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Bill on Bankruptcy: Stockton May Win the Battle, Lose the War
NFA Chairman Chris Hehmeyer Talks Bankruptcy Reform
An Update on SEF, IDB and Swap Regulation from Chris Ferreri of ICAP
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In this opinion, the Court of Chancery, applying the “special facts doctrine,” rejected the plaintiffs’ claims for breach of the fiduciary duty of loyalty against the defendants arising out of sales of the plaintiffs’ stock...more
In this opinion, the Court of Chancery denied a motion to dismiss a derivative action brought by a stockholder of Fuqi International, Inc. because the plaintiff pled facts that raised a reasonable doubt that the Fuqi board...more
Shareholder class and derivative suits quickly follow virtually every significant merger announcement. The vast majority of those suits that are not dismissed settle quickly, with the defendant corporation typically agreeing...more
While M&A transactions give rise to many different types of litigation, including disputes between the merger parties and statutory appraisal actions, the most common type of litigation stemming from public company mergers is...more
On April 4, 2013, in the Allergan decision, the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Court of Chancery’s ruling last year that the dismissal of a shareholder derivative action in California did not preclude other stockholders...more
On March 15, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery denied motions to dismiss filed by a group of director defendants and certain affiliated funds for claims brought by a group of stockholders. The claims allege that the...more
In this Opinion, the Court of Chancery denied, in large part, defendants’ motion to dismiss plaintiffs’ claims challenging several allegedly self-interested and dilutive transactions....more
In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendants’ motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ breach of fiduciary duty claims.
Defendant Diamond Foods, Inc. (“Diamond”) was planning a December 2011 merger...more
As we enter the 2013 proxy season, companies should be aware of a new flavor of shareholder litigation. Some of the same firms that routinely attack M&A transactions have set their sights on a new target: attacking...more
Opinion entering judgment for Vivendi after bench trial in securities litigation.
The sole issue in the case at this stage was whether Vivendi could rebut the fraud on the market presumption of reliance with respect to the...more
In this presentation:
- The Genesis – Merger Objection Cases
- The New Wave of Injunction Cases
- Say-on-Pay Injunction Cases
- Share Issuance Injunction Cases
- Post-Vote Derivative Cases
In In Re Celera Corporation Shareholder Litigation, No. 212, 2012 (Del. Dec. 27, 2012), the Delaware Supreme Court reversed the lower Court of Chancery and ruled that a large holder of Celera Corporation (“Celera”) shares...more
Corporations Code Section 25701 is California’s anti-waiver statute. It provides that “Any condition, stipulation or provision purporting to bind any person acquiring any security to waive compliance with any provision of...more
In a January 3, 2013 decision, the Delaware Court of Chancery declined to dismiss a shareholder class action lawsuit that claimed the Board of Novell Inc. breached its fiduciary duty in allowing a $2.2 billion sale of Novell...more
In the final days of 2012, the Delaware Supreme Court resolved an appeal arising out of class action litigation concerning the sale of Celera Corporation to Quest Diagnostics, Inc. The litigation was settled by agreement of...more
Premier, Inc. v. Peterson, 2012 NCBC 59, decided last Friday by Judge Murphy, turned on a strict application of the parol evidence rule.
At issue was whether the defendants were entitled to a substantial earn-out payment...more
A more responsible blogger would have covered this case well before now. But you take your bloggers as you find them, and I do think it important even two months later to address SEC v. Obus, 693 F.3d 276 (2d Cir. 2012). In...more
On October 24, Kevin LaCroix’s D&O Diary discussed a report called “The Trial Lawyers’ New Merger Tax,” published by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform. The report proposes several legislative approaches that would...more
In this en banc opinion, the Delaware Supreme Court affirmed the Court of Chancery’s ruling in In re S. Peru Copper Corp. S’holder Derivative Litig., 30 A.3d 60 (Del. Ch. 2011), awarding base damages of $1.263 billion to...more
Gamekeepers, lap-dancers and neat contracts cases -- all this and more in the BLG Monthly Update for July 2012!...more
The hostile bid for Fibrek Inc. (Fibrek) by Resolute Forest Products Inc. (formerly AbitibiBowater Inc.) (Resolute) which unfolded over the course of November, 2011 to May, 2012 and the decision of the Quebec Bureau de...more
This issue of Inside the Courts, Skadden's securities litigation newsletter, includes summaries and associated court opinions of selected noteworthy cases principally decided from January to March 2012, such as the U.S....more
In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery construed two confidentiality agreements executed by direct competitors at the outset of friendly negotiations regarding a possible business combination. Although neither of...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected the argument of a dissenting shareholder in a freezout merger that provisions of Wisconsin’s corporate law were binding contractually on a company’s founders and its...more
In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery addressed a motion to dismiss a stockholder class action complaint challenging the merger of a wholly owned subsidiary of AH Holdings, Inc. with and into American Surgical,...more
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