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Delaware Offers New Guidance on Enforcing Fiduciary Duties Owed to Insolvent Corporations

On May 4, 2015, Vice Chancellor Travis Laster of the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a decision in Quadrant Structured Products Co., Ltd. v. Vertin, analyzing creditors’ standing to bring derivative claims against directors...more

International tax and withholding considerations for US companies and their directors

To staff their board of directors with the best and most diverse talent, multinational companies commonly elect boards with international representation. It is also common for companies to convene periodic board meetings...more

Violation of Corporate Charter: Breach of Contract, Fiduciary Duties or Both

When a company takes action through its board in violation of its certificate of incorporation, may a plaintiff stockholder bring suit against the company directly for breach of its certificate—the most important of corporate...more

Commercial Restructuring & Bankruptcy News - May 2015, Issue 2

In This Issue: - How Safe are the Bankruptcy Code Safe Harbors? - Stockton’s Chapter 9 Plan Approval - Delaware Chancery Court Clarifies Fiduciary Duties of Insolvent Corporation Directors in Derivative...more

FDIC Chairman Discusses Role and Current Challenges Facing Community Bank Directors

On May 12, FDIC Chairman Martin Gruenberg delivered remarks at the American Association of Bank Directors (AABD)-SNL Knowledge Center Bank Director Summit. In his prepared remarks, Gruenberg discussed, among other things, (i)...more

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

CLIENT ALERT: Delaware Supreme Court Establishes Rule Permitting Dismissal of Independent Directors From Entire Fairness Suits

In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Inc. S’holder Litig., No. 564, 2014 (Del. May 14, 2015) & Leal v. Meeks, No. 706, 2014 (Del. May 14, 2015) In these interlocutory appeals, the Delaware Supreme Court resolved a...more

Delaware Supreme Court’s In re Cornerstone Therapeutics Decision Allows Independent Directors To Utilize Section 102(b)(7) Defense...

A director’s responsibilities in serving on a corporate board are attended by substantial personal financial risks—not least of which is the specter of shareholder litigation. Exculpatory charter provisions, such as Section...more

Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, v. AbbVie, Inc., CA No. 10374-VCG and Rizzolo v. AbbVie Inc., CA No. 10408-VCG...

In this memorandum opinion, the Court of Chancery denied two stockholders’ request for the inspection of books and records of a company pursuant to 8 Del. C. § 220, finding that the stockholders failed to show a credible...more

Cybersecurity Oversight: What is a Board of Directors to Do?

Cybersecurity and the risks of data breaches figured prominently at the 35th Annual Ray Garrett Corporate and Securities Law Institute held April 30, 2015, at Northwestern Law School in Chicago. Participating in a panel...more

OIG Issues Compliance Guidance for Healthcare Governing Boards

Members of healthcare governing boards now have direction from the OIG as to what is expected of them as they oversee the regulatory compliance of their organizations. And the good news is that the board members don’t have to...more

Compliance Guidelines for Governing Boards: Some Further Thoughts and Comments

On April 20, 2015, four organizations (including OIG, American Health Lawyers Association, the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors and the Health Care Compliance Association) issued “Practical Guidance for Health Care...more

"HHS OIG Issues New Compliance Oversight Guidance for Boards of Directors"

On April 20, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published its “Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance Oversight” (the Guidance).1...more

Benchmarking Your Hotline in 2015: How Does Your Data Measure Up?

Ethics officers agree—one of the most effective ways to measure your compliance program is by analyzing data from internal reporting systems. But how can you know what is good or bad without context? We compiled 2014...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Standard Of Review Of Special Litigation Committee Report

This may be the definitive decision on how to review the conclusion of a board of directors to accept the recommendation of a Special Litigation Committee report on whether to pursue derivative litigation....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

OIG Guidance for Healthcare Boards

In April, the Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“OIG”), in conjunction with the American Health Lawyers Association, the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, and the...more

Delaware Court Limits Stockholder Ratification Defense for Derivative Claim Challenging Director Compensation - Court Permits...

In Calma v. Templeton, et al., C.A. No. 9579-CB, (Del. Court of Chancery, April 30, 2015), the stockholders of Citrix Systems, Inc. (the “Company” or “Citrix”) had previously approved a compensation plan with few limits;...more

Happy Talk and CCO Reporting to the Board

Everyone likes to talk. For most people, it is hard to listen. Chief Compliance Officers have to be proficient at both, especially listening. I have often criticized CCOs who engage in Happy Talk when reporting their boards....more

Fleshing Out Creditor Derivative Standing in Delaware

The Court of Chancery issues a liberal ruling on creditor derivative standing and more obsequies for the “zone of insolvency.” ...more

What to Do if You Receive a Subpoena for Documents From the US Department of Justice

Receiving an unexpected Department of Justice (“DOJ”) subpoena for documents and testimony is a jarring experience for anyone in Government contracting. But more and more contractors may receive such subpoenas as the...more

Guidance Released for Health Care Governing Boards

On April 20, 2015, the Office of Inspector General (the “OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Association of Healthcare Internal Auditors, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the Health Care...more

Court Of Chancery Explains Creditor’s Right To File Fiduciary Duty Claims

While it is generally known that creditors may only file derivative suits when the company is insolvent, there have been many open issues about what exactly that means. This decision answers many of those questions by...more

Getting The Board On Board: The OIG Releases Practical Guidance For Health Care Governing Boards On Compliance Oversight

On April 20, 2015, the United States Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Inspector General (OIG) published an educational resource titled, "Practical Guidance for Health Care Governing Boards on Compliance...more

SEC Commissioner Stein On “Short-termism” and Corporate Boards

Two issues of continued importance to shareholders and the U.S. capital markets were recently discussed by SEC Commissioner Kara Stein. One the Commissioner called “short-termism” while the other focuses on the composition of...more

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