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Delaware court of chancery issues significant ruling on the ability of creditors to assert fiduciary duty claims against...

In Quadrant Structured Products Co. v. Vertin, 2015 WL 2062115 (Del. Ch. May 4, 2015), the Delaware Court of Chancery (Vice Chancellor J. Travis Laster) announced a bright-line standard governing the threshold inquiry of when...more

Supreme Court: ERISA Imposes Continuing Fiduciary Duty to Monitor Plan Investment Options

Section 409 of ERISA imposes personal liability on a plan fiduciary to make good to the plan any losses resulting from the fiduciary’s breach of any duties imposed by Title I of that statute. Section 413 provides generally...more

Assembly Committee Seeks To Fix Securities Fraud Statute

Readers of this blog will know be familiar with my criticism of the 2013 amendment of California’s basic securities fraud statute, Corporations Code Section 25401. See California Creates Complete Chaos By Rewriting...more

Plans of Arrangement under CBCA: Lessons from Connacher Oil

In early 2015, 9171665 Canada Ltd. and Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. (together Connacher) applied to the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench (Court) for a final order pursuant to section 192 of the Canada Business Corporations Act...more

Dutch company, New York law – an English scheme of arrangement?

DTEK Finance B.V., Re [2015] EWHC 1164 (Ch) - Following upon the November judgment in Re APCOA Parking Holdings GmbH, last week Mrs. Justice Rose sanctioned a scheme of arrangement between DTEK Finance B.V. (“DTEK“), a...more

Sham Guaranty Defense Curbed by California Court

Last month in CADC/RAD Venture 2011-1 LLC v. Bradley, the California Court of Appeal ruled against the "sham guaranty" defense by guarantors who had formed the borrowing entity without being asked to do so by the lender. ...more

Court of Chancery Clarifies Creditors' Rights

A just-issued Court of Chancery decision clarifies, and possibly expands, creditors' rights. In 2007, the Delaware Supreme Court ruled that a corporation's creditors may sue its board of directors for violating its fiduciary...more

CAFA Filings Spike in 2013

On February 18 2005, Congress enacted the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA), P.L. No. 109-2 (28 U.S.C. §§ 1332(d), 1453, and 1711 – 1715). In enacting the CAFA, Congress sought to protect consumers and investors from...more

FDIC Receivership Precludes Shareholder Suit Against Failed Bank

Why it matters - A shareholder suit against a bank holding company and its directors and officers was precluded by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) receivership of the underlying failed bank, the...more

Hampton v. Turner, C.A. No. 8963-VCN (Del. Ch. Apr. 29, 2015) (Noble, V.C.)

In a letter opinion analyzing how provisions of a limited liability company operating agreement fit together, the Court of Chancery denied defendants’ motion for summary judgment as to plaintiffs’ claim for judicial...more

Upper Tribunal Decision in Samarkand and Proteus

The long-awaited Upper Tribunal Decision in the Samarkand and Proteus case has been published. The case relates to statutory sale and leaseback partnerships with partners claiming losses under the film acquisition relief...more

Director Equity Grants Subject to Entire Fairness Review

In Valma v. Templeton et al, the Delaware Court of Chancery held that grants of restricted stock units, or RSUs, to directors of Citrix Systems, Inc. were subject to an entire fairness standard of review. The court found...more

Washington Court of Appeals: No Transactional Nexus Requirement or Dissociation for Washington B&O Tax

On April 29, 2015, the Washington Court of Appeals issued an important tax decision in Avnet, Inc. v. Washington Department of Revenue, Dkt. No. 45108-5-II. In its most significant holding, the court of appeals effectively...more

It’s All About the Process: Lessons from Delaware Court on MLP’s Conflicts Committee Approval

On April 20, 2015, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a post-trial opinion in the case In Re: El Paso Pipeline Partners L.P. (C.A. No. 7141-VCL), finding El Paso Pipeline GP Company LLC, the general partner (GP) of El Paso...more

Limited Liability Companies: Handle Bankrupt LLC Members With Care

Walro v. The Lee Group Holding Co., LLC (In re Lee), 524 B.R. 798 (Bankr. S.D. Ind. 2014) – A chapter 7 trustee sought a court determination that (1) a debtor’s voting rights in a limited liability company (LLC) were...more

Court Of Chancery Notes The Outer Limits Of Contract/Fiduciary Claims

There is a long line of decisions that holds when the parties set out their mutual rights and obligations in a contract, only contract law governs and a breach of fiduciary duty claim cannot also be brought....more

"MassMutual Victory May Pave the Way for Earlier Deductions"

Earlier this month, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual), represented by Skadden, won a federal appeal permitting the company to deduct policyholder dividends in the year the dividends were declared, even...more

Opportunities and Risks in Municipal Underwritings and Derivatives

In the current economic climate, opportunities are expanding significantly for municipal underwriters and derivatives specialists as states and municipalities across the country clamor to pay for infrastructure and services,...more

Trends in Securities Litigation Influenced by Recent Supreme Court Decisions

Securities Exchange Act Claims - Data from a National Economic Research Associates, Inc. study, Recent Trends in Securities Class Action Litigation: 2014 Full-Year Review, demonstrates that filings alleging securities...more

Focus on Tax Controversy - Spring 2015

In This Issue: - Fifth Circuit Ruling in BMC Software, Inc. v. Comm’r. Is Good News for Taxpayers - When Is a Second Inspection Not a Second Inspection? - Captive Insurance Litigation: Key 2014 Cases ...more

Supreme Court Clarifies Scope of Liability Under Section 11 of the Securities Act of 1933

What you need to know: Public companies and practitioners alike have historically relied on the “bespeaks caution” doctrine, meaning that qualifying a statement as a belief was an effective disclaimer that the statement...more

Supreme Court Decides Omnicare

When an Opinion May Be Considered a Statement of Fact - Overview: On March 24, 2015, the Supreme Court issued its ruling in Omnicare Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, resolving a...more

Stripping of Unsecured Second Mortgages in Chapter 7 Bankruptcies in the Crosshairs

Since its 1989 opinion in Folendore v. Small Business Admin., the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals has allowed debtors to completely strip off and void wholly unsecured junior liens in Chapter 7 bankruptcies under Section...more

United States Supreme Court Resolves Circuit Split Regarding Section 11 Claims Predicated Upon Allegedly Misleading Statements of...

In Omnicare, Inc. v. Laborers District Council Construction Industry Pension Fund, No. 13-435, 2015 WL 1291916 (U.S. Mar. 24, 2015), the United States Supreme Court addressed the circumstances under which a claim alleging...more

A Cautionary Tale (or Two) – The Need for Robust Internal Oversight in Financings

In this era of rushed financings and hectic corporate restructurings, internal controls and procedures are more important than ever. Adding litigious shareholders and debtholders to the mix means it’s never been more...more

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