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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

NJ Joins the CrowdFunding Race

The race is on between the New Jersey Legislature and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Both are considering legislation to permit entrepreneurs to raise funds through equity crowdfunding. Crowdfunding, which...more

California Tax Relief for Sellers of Qualified Small Business Stock

On Friday October 3, 2013, Governor Brown signed into law AB 1412, which provides full relief for individuals affected by the decision in Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board, where the California Court of Appeal held that the...more

Fannie And Freddie Shareholders To US: 2008 Government Takeover Of Mortgage Giants Good For The Country; Not So Much For Us

Can shareholders of a government-sponsored enterprise successfully challenge the constitutionality of a government takeover of the entity? ...more

Inside The Courts - June 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 2

In This Issue: - AUDITOR LIABILITY - CLASS ACTIONS - CONFIDENTIAL WITNESSES - DEMAND FUTILITY - DERIVATIVE LITIGATION - FEDERAL TORT CLAIMS ACT - FOREIGN CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT - INSIDER TRADING...more

California State Senate Passes Measure Providing Partial Relief From Cutler Decision (re: QSBS)

The California State Senate yesterday approved a measure providing relief (albeit only partial relief) to those taxpayers facing retroactive tax assessments by reason of the Cutler decision. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board...more

California Requires Many Foreign Corporations To Send Annual Financial Statements To Shareholders

California is a net exporter of corporate charters, but it remains home to many corporations. As a result, the California Corporations Code has a preternatural concern with foreign corporations. ...more

The PUHCA, Chenery & The Run For The Roses

Earlier this week, I mentioned the former Public Utility Holding Company Act (aka PUHCA). Although it was repealed several years ago, the PUHCA remains important as the legal substrate upon which the famous, and still...more

Why Incorporation May Be Unconstitutional

Section 25018 of the California Corporations Code provides a definition of several of the better known federal securities laws...more

Using the Privilege: Fifth Amendment Fundamentals for Corporations

Most in-house lawyers, if they're fortunate, haven't bumped up against the Fifth Amendment and its related issues since the bar exam. After all, the so-called "nickel" typically arises solely in the criminal context, and...more

Purchase Timing A Wall To Facebook Derivative Litigation Despite Unenforceability Of Forum Selection Clause

Four derivative lawsuits against Facebook’s directors relating to alleged disclosure issues surrounding the company’s initial public offering have a new status: Dismissed. Last month, Judge Robert Sweet of the Southern...more

Without An “Intelligible Principle” Can The SEC Adopt Political Spending Rules?

In August 2011, Professor Lucian Bebchuk and nine other law professors submitted this petition asking that the Securities and Exchange Commission adopt rules requiring public companies to disclose to shareholders the use of...more

Inside The Courts - March 2013 | Volume 5 | Issue 1

In This Issue: *U.S. SUPREME COURT - Class Certificaton - Amgen Inc. v. Conn. Ret. Plans and Trust Funds, No. 11 1085 (U.S. Feb. 27, 2013) - Statutes of Limitations - Gabelli v. Sec. & Exch. Comm’n, No....more

The State Of California Seeks Back Taxes From Small-Business Shareholder- Not So Fast

A closer look at federal constitutional case law would seem to indicate that the State of California may not find it so easy to seek refunds plus interest after all....more

Does Every 10% Owner Owe A Fiduciary Duty To The Corporation?

If I told you that all 10% owners owe a fiduciary duty to the corporation, I’d be surprised if you weren’t surprised. However, that was, in fact, the holding of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last October in Donoghue v....more

FTB issues Notice to Retroactively Deny "Qualified Small Business Stock" Tax Benefits. Amended Returns Should be Filed.

A California appellate court recently held as unconstitutional the California statutes extending the benefits of selling “qualified small business stock” (QSBS) to California taxpayers. In Cutler v. Franchise Tax Board (2012)...more

Texas Court Rules that Regardless of Fault, CEOs and CFOs Will Have to Pay Up Under Sarbanes-Oxley Section 304

A Texas federal judge denied defendants ArthoCare CEO Michael A. Baker and CFO Michael T. Gluk’s motion to dismiss the SEC’s claim against them under Sarbanes-Oxley (“SOX”) Section 304’s clawback provision. Section 304...more

Use A Form S-8, Go To Jail! (Really)

One might not expect that filing a registration statement on Form S-8 could result in a criminal conviction. However, that is what happened to the CEO and CFO of a small public company. They were both convicted of selling...more

California Bill Threatens Market Exception For Dissenters’ Rights

The California legislature is taking its summer recess and will reconvene on August 6. Joint Rule 51(b)(2). It will then sit until August 31 which is the last day for either the Senate or the Assembly to pass bills. Cal....more

The California Constitution, The FACA And The SEC’s New Investor Advisory Committee

Last month the Securities and Exchange Commission announced the formation of a new Investment Advisory Committee. Section 911 of the Dodd-Frank Act created the committee to advise the SEC on: -regulatory...more

Disclosure Bill May Put Retirees At Risk

Recently, I wrote about a bill, SB 1208 (Leno), that would require disclosure of total compensation information with respect to each of a corporation’s five most highly compensated retirees. This requirement would be imposed...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - May 4, 2012

In this issue: - SEC Issues Additional Guidance on Emerging Growth Companies - CFTC Issues Proposed Interpretative Statement - CFTC to Hold Public Meeting to Consider a Final Rule - CME Issues Advisory...more

Standard Investment Chartered, Inc. v. National Assoc. of Securities Dealers

Brief Amici Curiae Of The CATO Institute And The Competitive Enterprise Institute In Support Of Petitioner

As protestors across America condemn Wall Street for its greed and corruption, the Supreme Court has an opportunity to examine a ruling that holds some of Wall Street's biggest regulators immune from suit. In 2006, the...more

Stamp Duty Tax: How to Calculate It?

Almost everybody who is involved in any commercial transaction has to deal with creating, authorizing or validating a number of official documents. Hence it would serve him well to know about stamp duty, which is nothing but...more

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