California Court Of Appeal Addresses Important Issues Affecting Shareholder Derivative Claims Under Delaware Law


In Bader v. Anderson, No. CV041521, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 1880 (Cal. App. Nov. 23, 2009), the California Court of Appeal for the Sixth Appellate District addressed two important issues affecting shareholder derivative actions under California law. First, the Court offered guidance regarding the distinctions between direct claims and derivative claims by shareholders against corporate management, holding that “incidental harm” to shareholders, in the form of reduced share value, does not transform a derivative claim into a direct cause of action. Second, the Court confirmed that no exception to the presuit demand requirement exists for claims alleging misleading statements or omissions in proxy statements.

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