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SEC Approves Amended FINRA Rule 2081 Prohibiting Settlements Conditioned on Expungement

On July 22, the SEC approved amendments to FINRA Rule 2081 that prohibit member firms from conditioning arbitration settlements (or seeking to) upon a customer’s assent to CRD expungement relief. The Rule amendments prohibit...more

2014 Amendments to the Delaware General Corporation Law

On July 15, 2014, Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed Delaware House Bill No. 329, which makes a number of noteworthy changes to the Delaware General Corporation Law. The 2014 amendments address: (1) mergers under DGCL...more

The Fate of Delaware "Fee-Shifting" Bylaws

A topic of considerable controversy within the corporate community over the past two months has been the possibility of adopting a "fee-shifting" provision in the bylaws of Delaware corporations. Depending on how it is...more

Examples of Fee Shifting By-Laws

Some smaller companies and those in the process of going public have begun adopting fee shifting by-laws. As my colleagues at Stinson Leonard Street have advised, we urge caution for those headed in this direction until,...more

Ritchie v. Rupe

The Texas Supreme Court, on June 20, 2014, issued its highly anticipated opinion in Ritchie v. Rupe, 2014 Tex. LEXIS 500 (Tex. 2014). Ritchie involved a claim by a minority shareholder in a closely held corporation under the...more

Texas Supreme Court Rejects a General Cause of Action for Minority Shareholder Oppression

The Supreme Court of the State of Texas recently issued a significant opinion relating to the remedies available to minority shareholders of Texas corporations. In Ritchie v. Rupe, No. 11-0447 (Tex. June 20, 2014), available...more

Raul v. Astoria Fin. Corp., C.A. No. 9169-VCG (Del. Ch. June 20, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery granted defendant’s motion to dismiss, finding that plaintiff was not entitled to attorneys’ fees under the corporate benefit doctrine because plaintiff had not presented a...more

The Troubled Track Record of the Proxy Strike Suit

The recent wave of proxy strike litigation, once thought to be on the rise in 2012 and 2013, has now gone two years without a significant court victory. After one notable early success, decision after decision has gone...more

SEC Settles FCPA Action On The Eve of Trial

The SEC was about to try its first FCPA case. Then the Commission settled, agreeing to drop the bribery charges as well as its demand for monetary sanctions. That ended the case against two Nobel Corporation executives SEC v....more

Federal Court Rules Boilermakers Didn’t Decide All Issues And Orders Company To File A Form 8-K

At first glance, the plaintiff’s position in Bushansky v. Armacost, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88072 (N.D. Cal. June 25, 2014) seems a bit peculiar. The plaintiff had filed suit challenging Chevron Corporation’s adoption of an...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

Laidler v. Hesco Bastion Environmental, Inc., C.A. No. 7561-VCG (Del. Ch. May 12, 2014) (Glasscock, V.C.)

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery determined the fair value of the petitioner’s stock in a statutory appraisal proceeding arising from the short-form merger of Hesco Bastion USA, Inc. (the “Company”) into the...more

Delaware Supreme Court Validates Fee-Shifting Bylaws

The Delaware Supreme Court has declared valid on its face a bylaw requiring the members of a non-stock corporation to pay its legal fees incurred in defending the members' unsuccessful suit against the corporation, endorsing...more

Supreme Court of Delaware Finds Fee-Shifting Bylaws Permissible and the Potential Delaware Legislative Response

On May 8, 2014, the Supreme Court of Delaware held that fee-shifting provisions in a non-stock corporation’s bylaws can be valid and enforceable if not enacted for an improper purpose or improperly applied, under Delaware...more

Delaware Legislation Banning Fee-Shifting in Bylaws and Charters

In a swift response to the Delaware Supreme Court’s May 8 opinion holding that fee-shifting bylaws are facially valid (ATP Tour v. Deutscher Tennis Bund), members of the Delaware bar, representing both plaintiffs and...more

In an abrupt reversal, Delaware says "Ummm... Wait!" to fee shifting bylaws

It has been a dizzying couple of weeks for the Delaware Bar. Previously, the disaffected German tennis federation of the professional ATP tennis tour had sour grapes over the downgrading of the Hamburg tennis tournament and...more

State Blue Sky Claims Under the Uniform Securities Act Can Be Won by Sellers, But at a Cost

An emerging tool for plaintiff-side securities litigators is the use of state claims under the Uniform Securities Act, such as Massachusetts’ so-called “Blue Sky” statute, Mass. Gen. L. c. 110A, § 410. ...more

"Fee-Shifting Bylaws: The Delaware Supreme Court Decision in ATP Tour, Its Aftermath and the Potential Delaware Legislative...

On May 8, 2014, the Delaware Supreme Court issued an opinion in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund (German Tennis Federation), No. 534, 2013 (Del. May 8, 2014), holding that fee-shifting provisions in a Delaware...more

Delaware Supreme Court upholds fee-shifting provision in company bylaw, signifying a future sea change in corporate litigation

The Delaware Supreme Court, sitting en banc, has held that a Delaware corporate bylaw that requires a losing claimant to pay the legal fees and expenses of the defendants is not invalid per se, and if otherwise enforceable...more

Delaware Court Enforces “Loser Pays” Bylaw, Opens the Door for D&O Insurers to Better Assess and Control Shareholder Litigation...

The Delaware Supreme Court held that a corporation’s fee-shifting bylaw is enforceable as long as the bylaw is not adopted for an inequitable purpose. A first of its kind, this ruling seems poised to change dramatically the...more

Is The Free Lunch Ending For Stockholders Who Sue Corporations? Fee-Shifting Introduced In Intra-Corporate Litigation

ATP Tour: The Little Case That Could - On May 8, 2014 the Delaware Supreme Court upheld a “loser pays” fee-shifting bylaw for a Delaware non-stock corporation in ATP Tour, Inc. v. Deutscher Tennis Bund. ...more

Paradigm Shift? The Delaware Supreme Court Allows Bylaw That Shifts Attorneys’ Fees to Loser in Fiduciary Duty Litigation

Under the prevailing “American rule,” shareholders and their counsel face little financial risk when they assert claims against directors and officers for breaches of fiduciary duty, typically following the announcement of a...more

Courtroom Battle Over Conflict Minerals Rules is Over, June 2nd Filing Deadline Rapidly Approaching

On May 14, 2014, the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia denied the emergency motion filed by the National Association of Manufacturers to stay the effectiveness of the SEC’s conflict minerals rules. The first...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

Court Strikes Portions of Conflict Minerals Rule, But June 2 Filing Deadline Stands

A federal appeals court this week denied an emergency request by business groups to delay the June 2 deadline requiring companies to file a conflict-minerals disclosure report (Form SD) if their products contain minerals from...more

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