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Beware the Deadlock: Delaware Courts Step in on Corporate Dysfunction

The board of directors controls a corporation, but individual directors don’t always agree on the future direction of the company. Sometimes, boards can split into factions. A company’s CEO may align himself with one side and...more

First Department Opens the Door a Bit Wider to “Disclosure-Only” Settlement Agreements in Class Action Cases

On February 2, 2017, the New York Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, approved a “disclosure-only” settlement agreement in Gordon v. Verizon Communications, Inc., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 740 (1st Dep’t Feb....more

DOL’s Fiduciary Rule Still in Limbo after Trump Memo and Federal Judge’s Ruling

Last week, President Trump issued a memorandum directing the Department of Labor (DOL) to reconsider implementation of the fiduciary rule. The fiduciary rule, which widens the scope of who is considered a “fiduciary” of an...more

Click Here — 3rd Circuit Enforces Restrictive Covenants Tied to Electronic Acceptance of Stock Award

On February 7, 2017, the Third Circuit affirmed a partial preliminary injunction order barring two former ADP employees from soliciting customers for their new employer for one year. This decision is notable as it affirmed...more

Shareholder Liability For Corporate Income Tax?

Limited Liability - In general, the creditors of a corporation cannot recover the corporation’s debts from its shareholders—the shareholders enjoy the benefit of limited liability protection as a matter of state law....more

First Department Confirms Hedge Funds Did Not Act in Bad Faith and Affirms Multi-Million Dollar Judgment Against CDS Counterpart

In Good Hill Master Fund L.P. v. Deutsche Bank AG, No. 600858/10-2188B, 2017 BL 19363 (App. Div. 1st Dep’t Jan. 24, 2017), the First Department unanimously affirmed a judgment entered in the Commercial Division of over $90...more

Many Discovery Tools Exist To Find Emails To Prove Shareholder Oppression

I have noted many times on this blog that emails often prove shareholder oppression cases. It can be fairly easy for majority shareholders who are careful, and seek legal advise beforehand, to mask their true intent when...more

Second Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Mortgage-Backed Securities New York State False Claims Act Case Against Wells Fargo

In New York ex rel. Jacobson v. Wells Fargo National Bank, N.A., 824 F.3d 308 (2d Cir. 2016), the Second Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a relator’s tax fraud-based claim against Wells Fargo under the New York False Claims...more

Ninth Circuit Holds That Securities Class Action Based on Violations of Ethics Code Properly Dismissed

On January 19, 2017, the Ninth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a shareholder class action lawsuit alleging securities fraud violations, arising out of Hewlett-Packard’s former CEO’s alleged misrepresentations about HP’s...more

Commercial Division Grants Preliminary Injunction in Shareholder Dispute

On January 6, 2017, Justice Charles E. Ramos of the Commercial Division issued an order enjoining two corporations from taking action in violation of a shareholders agreement of a third company. The case, Ciment v. SpanTran,...more

Supreme Court to Decide Whether SEC Claims for Disgorgement Are Subject to Any Statute of Limitations

The Supreme Court recently granted certiorari to review whether civil enforcement claims brought by the SEC for the remedy of disgorgement are subject to any statute of limitations, or whether instead the SEC can effectively...more

U.S. Supreme Court Seeks Solicitor General’s Input on Co-fiduciary Indemnification

Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court invited the Solicitor General to file a brief expressing the government’s views on a petition for certiorari asking the Court to decide whether ERISA permits a cause of action for...more

Choice of Entity and Key Contents of Organization Documents

Five Business Entity Forms: • Corporation • General Partnership • Limited Partnership • Limited Liability Partnership (“LLP”) • Limited Liability Company (“LLC”) Please see full presentation publication...more

Delaware Law Updates—The Court of Chancery Deviates from Some Recent Appraisal Decisions and Gives “100 Percent Weight” to the...

In a recent decision out of the Delaware Court of Chancery—Merion Capital L.P. v. Lender Processing Services, Inc., C.A. No. 9320-VCL (Del. Ch. Dec. 16, 2016) ("LPS")—Vice Chancellor Laster strayed from several of the Court...more

Brownstein Victory Demonstrates Value of Vigorously Challenging Materiality Allegations in Securities Fraud Trials

The materiality of misrepresentations and omissions in securities fraud litigation is a complex but critical issue. For several reasons, defendants sometimes give this element of a securities claim less at tention than it...more

Solak v. Sarowitz et al., C.A. No. 12299-CB (Del. Ch. Dec. 27, 2016) (Bouchard, C.)

In this opinion, the Court of Chancery held that Section 109(b) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (the “DGCL”) prohibits a bylaw shifting to a stockholder plaintiff the attorneys’ fees and other expenses incurred by the...more

The Supreme Court May Review Whether Regulatory Enforcement Actions Seeking Disgorgement are Subject to a Five-Year Statute of...

Federal regulatory agencies, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”), and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”), have the authority to impose...more

Complex Investment Product Training Materials Under Fire

In September 2016, the SEC imposed an approximately $15 million penalty and disgorgement (in total) against UBS Financial Services Inc. (UBS) as part of a settled action alleging that UBS failed to adequately train its...more

Delaware Court Addresses Fee-Shifting Bylaw

In 2015, Section 115 was added to the Delaware General Corporation Law, or DGCL providing that Delaware corporations may adopt bylaws requiring that internal corporate claims be filed exclusively in Delaware. Section 109(b)...more

An Argument for the Use of Stock Options with Forfeiture Clauses for Breach of Duty of Loyalty

Introduction Jimmy John’s In 2014, Emily Brunner (“Brunner”) and Caitlin Turowski (“Turowski”) filed a complaint in Illinois against the sandwich company, Jimmy John’s, and its franchise affiliates. The complaint was amended...more

Sole Owners of Close Corporation and LLC Discover They're Not So Sole

What makes a shareholder a shareholder? What makes an LLC member a member? The simplicity of the questions belies the difficulties and endlessly unique fact patterns encountered in case after case involving close...more

Supreme Court Update: Salman V. United States (15-628), Shaw V. United States (15-5991), Samsung Electronics V. Apple (15-777),...

Greetings, Court Fans! The Eight continue to churn out unanimous decisions to start the Term. This Update will cover four of them—Salmon v. United States (No. 15-628), clarifying the "personal benefit" element of...more

Marquee Energy Appeal Reaffirms Plans of Arrangement Law in Canada

In a decision released on November 15, 2016, the Alberta Court of Appeal allowed the appeal of Marquee Energy Ltd. (Marquee) from a prior decision of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta which had required, as a condition to...more

What is a personal benefit? US Supreme Court issues major insider trading decision - key takeaways

On December 6th, Yesterday, the Supreme Court issued its first insider trading decision in more than two decades, Salman v. United States. The decision clarified uncertainty in insider trading prosecutions that arose...more

Unanimous Supreme Court Rejects Effort to Cut Back Insider Trading Liability

The U.S. Supreme Court earlier today rejected an attempt to cut back on liability for insider trading where people give inside tips to family members and friends. In Salman v. United States, the Court unanimously held that...more

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