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Insights: The Delaware Edition - May 2016

This issue focuses on important, developing areas of Delaware corporation law and deal litigation, including the Court of Chancery’s clarification of its evolving views about disclosure-based deal litigation settlements;...more

"Recent Delaware Cases Clarify Existing Limits and Adopt Novel Condition in Books-and-Records Demands"

Recent Delaware cases have helped clarify the limits of what the Court of Chancery will consider in a books-and-records demand under 8 Del. C. § 220, and one case has adopted a novel condition that defendants may seek to...more

Saving Time and Money when Selling a Small Business

Advance planning is crucial when you decide to sell your small business. You need to be at the center of that planning. Don’t abdicate your responsibility for selling your business to your lawyer, your accountant or your...more

Court Of Chancery Closes The Door Left Open By Pyott And Applies Preclusion To Derivative Suit

Delaware does hold that the dismissal of a derivative suit in another jurisdiction may preclude the prosecution of a similar derivative suit in Delaware. ...more

Does An LLC Maintain Its Records At Its Designated Office When They Are In The Cloud?

Section 17701.13 of the California Corporations Code requires that a limited liability company designate and continuously maintain in California both an office and an agent for service of process. The office need not be a...more

[Webinar] FCPA Spotlight: Best Practices for Controls and Records - May 20th, 1:00pm EDT

In this era of increased attention to corruption, the U.S. Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission are increasingly using the FCPA's books and records and internal controls provisions to prosecute improper...more

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Issues Guidance on Banks' Maintenance and Retention of Records and Examiner Access

The OCC issued a bulletin reminding all OCC-supervised banks of their obligations to maintain and retain their records and the OCC’s authority to obtain prompt and complete access to each bank’s books and records and...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

The SEC requested comment on the development of a consolidated audit trail this week, a concept long discussed. The audit trail would enable regulators to track trading activity in the U.S. markets. Enforcement initiated...more

China Aims to Strengthen Regulations on Commercial Bribery

Recently, the Legal Affairs Office of the State Council released draft amendments (Draft Amendments) to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) for public comments. The Draft Amendments...more

This Week In Securities Litigation

Budget hearings were a focus this week as the Chair of the SEC and Chairman of the CFTC visited Capitol Hill. Both sought substantial increases, requesting more money for technology, inspections and enforcement. While the...more

Las Vegas Sands $9 Million SEC Settlement: An Easy Mark

The SEC continues its cutting edge FCPA enforcement program, bringing in a variety of enforcement cases and employing some new strategies. In its latest foray, the SEC settled with Las Vegas Sands, owned by Sheldon...more

Avoiding the “Al Capone” version of an FCPA enforcement action—Are your internal controls in order?

Notorious gangster Al Capone likely was guilty of numerous crimes, including bootlegging, maintaining a house of prostitution, bribery, racketeering and multiple counts of murder. Yet he was never convicted of those crimes. ...more

[Webinar] FCPA Spotlight: Best Practices for Controls and Records - April 20th, 1:00pm, EDT

In recent weeks both software manufacturer SAP S.E. and SciClone Pharmaceuticals have entered into deferred prosecution agreements with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to settle charges that they violated...more

New Books And Records Offences Strengthen Australia’s Anti-Bribery Regime

New criminal offences concerning false dealing with accounting documents have been introduced into Australia’s Commonwealth Criminal Code (Criminal Code). The changes address Australia’s obligations under the OECD Foreign...more

SEC Settlement Sends a Strong Message to Companies: Treat Princelings and Commoners Alike, or Pay Dearly

On March 1, 2016, the SEC announced that Qualcomm Incorporated, a San Diego-based wireless telecommunication product company, agreed to pay $7.5 million to settle charges that its actions violated the Foreign Corrupt...more

Historic FCPA Settlement Reflects Increased Regulatory Focus on International Anticorruption Issues Arising from M&A Transactions

Most employers already know that violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 (FCPA) has serious consequences, including significant fines. Those potential fines just got even heavier. On February 18, 2016, the U.S....more

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act Alert

Busy Q1 Yields Several Significant FCPA Resolutions - Overview - On February 19, during the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) annual “SEC Speaks” conference, Kara Brockmeyer, Chief of the SEC’s FCPA...more

California And Nevada Corporations Can Do This But Not Delaware Corporations

Sometimes it’s nice to tidy up the corporate stock book. For example, a corporation may effect a stock split and want to collect the outstanding certificates and exchange them for new certificates reflecting the change. ...more

When a Director May Inspect the Company's Books and Records

Section 220(d) of the Delaware General Corporation Law (DGCL) permits a director to inspect a company's books and records "for a purpose reasonably related to the director's position as a director." It is well settled under...more

Court Of Chancery Applies Demand Analysis To Changed Board

This is an interesting decision because it applies the demand rules in a derivative case to an odd situation — when some but not all of the board members have changed between when the challenged conduct occurred and when the...more

Chancery Analyzes Limits of 'Reasonable Conceivability'

In 2011, the Delaware Supreme Court in Central Mortgage v. Morgan Stanley Mortgage Capital Holdings, 27 A.3d 531, 537 (Del. 2011), unequivocally stated that the "pleading standard in Delaware to survive a motion to dismiss is...more

Employer Anti-Poaching Agreements. A Tale of Disney Legal Troubles

Once upon a time, the Plaintiff in a shareholder derivative suit pending against Disney and its former and current board members claimed that commencing in the mid-1980s, companies in the animation business—including Pixar...more

Two Recent Delaware Decisions Further Illustrate The Scope Of Section 220 Discovery

Two recent Delaware Court of Chancery decisions demonstrate that narrow statutory standards continue to govern access to corporate books and records pursuant to Section 220 of the Delaware General Corporation Law. In the...more

SEC Files Financial Fraud and Unregistered Securities Actions

The Commission filed two administrative proceedings this week. One centers on false entries made in the books and records of a broker dealer. It will be set for hearing. In the Matter of Jason Maiher, Adm. Proc. File No....more

Delaware's Court of Chancery Clarifies Scope of Inspection Under Books and Records Demands

In Amalgamated Bank v. Yahoo!, Inc., C.A. No. 10774-VCL (Del. Ch. Feb. 2, 2016), Plaintiff Amalgamated Bank’s Section 220 books and records demand sought, among other things, the emails of certain Yahoo officers and...more

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