shareholder or limited liability company member has standing to bring a direct claim for damages relating to the company. On July 9, in Dinuro...more

Editorial: 3rd DCA Clarifies Derivative Lawsuits

The Third District Court of Appeal has issued a landmark opinion setting forth Florida's law to determine the limited circumstances in which a corporate shareholder or limited liability company member has standing to bring a...more

Tackling Standard Of Review For Compelled Corporate Speech

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is hoping for another bite at the apple in the legal controversy surrounding its conflict minerals rule (“CM rule”). At the same time, an unrelated case raising nearly identical...more

Crothall v. Zimmerman, C.A. No. 608, 2013 (Del. June 9, 2014)

In this unusual appeal, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s decision awarding a fee to the former counsel of a derivative plaintiff who had abandoned his claim before final judgment was entered,...more

Corporate Communicator - Summer 2014

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (2010) added Section 13(p) to the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), mandating that the SEC adopt regulations relating...more

SEC Petitions for Rehearing of First Amendment Issues in Conflict Minerals Case

On May 29, 2014, the Securities and Exchange Commission petitioned the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a rehearing of the First Amendment issues in the conflict minerals case. The SEC, however,...more

SEC Seeks Rehearing of Conflicts Minerals Decision

The SEC has filed documentation with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals seeking an en banc rehearing of the conflict minerals decision. The original decision found that one piece of the disclosure required by the...more

SEC Conflict Minerals Reporting Update

The first reports on Securities and Exchange Commission Form SD, regarding the presence of so-called "conflict minerals" in products manufactured or contracted for manufacture by SEC reporting companies, are due June 2, 2014....more

Intel Files Conflict Minerals Report

The holy grail (at least so far) of conflict minerals precedents was filed with the SEC albeit perhaps too late for many issuers to wholesale change course. But still excellent for a final form check. ...more

Whose Role is it Anyway? Unanswered Questions About Social, Political, or Environmental Corporate Disclosures

The D.C. Circuit attracted plenty of attention by ruling that one of the SEC’s conflict mineral disclosure rules – promulgated pursuant to a specific Congressional mandate in the Dodd-Frank Act – violated the First Amendment....more

Deadline Looms For Conflict Mineral Disclosure Requirements: Update For Suppliers Of Reporting Companies

Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (the "Dodd-Frank Act") addressed concerns that proceeds from the trade and exploitation of certain minerals originating in several central African...more

NAM’s Next Move In Conflict Minerals Case

Now that NAM et al’s emergency stay motion in the conflicts minerals case has been denied, the question is what happens next. Clues can be found in the briefing for the unsuccessful emergency stay motion....more

SEC Staff Guidance: Companies Must File Conflict Minerals Disclosure With Modifications

In response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit’s recent opinion upholding the conflict minerals statute and rule, but finding First Amendment violations, the Director of the SEC’s Division of...more

SEC Response To NAM Motion For Stay Of Conflict Minerals Rules

I hope NAM et al are successful in their motion for a stay of the conflict minerals rules, but it certainly isn’t a slam dunk. The SEC has filed its response to the motion for emergency stay. ...more

BVI Business Company Records – What, Where and Why

A BVI Business Company (BC) has a separate legal personality from its members and over the course of its life the activities which it undertakes are recorded in documents that were created or entered into on its behalf. The...more

District Court’s Decision on Conflict Minerals Partially Overturned by Court of Appeals; SEC Stays Portion of Rule Determined to...

On April 14, 2014, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued its opinion on the challenge to the conflict minerals rule brought by the National Association of Manufacturers, among others. The district court previously...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: NAM Files Emergency Motion for Stay with D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals

Following through on its April 30 statement, the National Association of Manufacturers, joined by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Business Roundtable, filed an emergency motion for stay of the SEC’s Conflict Minerals...more

SEC Issues Statement on the Effect of the Recent US Court of Appeals Decision on the Conflict Minerals Rule

On April 29, Keith Higgins, the Director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Corporation Finance, issued a public statement offering guidance on companies’ compliance with the conflict minerals rule in...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: SEC Issues Order Confirming Guidance and Denies NAM Motion for Stay

On May 2, 2014, the SEC issued an order partially staying its Conflict Minerals Rule. Essentially, the order reiterates the SEC’s April 29, 2014, guidance that the Commission will not require companies subject to the conflict...more

NAM Likely Headed For Court After SEC Denies Full Stay Of Conflict Minerals Rules

The SEC has denied NAM’s motion for a full stay of the conflict minerals rules. As I indicated, it was somewhat of a hail Mary, but maybe a precondition to asking the court for relief. ...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: NAM Motion for Stay

As mentioned below, on April 29, 2014, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Chamber of Commerce and Business Roundtable filed a motion for stay with the SEC. The motion requested that the SEC stay its final...more

SEC Issues Partial Stay of Conflict Minerals Rule

On Friday, the SEC issued an official order staying the effective date for compliance with the portions of the conflict mineral rules that would require issuers to make statements that the United States Court of Appeals for...more

SEC Provides Interpretive Guidance on Conflict Minerals Reporting

On April 29, 2014, the SEC’s Division of Corporation Finance issued interpretive guidance on the conflict minerals rules in response to the April 14, 2014 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. The...more

Conflict Minerals Rule Update: SEC Guidance and NAM Motion for Stay

The SEC issued guidance on its interpretation of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s recent decision that certain portions of the SEC’s conflict minerals reporting requirements violate the First Amendment...more

D.C. Circuit Rules on Legal Challenge to Conflict Minerals Rules; SEC Indicates Rules Will Remain in Place, with First Filings Due...

A closely watched challenge to the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) Conflict Minerals Rules (the “Rules”) was decided on April 14 by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. The decision upheld the Rules in...more

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